Norfolk and Suffolk Council for Digital Tech - Minutes

Chair: Peter Brady

Date: Thursday 28th July 2022 Time: 09.00-11.00 Via Teams


Peter Brady, Orbital Media (chair) Mark Thomas, Coderus

John Fagan, Scribe

Tim Robinson, Tech East Charlie Wright, Epos Now Fiona Lettice, UEA

Julian Munson, New Anglia LEP James Allen, New Anglia LEP Katie Snell, New Anglia LEP Scott Cogman, New Anglia LEP

Jai Raithatha, Suffolk County Council

Catherine Richards, East Norfolk Sixth Form College


Marlon Bowser, HTK Neil Miles, Inawisdom

John Dugmore, Suffolk Chamber Dominic Keen, Britbots

Roberta Willner, Norfolk County Council Ellen Tilney, Norwich City Council Gurpreet Jagpal, University of Suffolk

Chris Sargisson, Norfolk Chamber

Chris Starkie, New Anglia LEP James Duez, Rainbird

Dean Withey, Ubisend Lisa Perkins, BT

John Nicholson, West Suffolk College Anette Gilham, Ipswich Borough Council Sarah Steed, Norwich University of the Arts

Thea Goodluck, Tech Nation

Welcome (Peter Brady)

  • Welcomed everyone to his first meeting as Chair and noted apologies received.

  • Acknowledged the Terms of Reference for the Council and felt these remained pertinent.

  • Very interested to hear what the Council should focus upon moving forward.

  • Passionate about projecting our strengths in the region – there is some incredible activity here, so we need to be better at promoting that.

Insights from business (All)

Mark Thomas, Coderus:

Forward look for the Council for Digital Tech (all):

Julian Munson, New Anglia LEP:

  • There are lots of new opportunities for the region. We are keen to make sure this group remains agile so that we can respond to these. Keen to capture ideas around membership and representation.

  • The LEP uses the useful intelligence captured in Industry Council meetings to inform Government, support sector development and networking opportunities for new collaborations.

    Peter Brady, Chair:

  • Please do let us know if there are things that we could do with the Council that would make the sessions more interesting for industry and academia.

  • Could organise a dinner soon to get together and talk tech with others outside of the Council.

    Catherine Richards, East Norfolk Sixth Form College:

  • Would welcome a specific focus at each meeting which can stimulate conversations with students and potential collaborative opportunities.

  • Mentioned the College is taking health and social care students to Cambodia through the Turing Scheme. There will be another round of this, so could help stimulate young people locally if there are specific locations for tech the Council would find useful.

    Fiona Lettice, UEA:

  • Also welcomed the concept of deep dives in certain areas at future meetings.

    John Fagan, Scribe:

  • Each Council member has their own networks who can learn a lot from these calls. Would welcome a simple bullet point list of activity that could be shared with networks following these meetings or a quarterly news drop.


  • Peter Brady mentioned the AI Festival that Orbital Media pulled together with BT 18 months ago. There were 1500 attendees, and it shone a light on the AI and machine learning capability in the region (industry and academia). Just starting to have conversations over whether to put this on in 2023 and welcomed views from the Council, who were supportive.