People and processesNoelle Godfrey, Programme Director, Connecting Cambridgeshire and Smart Cambridge programmes, Cambridgeshire County Council

Noelle Godfrey, Programme Director, Connecting Cambridgeshire and Smart Cambridge programmes, Cambridgeshire County Council

Noelle Godfrey, Programme Director, Connecting Cambridgeshire and Smart Cambridge programmes, Cambridgeshire County Council

Noelle Godfrey is Programme Director for the Connecting Cambridgeshire and Smart Cambridge programmes at Cambridgeshire County Council, leading on the delivery of a future facing digital infrastructure for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region.

Noelle has worked in local government IT for almost 29 years and is passionate about using the power of technology innovation with cross-sector collaboration to improve connectivity and local public service delivery.

An inspiring leader, Noelle has established a strong team and won widespread respect, working closely with a wide range of council leaders and partners in business, academia, government, telecoms and technology to establish the programmes.

Noelle also works nationally on cross-cutting local public service issues, sitting on the Socitm Local CIO Council since it was formed in 2008 and serving as Vice Chair since 2015.

As Head of IT, she delivered her vision of transformative public services connectivity with the procurement and launch of the Cambridgeshire Public Services Network (CPSN); providing a flexible core communications network for a partnership of local councils, voluntary organisations and emergency services to support local public services collaboration and generate cost savings of over £1m a year for the County Council.

Noelle then focussed her considerable energy on setting up the Connecting Cambridgeshire Partnership Programme to increase superfast broadband coverage and Digital connectivity in general to support local economic growth and thriving communities – a strategic priority for the Council.

She has driven the programme for Cambridgeshire to become a leading digital county, setting ambitious targets which have seen superfast broadband coverage for homes and businesses across the county increase from less than 60% coverage at the start to over 96% today and aiming to reach over 99% coverage by the end of 2020.

Noelle has recently led a number of successful funding bids to further expand the programme to target improvements in voice and data mobile (2G & 4G), extend full fibre networks, trial 5G (next generation mobile) and increase public access Wi-fi coverage over the next four years.

One of the few visionary women leaders in the digital arena, Noelle has created the pioneering Smart Cambridge programme, using data and emerging technology to address city challenges, particularly transport and air quality. This includes a range of exciting projects including developing an open data platform and LoRa network, smart journey planning tools, and trials of autonomous vehicles.

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