Talking Tees Tech – Conversation 1: Private Networks


Date: Thursday 18 March 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
Event type: Event

Join Teesside University on Thursday 18 March for the launch of Talking Tees Tech – a B2B discussion event series designed to help local businesses share their understanding of technology, digital innovation and its many fantastic opportunities.

Taking place on a quarterly basis with support from DigitalCity and Tees Valley Combined Authority, each event will focus on a particular technology and provide businesses with the opportunity to learn, collaborate and connect with multiple business experts in the industry.

To kick-start the series, we are joined by Europe’s main infrastructure operator for wireless telecoms, Edzcom, who are part of the Cellnex group.  Cellnex and Edzcom will be providing a pragmatic introduction to Private Networks.

Discover what private networks actually are, how they are used in different sectors and most importantly, the benefits that they can have for your business.  We’re talking how private networks:

  • Optimise operations management
  • Enhance equipment reliability and remote control of assets
  • Increase health and safety through surveillance of people and assets
  • Strengthen data privacy and security
  • Enable you to control and retain ownership of your data
  • Provide better coverage and performance than WiFi
  • Also, when private networks aren’t necessarily the right solution for you


09:30 – 09:40: Welcome from Teesside University

Professor Mark Simpson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), Teesside University

09:40 – 09:45: An introduction to the Talking Tees Tech event series, starting the conversation on Private Networks and TVCA plans

Craig Walton, Chief Digital Officer, Tees Valley Combined Authority

09:45 – 10:30: Conversation 1: Private Networks

Discover what private networks are, how they are used in different sectors and most importantly, the benefits that they can have for your business.

Mick Goulding, Head of Commercial at Cellnex Telecom

Mikko Uusitalo, CEO Edzcom

Martin Green, Business Development Lead, Edzcom

10:30-10:35: Comfort break

10:35 – 10:50: Q&A Session

Led by David Dixon, Digitalisation for Growth Manager, DigitalCity and Craig Walton, Chief Digital Officer, Tees Valley Combined Authority

10:50 – 11:00: Industrial challenges in the Tees Valley and the launch of the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre

David Hughes, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering and Principal Investigator of IDTC

11:00 – 11:10: Going forward, getting involved in future Talking Tees Tech events

Lynsey Robinson, Director, DigitalCity

11:10 – 11:30: Networking opportunity (optional)

Speakers + Networking Hosts

Craig Walton, Chief Digital Officer, Tees Valley Combined Authority

Craig Joined Tees Valley late 2019.

Responsible for ensuring a Regional Digital Strategy supports and contributes to the Authorities wider economic goals. We focus on three key base blocks of Infrastructure, Inclusion and Innovation.

Previously I held Senior IT Management roles with Cubic Transportation Limited. Senior Global IT Leadership positions with Amec / Foster Wheeler in acquisition / IT Operations and Service Delivery.

I have worked in Engineering, CAD & IT roles for over 35 years commencing working life as a Draughtsman at Smith’s Dock Shipbuilders on the Tees


Industry 4.0, 5G, MaaS, Innovation, Engineering, CAD, Global Operations, Service Delivery, Technology, Leadership, ITIL, Digital, Transformation.

Non-Exec/Voluntary Positions:

Enterprise Advisor TVCA

Lynsey Robinson, Director, DigitalCity

Lynsey Robinson is Director of DigitalCity.  She leads a business-focused team whose remit is to promote and develop strong and productive relationships in the digital sector, working across academic schools and externally with private, public and third sector organisations. 

She is responsible for leading strategic development and service delivery for digital businesses across Tees Valley.  Working with SME’s across a range of technologies and sub-sectors supporting innovation from R&D to commercialisation. 

Lynsey has considerable experience working across a range of agendas within both the public and private sector and has a significant track record of complex programme, project and contract management.  She has worked with various female entrepreneur networking groups, supporting digital leaders and role models in the sector.

Previous experience  includes One NorthEast, Yorkshire Forward and RTC.

David Hughes, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering and Principal Investigator of the Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre

David is an Associate Professor within the Department of Engineering and has worked at the University since 2013. David is a materials expert with a focus on digital production. David works closely with industry to develop and embed new materials solutions. David is the principal investigator for Teesside Universities Industrial Digitalisation Technology Centre, looking to raise awareness and enable use of emerging digital solutions within the industrial sector.

Mick Goulding, Head of Commercial at Cellnex Telecom

Mick is a 25 year veteran of the UK wireless communications industry. From the inception of ‘towercos’ and the development of mobile cellular technologies, from the birth of in-building connectivity systems, and through microwave radio backhaul to smart cities, private networks and IoT, he has been at the forefront of connectivity infrastructure throughout his career. He specialises in business growth, customer experience and commercial development which has led him through strategic, landmark projects, ranging from the birth of 2G mobile to the current deployment of 5G wireless internet networks, with a focus on enhancing the end user experience, improving digital inclusion and driving wider societal benefits.

Mikko Uusitalo, CEO Edzcom

Mikko Uusitalo is a highly progressive and result oriented leader with over 15 years of experience in executive positions in international telecom sales, marketing and business development operations at Hewlet-Packard and Alcatel-Lucent. He is the founder and Managing Director of EDZCOM, a company recently acquired by Cellnex.

Mikko is comitted to helping assets-heavy industries to accelerate digitalization and maximize productivity

Martin Green, Business Development Lead, Edzcom

Martin Green is an accomplished Sales and Marketing leader with extensive experience and market knowledge of industrial automation, energy, automotive, oil, gas and telecommunications sectors. Martin is recognised as a driver for digitalisation, with a successful career formerly with Emerson Process Management, Control Techniques and Brush Industrial Controls.

The event is free to attend for Tees Valley-based business leaders and managers. Places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to get involved in the next Talking Tees Tech event, whether that be as leading a discussion, having a suggestion for a technology to focus on, or would simply like to attend, please get in touch.  

These discussions are for businesses to talk to businesses, share what is important to you, and hear from others working with technologies that could be right for your business.

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