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The Mobile Access North Yorkshire project is one of seven Rural Connected Communities projects funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as part of the wider 5G testbed and trials programme. All programmes were set up to explore how 5G technology can have a positive impact on rural communities.

The MANY project is exploring how mobile access can connect people thereby improving lives and wellbeing. Specifically, the project will explore and highlight how mobile access connects people in rural North Yorkshire by:

• improving wellbeing and mental health, specifically aimed at alleviating isolation and loneliness
• boosting tourism opportunities
• providing mission critical support for the emergency services network
• enhancing the safety of the area through environmental monitoring

Our consortium is made up of a variety of experts, all of whom have specialist knowledge in connecting people through innovative technologies. Their knowledge will enable installation of new mobile access technology in order to improve the lives of those who live in rural communities.

If you would be interested in talking to our experts or asking a member of the team to talk on a specific topic, please get in touch via our contact form or email us.



Professor David Grace - University of York

David Grace received his PhD from University of York in 1999, with the subject of his thesis being ‘Distributed Dynamic Channel Assignment for the Wireless Environment’. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of York, where he is now Professor (Research), Head of Communication Technologies Research Group, and Director of the Centre for High Altitude Platform Applications.

Current research interests include:
• aerial platform-based communications;
• application of artificial intelligence to wireless communications;
• 5G and beyond system architectures;
• delivery of communications to autonomous systems: and
• dynamic spectrum access.

In addition to the UK Government funded MANY project, he is currently a lead investigator on H2020 MCSA SPOTLIGHT and HiQ investigating Quantum Key Distribution from high altitude platforms. He was technical lead on the 14-partner FP6 CAPANINA project that dealt with broadband communications from high altitude platforms. He is an author of over 280 papers, and author/editor of 2 books.

He is the former chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks for the period 2013/4. He is a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Green Communications and Computing. In 2000, he jointly founded SkyLARC Technologies Ltd, and was one of its directors. From 2016 to 2018 he was a Non-Executive Director of another technology start-up.

David Lund - Public Safety Communications Europe (PCSE and Director of Safenetics.

David Lund is President of Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) and Director of Safenetics.

David’s expertise surrounds the security and resilience of information systems and ensuring that information exchange remains trustworthy, and communication technology can be relied upon. David’s expertise covers both the interaction between people and technology; and secure exchange between technologies. This all informs standardisation and policy on both a national and international scale.

David and his team are leading on the Emergency Services use case focusing on the provision of improved mobile coverage and 5G applications for Mountain Rescue and Demonstrating 5G network applications for Emergency Services use. To this end, David often leads panel discussions and presentations on Mission Critical Service Communications.


Professor Katy Mason - Lancaster University

Katy Mason is Professor of Markets and Management Practice in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Director of Research Enhancement at Lancaster University Management School. She is also Chair of the British Academy of Management.

Following a career in market development, Katy’s research adopts an engaged approach to understanding how different market actors organise and manage to make and shape new markets. This work often happens where new, innovative technologies are being developed and introduced. Her work has explored the co-development of strategic networks, business models, and the representation of new markets to mobilise collective market action. Drawing on practice and performativity theories, Katy has engaged in a number of collaborative research projects with blue chip companies and catalysts, as well as open innovation initiatives in policy-oriented setting, that develop and perform market-making strategies. These projects have driven her parallel interest in how management learning impacts on practice and the development of impactful, engaged research programmes. Her aim is to bring about productive changes to generate moral, marketized societies.

In the MANY project, Katy’s concern is with digital connectivity as a key market infrastructure that can help make and hold new market activities in place. Her work has been published in leading management and marketing journals including Journal of Management Studies, Organisation Studies, Long Range Planning, Marketing Theory, Journal of Marketing Management and Industrial Marketing Management.