South Yorkshire High Speed Broadband

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 15 April 2010, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Steve Creighton & Robert Corley, Thales UK


The Digital Region Project was announced in the Government's 2009 budget statement with the project going live on the 29th April 2009. The project has been driven by a partnership between Yorkshire Forward, Sheffield Council, Barnsley Council, Rotherham Council and Doncaster Council and has attracted over £90m of funding from the European Union, the partners and the private sector. It is the first project of its type in the UK and puts the South Yorkshire region right at the centre of Digital Britain.

Steve Creighton (Thales UK) will provide an overview of the Digital Region construction works, covering who and what is involved in deploying the network, the challenges faced and the progress to date. Rob Chorley (Thales UK) will introduce the audience to the 'Real' family, a fictional stereotypical South Yorkshire family. By doing so Rob will provide an insight into the Transformation opportunities that Digital Region will provide to those living and working in the region.


Steve is the Construction Director for the South Yorkshire Digital Region project, a fixed line, next generation access network providing wholesale telecoms services to service providers. Formerly, Steve was responsible for the Thales project delivery offices at York and Glasgow, delivering a portfolio of approximately 25 projects and generating an average annual revenue in excess of £12 million.

A registered PRINCE2 practitioner, Steve has an impressive track record of successfully leading and directing the delivery of telecoms projects. From 2001 Steve was the Senior Project Manager (and latterly Project Director) responsible for a number of contracts Thales delivered as part of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (High Speed 1) project.

Steve's career in the telecoms sector began straight out of university. Securing a placement with the IET-accredited British Rail Signal and telecommunications graduate training scheme, Steve then took up a permanent role as project engineer with British Rail Telecommunications in 1995.

Following this, Steve moved to become Business Manager for the National Radio Network (a Band III radio network providing coverage of the national rail network). In 1997 Steve was responsible for developing and managing the NRN Agreement that existed between Railtrack and Racal Telecom (formerly BRT Ltd).

Immediately prior to his work with Thales, Steve joined Jarvis Rail as Telecoms Engineering Manager. Responsible for creating a rail telecoms project delivery capability within the Jarvis Rail signalling business, Steve helped secure in excess of £5 million of new business while in this role.

Rob is the Transformation Director (Economic & Social) for the South Yorkshire Digital Region project, a fixed line, next generation access network providing wholesale telecoms services to service providers. Rob is a Senior Strategist with Thales and has a strong combination of Sales and technical backgrounds, in the case of the SYDR project, defining the Transformation Strategy for the project from initial bid through to the current day.

Rob has, in is early career, an impressive track record of tech business / apps dev start-ups. He has successfully lead complex / high profile projects for Kent Police, UK Parliament and National Audit Office. Rob is also a registered PRINCE2 practitioner and has been deeply involved in setting major bid and product strategies within Thales.

Rob's career started as a Software Developer in London and, after a year, started his own Software Development company focusing on complex traceability and logistics processing for SMEs in the second and third tier of the Automotive and Aerospace supply chain. After exiting this business he worked for a number of companies in New Business Sales focusing on large ERP and CRM projects. As Rob aged he moved into Consultancy & Complex Technical architectures before joining Thales in 2004.


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