William Webb

William is CTO of Access Partnership where he provides advice and support to a wide range of clients.

He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011 and subsequently sold in 2014 for $25m when he became CEO of the Weightless SIG, the standards body developing a new global M2M technology, a position he held until 2019. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research across all areas of Ofcom’s regulatory remit. He also led some of the major reviews conducted by Ofcom including the Spectrum Framework Review, the development of Spectrum Usage Rights and most recently cognitive or white space policy. Previously, William worked for a range of communications consultancies in the UK in the fields of hardware design, computer simulation, propagation modelling, spectrum management and strategy development. William also spent three years providing strategic management across Motorola’s entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago. He was President of the IET – Europe’s largest Professional Engineering body during 14/15.

William has published 17 books including “The 5G Myth”, “Our Digital Future” and “Spectrum Management”, over 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET and a non-executive director at Motability. He was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Southampton University in recognition of his work on wireless technologies, Honorary Doctor of Technology by Anglia Ruskin University in honour of his contribution to the engineering profession and Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Hertfordshire in recognition of his contribution to wireless technology and engineering. In 2018 he was awarded the IET’s Mountbatten medal, one of its highest honours, in recognition of his contribution to technology entrepreneurship. His biography is included in multiple “Who’s Who” publications around the world where he has been honoured with life-time achievement awards. William has a first class honours degree in electronics, a PhD and an MBA.

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