Helen Markides

Helen Markides

Infrastructure Data and Innovation Lead
Greater London Authority (GLA)

About this Speaker


After studying urban development planning and architecture, Helen developed a career across policy, project management, monitoring and evaluation in both public and private settings, gaining almost a decade of experience in roles focused on improving outcomes for people and places. Following many years working on international projects, Public Practice offered Helen the opportunity to work in and for her home city of London and to bring her technical skills squarely back to placemaking and the built environment. In her placement for the GLA, where she is Infrastructure Data and Innovation Lead, Helen is working in partnership with boroughs, utilities, and digital teams to ensure data and innovation programmes inform strategic planning and drive collaborative working for London's infrastructure.

 

Helen leads two digital projects: London’s Underground Asset Register (LUAR) and the Infrastructure Mapping Application (IMA). LUAR is a pilot project at City Hall funded by the Cabinet Office that brings together data from utilities, transport providers, telecommunications companies, and boroughs to digitally map our belowground infrastructure. As a champion for data sharing and innovation, Helen’s role also involves influencing the infrastructure sector, bringing together the GLA, central government, regulators and think-tanks to build support for mandating data sharing, as well as speaking at conferences and writing blogs. She describes how her Public Practice placement is enabling her to fulfil long-held hopes for the future of our cities: “If the public and private sectors are encouraged to share data in a standard format, councils could plan more strategically, anticipate change, and move towards smart cities – my role at the GLA is a small but meaningful step towards these ambitions.”