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Julie Alexander

Group Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability, Places for People
Julie recently joined Places for People, one of the largest placemaking organisations in the UK, to bring a new perspective to the housing and construction sector, founded in technological change and innovation in delivery. Joining from Siemens where Julie led the global Smart Cities approach, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge from an industrial background and insights into automation, digitalisation and IoT not previously harnessed by the construction sector. Julie now seeks to bridge the gap between the technology supply chain and housing developers, allowing for a wider understanding and adoption of technological solutions, and to introduce innovative ways of doing business in a sector that is in much need for disruption. Part of this role is to incorporate technology into existing assets to optimise their performance, and to significantly improve customer experience. Driving the use of digital twins from design and planning on to asset management, through to identifying smart technology for the elimination of social isolation, illustrates the broad range of opportunities for proptech and placetech, for which Julie has responsibility. Julie is a member of the Smart London Board and is Chair of the Managing Board of UKCRIC, the UK’s leading infrastructure research community.