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Nicole Yates OBE

Chief Executive, Connected Places Catapult
Nicola Yates is Chief Executive of Connected Places Catapult, the new organisation from the combined Future Cities and Transport Catapults. During her leadership at Future Cities Catapult, Nicola led a significant organisational turnaround of the business, implementing a new organisational structure, overhauling its financial management systems and processes, introducing a new commercial approach and developing a fresh and consistent focus on knowledge management and dissemination. Nicola is an experienced city leader. Prior to taking up her role at Future Cities Catapult, she was City Director at Bristol City Council. She has held leadership roles at Hull City Council and North Shropshire, Harborough, East Northamptonshire and Blaby District Councils. Nicola is currently a trustee for the independent policy think tank ‘Centre for Cities’ and is a member of SOLACE (the Society for Local Authority Chief Executives) and the Chartered Institute of Housing. She has featured in the Local Government Chronicle’s ‘Top 50 most influential figures in local government’ and was awarded ‘Woman Achiever in Housing’. In 2010, Nicola received an OBE for services to local government.