Programme Office Biographies

The Programme Office is responsible for the coordinating the entire UrbanBuzz programme. The office consists of a core team of dedicated individuals, their skills and experience to provide the appropriate balance of direction and support.

David Cobb - Programme Director

David Cobb, a chartered civil engineer, is the Programme Director for UrbanBuzz. He has been involved with the project since its instigation and, along with Professor Alan Penn and UCL's then Commercial Director Jeff Skinner, helped win the HEFCE/DTI funding. David is responsible for the management of the Programme Office and overall implementation of the Programme

In the 10 years following graduating with an MSc in geotechnics in 1982 David worked for minor and major consultants / contractors in the offshore and onshore sectors in UK and overseas. Following the award of an MBA from Cranfield School of Management he was recruited as Project Director to establish BRE's unique Cardington Large Building Test Facility. In addition to subsequent consultancy activities - primarily helping clients leverage domestic and EU funding applications for a variety of sectors (including construction, shipping, trade, economics, aeronautics and finance) David joined Imperial College to project-manage 'FutureHome' - a large EU framework project seeking to adapt advanced manufacturing technologies for the production of affordable housing. Prior to UrbanBuzz, and following a 2-year period in UCL's European Office, David was recruited as Business Development Manager for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment with a remit to harness their portfolio of niche and multi-disciplinary competences and reach out to targeted industrial sectors in a way that solved their problems, increased shareholder value and created real business for UCL.


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