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Enterprise M3 LEP Chairman Dr Mike Short awarded Honorary Doctor of Technology

Newly appointed Chairman of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board, Dr Mike Short CBE, has been awarded honorary Doctor of Technology by the London Metropolitan University.

Mike was honoured by the university for his remarkable achievement in pushing the boundaries of communications technology, as well as his willingness to share knowledge and inspire people.

Mike said: “I am delighted by this wonderful recognition from London Metropolitan University. I have immensely enjoyed my career, being a key part of numerous revolutionary advancements in mobile technology over the last four decades; so I feel highly privileged to be honoured for doing what I am passionate about.”

With a distinguished career spanning more than 40 years in Electronics and Telecommunications, Mike has had experience with 5 generations of mobile technology and mobile internet services. He co-founded the pioneering 5G Innovation Centre at University of Surrey and has been involved in mobile licence bids and network launches. In recent years, he’s been driving innovation for business development in areas as diverse as mobile TV, connected cars, smart metering, smart cities and emergency services.

Mike is a former elected Chairman of the global GSM Association and UK Mobile Data Association. He was also President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET - 2011/2102). In 2012, he was awarded a CBE by the Queen as a national honour for services to the mobile industry.

Since joining Enterprise M3 Board in 2014, Mike has played a key role in driving the LEP’s digital agenda. He led Innovation South (an Enterprise M3-led consortium of over 120 public and private sector organisations) to carry out a government-back Science and Innovation Audit, which underscores the South of England as spearheading advances in digital innovations that can transform and improve lives in the UK - from better healthcare to safer transport, and from adventurous immersive technologies to the design of super-fast racing yachts.

Mike added: “Through my involvement in the 5G Innovation Centre, and as Chairman of Enterprise M3 LEP, I look forward to supporting ongoing cutting edge developments in 5G technology. This will not only help drive the digital economy within our LEP area, but also, put the UK ahead in the next generation of mobile and communication technology.”     

After 17 years as Vice President at Telefonica Europe, Mike took on a wider consulting role in 2016, establishing Airedale Advisors. He holds current Visiting Professor positions at the Universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds and Lancaster.