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Key People

Philip Webb

Programme Director

Philip has a depth of business development experience gained from both within the Public Sector and beyond. Most recently Philip was identifying innovation in healthcare and ideas in MedTech, Healthtech, digital and disruptive software which could both generate income and add value. Philip has worked inside the public sector for the past 10 years in a CSU, a CCG, a Unitary Authority, a Community Trust, a teaching hospital and an acute hospital. His focus has been in commercial development and in driving the innovation agenda. He managed key relationships externally with start-ups, VCs, academic and government networks, working across teams of specialist consultants to provide commercial best practice and innovation adopting a business-like approach, to reach better patient outcomes. Prior experience was within consultancy both HR and change management and latterly with IBM smart people. He has a first degree in Politics and an MBA studying in the UK and the Lubin School of Business in New York. He lectures occasionally on the MSc Business Strategy & Innovation Management and MSc Entrepreneurship & Management at the University Of Southampton Business School.

Outside work he is an avid landscape artist, cyclist and divides his time between Cambridgeshire, London and the River Itchen, where he shares a houseboat.

Simon Poyser


Simon joined Velocity RDT as its CEO in 2011. In early days Velocity was commissioned to start from scratch the EMEA operations for number of Silicon Valley Tech start-ups including an IoT Controls Co called Enlighted and Looxcie the world’s first wearable live streaming camcorders. Previously, Simon had a track record of successfully spearheading the strategy to open new markets, channels and verticals for a number of well-known enterprises including Experian & Orange where he headed a team on an 18 month strategy and execution plan to bring into the Freemove Alliance the whole of Shell Petroleum’s telecommunications business, a multi million pound contract that broke all Orange corporate records. In the process the strategy and execution plan established Oranges template for ‘Best Practice’. Earlier roles in FairIsaac (FICO) brought its award winning Business Rules Engine ‘Blaze Advisor’ into Deutsche Telekom delivering ‘Next Best Actions’ for its global channels. Simon held senior roles in ILOG-IBM.

Simon advised the House of Lords Select Committee on its SME Strategy. The EU Commission on TTIP & works closely with Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade joining various Trade Missions. Simon is passionate about how both public and private organisations can work together to enable change for the better through early adoption of disruptive technologies. Simon is married with a son and when not working Simon enjoys the art of bellringing.

Lucy Woodruff

Director of Clients

Lucy began working for VelocityRDT in November 2014. Lucy’s background is working for various high profile companies as Cath Kidston & MTV UK & Ireland. She was brought on board to work alongside Simon to grow therelationships with the clients of VelocityRDT and to launch our conference & events branch, RDT-EXPO..