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Digital Catapult Board welcomes technology leader Joe Butler

Posted 17 Mar 2022

Digital Catapult CTO Joe Butler appointed to Digital Catapult Board


Professor Juergen Maier, Chair of Digital Catapult, is today announcing that the Digital Catapult Board has been bolstered with the appointment of esteemed technology leader and Chief Technology Officer at Digital Catapult, Joe Butler. 

Joe Butler has a rich and impressive career history that has seen him closely embedded in technology work with startups and scaleups, as well as some of the UK’s largest technology and infrastructure projects at the heart of government. 

Since joining Digital Catapult in 2020, Joe has played a pivotal role in the scaling and wider adoption of advanced digital technologies and their application to industry; overseeing growth and development across Digital Catapult’s focus technology areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning, immersive, 5G and the internet of things, and distributed systems.

Prior to working at Digital Catapult, Joe held roles as Chief Technology Officer for the radio spectrum, and Director of Telecoms and Chief Scientific Advisor at DCMS. He has held senior technology roles at Ofcom, including Director of AI and Machine Learning, as well as working on delivering multi-billion spectrum auctions for 4G and 5G. Joe was also one of the authors of the National Infrastructure Commission report on 5G.

Announcing today’s appointment, Juergen Maier, Chair of Digital Catapult, said:


“As we grow and scale Digital Catapult, Joe’s expertise will be a crucial addition – helping the Board maximise the opportunities for British businesses through the adoption of advanced digital technologies.

“I’m delighted to strengthen the Board’s experience and wisdom even further with Joe’s appointment and can’t wait to work together to increase Digital Catapult’s reach and impact.” 


Digital Catapult CEO, Jeremy Silver, added: 


“The future technology roadmap is becoming of greater strategic significance to business planning globally, than ever.  For that reason alone, it makes sense for us to welcome Joe to the Digital Catapult Board. 

“Joe’s boasts a wealth of deep technical expertise and will be a stalwart support in plotting the future course of Digital Catapult as well as for the wider ecosystem of companies and sectors we support.

“As we equip UK startups, scaleups and corporations with the digital wisdom they need to tackle today’s challenges, I’m confident that Joe’s advice and leadership will be invaluable.”


Joe will take up his role on the Board with immediate effect.