Sam Markey

Ecosystem Director for Place Leadership, Connected Places Catapult


Sam Markey oversees strategic investments, partnerships and programmes with places which promote innovation-led levelling up across the UK. At present, this means a focus on fostering collaborative leadership between local organisations around shared strategies for economic renewal, empowering local service managers to adopt smarter spending practices which leverage public contracts to spark innovation, and civic investment which unlocks the power of private finance to curate inclusive, thriving hubs of innovation. 

Before joining Connected Places (then Future Cities) Catapult in May 2016, Sam was a senior implementation advisor in the Cabinet Office, focused on public service reform, policy innovation, and the application of emerging technologies to tackle policy challenges. Sam started his career in the London Borough of Barnet where he was responsible for creating the original and infamous ‘Barnet Graph of Doom’. 

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