Our People

DIZ Chair – Councillor Alan Lion, Epping Forest DC

With a long background in strategic development at major UK telecoms companies, Cllr Alan Lion is Chair of the Digital Innovation Zone (DIZ) Board and Portfolio Holder at Epping Forest District Council for Strategic Projects. Alan also serves on his local parish council and his significant experience of driving the change agenda at Epping Forest District Council.. He believes digital investment and use offers this area a great opportunity to future proof our successful local economies and provide a new platform to transform quality and efficiency in the public services.

Contact Alan by email on cllr.alion@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

DIZ Programme Manager + Acting Director – Mike Warr

Mike is the full-time Programme Manager for the DIZ having helped to establish and develop it from inception in his role as an Economic Development Officer at Epping Forest District Council. He was specifically responsible for the project management of the DCMS Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) ‘Ultrafast GPs’ project which delivered full fibre broadband connectivity to GP surgeries across the DIZ. Mike manages the delivery plan for the DIZ Digital Innovation Strategy and partner liaison to ensure the DIZ partnership operates effectively across the various administrative boundaries. He is currently the Acting Director for the DIZ.

Contact Mike by email on mwarr@eppingforestdc.gov.uk