Sam Markey is Director of Strategy and Communications at the Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and placemaking. He is responsible for the organisation’s programme of strategic analysis and market intelligence, as well digital communications, political influencing and events. Before joining the Catapult in May 2016, Sam was as a senior policy and implementation advisor in the UK Government Cabinet Office, focused on public service reform, policy innovation, and the application of emerging technologies to tackle policy challenges. Prior to working in Whitehall, Sam worked in local government, for the London Borough of Barnet where, among other things, he was responsible for creating the original and infamous ‘Barnet Graph of Doom’ which laid out the budget challenge facing local government from falling central grants and rising demand. On Twitter he is @SamMarkey.