At UrbanTide, we have expertise in transforming our cities, innovating new products, extracting value from data & technology and engaging diverse communities.

UrbanTide was formed from members of the team that helped bid, plan and deliver the Innovate UK’s £24m smart cities demonstrator for Glasgow. There we worked on the OPEN Glasgow programme that opened up the city's data and created engaging solutions for a broad range of urban challenges. Since then, UrbanTide has grown from strength to strength, working with a wide variety of clients and partners, including Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Scottish Cities Alliance, UK-wide local authorities, National Records of Scotland and Future Cities Catapult. UrbanTide is also in partnership with other private sector organisations including Jacobs, AECOM and CGI.

We believe we can make our cities smart by focusing on the integration of peopletechnology and data to deliver a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future for everyone.

The urban tide is rising. We will make sure you are ready. 

The Management Team

Pippa Gardner
Photography by   ©  Julie Broadfoot 

Photography by © Julie Broadfoot 

Steven Revill

Chief Executive Officer
Strategy and Finance

Steven is a smart places experts and believes in the value of data sharing and openness to trully enable the realisation of this vision.

Steven is a project and programme manager with 12 years’ experience delivering technology products and projects with a focus in transportation and infrastructure. 

He co-wrote the winning Glasgow City Council Future Cities Demonstrator bid, led the OPEN Glasgow data team and project managed the City Technology Platform to create a data integration and open data publication platform.



Pippa Gardner

Co-founder & Director

Pippa is a project and programme manager in smart cities strategy development and smart cities project delivery.

She co-wrote and project managed the successful Glasgow City Council Future Cities Demonstrator bid in 2012, winning a grant of £24 million from Innovate UK. She then led the £7.2M OPEN Glasgow demonstrator programme.

Pippa managed the Smart Cities Readiness Assessment and developed an Outline Investment Roadmap for the Scottish Government in partnership with the Scottish Cities Alliance. She delivers Open Data Training for the Scottish Government and facilitates utilisation of the Smart Cities Maturity Model. She works with local authorities across the UK and represents UrbanTide on an international Smart Cities Reference Panel in Australia.

Our Team


Tom Nickson

Senior Software Engineer & Lead Data Scientist

Tom combines his excellent big data technologies development skills managing large components of the USMART system including the back end databases and Angular JS front end skill set.  He also leads USMART's data science team as a qualified Dr in data science.  


Javier Ruiz

Junior Software Engineer & Data Scientist

Javier is UrbanTide's junior software engineer and data scientist.  He is a born problem solver and is main priority is to develop usable analytics through the application of advanced techniques and to build these into the USMART product suite as usable modules.  


Réka Kovács

Support Manager

Réka has 5 years' project management and business development experience in innovative technology projects as well as in community engagement, interfacing and managing communications with users and partners. 

At UrbanTide, Réka engages clients around UrbanTide’s USMART platform. She provides smart cities and open data advice to clients and contributes to partnership developments.

Tobi Tonner

Chief Technical Officer - Associate

Tobi provides ongoing advice and guidance to the development of USMART to the technology team.  Tobi was instrumental in the design, build and deployment of USMART and taking our high quality specifications for the latest big data technologies and putting it into practice.  

He is passionate about good design and engagement with users for feedback and continues to support and push for the highest quality as an UrbanTide associate. 

Katy Aird

Training Service Management

Katy is highly motivated and has great attention to detail.  Katy has two vital roles for UrbanTide in setting up and keeping on track of invoicing and the planning and delivery of the Open Data Training Service for the public service in Ireland.  She has planned events for individuals from over 70 organisations helping them to gain a better understanding of open data.