High level speakers from official event partners Crown Commercial Service along with GDS (Government Digital Service), NHS Digital, YPO and Innopsis (the industry association for companies supplying network services to the public sector) will address delegates in a morning keynote session and subsequent seminars.

There will be presentations throughout the day from expert framework suppliers along with public sector case study presentations.

Plenary speakers

Chair: Martin Ferguson

Chair: Martin Ferguson

, Director of Policy and Research, Socitm

Socitm’s first head of policy, Martin leads the development and promotion of responses to major public sector ICT issues, including data management and sharing; partnerships and outsourcing; self-service; flexible working; and the pan-government security vision. He also drives associated stakeholder engagement with central and local government, and the third and private sectors.

Between 2003 and 2005, he was assistant director, e-government, at the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), prior to which he was CIO at St. Albans District Council, and was elected a president of Socitm.

Coleen Andrews

Coleen Andrews

Director, Markets and Suppliers, Cabinet Office

Emma Jones

Emma Jones

Small Business Crown Representative

Emma was appointed as Small Business Crown Representative in July 2016. She was selected for the role because of her wealth of experience in working with SMEs. She is the founder of small business support group Enterprise Nation, and the co-founder of StartUp Britain.

Emma’s work in her role as Small Business Crown Representative includes:

- Working with government and the Small Business Panel to identify the remaining barriers to SMEs doing business with the public sector

- Supporting the launch and delivery of the campaign to help show that government is “Open for Business” for SMEs, and helping them bid for, and win, more contracts

- Increasing awareness among smaller businesses of opportunities to deliver on behalf of larger private sector firms who have secured government contracts

- Working with government to identify new opportunities to get best value from SMEs

Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn

Technology Director, Crown Commercial Service

Niall Quinn joined CCS in January 2017 as Strategic Category Director – Technology. He joined from Worldpay, the electronic payments company, where he held the position of Director of Procurement and Strategic Supplier Management. Prior to this, Niall held leadership roles in a number of blue chip organisations including JPMorgan, Accenture, Aviva and TPI. He has lived in New York, Toronto, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. He has a BSc and a Masters in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.

Niall says:

“The commercial solutions we’re putting in place for the public sector’s Technology needs are designed to be flexible and responsive to customer and supplier needs, with new lotting structures and simplified bid packs and terms and conditions to make procurements quicker and less resource-intensive. The Digital Marketplace continues to grow, with thousands of SMEs signing up to deliver innovative digital services to central government and the wider public sector in specialisms like G-Cloud, Data Centres and Digital Outcomes and Specialists, helping public bodies to deliver efficient, effective services that meet the needs of citizens.”

Warren Smith

Warren Smith

Digital Marketplace Director, Government Digital Service

Warren leads the excellent team who are helping the public sector buy what it needs to deliver great digital services. He also leads procurement transformation to support the GDS Technology Group’s wider reforms.

Speaker tbc

Speaker tbc

FCO Services

Seminar speakers

Matt Agar

Matt Agar

BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK), Head of Commercial Design and Strategy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Theo Blackwell

Theo Blackwell

Chief Digital Officer for London, Mayor’s Office and Chair of the Smart London Board

As London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo will play a leading role in realising the Mayor’s ambition to make London the world’s smartest city, ensuring that the capital’s status as a global tech hub helps transform the way public services are designed and delivered, making them more accessible, efficient and responsive to the needs of Londoners.

Theo joins with extensive public and private sector experience.

As Cabinet member for Finance, Technology & Growth at Camden council, Theo established Camden as London’s leading digital borough through its use of public data – and this year they received national recognition as Digital Leaders ‘Council of the year’.

He’s worked at GovTech accelerator Public Group, advising start-ups on the growing market in local public services, and was previously Head of Policy & Public Affairs for the video games industry’s trade body, Ukie.

Emelia Cedeno

Emelia Cedeno

Commercial Agreement Manager, Crown Commercial Service
Geoff Connell

Geoff Connell

Immediate Past President, Socitm; CIO, Norfolk CC

Geoff Connell is a highly experienced public sector CIO who is Head of Information Management and Technology at Norfolk County Council. He has been voted onto the latest iterations of the most influential and innovative CIO lists (CIO50 and CIO100) and also the Digital Leaders 50 awards.

Mark Leigh

Mark Leigh

Deputy Director, Head of Employment Services Category, Department for Work and Pensions

Mark joined the Government Commercial Organisation in May last year, taking up a role as Deputy Director, Head of Employment Category in the DWP, managing a spend of £550M and a team of c50 people. Previously he worked at Rolls-Royce for 18 years in a range of roles, latterly as Head of Commercial and Sourcing for the Installations Division, where his teams won a range of awards including the Procurement Leaders Award for Best Procurement Team in 2014. Mark is an astrophysicist by training and a former Naval Officer. He is married to Alison with a 12 year old son, Oskar. He is a keen cricket (Yorkshire CCC) and football (the Blades) fan.

Senior Representative

Senior Representative

National Cyber Security Centre
James Merrick-Potter

James Merrick-Potter

Head of Robotic Automation Unit, Cabinet Office
Gavin Rimmington

Gavin Rimmington

Head of Business Change & IT, YPO

Gavin joined YPO in 2013 initially as Programme Manager before taking up the role of Head of Business Change & IT. Gavin’s remit includes all operational and strategic aspects of IT delivery.

The Business Change Team consists of a team of Business Analysts, Project & Programme Managers who are tasked with delivering a complex portfolio of change initiatives.

Gavin is part of YPO’s Senior Leadership Team and a key member of YPO’s Digital Board, which is tasked with progressing YPO’s digital ambitions which has led to creating an innovative and creative culture at YPO. Gavin has over 20 years of experience in the Change and IT industry, with roles in the private sector and prior to YPO spent over 10 years at Wakefield Council in numerous IT management positions.

Dermot Ryan

Dermot Ryan

Director of HSCN, NHS Digital

Since November 2015 Dermot has been the Director of the Health & Social Care Network (HSCN) at NHS Digital. Prior to his role on HSCN, Dermot has held a number of national project leadership roles in the health and social care sector including as the Director of Provider Support for the London and the South regions where he was responsible for the closure of the LSP contracts and for the delivery of care systems across the region through the South Local Clinical Systems programmes.

Chris Short

Chris Short

Crown Hosting Framework Authority, Crown Commercial Service
Ieuan Trigger

Ieuan Trigger

Director of Network/Telecommunication Strategy & Procurement, Crown Commercial Service
Gareth Rhys Williams

Gareth Rhys Williams

Government Chief Commercial Officer

Gareth Rhys Williams was most recently Chief Executive Officer of PHS Group, a leading provider of outsourced workplace services in the UK. Gareth is an experienced CEO and Non Executive Director, with a consistent record of reinvigorating and reinventing listed and private equity backed companies through creative growth strategies. He has a strong record of driving transformational change in large, complex and federated organisations.

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Associate Director, Commercial Engagement, NHS Digital

A seasoned commercial manager / advisor, MBA qualified, with over 20 years’ experience providing commercial management and consulting services in the managed/outsourced services arena, both as a consultant and as a service provider.

Extensive strategic commercial, contractual and infrastructure related experience, which has been gained working on high value and complex technology outsource and infrastructure assignments within the chemical, food, government, pharmaceutical, rail, telecommunications and utility sectors.

Speakers, agenda and times may be subject to change