The plenary session will be followed by 20 informative seminar sessions featuring case studies from across the public sector, presented by experts from both public and private sectors. The plenary will take place in the custom built theatre in the tiered seating, giving attendees a unique perspective of the arena and exhibition.

With two purpose built seminar theatres, dedicated networking and refreshment spaces plus fabulous audio/visual provision, digitech18 is sure to have relevant content for all technology and procurement specialists from all parts of the public sector.

It will be a not to be missed event!

Please see below for more details of the plenary and seminars…



the technology and procurement showcase for the public sector

Agenda – plenary and seminars

Wednesday 31st October 2018, First Direct Arena, Leeds LS2 8BY


09:45 – 11:30 Plenary session

Chair: Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy and Research, Socitm

Emma Jones, Small Business Crown Representative
Keeping the £ local

Niall Quinn, Technology Director, Crown Commercial Service
Progressive technology: from the Blockbuster generation to Netflix

Coleen Andrews, Director of Markets and Suppliers, Cabinet Office
The collapse of Carillion

Rachel McLean, Director General, Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Digital declaration

Helen Wall, National Lead, Government Digital Service
The digital transformation of public services

Danny Payne, Chief Executive, FCO Services
Supporting government to transform public services through modern technology

Following the Chair’s welcome and a presentation from each speaker the plenary session will end with Q&A, giving attendees the chance to ask questions and promote discussion on the issues which are of most importance to them.

Seminar Theatre Morley

12:00 Seminars begin (20 minutes each)

12:00 Frameworks Are Us: An easy guide to what’s available on each framework, with public sector case studies
Using examples from public sector projects this seminar will cover the various frameworks and what products and services are available to help you and your organisation.
Ian Fishwick, Chief Executive,  The AdEPT Technology Group

12:30 Supporting Digital Transformation – exploring the technology that provides new ways of delivering council services
Across a landscape of changing behaviours, demands and expectations of customers who have become used to the convenience of digital technologies, and the focus on the delivery of cost savings that are largely dependent on digital transformation, our panel session explores  the technology that provides new ways of delivering council services

Themes to be covered:
– Agile transformation
– Whole system approach to digital transformation
– Channel shift and self-service
– Digital infrastructure and ‘Smart Cities’
Martin Deacon, Chief Technology Officer, Capita IT and Networks
Dominic Birch, Solution Director, Capita IT and Networks
Giles Hawtin, Technical Solutions Director – IT Services, Capita IT and Networks
James Bunce, Sales & Marketing Director, Capita IT and Networks

13:00 Cloud infrastructure as a service market
Join Ross to gain valuable insights on the Cloud Infrastructure as a service market and hear examples of common challenges encountered on the cloud adoption journey.
Ross Winser, Research Director, Gartner

13:30 Everyone’s a winner – the one-to-many economics of a hyper-scale cloud
Ever reviewed a cloud computing contract, only to be left wondering why it’s fundamentally different to anything you’ve come across before? The simple answer to your question is hyper-scale cloud economics. In this session, Amazon Web Services explains why ‘one-to-many’ computing is the great leveller regardless of size and how, during this golden-age of innovation, Public Sector organisations are using it to modernise. We’ll explore the importance of shared responsibility with regards data security and reveal five essential tips for a streamlined procurement.
Kris Burtwistle – Local Government Lead, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

14:00 Ensuring trust in Government services with blockchain
Citizens’ expectations of public services are rising. We shall look at the early adoption of blockchain where the individual is front and centre. Business model innovation across ecosystems is now presenting Government with opportunities that can be enabled using blockchain to improve services and ensure trust that will better serve citizens.
Chris Nott, Government Industry Technical Leader, IBM Europe

14:30 Robotic Process Automation Centre of Excellence: Accelerating automation in Government
An overview of the work being done within the Centre of Excellence to drive up adoption of automation technology. It will address the history of RPA in government, the early adopters, setting up the CoE and progress we’ve made so far.
James Merrick-Potter, Head of Robotic Automation Unit, Cabinet Office

15:00 Smart cities
Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London and Chair, Smart London Board

15:30 NHS Digital – how the creation of HSCN is enabling the digital transformation of Health and Social Care: driving cost optimisation and creating new markets in the NHS
The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) programme is providing the successor to the National NHS Network (N3) and is a key transitional stage in achieving the vision of making digital Health and Social Care services ubiquitously available over the Internet. In providing both public and private connectivity over a single connection it will: support organisations and services transition to Internet and cloud based architectures; provide highly performant access to the critical digital services upon which Health and Social Care rely and which are not currently available on the Internet; and help organisations protect themselves against network related cybersecurity threats.

By establishing a small number of central services and a standards-based competitive marketplace of connectivity suppliers it will provide greater flexibility and security and generate significant cost savings.

Market evolution and central Government policy are coalescing to the point that large scale monolithic technology contracts are no longer necessary to recover investment in bespoke technical architectures nor are they desirable in terms of value for money.

Cloud based technologies are now prevalent in the IT space and are having an effect on the delivery of services lower down the ‘stack’. Software defined networking and wider availability of physical infrastructure suppliers is making it easier for new entrants to succeed in the telecoms market.

The development of a standards based delivery model for HSCN has enabled these new entrants, along with the more traditional players, to compete in a common marketplace for HSCN connectivity, providing consumers with greater flexibility and improved value for money.
Andrew Wilson, Associate Director Commercial Engagement, NHS Digital
Patrick Clark, Head of HSCN Implementation and Communication, NHS Digital
Helen Thurston, Category Lead Networks, Crown Commercial Service
Ieuan Trigger, Director of Network/Telecommunication Strategy and Procurement, Crown Commercial Service

16:00 Practical applications of improving patient care – the Leeds Digital Way
Leeds Teaching Hospitals expands across 7 Hospital sites, has 175 Building, 135 Department and Clinical areas, 114 wards and 69 operating Theatres. The Trust has a digital strategy to enable everyone to provide safe and integrated patient centred care in Leeds and beyond. To deliver this the Trust are using innovative technology, information and insight to transforms patient journeys and ways of working. This strategy is the Leeds Digital Way.
Richard Corbridge, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

16:30 AI and Chatbots and the customer experience
The rise of AI and Chatbots as a tool to improve customer experience is evolving; hear about some of the considerations, successes and where the boundaries between this technology and customer service are blurring. The presenter will draw on experience and theory to show that IT and customer service professionals need to jointly consider, embrace and plan for aspects of adoption. Hopefully this seminar will demonstrate that the reality isn’t always that scary.
Gavin Rimmington, Head of Business Change & IT, YPO

16:50 Seminars end

Seminar Theatre Roundhay

12:00 Seminars begin (20 minutes each)

12:00 Security in a cloud first environment
Whilst cloud computing delivers significant benefits in agile and efficient working, the need for comprehensive security remians a primary concern. We will highlight how we are supporting government departments and public sector organisations who have sensitive data to move to the cloud, understanding their challenges, working in a collaborative way, managing their risks and enabling the transfer of their data to the appropriate platform; we will discuss some of the challenges our current government customers have had and how we have solved them.
Rob Eason, Managing Director of Global Digital Technology FCO Services
Liz Arneill, IT Business Director, FCO Services

12:30 Assurance of Open Systems Architecture
Digital transformation programmes want to avoid vendor lock-in and rapidly exploit advances in technology. As such “openness” for system design is becoming a strategic requirement across government and is assumed by default in most new contracts. In the same way that organisations are wanting to be assured that a system is safe and secure, they also want confirmation that they are “open”, supporting the integration of technology from different vendors for the life-time of the system. Frazer-Nash is pioneering the assurance open systems architecture and this seminar will discuss the use of systems modelling to develop openness and security viewpoints which allow for dynamic, continuous assurance.
Dr Martin Pocock, Head of Digital Systems, Frazer-Nash Consultancy

13:00 Local government IT strategy
Geoff Connell, Head of IMT, Norfolk County Council and Immediate Past President, Socitm

13:30 Transforming technology delivery securely
Supply chain security is a key priority right now, but also really hard to get right. As we have evolved from a build-your-own bespoke technology approach through to outsourced managed services and more latterly to global cloud based solutions, how does our security approach need to adapt? We’ll take a look at the threat and seek to to understand some approaches to gain confidence in the security of these delivery models as well as what we see commonly going wrong.
Senior representative, National Cyber Security Centre

14:00 The Dark Web’s deep threat intelligence secrets
There has been much speculation (not to mention exaggeration) over recent years about the fabled dark web. We’ve heard how this shady underworld is the refuge of the cyber criminal elite. That this is their “Wolf’s Lair,” where they gather to plot the breaching of businesses and the hacking of celebrities amongst other activities. This presentation will feature:

– A definition of the dark web and how it differs from other sources of intelligence
– Real-world examples of threat actor activities in dark marketplaces
– Methods for uncovering emerging threats using dark web sources
Jason Steer, Director of PreSales, EMEA, Recorded Future

14:30 Building Capability within the Public Sector
Transforming procurement is an important element of the Government Transformation Strategy, as is developing the right people, skills and culture. Our aim is to build capability within the public sector to raise commercial and digital awareness in government by supporting teams, sharing best practices and creating a community of practice. For you, with you, by you.
Emilia Cedeno, Commercial Agreement Manager, Crown Commercial Service

15:00 Delivering Digital Success – Transformational Cloud Services to enable better ways of working
4net will describe, using real life examples of our work with the Prime Minister’s Office, HM Treasury and other key Government Departments, how our innovative, dedicated and secure Central Government and Public Sector cloud communications platforms, have delivered transformational success, improving communications, collaboration and customer engagement, and still reduced costs.
Richard Pennington, Managing Director, 4net Technologies

15:30 Transformation of public services: Solving problems and building great teams
Jane was a transformation lead at the Government Digital Service for 5 years, before moving to the Office of the Public Guardian in 2o15. Jane will share her experiences of working in a range of government departments, transforming their public services.
Jane Fallon, Head of Digital, Office of the Public Guardian

16:00 Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) – what it means for the public sector and how to get involved
Full fibre networks deliver greater capacity and more reliable services to businesses and residents, and underpin the future rollout of 5G radio. Full fibre is currently available to 5% of UK premises, so Broadband Delivery UK launched the £294m Local Full Fibre Networks Programme investing in projects that coordinate public sector demand for full fibre and aggregate business and residential demand, expecting to stimulate and accelerate commercial investment in full fibre networks across the UK. We are already piloting upgrades to schools, GP surgeries and local authority sites across the UK, and have launched a challenge fund for the public sector to bid for projects that use improved connectivity to achieve their local digital strategies. Matt Agar from BDUK will be providing an update on the programme and explaining how different parts of the public sector can engage with the programme.
Matt Agar, BDUK Head of Commercial Design and Strategy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

16:20 Seminars end


Please note agenda, seminar times and speakers are subject to change