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.
Chair: Martin Ferguson
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.
Rachel McLean joined MHCLG in January 2018 as Director General – Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to this Rachel was the Director of Finance, Planning and Performance for HMRC Customer Services and also chaired the HMRC Social Mobility network. Before joining HMRC in November 2015, Rachel worked for Transport for London where she held several senior leadership positions in finance and transformation.
Rachel has worked mainly in the transport industry, leading finance and commercial functions and also undertaking significant transformation projects including acquisitions and major restructurings.
Rachel is a CIMA qualified accountant by profession.
Director General, Chief Financial Officer:
The Chief Financial Officer leads MHCLG’s finance and analytical teams and is responsible for the department’s commercial and digital functions.
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 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.
“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.”
Helen Wall is National Lead for GDS. She leads a growing team who reach outside of Whitehall to ensure that GDS is accessible and in touch with the wants and needs for the whole of the UK public sector. Helen began her civil service career in Directgov and has spent the last 12 years working on cross Government digital programmes for a number of departments. She joined GDS in 2014, from Number 10, where she lead on a number of digital campaign strategies including the 2012 Olympics and the 2013 UK G8 Presidency. Helen has worked on some of the largest proactive and reactive Government campaigns to cross central and local government including the 2009 swine flu coordinated campaign strategy, DH Act FAST and the roll out of NHS 111.
Matt Agar has been BDUK’s commercial lead since its creation in 2010 and is responsible for commercial strategy, design and assurance for each of Government’s delivery programmes for broadband connectivity and was responsible for developing and mobilising the Local Full Fibre Networks programme. Matt has been a telecoms / IT / infrastructure commercial professional for 18 years and leads BDUK’s team of commercial, regulatory, technical and analytical specialists to enable BDUK to achieve its fibre infrastructure and rural broadband objectives and support network operators to invest and deploy services across the UK.
Liz was appointed to her role in May 2018 when her previous role as the IT Business Director was combined with operations to drive forward closer collaboration within the working environment.
She has been a civil servant for 24 years, previously working at the Ministry of Justice for 20 years in both operational and IT roles, managing large programmes of work. One of her achievements includes building the first online claims system. Liz’s passionate about the move to adopting digital technology within government and strongly supports the government’s technology strategy.
With a busy life including three children and full time employment, Liz enjoys the flexibility and exciting opportunities that working in FCO Services provides.
Dominic has led and secured public sector WAN deals throughout the UK in a career spanning over 20 years. He has a background in IT outsourcing covering networking, voice, and security platforms. He is driven by success and providing transformational savings to local authorities. Dominic will be part of Capita’s public sector technology panel, taking place at 12:30pm.
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.
James has spent his career leading client engagement in both enterprise and SME customers, developing partner relationships that support the overall client engagement strategy and delivering successful outcomes based on aligning technology innovation with a passion for customer excellence. Joining Capita in 2016 and with a background in strategic consulting, organisational change and IT infrastructure managed services, he is responsible for delivering growth in IT Services by providing new and relevant approaches to technology transformation and adoption for clients.
Kris Burtwistle manages the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Local Government team in the UK and Ireland, which help Local Authorities to use the latest cloud computing technologies to transform the way they interact with citizens and think about their future.