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.

Rachel McLean

Rachel McLean

Director General, Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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 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.”

Helen Wall

Helen Wall

National Lead, Government Digital Service

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.

Coleen Andrews

Coleen Andrews

Director, Markets and Suppliers, Cabinet Office
Danny Payne

Danny Payne

Chief Executive, FCO Services

Danny Payne is the Chief Executive of FCO Services, a trading fund of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Danny has been a key member of FCO Services’ executive and leadership team since 2008, serving as Security and Property Director from 2008 to 2015, and becoming CEO in July 2015.

Danny’s career includes extensive experience in the private sector, leading major global project and programme roles for Network Rail, Carillion, WS Atkins, Spie Enertrans, Parsons Brinkerhoff WCRM and Sir Robert McAlpine. Throughout this time Danny managed large-scale infrastructure, commercial and change projects across various sectors that integrate construction, manufacturing and security for private sector and government clients.

Danny is an Apprentice Ambassador for South-East region and takes great interest in leading the development and training programme for FCO Services’ apprentices.

Danny is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Directors.

Seminar speakers

Matt Agar

Matt Agar

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

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 Arneill

Liz Arneill

Deputy Director of IT Operations, FCO Services

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 Birch

Dominic Birch

Solution Director, Capita IT & Networks

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.

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.

James Bunce

James Bunce

Sales & Marketing Director, Capita IT and Networks

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

Kris Burtwistle

Local Government Lead, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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.

Emelia Cedeno

Emelia Cedeno

Commercial Agreement Manager, Crown Commercial Service

Emilia is a Commercial Agreement Manager within the Digital Team under the Technology Operations Pillar with spend of c.£4.0Bn. Emilia will be talking to you about the collaborative work that CCS (Crown Commercial Service) has been doing with GDS (Government Digital Service) to build capability within the public sector, delivering over 90 workshops to different departments. As part of this work, Emilia scope has now expanded to supporting Government Departments in EU Exit, supporting them with solid commercial knowledge and expertise and advising them on robust routes to market.

Emilia’s background is international procurement, working within different industries and sectors for the last 15 years between South America and Europe. Emilia is also part of the Diversity Network within Cabinet Office and leads on the BAME engagement.

Patrick Clark

Patrick Clark

Head of HSCN Implementation and Communication, NHS Digital

Patrick is Head of the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) Programme. He is an experienced stakeholder engagement and transformation lead who has delivered a broad range of major change programmes across Central and Local Government over the last 15 years.
Having left the Cabinet Office in Autumn 2014, Patrick joined the NHS Digital HSCN Programme to support a number of workstreams, including stakeholder and market engagement, communications, blueprint design and business case development before becoming Head of Migration during 2017.
Patrick lives in York with his family having previously lived in North London for many years.

Geoff Connell

Geoff Connell

Immediate Past President, Socitm; Head of IMT, Norfolk County Council

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.

Richard Corbridge

Richard Corbridge

Chief Digital & Information Officer, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Richard has specialised in IT development, procurement and implementation across national and local health care arenas in the UK for more than 20 years. He has a wealth of experience, and joined the Trust from the Health Service Executive in Ireland where he was the Chief Information Officer.

He led the delivery of many solutions: a health identifier for the whole population (similar to an NHS number); the first digital hospitals in Ireland; genomic sequencing in specific disease areas; a full digital referral process (referrals made online rather than by post or fax); and the creation of the Chief Clinical Officers Council.

In his early career Richard led the delivery of a wide range of systems and processes in the NHS with a focus to aid the provision of healthcare and clinical research. These ranged from the first primary care messaging system in the NHS, to the modernisation of the information systems’ infrastructure for the delivery of clinical research throughout England.

In 2017 Richard was named the number one CIO for the UK in the EDG CIO Magazine CIO100, listed in Hot Topics global CIO100 and Ireland’s first CIO100. He was named the eGovernment Visionary of the year in Ireland and was named as the most disruptive talent in digital by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak.

Martin Deacon

Martin Deacon

Chief Technology Officer, Capita IT Services

Martin has over 25 years’ experience in managed IT and network services. He has worked globally, led systems development projects and successfully straddled technical and sales arenas. He now works to identify and progress the capability and services roadmap for Capita, which he joined in October 2016. As CTO for Capita Networking Solutions, he holds responsibility for growth areas such as SD-WAN and managed cyber threat monitoring and vulnerability scanning. Like most, he also has a healthy eye on IOT.

Rob Eason

Rob Eason

Managing Director of Global Digital Technology, FCO Services

Joining FCO Services in 2015 from the Ministry of Defence, Rob leads the Global Digital Technology (GDT) group. The group understands, distils and solves challenges government face on their digital journeys. His team works closely with a wide range of government partners and customers, providing access to fresh thinking to deliver better government and public services. Rob is also the SIRO for FCO Services.

Rob’s focus is a continuous aim to deliver excellence to customers from the unique in-government perspective that FCO Services brings. His teams manage digital services for government customers including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. They also provide a pan-government counter-eavesdropping service through the UK National Authority for Counter Eavesdropping (UK NACE) and a comprehensive document sensitivity review service for both paper and digital records. Across all areas of GDT there is a strong focus on enhancing digital services and developing a culture of transformation - and innovation through FCO Services Transformation Hub.

Work is currently underway in the GDT group to exploit technologies in big data, internet of things, artificial intelligence and machine learning and secure communications in collaboration with a range of trusted technology companies.

Jane Fallon

Jane Fallon

Head of Digital, Office of the Public Guardian
Ian Fishwick

Ian Fishwick

Chief Executive, AdEPT Group and SME Panel Member, Cabinet Office

Ian has over 25 years’ experience as a CEO working in areas as diverse as secure battlefield communications and cable television. He has been running companies providing voice telephone services to the public since 1995 and more recently the provision of managed services. “I’ve learned over the years that customers need a small number of things done very well to keep them satisfied. Fair prices, reliability, accurate bills, and the ability to speak to a friendly, helpful person who’ll sort out their problem if something goes wrong.”

Ian was named as Acquisition International magazine’s London CEO of the Year 2017 and Game Changer of the Year 2017 by Acquisition Finance magazine. In November 2016 Ian had the great honour of being appointed to the Cabinet Office SME Panel. His aim is to help the Government achieve their target of having 33% of all government spend with small and medium sized enterprises by 2020.

Giles Hawtin

Giles Hawtin

Technical Solutions Director - IT Services Pre-Sales, Capita IT and Networks

Giles is a technologist who helps develop service organisations, building lasting customer relationships based on credibility, capability and integrity. Joining Capita in 2001, most recently, Giles spent six years in Service Birmingham (a Capita joint venture with Birmingham City Council) as CTO, where he developed and co-authored a new ICT & Digital Strategy and implementation programme for the council, approved by Cabinet in October 2016, with £43M of funding secured to transform the technology estate and deliver a new operating model for IT, in the run up to expiry of the Capita contract in 2021.

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

James leads the Robotic Automation Unit in the Cabinet Office and runs the cross-government RPA Centre of Excellence, in partnership with Capgemini, with the aim of accelerating the adoption of automation across government.

James has 12 years of central government experience, having worked in a variety of strategy and operational roles, mostly in the Home Office. He joined the Government Commercial Function in the Cabinet Office in January 2016 as a commercial specialist working with strategic suppliers before setting up the robotics unit in spring 2017.

Prof. Samia Nefti-Meziani

Prof. Samia Nefti-Meziani

Professor of AI and Robotics, University of Salford

Prof. Nefti-Meziani will be in the AI and Robotics zone with some of her team from University of Salford with some practical examples working robotics.

Prof. Nefti-Meziani holds Doctorat D’etat in robotics and artificial intelligence and is Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems & Advanced Robotics, and Chair of Robotics at the University of Salford. In this role, she leads a multidisciplinary team of 6 academics and 12 researchers in automation, robot/machine design, dexterous end effectors, legged robots, soft robotics, biologically-inspired robots, haptics/telepresence, physical human-robot interaction, rehabilitation robotics, cognitive robotics, uninhabited autonomous systems. She is an internationally leading researcher in embodied intelligence and cognition. She has 25 years’ experience in advanced theoretical research in the areas of embodied intelligence, advanced robotics where the focus of her contribution is in the development of concepts, mechanisms and algorithms. She has pioneered the first application of Soft Robotics in manufacturing.

Chris Nott

Chris Nott

Government Industry Technical Leader, IBM Europe

Chris Nott wants to make citizens feel connected to government. With IT solutions that exploit the power of data using analytics and AI on cloud, Chris ensures that tax is spent on the right services by the right people. He has created an information exchange in defence to facilitate cross-force communications, defined novel analytics patterns to optimise use of Government resources, and is currently leading a cloud-enabled transformation.

Richard Pennington

Richard Pennington

Managing Director, 4net Technologies

Richard is Co-Founder and Managing Director of 4net Technologies. Under Richard’s leadership the company has achieved year on year growth of over 45% and his expertise in building a sustainable and highly skilled team has been crucial in the delivery of global and regional communications projects across the public and private sector.

Dr Martin Pocock CEng FIET FIMA

Dr Martin Pocock CEng FIET FIMA

Head of Digital Systems, Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Martin Pocock is Head of Digital Systems at Frazer-Nash Consultancy. From developing and managing complex software and analytics solutions, his career path has led to a senior management role, where he sets strategy and leads the evolution of digital services and capabilities. With a PhD in Computational Modelling, Martin has over twenty years’ experience in consultancy, working across diverse areas including software, modelling, electrical and digital. He is a Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

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.

Jason Steer

Jason Steer

Director of PreSales, EMEA, Recorded Future

Jason is a techie at heart and has built and broken computer and networks since 1996. Jason has worked at a number of successful technology companies over the past 15 years, including IronPort, Veracode &FireEye. Jason has worked as a cyber-expert with CNN, Al Jazeera & BBC and has worked with the EU and UK Government on Cyber Security Strategy.

Helen Thurston

Helen Thurston

Category Lead Networks, Crown Commercial Service
Ieuan Trigger

Ieuan Trigger

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

Ieuan Trigger is the Deputy Director in the Crown Commercial Service responsible for the procurement of Telecommunications Services for Government. He is responsible for over £850m of Government Telecommunications spend per year, and chairs the cross government commercial forum for the procurement of Telecommunications. Ieuan sits on the HSCN board, for the transformation of the NHS telecommunications infrastructure, and has been instrumental in setting up the new HSCN Telecommunication market.

Ieuan has over 20 years’ experience of procuring, delivering and managing major Telecommunications and IT Security transformational projects globally with BT; working with clients ranging from Cisco, The European Space Agency, to the Ministry of Justice, ATOS Origin and the London Stock Exchange. Ieuan is a member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals.

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.

Ross Winser

Ross Winser

Research Director, Gartner

Ross Winser is a Research Director at Gartner, where his research focusses on the evolution of hosting strategies including colocation, managed hybrid hosting and public cloud. Prior to joining Gartner Ross led technology teams in global organizations, building platforms and processes to support and scale successful, ambitious businesses. Ross was directly responsible for developing and implementing technology strategies that leveraged both traditional and cloud technologies, as well as leading high-profile projects such as data center migrations and cloud adoption. He has prior experience in multiple sectors including insurance, financial services, construction, not for profit and local government and at Gartner supports clients in the UK, across Europe and beyond. He has co-authored popular pieces of Gartner research including the Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Managed Service Providers, the Magic Quadrant for European Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting, and the Western European Context for the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service.

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