Socitm | The Society of IT Management


Key contacts

Nicola GrahamPresident

Nicola serves as Head of ICT at Aberdeenshire Council. She brings a wealth of experience with over 20 years working in the commercial and public sectors. Skilled in building effective and commercially aware teams that have overseen major transformational programmes and projects in complex environments.

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Geoff ConnellImmediate Past President

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.

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Huw McKeeVice President

Huw is an active member of the Wales Socitm branch with over 30 years’ experience as an IT professional; operating for 20 years at CIO/director level across the UK. Prior to entering the public sector 10 years ago, he has operated globally with major blue-chip organisations and technology partners, including United Utilities where he was IT Director.

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Sam SmithVice President

Head of strategy and architecture for LGSS

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Sandra TaylorVice President

Head of ICT Services at Dudley MBC and Regional Chair of Socitm West Midlands

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David BryantChief Executive

David is the Commercial Director of Socitm. He has been Chair of the Business Services and Commercial Group since its formation and now dedicates his time to overseeing the development of the commercial activities of Socitm. 

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Chantelle DennyDirector of Finance and Operations

Chantelle has extensive experience of both financial and management accounting, having worked at a senior level in a number of different industries. She is based at our Northampton head office and oversees the day-to-day management of the office team.

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Martin FergusonDirector of Policy and Research

Martin leads the development and promotion of Socitm responses to major issues around public sector ICT, including ethical use of emerging technologies and data, service redesign and transformation, health and wellbeing, leadership and cyber resilience. 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 that he was Chief Information Officer at St. Albans District Council, with an extensive background in local government and research, and is a previous president of Socitm.

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Nadira HussainDirector of Leadership Development and Research

Nadira leads Socitm’s policy and research work on leadership, diversity and skills. She has extensive experience in local government and the private sector, including successful transformational change of services, devising new delivery models and collaborative/shared/trading functions, focusing on improving cultural readiness and using technology, data and digital solutions effectively. She was Socitm President 2015-16, when she championed 'Women in IT' and the development of the 'Empowering Women in the Digital World' (EWDW) leadership programmes.

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Dylan RobertsLocal CIO Council Chair

Dylan Roberts currently holds the position of Chief Digital and Information Officer for the Leeds City Council and three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups. Dylan, who leads a team of 286 business and ICT professionals, has driven down the cost of providing the council's ICT by 30% since 2007, while its complexity and overall usage has grown. Dylan is chair of the Local CIO Council. His work in public sector ICT has resulted in him being voted by his peers, across all sectors, into the CIO50 most influential CIOs in the UK list, for which he achieved Number 6 for three years. 

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Noelle GodfreyLocal CIO Council Vice-chair

Noelle Godfrey is Programme Director for Connecting Cambridgeshire & Smart Cambridge, Cambridgeshire County Council. Noelle is vice-chair of the Local CIO Council.

LinkedIn: Noelle Godfrey