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Socitm Central Collaboration

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Date & time

  1. 28 November 2023 14:00 - 16:15


  1. Virtual (Teams)


Theme – Ethical, responsible and secure use of technologies and data + AGM

Our meetings can be face-to-face (with refreshments provided) or virtual (bring your own refreshments) and will be focused on Socitm’s policy themes. Within these themed meetings your regional committee is free to create an agenda that works best for you and your regional colleagues. If there’s something you would like to discuss or investigate with like-minded peers just let us know on and we will co-ordinate that with and for you.


  1. 14:00 Welcome & Introductions


  2. 14:05 Top tips for driving tactical innovation in local government  

    Incremental changes can make a big difference. This session will explore how you can innovate at a manageable scale to make a tangible difference and use tech to improve citizen outcomes. 

    Jason Whittet, Government Transformation, AWS

  3. 14:25 Warwick District Council

    Representing Warwick District Council, will address the Local Gov Apps Register and the significance of monitoring app usage across local government services, with a focus beyond Warwick.

    Tass Smith, Transformation Lead, Warwick District Council

  4. 14:40 Elevator Pitch

    Francesca Neame-White, Channel Account Manager, iBoss

  5. 14:45 Milton Keynes Council : Letting loose the demon, Generative AI in the workplace

    Milton Keynes Council will discuss benefits and challenges AI has brought to the council through data-driven decision-making, improved citizen engagement and more. 

    Hazel Lewis, Head of ICT & Print, Milton Keynes Council

  6. 15:00 Elevator Panel

    As we strengthen our relationships with our private sector colleagues, we’ll be getting their expert opinions on all things AI and Cyber and the challenges and benefits these bring to the sector and how they can support.  

    Cath Parry, Veeam | Kurtis Toy, CCoE | Paul Bright, IP performance | Graham Segers, Kerv

  7. 15:20 Canon & Norfolk CC case study – Reset, Reform, Renew & Resilient & the benefits of attending Empowering Women Midlands 2023

    Norfolk County Council set itself ambitious goals to continue its development into a more sustainable and forward-thinking digital organisation.

    Part of this journey included a commitment to becoming carbon net zero by 2030, as well as a multifaceted digital transformation project with Canon that the Council has been making impressive progress on.

    Suki Sarai, Canon UK, HR Business partner will also reflect on the Socitm EW Midlands leadership course that she recently attended outlining the personal benefits and feedback on the course.

    Suki Sarai, HR Business partner, Canon

  8. 15:30 SLIDO session

    We’re excited to introduce our interactive discussion session. This segment will be a dynamic and engaging opportunity for participants to share their insights and thoughts using interactive tools. We will use technology to capture all discussions, ensuring that every valuable idea is documented and can be shared after the event. You make it what it is!

  9. 15:45 LCIOC

    The LCIOC holds quarterly networking meetings where your Socitm President’s Team can discuss their and your concerns with other organisations, central government and partners. Sandra chaired her first meeting in April. A big topic of conversation, of course, was AI. Sandra will share with you her verbal minutes of the last meeting and what she has in mind for the next one. 

    Sandra Taylor, Chair of the Local CIO Council (and Assistant Director for IT and Digital at Worcestershire County Council)

  10. 16:00 Midlands AGM



Who can join our events?

Our events are open to everyone and relevant to all levels of staff, from new joiners right through to senior executives. This creates a vibrant mix which promotes innovation, sharing of best practice and drives the modernisation of public services.

Attendance is included in our membership and partnership packages. A fee may apply for non-members. Please see individual event registration details for more information.

Contact us to discuss your options.

Public sector – contact Poppy Whelan.

Private sector – contact Aimie Francis.