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Leadership Academy Alumni 2021

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Date & time

  1. 9 December 2021 16:00 - 18:00


Primary partners: 4OC (opens in new tab)


Celebrating leaders

Dig out your Christmas jumper, get in the festive mood and join us for the feel-good event of the year.

The achievements of this year’s Leadership Academy alumni are again, nothing short of amazing, so this is the chance to formally recognise their achievements.

Kevin Taylor, Head of ICT at West Suffolk Council an alumnus himself, will be hosting our event.

Opening the event will be our President Sam Smith, who herself recognises the positive impact the Empowering Women programme, greater involvement with Socitm activities and the benefits of networking have played in her own development journey to enable successfully heading our society.

We then have Kit Collingwood, assistant director, digital and customer services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, who will give a keynote address on motivation and ambition which is bound to inspire everyone listening.

Our popular panel session which features the best senior leaders in the public sector, will then debate how to bring out the best in others through authentic leadership, giving us all the benefit of their experience and knowledge.

With a fireside chat, a fun quiz and then closing remarks from our director of leadership development and research Nadira Hussain to follow, the event promises to be the perfect way to end a busy and challenging 2021.


  1. 16:00 Socitm Presidential Welcome

    Sam Smith, Assistant Director of IT & Digital Services, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council

    Sam (President and Empowering Women alumna) will set our scene of reviewing and previewing. How has her Leadership Academy foundation held up under another challenging year? What continuing support can the programmes and our networks give us?

  2. 16:05 Keynote: Blazing through central to local government

    Kit Collingwood, Assistant Director, Digital and Customer Services, Royal Borough of Greenwich

    What has fuelled Kit and her career so far. Where and what next. “I am passionate about better service delivery, diverse and inclusive teams, working in the open, contributing to community, and empathetic leadership.”

  3. 16:20 Panel: Helping yourself to help others

    Yogita Popat, Head of Organisational Insight and Intelligence, London Borough of Barnet (Chair) | Shobana Ravikumar, Community Solutions Digital Platform Manager, London Borough of Hounslow | Paul Sutcliffe, Head of Digital Business Engagement, Lancashire County Council | Sally Miles, Print & Document Services Manager, Hampshire County Council | Emma Cleal, Digital Development Manager, Elmbridge Borough Council

    Be active. Be an advocate. How can we put these behaviours into practice. What seemingly small and/or simple things can we all do that will ripple out and create bigger change?

  4. 16:50 Alumni mentoring returns in 2022

    Kevin Taylor, Head of ICT, West Suffolk Council | Katherine Hlalat, Head of IT Projects and Programmes, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council | Paul Marray, Chief Executive, The 4OC

  5. 17:05 Networking break

    Grab a festive hot chocolate, take a breather and the opportunity to virtually mingle and network with fellow alumni.

  6. 17:10 Fireside chat with the Norfolk County Council - Socitm Lead alumni branch

    Kurt Frary, Deputy Director of IMT, CTO and Socitm Chair (East), Norfolk County Council | Martin King, Field Operations Manager, Norfolk County Council | Rob Price, Service Delivery Manager, Norfolk County Council | Gerry Baker, Digital Projects Manager, Norfolk County Council | Tanya Allen, IT Portfolio Lead, Norfolk County Council | Beverley Houghton, Applications Manager, Norfolk County Council

    Norfolk has sent the most delegates on Leadership Academy programmes! What or who has created this team and environment that encourages learning and leaving? How can we do the same, and be open to learning and asking questions.

  7. 17:30 Empowering Women Wales: Gwlad fy mamau | Land of my mothers

    Empowering Women Wales Cohort

    Be the first to hear in detail what’s been added to the programme for 2022. Thanks to our cohort in Welsh government, project work and more targeted people management training will now feature. How is this going to work out? Alumnae from Wales will tell us everything.

  8. 17:45 Surprise

    Aidan Matthews, Learning Programme Manager, Socitm

  9. 18:00 Closing remarks

    Nadira Hussain, Director of Leadership, Development and Research, Socitm


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.