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Leadership Academy Alumni Day

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Date & time

  1. 7 December 2023 10:15 - 15:15


  1. Teams


The tradition continues – dig out and dust off your Christmas jumper to get in the festive mood to join us for our virtual feel-good event of the year. We have an exciting programme for the day, there will be networking, a powerful panel, we even have President Mark Lumley getting involved and hosting our virtual quiz!


  1. 10:15 Connecting and networking

    Join us from 10:15 and start connecting

  2. 10:30 Welcome and introductions

    Our Chairs will welcome us, run through the agenda, set the scene, share their thoughts and introduce our first session.

    Yogita Popat, Chair

    Graeme Murrell, Co – Chair

  3. 10:40 Virtual quiz

    Mark Lumley, Director of ICT & digital,  London Borough of Hounslow

    Join our virtual quiz for fun, excitement, and a chance to showcase your knowledge of all things Socitm and Christmas

  4. 11:10 How I was changed by Leadership Academy training

    Yogita Popat, Assistant director of sustainability & insight, London Borough of Barnet

    Alison Lincoln, ICT Senior Manager of Project and Customer Delivery, Blackpool Council 

    Emma Cleal, Digital Development Manager, Elmbridge Borough Council


  5. 11:40 What happened when I Belbin profiled my whole team

    Kurt Frary, Deputy director of information management & technology / Chief technical officer (CTO),  Norfolk County Council

    Aidan Matthews, Leadership programme manager, Socitm

  6. 12:00 Networking Break

    Grab a coffee and let’s continue networking..

  7. 12:15 Impact of the change agent programme

    Andrew Boxall, Client Technology Lead (CTL), Microsoft

  8. 12:35 Kirklees Council: Our digital approach to accessibility and inclusion

    Kirklees Council is working hard to embed a culture of accessibility and inclusion. Find out how in this whistlestop tour of what we’re doing, from strategic initiatives to gamification and offering a helping hand to others to achieve accessible service delivery. Hear also about how a long-lasting strong relationship with the University of Huddersfield helps us to achieve our aims.

    Graeme Murrell, IT Principal Officer, Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

  9. 12:55 Networking Lunch

    Lets eat! Use this time to reflect and refuel whilst taking in this morning’s programme

  10. 13:25 Fact or Myth

    In a post truth world, we have decided to spend some time separating fact from fiction. However this is a festive event so we want to do this with a bit of fun and a little competition. So get ready to test you ability to know the difference between fact or myth. Here is your starter question…’Tomato ketchup was sold as a medicine in the 1830s, fact or fiction? We look forward to seeing you on soon.

    Aidan Matthews, Learning Programme Manager, Socitm

  11. 13:45 Alison McKenzie-Folan: A new era for local government

    Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Chief Executive of Wigan Council and Place Lead for Health and Care Integration (Wigan), NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care

    Alison McKenzie-Folan, Wigan Council’s chief executive, will reflect on lessons learnt ten years on from the creation of the Wigan Deal, and how the council is now planning for a new era. An era in which the technological opportunities presented by AI will support a place-based mission to tackle inequalities and deliver sustainable person-centred services. Alison will also reflect on her personal journey as a digital leader and her drive to develop new talent in local government and tech.

  12. 14:05 Allyship: what is it, and what you can do

    Carol Williams, Director of transformation and digital, Walsall Council

    Michelle O’Neill, Principal Consultant Leadership and OD, West Midlands Employers (WME)

    West Midlands Employers – Accelerating Inclusion through Allyship

  13. 14:25 Closing remarks

    On behalf of us all Nadira will reflect on the final event of 2023 for Socitm and bring proceedings to a close.

    Nadira Hussain, CEO, 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 Sheema Ali.

Private sector – contact Aimie Francis.