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North West

Local meeting

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Date & time

  1. 22 March 2024 10:00 - 15:00

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. 09:30 Arrival refreshments

    Warm up with an arrival tea or coffee

  2. 10:00 Welcome and Introductions

    Alison Lincoln, Chair 

  3. 10:10 Copilot demonstration

    Andrew Bushell, Account Director, Microsoft 

    Join us to hear from Andrew Bushell, Account Director at Microsoft as we explore an overview of the Copilot capabilities, followed by a deeper dive into Copilot for M365.  We can guarantee you will learn something new, and we would welcome your questions.

  4. 10:50 AI Discussion

    An interactive table discussion, encouraging diverse perspectives and collaborative problem-solving

  5. 11:50 Networking break

    Make sure you reflect, and catch-up with your fellow members over a tea or coffee.

  6. 12:10 Cyber Exercise

    Ken Place, Deputy Head, IT Services, Blackpool Council

  7. 12:30 Simple steps to recovery a private sector perspective

    Veeam l NDL l Centerprise

  8. 12:45 Socitm update

    Dave Sanderson, Membership Services Director, Socitm

  9. 13:05 iNetwork/WARP Update

    Shelley Heckman, Partnership Director, iNetwork

  10. 13:35 Closing remarks followed by networking lunch

    Alison Lincoln, Chair 


  • Alison Lincoln ICT Senior Manager of Projects and Customers, Blackpool Council

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.