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Date & time

  1. 22 September 2023 10:00 - 13:00


Theme: Leadership, Diversity and Skills

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 Registration
  2. 10:00 Welcome and Introductions

    Tony Doyle, Chair 

  3. 10:10 Socitm update

    Dave Sanderson, Member Services Director, Socitm

  4. 10:30 Cyber Lancashire - The 2nd Industrial Revolution

    Jon Lomas, Cyber Security Partnership Development Manager, Lancaster University

    An overview of the unique opportunity for Lancashire due to the NCF’s arrival in Lancashire. You’ll also learn a little of how Lancaster University is leading the way in supporting the region in Cyber Security Research, Education and business support.

  5. 10:55 Digital Skills and support from Microsoft

    Paul Griffiths, Public Sector Skills Lead, Microsoft UK,

    Join Paul Griffiths, Public Sector Skills Lead, Microsoft UK, for an exploration of the evolving skills landscape, the pressing imperative for skill development in today’s dynamic world and a brief tour of some of the resources available from Microsoft to support your personal and organisations’ digital transformation.

  6. 11:15 Refreshment break
  7. 11:55 Senior Leader Apprenticeships & Executive Education at Lancaster University.

    Diane Bleackley, Senior Leader Apprenticeship Programme Director, Lancaster University Management School and

    Professor Ian Gordon, Lancaster University

  8. 12:00 Manchester City Council - Apprenticeship Program

    Sarah Fannon, Head of Service Operations, Manchester City Council

  9. 12:15 Blackpool Council ICT Apprentice Programme

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

  10. 12:30 20 Years of Local Public Sector Collaboration.

    Shelley Heckman, Partnership Director, iNetwork

    This session reflects on iNetwork’s experience over 20 years of local public sector collaboration, particularly in digital, data  and cyber security

  11. 12:55 Closing remarks

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

  12. 13:00 Networking lunch


Additional information

Attendance is included in our membership and partnership packages.

A fee may apply for non-members. Contact us to discuss your options.