Be part of the next Top Talent training cohort in Essex on 24 and 25 June

London & South East


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Date & time

  1. 26 May 2022 10:00 - 12:30


Theme – Regeneration, Connectivity & Sustainability  

Location – LGfL, 9th Floor, 10 Exchange Square, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2BR

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. 10:00 Welcome and opening remarks

    Adrian Gorst, Socitm London & South Chair

  2. 10:05 Partner Elevator Pitches

    6DG, Canon, Salesforce

  3. 10:15 Smart Sustainable Economic Futures

    Linda Chandler, Industry Executive – Local & Regional Government, Microsoft | Andrew Parsons, IoT Programme Manager, London Borough of Sutton

    The concept of ‘smart cities’ has become a common term over the past 15 years. However, the phrase itself is laden with a vision of a dystopian future: – of obtrusive surveillance, of human vs machine and of deploying technology for its own sake. In this session, we look at how the concept of the ‘smart city’ has evolved over time and in the context of net zero implications for energy, built environment and transport domains. Discussing whether sustainability could be the ‘why’ that the digitally enabled city has been waiting for. Are ‘smart cities’ indeed the route to a sustainable economic future?

  4. 10:35 Working with organisations across London and the South East to drive social value and deliver skills programmes

    Charlene Manning, Regional Business Development Manager, AWS | Joseph Ikusika, Business Engagement Manager, Westminster City Council

    During the session, AWS will talk briefly about their economic impact in the region and provide an overview of some of the social value programmes they run before then handing over to representatives from the London Borough of Westminster to talk through what they done with AWS re/start. This is a 12 week programme aimed at giving individuals access to digital skills along leader to employer placements and future employment.

  5. 10:55 Sustainability: Planning to become London’s Leading Authority

    Yogita Popat, Assistant Director for Sustainability & Insight, London Borough of Barnet

  6. 11:15 Comfort Break

    Grab a tea or coffee, take a breather and the opportunity to mingle and network.

  7. 11:25 Member updates (with coffee)

    Facilitated by Adrian Gorst, Socitm London & South Chair

  8. 11:35 Socitm Update

    Nadira Hussain, CEO, Socitm | Caroline Friggens, Senior Consultant , Socitm Advisory

  9. 11:55 The Road to a Hybrid IT Model

    Luke Richardson-Evans, Account Executive, Tanium

  10. 12:05 Secure your collaboration in Microsoft 365


  11. 12:15 Connectivity: Working with schools

    John Jackson, CEO, LGfL

  12. 12:25 Chair’s closing remarks

    Adrian Gorst, Socitm London & South Chair

  13. 12:30 Networking Lunch

    Grab a bite to eat and some refreshments, take a moment to reflect and the opportunity to mingle and network with fellow colleagues.


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.