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Date & time

  1. 7 July 2022 10:30 - 13:30



Theme – Ethical Use of Emerging Technology and Data 

Location – Canon Showroom Birmingham, 3180 Park Square, Solihull Parkway, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham, B37 7YN

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. 10:30 Welcome and opening remarks

    Andrew Tromans, Socitm Midlands Vice Chair

  2. 10:35 Partner Elevator Pitch

    David Critchon, Sector Director, Canon

  3. 10:40 Digital skills initiative


  4. 11:00 Partner Elevator Pitch

    Naz Juna, Account Executive for Local Government and Housing, Bluesprism

  5. 11:05 Information Governance approach to ethical and secure use of data

    Paul Withers, Data Protection Manager, Walsall MBC

  6. 11:25 The Power of Low Code Analytics in Local Government

    Chris Howarth, Sector Lead Local Government, Alteryx

    This presentation will provide a brief overview of automated analytics solution, Alteryx, before inviting the audience to watch a recorded presentation given by Dr Johanne Parker, Manager of Information & Intelligence at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, who will talk about their journey of ‘Smarter Working with Information’.

  7. 11:45 Networking break

    It’s time to gather our thoughts from this mornings sessions over refreshments and snacks. This is an opportunity to connect with fellow colleagues both from the public and private sector.

  8. 12:05 Partner Elevator Pitch

    Lawrence Stephenson, Commercial Director – UK Public Sector, Salesforce

  9. 12:10 Successful channel shift at Telford & Wrekin with AI acceleration

    Gemma Hancox, Customer Contact Group Manager, Telford and Wrekin Council | Martin Neale, Founder & CEO, ICS AI

  10. 12:30 Socitm Update

    Dave Sanderson, Director of Membership Services, Socitm

  11. 12:50 Chair’s closing remarks

    Andrew Tromans, Socitm Midlands Vice Chair

  12. 13:00 Networking lunch

    It’s time to eat and greet as we reflect on the morning’s programme over lunch. This is an opportunity to continue the conversation as we come together with our partners and enjoy further food for thought.


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.