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Date & time

  1. 21 October 2022 10:30 - 14:00



Growing our own – what are the career paths?

Location – Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham 

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 Arrival & T&C


  2. 11:00 Welcome & Introductions

    Bill Taylor, Regional Chair

  3. 11:10 .Growing our own from a Microsoft perspective

    Mike Heath, Microsoft

    My career highlights, passion for mentoring and Microsoft’s pledge on Digital Skills

  4. 11:30 Transforming customer engagement using a contact centre in the cloud

    Will McLean, Sarah Green & Helen Longstaff, Northumberland
    Adrian Hanley, AWS

    Northumberland County Council have transformed the way they deal with customer engagement thanks to the AWS cloud-based Contact Centre “Amazon Connect”. The clunky, ageing, on-premise solution susceptible to cyber vulnerabilities has been replaced with a much more responsive solution allowing Northumberland the ability to rapidly adapt to demand as well as interrogate data to better inform the wider business how to provide a better service.

  5. 11:50 Socitm update

    Dave Sanderson, Socitm

  6. 12:10 Elevator pitches

    Paul Bright, IP Performance
    Naz Juna, Blueprism
    Rob Hartshorn, Hornbill

  7. 12:25 Recruitment - The challenges we're facing

    Dave Sanderson, Socitm

    Roundtable session – This session will focus on the challenges being faced within the sector, specifically on recruitment. We’ll have input from Councils and wider public sector organisations on the challenges they are facing and we’ll discuss their approaches to developing from within whilst addressing skills gap in the short, medium and long term.

  8. 12:55 North East update & closing remarks

    Bill Taylor, Regional Chair

  9. 13:00 Carvery Lunch


  10. 14:00 Finish



  • Bill Taylor Deputy Director, Teesside University | North East Chair

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Public sector – contact Poppy Whelan.

Private sector – contact Aimie Francis.