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Date & time

  1. 23 September 2021 09:30 - 12:30
  2. 24 September 2021 09:30 - 12:30



The innovation and creativity being released by local government in response to the challenges Covid-19 has created are truly inspiring.  

However, as we plan for what a post-Covid world looks like, this great work needs to be supported and nurtured with a focus on place-based solutions. Only as a direct result of this regeneration revolution can local communities continue to flourish.   

The next step on Socitm’s journey to deliver our aim of leading the collaboration and network of sharing of resources across the public sector is this dedicated Covid recovery event. 

Join us for two days of inspiring, thoughtful, and actionable outputs. 


  1. 09:30 Introduction & Welcomes

    Sam Smith, Chair

  2. 09:35 Doughnut Economics: Decision making for the 21st Century

    Peter Lefort, Exeter

    Covid has made explicit the often invisible interconnections between every part of our lives, from health and jobs to food and education. Across all aspects of society, our traditional ways of understanding, measuring and influencing the complex world around us are stuck in linear models which are deeply vulnerable to bias, blind spots and unintended consequences. Doughnut economics offers a different perspective, which looks at the wider system and gives decision makers the tools to recognise what they don’t know. Variations on the model are being used by businesses, local authorities, communities and more, as the need intensifies to build a fairer, more sustainable, more resilient society.

  3. 09:55 The Journey to a Successful Hybrid IT Model in UK Government

    Paul Jackson, RVP for UK Public Sector, Tanium 

    Achieving the ability to protect our IT environments whilst allowing our employees and users to freely choose how and where they wish to work is a critical transformation. During this session, we will look at the ‘Four R’s’ of Covid Recovery in the context of building a successful Hybrid IT model. We will explore key issues including unmanaged devices, the rise of ransomware and zero trust authentication – plus illustrate how the Tanium platform provides a sustainable method for IT teams to make decisions using a wider and more comprehensive view of their IT estate. Tanium’s success with the University of Salford will be presented during the session to offer best practices in creating a hybrid IT model for Government workforces.

  4. 10:15 Digital skills or scientific method?: How technology can help us understand and reduce community need. The Huntingdonshire experience.

    Oliver Morley, Corporate Director (People), Huntingdonshire District Council

    Covid has accelerated the significant change that the public sector has been responding to over recent years, and presented a series of challenges without clear road maps or past experience to draw on. Digital skills have been critical in closing these gaps. The use of evidence, experimentation, fast deployment of solutions have all been critical. However, digital knowledge and technological experience remain in limited supply at senior levels of the public sector, and at times acutely in the community sector. Where digital is as likely to be paired with -exclusion  as it is– solution. This presentation will explore some of the solutions developed with the community in Huntingdonshire but also some of the barriers, and seek to explore how technology and digital partners could work to demystify ‘digital skills’ and work to ensure that evidence, experimentation and fast deployment remain the organisational focus with methodologies and technology solutions as means rather than ends that sit behind them.

  5. 10:35 Breakout Room 1 - Sustainable, place-based regeneration and resilience - the role of data and technologies

    Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy & Research, Socitm
    William Barker, Socitm 

    This session will explore the role of digital – data and technologies – in addressing deep-seated social, economic and environmental inequalities. Practical, place-based examples will be cited and debated.
  6. 10:35 Breakout 2 - Canon's digital transformation service incorporating social value

    Dave Crichton, Senior Director, Canon
    Neil Jones, Programme Manager, Canon
    Gerry Baker, Norfolk County Council

    Canon’s Digital Transformation Services is a comprehensive range of print and information management services delivering an ecosystem of technology that supports the entire document lifecycle and digital transformation journey.

    Our hardware, software and services improve paper and digital integration supporting customers to meet their business goals, from boosting productivity, enhancing mobility & collaboration, to improving customer experience and security.

    Social Value is very important to Canon and is embedded in our Corporate Philosophy of Kyosei which means “living and working for the common good”.

  7. 11:00 Break


  8. 11:15 How Covid has accelerated digital transformation opportunities

    Jayne Davies, Managing Director – Customers, JISC

    Regardless of sector, the multiple Covid-lockdowns for most organisations became the catalyst for rapid transformational e-infrastructure initiatives both large and small, to manage new ways of working for staff as well as deliver public services.

    As we evolve from the Covid crisis, what lessons can we learn and what effective practice can we adopt to evolve our public sector business models? How can we drive efficient and cost-effective e-infrastructure to accommodate ‘hybrid’ working [remote and on-site], as well as exceeding expectation of the citizen’s we serve?

    Hear a real case study of how one local government’s digital transformation journey started before and during Covid-19 and how it evolved to become a positive catalyst for change, driving efficiency, collaboration, security, and cost savings.  Presentation will cover migration from a data centre to the cloud, switching to a faster and secure network, as well as rolling out virtual desktops.

  9. 11:35 Inclusion and inequalities – closing the divide.

    Sam Smith, Chair
    Geoff Connell, Norfolk
    Tony Colson, Sense
    Jenna Inngamels, Suffolk
    Jason Tutin, Leeds
    Oliver Morley, Huntingdonshire

    Join our panel to hear how inclusivity must be at the front and centre of our recovery plans. An all people thought process that goes beyond the box ticking exercise of website accessibility can help ensure no one is excluded from benefits the latest technology offers.  


  10. 12:25 Closing Remarks

    Sam Smith, Chair


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.