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Local meetingIn-person

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Date & time

  1. 6 October 2023 10:00 - 13:00


Theme – Ethical, responsible and secure use of technologies and data

Location – Exeter Science Park

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 Tea & Coffee


  2. 10:00 Welcome & Introductions


  3. 10:05 Cyber Security

    John Finch, Information Governance Manager, Digital & Customer Experience, Plymouth City Council

  4. 10:25 Elevator Pitches

    IP Performance | Veeam | IGEL

  5. 10:40 Greener Care Collaborative; Releasing time to care; time to be more caring

    Key challenges facing society include health and care provision supported by a sustainable workforce and financial model.   Through digital, data and collaboration the evidence shows the opportunity that exists to deliver thousands of hours of additional care, upskill the workforce, increase economic development, reduce demands on the health system and pay people through saving money. Too good to be true? Working in neighborhoods and building generative relationships between partners supported by quality digital infrastructure it becomes available in any area.

    John Bryant, Head of Strategy and Development, Adult Social Care & Partnerships, Social Care Lead, Devon Training Hub, Torbay 

  6. 11:25 Networking Break


  7. 11:40 A stock take of digital priorities and challenges across UK councils

    In this session, Leyre will give an overview of the work we are conducting with DLUHC to evaluate the impacts of their funding through the Local Digital Programme, as well as the results from our survey of councils on their digital priorities, challenges and areas of comparison.

    Leyre Villaizan Herrero,

  8. 12:00 Generative AI - The future is here

    You may have heard of generative AI; you will definitely have heard of things like “Chat GPT”, but what actually is it? And how can generative AI help – and threaten – the way we deliver public services? In this session we’ll discuss where Generative AI has come from, why it’s important, and talk about some of the opportunities and challenges surrounding the biggest tech advancement since the internet

    Joe Reay, Executive Lead, UK Local Government, AWS

  9. 12:40 Autumn update from Local Digital

    Local Digital Collaboration and Engagement Manager Tom Lowndes will be talking about the work of the Local Digital Fund and how they look to foster innovation, using some of the current projects as case studies. Tom will also share findings from the Future Councils pilot about the biggest challenges councils face and how you can get involved in the next phase of the programme

    Tom Lowdes, Collaboration and Engagement Manager, DLUCH

  10. 12:45 Chair' Closing Remarks

    Craig Wilkins, Socitm South West Chair

  11. 12:55 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.