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Date(s) - 10/12/2020
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Leadership Academy Alumni 2020

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Leadership Academy Alumni 2020

Our annual alumni day has moved online this year. As with July’s virtual graduation ceremony, there’ll be a great mix of people to catch-up with, discover and learn from.

The Leadership alumni community is such a special group of people. The invaluable contributions you have made over the years have been a great source of inspiration and a great feeling of being part of the Socitm ‘family’.

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Date and time:

10 December 2020

16:00 – 18:00

Location:

Online via Microsoft Teams

Main partner:

PointWire logo

We are continuously working on a truly excellent agenda for you at our second Leadership Academy Alumni 2020 event. Don’t miss an update! We are improving and adding exciting content to our agenda daily, be sure to check regularly for updates.

16:00 – Welcome and introductions
Nadira Hussain, Director of Leadership and Research, Socitm

16:05 – Presidents welcome
Sam Smith, President, Socitm

16:10 – Henry Ford was right
Barry Johnson, Security and Infrastructure Principle Consultant, PointWire 

16:20 – Keynote
Aruj Haider, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Westminster City Council 

16:35 – Panel 
Lauren Sheppard, Events Manager, Socitm | Meleri Jones, DDaT Workforce and Skills Manager, Welsh Government | Clare Burke, Senior Information Governance Officer, Glasgow City Council | Chris Lloyd, Operational Manager, Cardiff City Council 

17:10 – Interactive activity 
Aidan Matthews, Learning Programme Manager, Socitm 

17:30 – If I can do it, so can you!
Professor Sue Black, Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist, Durham University 

17:45 – Wrap up & close 
Nadira Hussain, Director of Leadership and Research, Socitm

AIdan Matthews

Aidan Matthews
Learning Programme Manager, Socitm 

Aidan has over 20 years’ experience as a learning and development professional. He has worked with a wide range of clients in the private, public and charity sectors. He works both nationally and internationally. His recent experience has been focused in the Tech/IT sector.

He has supported managers, leaders and teams through a range of accredited programmes for both the ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) and the CMI (Chartered Management Institute).

His own management experience has been in the hospitality, music and retail industries where he developed the passion for encouraging people to fulfil their potential and to encourage them to develop through the learning process.

Aidan is motivated by the desire to help people grow and improve, particularly as leaders and managers. He delivers with genuine enthusiasm and self-awareness for learners. He is a qualified executive coach. His engaging facilitation brings training models to life with real world examples.

He is qualified in psychometric tools such as Hogan assessments, PRISM Brain mapping, E.S.C.I (Emotional & Social Competency Inventory), Belbin Team Roles and uses them in his coaching work for individual and team development.

He joined Socitm to help Nadira Hussain develop the Leadership Academy; to become the first-place members consider when growing their organisations’ talent.

Aruj

Aruj Haider
Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Westminster City Council  

Aruj is currently Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at Westminster City Council. As part of this role, she manages the IT, Customer Experience and Digital Teams along with the emerging Smart Cities Programme within her portfolio (which is incredibly exciting for the Council and one that is moving at a fast pace). Aruj’s priorities include using technology and data to empower communities and fuel innovation, creating strategic partnerships and focussing on digital talent & inclusion.

Previously Aruj held various HR generalist roles in the Private Sector as well as a variety of roles in the Council in HR/Organisational Development and Change Management. She has also held the position of the Account Director of Transformation for Westco, the external consulting arm of the Council. Aruj was previously the Head of Organisational Development at Westminster City Council and the co-chair of the Heads of OD network across London Councils. As the Head of Organisational Development for the Council, Aruj has been the architect of the Council’s People Strategy, The Westminster Way and the portfolio of programmes that support it including performance management, talent, learning, inclusion & diversity and leadership development . Through the Westminster Way, Aruj’s team have transformed the Council’s culture and the engagement scores have increased significantly.

Barry Johnson

Barry Johnson
Security and Infrastructure Principle Consultant, PointWire

Barry holds a BEng (Hons) degree in computer systems engineering at Brunel University London, and obtains over thirteen years in the software, information security, consultancy, and asset management sectors. As an experienced Infrastructure Security Engineer, Barry is a specialist in all thing’s security. This is not his only skill however, with a broad and diverse career in the IT world there isn’t much he hasn’t come up against.

Using all these experiences he actively seeks to make a difference, not only in his business activities, but in his personal life too. He successfully helped the Connecting Cambridgeshire team to promote super-fast broadband to thousands of homes and businesses across the county and spends some of his time as a Special Reserve Officer in the British Army.

In 2019 Barry founded PointWire alongside co-founder, Genine Johnson. PointWire are a team comprised of critical endpoint security specialists, that deliver a wide range of bespoke IT security solutions and consultancy services. As Director of Technology, Barry is accountable for overseeing the infrastructure of technical operations, eliminating security risks and maintaining operations and systems.

Chris Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd
Operational Manager, Cardiff City Council 

Chris Lloyd is the Operational Manager for Enterprise Systems and Data within ICT at Cardiff Council, which includes responsibilities for Software Engineering, Application Support and Corporate Data Provisioning.

He has worked for Cardiff for the past 3 years and in his time has overhauled the software development strategy and evangelised the Customer & Digital Services directorate to a more agile project management approach. Some of the products delivered from these changes are the Cardiff Gov Mobile App that has achieved over 35,000 downloads since its release in June 2018 and Bobi the Citizen Bot which was released in January 2020. The next big thing on his list to tackle is ‘all things data’.

Chris is a member of the Cardiff Top Talent cohort from 2019 and is passionate and committed to ensure that Cardiff Council has representation on all Welsh cohorts going forward.

In his spare time he continues to convince he wife and kids each year that a winter skiing holidays trumps a summer holiday every time …

Clare Burke Headshot

Clare Burke
Senior Information Governance Officer, Glasgow City Council

Clare Burke is the Senior Information Governance Officer at Glasgow City Council – a role that covers the management/implementation of a variety of Information Projects across the wider Glasgow Family to ensure Compliance with the Public Records (Scotland) Act.

She is passionate about enforcing the Information Security message and is very active in an engagement and learning role across the organisation to ensure best practice is adopted and enforced. Clare majors in enforcing sound Information and Content management principles and procedures are in place across all environments.

During her 35 year career with Glasgow City Council she spent 25 years in the Finance/Revenues and Benefits area gaining a clear understanding on how sensitive information should be managed and has used this experience to transition to the Corporate Governance role in Information Management.

Clare is a member of the TOP TALENT 2020 – Edinburgh Cohort and is excited to be experiencing this current programme in the Virtual platform.

When she is not considering all things Information, she is an avid Country music, well any type of music, fan and loves travelling. Her go to place is deep in the heart of TEXAS.

Meleri Jones

Meleri Jones
DDaT Workforce and Skills Manager, Welsh Government 

As the DDaT Workforce and Skills Manager in Welsh Government, Meleri looks to develop the skills and capability of staff in Welsh Government to support digital transformation.

Across her 9 years working in Welsh Government Meleri has worked in several roles including front line customer service roles, health enquiries and security but for the past 5 years has specialised in Digital, Data and Technology.

Meleri is passionate about developing people. Her current role provides an opportunity to support staff develop their skills as well as carrying out wider workforce planning to ensure the organisation has the right people with the right skills. Meleri designed the first DDaT apprenticeship scheme for Welsh Government and acts as mentor for the successful candidates, supporting them in their career development.

Outside of work, Meleri enjoys spending time walking in the countryside with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bryn, who can often be heard snoring in the background of her video calls!

head and shoulders photo of Nadira Hussain of Socitm

Nadira Hussain
Director of Leadership Development and Research, Socitm

An experienced IT and change management leader with 25+ years of both private sector and extensive public sector experience. Nadira has worked in numerous roles across London at both an operational and strategic level; within the IT service and other wider teams including digital, business improvement, transformation and customer services, and across shared services to deliver efficiencies, service improvement and ambitious outcomes focusing on the customer.

Currently as the Director of Leadership Development & Research at Soctim, Nadira is continuing to build on the work she initiated as president of the society (15/16), focusing on building the leadership, skills and diversity of the sector’s workforce in response to the impact of transformational working practices, promoting professionalism and championing women role models.

headshot of Sam Smith from Socitm with a blue top

Sam Smith
President, Socitm
Head of Digital and IT for 3C Shared Services. Strategic IT Lead, Cambridgeshire County and Peterborough City Councils

In her joint roles as IT Strategic Lead for Cambridgeshire County & Peterborough City Councils and Head of IT & Digital for the 3C ICT Service, Sam is able to draw on her extensive experience across multiple local authorities.  In a wide range of roles she has delivered IT projects and programmes alongside a high standard of operational support for enterprise level infrastructure and multiple line of business IT services.

Sam is passionate about getting the best out of IT for maximum business benefit and lead the 3C ICT shared service and develop the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Strategy to do just that with a pragmatic approach to defining IT Strategy to deliver increased business results.

Sam has extensive experience of all aspects of people, project and financial management and a proven record of inspiring the teams that work for her by providing strong leadership and support with clear direction. With excellent operational and technical leadership skills she forms and manages relationships at all levels of the business and IT from senior management and customers to technical engineering staff.

As President of Socitm Sam is keen to share experiences and collaborate across the public sector and lead the ‘Healthy & Well Communities’ Policy theme to enable the “left shift” of intervention in people’s health and wellbeing from the expensive acute end of the system to an earlier point at the community and locality end and with citizens themselves.

Outside of work she is a keen walker and explorer of country houses & stately homes who enjoys a very slow Parkrun most Saturdays as well the less well known hobby of Champing.

Sue Black

Sue Black
Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist, Durham University 

A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.

Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 codebreakers. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011. Sue has championed women in tech for over two decades, founding the #techmums social enterprise in 2013 and the pioneering TechUPWomen retraining underserved women into tech careers in 2019.

Passionate about technology as an enabler Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Partnering at our events is about exploring new possibilities and enjoying fantastic networking opportunities: you’ll meet leading public sector figures and get to present your business ideas.

We have a full range of partnership opportunities available at our Leadership Academy Alumni 2020 event. For an informal discussion on the event and opportunities to engage with the Socitm audience, please contact hello@socitm.net or call 01604 709456 and ask for Aimie Francis.

Agenda

We are continuously working on a truly excellent agenda for you at our second Leadership Academy Alumni 2020 event. Don’t miss an update! We are improving and adding exciting content to our agenda daily, be sure to check regularly for updates.

16:00 – Welcome and introductions
Nadira Hussain, Director of Leadership and Research, Socitm

16:05 – Presidents welcome
Sam Smith, President, Socitm

16:10 – Henry Ford was right
Barry Johnson, Security and Infrastructure Principle Consultant, PointWire 

16:20 – Keynote
Aruj Haider, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Westminster City Council 

16:35 – Panel 
Lauren Sheppard, Events Manager, Socitm | Meleri Jones, DDaT Workforce and Skills Manager, Welsh Government | Clare Burke, Senior Information Governance Officer, Glasgow City Council | Chris Lloyd, Operational Manager, Cardiff City Council 

17:10 – Interactive activity 
Aidan Matthews, Learning Programme Manager, Socitm 

17:30 – If I can do it, so can you!
Professor Sue Black, Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist, Durham University 

17:45 – Wrap up & close 
Nadira Hussain, Director of Leadership and Research, Socitm

Speakers
AIdan Matthews

Aidan Matthews
Learning Programme Manager, Socitm 

Aidan has over 20 years’ experience as a learning and development professional. He has worked with a wide range of clients in the private, public and charity sectors. He works both nationally and internationally. His recent experience has been focused in the Tech/IT sector.

He has supported managers, leaders and teams through a range of accredited programmes for both the ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) and the CMI (Chartered Management Institute).

His own management experience has been in the hospitality, music and retail industries where he developed the passion for encouraging people to fulfil their potential and to encourage them to develop through the learning process.

Aidan is motivated by the desire to help people grow and improve, particularly as leaders and managers. He delivers with genuine enthusiasm and self-awareness for learners. He is a qualified executive coach. His engaging facilitation brings training models to life with real world examples.

He is qualified in psychometric tools such as Hogan assessments, PRISM Brain mapping, E.S.C.I (Emotional & Social Competency Inventory), Belbin Team Roles and uses them in his coaching work for individual and team development.

He joined Socitm to help Nadira Hussain develop the Leadership Academy; to become the first-place members consider when growing their organisations’ talent.

Aruj

Aruj Haider
Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Westminster City Council  

Aruj is currently Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at Westminster City Council. As part of this role, she manages the IT, Customer Experience and Digital Teams along with the emerging Smart Cities Programme within her portfolio (which is incredibly exciting for the Council and one that is moving at a fast pace). Aruj’s priorities include using technology and data to empower communities and fuel innovation, creating strategic partnerships and focussing on digital talent & inclusion.

Previously Aruj held various HR generalist roles in the Private Sector as well as a variety of roles in the Council in HR/Organisational Development and Change Management. She has also held the position of the Account Director of Transformation for Westco, the external consulting arm of the Council. Aruj was previously the Head of Organisational Development at Westminster City Council and the co-chair of the Heads of OD network across London Councils. As the Head of Organisational Development for the Council, Aruj has been the architect of the Council’s People Strategy, The Westminster Way and the portfolio of programmes that support it including performance management, talent, learning, inclusion & diversity and leadership development . Through the Westminster Way, Aruj’s team have transformed the Council’s culture and the engagement scores have increased significantly.

Barry Johnson

Barry Johnson
Security and Infrastructure Principle Consultant, PointWire

Barry holds a BEng (Hons) degree in computer systems engineering at Brunel University London, and obtains over thirteen years in the software, information security, consultancy, and asset management sectors. As an experienced Infrastructure Security Engineer, Barry is a specialist in all thing’s security. This is not his only skill however, with a broad and diverse career in the IT world there isn’t much he hasn’t come up against.

Using all these experiences he actively seeks to make a difference, not only in his business activities, but in his personal life too. He successfully helped the Connecting Cambridgeshire team to promote super-fast broadband to thousands of homes and businesses across the county and spends some of his time as a Special Reserve Officer in the British Army.

In 2019 Barry founded PointWire alongside co-founder, Genine Johnson. PointWire are a team comprised of critical endpoint security specialists, that deliver a wide range of bespoke IT security solutions and consultancy services. As Director of Technology, Barry is accountable for overseeing the infrastructure of technical operations, eliminating security risks and maintaining operations and systems.

Chris Lloyd

Christopher Lloyd
Operational Manager, Cardiff City Council 

Chris Lloyd is the Operational Manager for Enterprise Systems and Data within ICT at Cardiff Council, which includes responsibilities for Software Engineering, Application Support and Corporate Data Provisioning.

He has worked for Cardiff for the past 3 years and in his time has overhauled the software development strategy and evangelised the Customer & Digital Services directorate to a more agile project management approach. Some of the products delivered from these changes are the Cardiff Gov Mobile App that has achieved over 35,000 downloads since its release in June 2018 and Bobi the Citizen Bot which was released in January 2020. The next big thing on his list to tackle is ‘all things data’.

Chris is a member of the Cardiff Top Talent cohort from 2019 and is passionate and committed to ensure that Cardiff Council has representation on all Welsh cohorts going forward.

In his spare time he continues to convince he wife and kids each year that a winter skiing holidays trumps a summer holiday every time …

Clare Burke Headshot

Clare Burke
Senior Information Governance Officer, Glasgow City Council

Clare Burke is the Senior Information Governance Officer at Glasgow City Council – a role that covers the management/implementation of a variety of Information Projects across the wider Glasgow Family to ensure Compliance with the Public Records (Scotland) Act.

She is passionate about enforcing the Information Security message and is very active in an engagement and learning role across the organisation to ensure best practice is adopted and enforced. Clare majors in enforcing sound Information and Content management principles and procedures are in place across all environments.

During her 35 year career with Glasgow City Council she spent 25 years in the Finance/Revenues and Benefits area gaining a clear understanding on how sensitive information should be managed and has used this experience to transition to the Corporate Governance role in Information Management.

Clare is a member of the TOP TALENT 2020 – Edinburgh Cohort and is excited to be experiencing this current programme in the Virtual platform.

When she is not considering all things Information, she is an avid Country music, well any type of music, fan and loves travelling. Her go to place is deep in the heart of TEXAS.

Meleri Jones

Meleri Jones
DDaT Workforce and Skills Manager, Welsh Government 

As the DDaT Workforce and Skills Manager in Welsh Government, Meleri looks to develop the skills and capability of staff in Welsh Government to support digital transformation.

Across her 9 years working in Welsh Government Meleri has worked in several roles including front line customer service roles, health enquiries and security but for the past 5 years has specialised in Digital, Data and Technology.

Meleri is passionate about developing people. Her current role provides an opportunity to support staff develop their skills as well as carrying out wider workforce planning to ensure the organisation has the right people with the right skills. Meleri designed the first DDaT apprenticeship scheme for Welsh Government and acts as mentor for the successful candidates, supporting them in their career development.

Outside of work, Meleri enjoys spending time walking in the countryside with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bryn, who can often be heard snoring in the background of her video calls!

head and shoulders photo of Nadira Hussain of Socitm

Nadira Hussain
Director of Leadership Development and Research, Socitm

An experienced IT and change management leader with 25+ years of both private sector and extensive public sector experience. Nadira has worked in numerous roles across London at both an operational and strategic level; within the IT service and other wider teams including digital, business improvement, transformation and customer services, and across shared services to deliver efficiencies, service improvement and ambitious outcomes focusing on the customer.

Currently as the Director of Leadership Development & Research at Soctim, Nadira is continuing to build on the work she initiated as president of the society (15/16), focusing on building the leadership, skills and diversity of the sector’s workforce in response to the impact of transformational working practices, promoting professionalism and championing women role models.

headshot of Sam Smith from Socitm with a blue top

Sam Smith
President, Socitm
Head of Digital and IT for 3C Shared Services. Strategic IT Lead, Cambridgeshire County and Peterborough City Councils

In her joint roles as IT Strategic Lead for Cambridgeshire County & Peterborough City Councils and Head of IT & Digital for the 3C ICT Service, Sam is able to draw on her extensive experience across multiple local authorities.  In a wide range of roles she has delivered IT projects and programmes alongside a high standard of operational support for enterprise level infrastructure and multiple line of business IT services.

Sam is passionate about getting the best out of IT for maximum business benefit and lead the 3C ICT shared service and develop the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Strategy to do just that with a pragmatic approach to defining IT Strategy to deliver increased business results.

Sam has extensive experience of all aspects of people, project and financial management and a proven record of inspiring the teams that work for her by providing strong leadership and support with clear direction. With excellent operational and technical leadership skills she forms and manages relationships at all levels of the business and IT from senior management and customers to technical engineering staff.

As President of Socitm Sam is keen to share experiences and collaborate across the public sector and lead the ‘Healthy & Well Communities’ Policy theme to enable the “left shift” of intervention in people’s health and wellbeing from the expensive acute end of the system to an earlier point at the community and locality end and with citizens themselves.

Outside of work she is a keen walker and explorer of country houses & stately homes who enjoys a very slow Parkrun most Saturdays as well the less well known hobby of Champing.

Sue Black

Sue Black
Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist, Durham University 

A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.

Sue set up the UK’s first online network for women in tech BCSWomen in 1998 and led the campaign to save Bletchley Park, home of the WW2 codebreakers. Sue’s first book Saving Bletchley Park details the social media campaign she led to save Bletchley Park from 2008-2011. Sue has championed women in tech for over two decades, founding the #techmums social enterprise in 2013 and the pioneering TechUPWomen retraining underserved women into tech careers in 2019.

Passionate about technology as an enabler Sue didn’t have a traditional start to her career. She left home and school at 16, married at 20 and had 3 children by the age of 23. A single parent at 25 she went to university, gained a degree in computing then a PhD in software engineering. Sue now has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Event partnership

Partnering at our events is about exploring new possibilities and enjoying fantastic networking opportunities: you’ll meet leading public sector figures and get to present your business ideas.

We have a full range of partnership opportunities available at our Leadership Academy Alumni 2020 event. For an informal discussion on the event and opportunities to engage with the Socitm audience, please contact hello@socitm.net or call 01604 709456 and ask for Aimie Francis.