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President’s Conference 2019

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Date(s) - 18/06/2019 - 19/06/2019
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President’s Conference 2019

18-19 June, 2019 - The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre

Main partner: Capita

Discover innovative solutions and discuss specific challenges with an audience of the UK’s most influential leaders from the public sector at our flagship annual event.

New insights, authoritative information; practical know-how and inspiring stories: all these and more awaited in two packed days at our 2019 President’s Conference. Our agenda included expert speakers, engaging workshops, sponsored elevator pitches and of course, plenty of opportunities for networking and building new relationships.

President’s Conference 2019 took a look at our key policy themes

  • Ethical use of emerging technologies
  • Service redesign and transformation​
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Leadership, diversity and skills
  • Cyber resilience
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Geoff Connell
Past President and Cyber Resillience policy lead at Socitm, Head of Information Management and Technology at Norfolk County Council

Geoff Connell is a highly experienced local public sector ICT manager who is responsible for technology and information management at Norfolk County Council. He has previously led teams in multiple London Boroughs to modernise and optimise ICT infrastructures, as well as delivering digitally enabled transformation programmes to implement new organisational delivery models. This work has led to Geoff being awarded with numerous top CIO and Digital Leadership awards from various prestigious organisations.

Geoff is active in Local Government programme management, knowledge sharing and policy development through his role as Socitm President and board membership of sub-regional, regional and national groups including Socitm and the London & Local Public Sector CIO Councils.

LinkedIn: Geoff Connell

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William Dyer
Socitm Advisory Consultant and Presidents Conference 2019 Chair

William recently joined Socitm Advisory as a consultant and is currently working on significant communication and engagement project within Advisory. William has a wide range of experience working with the public sector either through large multinationals such as IBM or smaller organisations such as the Socitm membership body. Notable projects William has played a key role in have been: development of the Top Talent leadership development programme, a partnership with the Department of Health to spread the best practice of around implementation of the Care Bill and expansion of Socitm’s supplier partnership programme. Throughout major projects, William takes a lead on using technology to create thoughtfully designed digital marketing collateral – be it developing websites, infographics or video content.

LinkedIn: William Dyer

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Nicola Graham
Socitm Immediate Past President and Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of ICT

Nicola serves as head of ICT at Aberdeenshire Council and Chair of Socitm Scotland. She joins the presidential team and brings a wealth of experience with over 20 years working in the commercial and public sectors. Skilled in building effective and commercially aware teams that have overseen major transformational programmes and projects in complex environments.

Twitter: @nicolag71

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Dr Henry Kippin
Director of Public Service Reform at West Midlands Combined Authority

Henry is an executive director at the West Midlands Combined Authority, responsible for its work on public services, wellbeing and inclusive growth. He was previously chief executive of Collaborate CIC, and has worked across the public, private and social sectors to support public service collaboration and social change. He is a member of NESTA’s government innovation board and between 2013 and 2018 he was a fellow of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence.

LinkedIn: Henry Kippin

Jason Kitcat

Jason Kitcat
Executive Director, Corporate Development at Essex County Council.

Jason Kitcat is a champion for digital transformation and passionate about local government and public policy (jasonkitcat.com). He is Executive Director, Corporate Development at Essex County Council. Beforehand he was Head of Policy & Public Affairs at the fintech accounting firm Crunch. He was previously the award-winning Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council. He has a long background in building digital services having been Head of Technology for Netmums, general manager at The Open Knowledge Foundation and before that led his own digital agency for a decade.

Twitter: @jasonkitcat

Sam Smith

Sam Smith
Socitm Vice President and Head of Strategy and Architecture for LGSS

In her role as Head of Strategy & Architecture for LGSS 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 lines of business IT services.

Sam is passionate about getting the best out of IT for maximum business benefit and leads and develops the LGSS IT Strategy to do just that with a pragmatic approach to defining IT Strategy to deliver increased business results.

LinkedIn: Samantha Smith

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor
Corporate Partnerships Executive – RSPB

Jack Taylor joined the RSPB in 2017 as Corporate Partnerships Executive, where Jack works closely with companies to build long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that enable us to protect threatened birds and wildlife. In this role Jack manages a number of the RSPB’s largest partnerships including Hurtigruten, Ecotricity and HSBC UK alongside developing new partnerships.

Before the RSPB Jack worked in the public sector as an Account Manager at IPSA, the MP expenses watchdog, and for the National Audit Office scrutinising the UK government’s transport spending.

Outside of work Jack is a charity trustee and keen volunteer where he is predominantly focused on supporting charities develop their project capacity and supporting young people connect with nature. For this volunteer work Jack carried the 2012 Olympic Torch and has won numerous awards.

LinkedIn: Jack P Taylor

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Sandra Taylor
Socitm President and Head of Digital and ICT Services at Dudley Council

Socitm President and Head of Digital and ICT Services at Dudley Council
As the Head of Digital and ICT Services at Dudley MBC, Sandra is accountable for the realisation of business strategies and outcomes through the deployment and delivery of appropriate and relevant digital services. She has led in modernising and optimising ICT infrastructures, as well as delivering digitally enabled transformation programmes to implement new organisational delivery models.​

Sandra works with national groups and programmes to represent priorities of local public services ICT including the Local Public Sector CIO Council, and currently serves as a vice-president for Socitm, leading on Diversity, skills and leadership.

LinkedIn: Sandra Taylor

Day 1 — Tuesday 18th

 

09:00 — Regional chairs meeting
Every six months, our Regional Chairs come together to share excellence and ideas. Their collaboration, innovation and imagination drive forward your interest and voice from a local perspective ensuring they’re valued and heard at a national level.

 

09:30 — Registration
Settle in with a tea or coffee and sample the atmosphere while signing in with our friendly team. Catch up with existing contacts and make new connections while discussing the packed programme ahead. Registration is also an opportunity to read through your event brochure to make sure you don’t miss any event highlights.

10:15 — Chair’s Welcome
Will Dyer welcomes everyone to day two of President’s Conference with a brief summary of the day’s engaging programme.

10:20 — Keynote
Margot James has been Minister of State for Digital and the Creative Industries since 9 January 2018. She is committed to applying private sector best practice to operations across government. Unable to attend today’s President’s Conference in person, James has been kind enough to prerecord a video outlining her ideas on each of our service areas and her vision for the future. Passionate about sharing excellence, James has been heavily invested in several innovative government projects such as, the use of machine learning to identify road freight from satellite imagery in locations where there aren’t cameras and built a system to optimise transport patterns of the future.

She is currently involved in an ongoing partnership between the Home Office and ASI Data Science. The two are working together to develop technology which can automatically detect terrorist video propaganda on any online platform so content could be prevented before publication.

 

10:30 — Keynote
Dr Henry Kippin has been Director of Public Service Reform West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) since 2017. Prior to this, he served as its interim director, working with Mayor of the West Midlands to take forward the region’s plans for devolution and locally-driven change. Before this he spent 15-years developing public service policy and practice with a wide range of organisations, including HM Government and the United Nations.

He shares his mission to reform the way public services are delivered across the region, ensuring they address and develop key elements of the WMCA agenda such as employment & skills, mental health, helping individuals with complex needs, and criminal justice. For two years, Dr Kippin was manager of the cross-party Commission on 2020 Public Services, leading the development of its final report on how to improve health and social care. Since 2013 he has been chief executive of Collaborate, a social enterprise supporting public service collaboration across the UK.

 

11:00 — Workshop: Ethical use of emerging technologies
Socitm President and Aberdeenshire Council’s head of ICT, Nicola Graham, recently produced a report defining the scope and remit of Socitm’s key policy theme: ‘The ethical use of emerging technologies’. She facilitates a workshop where delegates will investigate the practical steps we can take in response to current ethical concerns about the deployment of emerging technologies and the data that they generate.

What measures should we implement to ensure that an ‘ethics by design’ approach is embedded into the development of new, innovative and intelligent technologies? These, and other related questions, are explored as we share our experiences and look towards the public sector implications and outcomes of the fourth industrial revolution.

 

11:50 — Elevator pitches from main partners
Five of our partners take two minutes each to talk about the impact of their products and services in improving outcomes for citizens and businesses.

 

12:00–  Lunch and networking
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.

 

12:50 — AGM: reflections and aspirations
Our current president, Nicola Graham, reflects on the achievements of Socitm over the last year, while incoming president, Sandra Taylor, outlines her objectives and aspirations for the upcoming year. The AGM takes place during lunch and is open to members only.

 

13:30 — Workshop: The digital skills gap
Incoming Socitm President, Sandra Taylor, hosts an engaging workshop assessing the digital skills gap in local government and asks how it might be addressed.

The pervasive and accelerating pace of digital technologies and the data that they produce mean that leaders need renewed acumen. We need to be holistic, collaborative and flexible. We need to make insightful judgments, engage users in redesigning processes, upskill and promote diversity in the workforce and attract and retain talent to achieve better outcomes. But what does this mean in practice?

In real terms, how do we bridge the digital skills gap and ensure that public sector employees at all levels are not merely up to the task but are all fully-invested, engaged and enthusiastic about using the tools of today and the future? The session will culminate with the launch of a digital tool kit designed to meet the specific requirements of the public sector in closing the digital skills gap at all levels of operation.

 

14:30 — Elevator pitches
Another five of our partners take two minutes each to talk about the impact of their products and services in improving outcomes for citizens and businesses.

 

14:40 — Exhibitor networking
Carl Jung said: “You can expect no influence if you are not susceptible to influence” and, without influence, how can one lead and innovate?

This segment of the day offers an opportunity to network with our private sector partners, exchange ideas and obtain useful information for future decision-making. While enjoying good company and refreshments, explore our innovation room to learn more about small, up and coming technology companies and their vision for the future of technology in the public sector.

 

15:15 — Charity keynote: RSPB
Jack Taylor, Corporate Partnerships Executive, RSPB

CSR is important. Even in the public sector where the very nature of public service reflects many principles of social responsibility including accountability, transparency and respect for differing stakeholder’s interests. The public sector also has a leadership role to ensure that its own way of operating is in line with good CSR practices in its multiplicity of roles as employer, purchaser, service provider, and in its engagement with communities.​

Socitm also takes its CSR responsibilities seriously and, as part of our commitment to ethical, transparent conduct we select a charity partner to speak at our President’s Conference.

This year, incoming President, Sandra Taylor, has selected the RSPB. The organisation is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Founded in 1889, together with its partners it protects threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again.

 

15:30 — Workshop: Leadership Academy outcomes
Nadira Hussain, Socitm’s director of leadership, development and research

Ask anyone in the Socitm team what they find most rewarding about their role and they’ll tell you how fantastic it is to hear the personal stories of graduates from our Empowering Women in a Digital World, Top Talent and Senior Leaders programmes. We’re lucky enough to be inspired by their experiences at every event we host.

This networking session allows everyone the opportunity to discover how our Leadership Academy has impacted positively on our graduates and explores the outcomes of our courses and the accompanying mentoring, projects and support that they offer.

This session is hosted by Nadira Hussain, Socitm’s Director of Leadership Development and Research, in conjunction with our partner Amazon Web Services (AWS). Nadira is passionate about the transformational work of the Leadership Academy and, during her tenure as Socitm president, played a vital role in the creation of the Women in IT initiative as well as the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) programme. She has a wealth of leadership experience gained over more than two decades in local government and is committed to the development and wellbeing of everyone working in our sector.

 

16:30 — DeepRacer Race
Our President’s Team have been invited to compete in an AWS DeepRacer event. The DeepRacer is a 1/18th scale race car which provides an interesting and fun way to get started with reinforcement learning (RL). RL is an advanced machine learning (ML) technique which takes a very different approach to training models than other machine learning methods. Its super power is that it learns very complex behaviours without requiring any labelled training data and can make short term decisions while optimising for a longer-term goal.

AWS DeepRacer provides our President’s Team with a hands-on opportunity to experiment, and learn through autonomous driving while we look in as things get very, very competitive!

17:00 — Chair’s closing remarks
William Dyer, Socitm Advisory Consultant and Presidents Conference 2019 Chair

Reflections on the key points from Day one and a look ahead to Day two.

 

18:45 — Drinks reception
After an inspiring and thought-provoking day, it’s time to absorb all that information and unwind at our President’s Conference Drinks Reception, generously sponsored by our partner Capita.

Whether you choose to carry on existing conversations or start fresh ones with new contacts, this is an opportunity to reflect and relax in a welcoming and friendly environment where catching up and connecting in comfort is key.

 

19:00 — President’s Dinner
Our President’s Dinner isn’t just about good food and great company. It’s also a recognition ceremony where we acknowledge and celebrate the hard-work, vision, success, best practice and personal achievements of digital leaders in the public sector.

In these challenging times of austerity, peer appreciation and support are more important than ever. The President’s Dinner is an opportunity to demonstrate how much our community, as a whole, values, recognises and appreciates the triumphs of individual members. This is why our President, President’s team and our sponsors have such pleasure in welcoming you to the evening.

The President’s Awards take place between courses and allow us to congratulate our latest Leadership Academy graduates and share in our award-winners’ achievements.

After dessert, former Socitm President, Steve Palmer, hosts our charity auction with all monies raised going to the RSPB before a live band plays out the evening till midnight.

Day 2 — Wednesday 19th

 

08:50 — Chair’s Welcome
Will Dyer welcomes everyone to day two of President’s Conference with a brief summary of the day’s engaging programme.

 

09:00 — Keynote VIP
We are delighted that Peter W, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), National Cyber Security Centre Digital, is joining us to present a Keynote exploring the cybersecurity landscape and the collaborative achievements of the NCSC, Socitm, WARPs, LGA and other key stakeholder. He will also address the prospects for place-based resilience.

Peter is the CTO for local government and all things ACD so regularly works with the public sector to ensure solutions meet the needs of end users. For example, he was pivotal in the introduction of Web Check, a service within the NCSC’s Active Defence Programme, which helps the owners of public sector websites identify and fix common security issues. With Web Check now in use across central government and 97% of local authorities, the NCSC are exploring the opportunities for Web Check’s delivery and future development. We’re now reaching out to suppliers in the cyber security industry to gauge their interest in building on this success to move Web Check forward.

 

09:30 — Workshop: Cyber resilience
Former Socitm president, Geoff Connell hosts a special workshop on the theme of cybersecurity and resilience. Geoff is joined by Chris Parker MBE, Cyberplus Executive Director & Co-founder Managing Director, Charmogen Group. A leading international corporate governance and security expert, Chris is a former Exec VP & COO and a frequent commentator on Live TV news and other global media. Chris is an experienced speaker at conferences and international establishments and is a Chartered Manager with a Masters’ Degree in Technology.

​Further insight and expertise is added by Mark Oakton, Director of Security, Consulting CISO – Infosec Partners Group, CyberPlus, VIPIT Security. A recognised expert in Information and Cyber Security, Mark has provided trusted advice, devised security strategies, and managed all aspects of security and Cyber assurance for significant organisations from sensitive government departments, airport groups, banking, media and high-profile families. Having provided cyber-security services to clients as diverse as NPower, Marconi, McDonalds, British American Tobacco and Network Rail, Mark provides indispensable knowledge that cross-transfers from the private to public sector.

 

10:20 — Elevator pitches
A final opportunity to hear five of our sponsors taking two minutes each to talk about the impact of their products and services in improving outcomes for citizens and businesses.

 

10:30 — Workshop: Service redesign and transformation
For this session, Socitm Vice President, Huw McKee, teams up with Faith La Grange, Director, Local and Regional Government at our strategic partner, Microsoft. Together with QA Training, the team will work collaboratively with delegates to devise a tool kit for public sector leaders to successfully transform organisations and services through maximising the potential of digital opportunities within a dynamic and continuously modernising environment.

This requires digitally aware leadership within our organisations, across public sector services as well as within partners, businesses and communities. How do we communicate, effectively, the need to embrace new and totally different ways of collaborating and working for the benefit of our citizens?

This workshop also features a panel session where prominent CIOs will discuss the challenges they faced during transformation and how they applied change management strategies to overcome these. They’ll also take questions from the floor about what worked well and what could have worked better.

11:20 Exhibitor networking
You’ve had the opportunity to meet our sponsors and to hear how they can help you develop and transition services digitally. Relax over refreshments and continue the conversation with fellow delegates and our sponsors before our VIP keynote.

 

11:50 — Keynote VIP
What do Internet era tools, practices and business models mean for public services? How can we get past exhortations to “be more like Amazon or Google” to really understand how changing citizen expectations challenge us to re-imagine what public services are? Jason will offer some thoughts based on his experiences as a digital leader and share some recent examples from his work at Essex County Council.

 

12:20 — Workshop: Health and wellbeing
Sam Smith, Socitm VP, leads this session with support from our strategic partner DELL. We’ll be exploring the role of digital and ICT leaders from the spectrum of local authorities and partner organisations in promoting and implementing a left-shift in health and wellbeing service delivery.

How might partnering with innovative companies, universities and individuals enable us to utilise the power of digital applications, data and technology in order to improve quality of life and improve quality of care while reducing costs? How do we shift care left from acute care to community settings to home settings while ensuring that the quality of care is enhanced, leveraging innovation and information to bring new approaches to address unmet needs?

Using real-life examples, we explore how technology-based innovations can enable a shift from making people better to keeping people well, improving quality of life and extending it.

 

13:10 — Chair’s closing remarks
Will Dyer, our Chair, reflects on Day two of President’s Conference 2019 and brings proceedings to a close.

 

13:30 — Lunch
A further opportunity to reflect upon and discuss the many topics to have arisen over the last two-days over lunch.

As we look towards the next 12 months, how will what you take away from President’s Conference impact upon your strategic plans and actions as you undertake the next steps on your transformational journey?

 

13:30 — Local CIO Council Meeting
Socitm’s Local CIO Council – the voice of digital and ICT leaders – holds its biannual meeting. The Council is an independent group supported by Socitm. A hugely important facet of Socitm member services, representatives on the Council cover all geographic areas of the country, along with differing sizes of Local Authority, and other public and third sector bodies such as Education, Police, Health and more.

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 President’s Conference 2019 – including collateral and leaflet distribution, conference brochure and exhibition spaces. 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.

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Capita
Main partner

Capita IT and Networks are a leading UK provider, delivering IT services and network solutions. Our service offering covers everything from strategic and technical consulting, through to complete outsourcing.

Our focus is split into two key areas; IT Services and Network Solutions. Together, these businesses enable us to offer an exceptional range of capabilities, delivered flexibly in line with your needs.

IT services

We provide infrastructure, technology and application support services to customers with complex and demanding business requirements. Our portfolio covers core IT services such as data and application management, service management and data centre and cloud capabilities, as well as strategic and technical consultancy.

Network solutions

We design, build, operate and optimise every form of network service, from Local Area Networks to the Cloud. Our partnerships with the major UK telecommunications service providers enables us to deliver network coverage across the whole of the UK.

Our Networking Solutions business also includes our Customer Engagement team, responsible for delivering the technology to support 35,000 contact centre agents.

www.capita.com

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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Our story began with two companies and one shared vision: to provide greater access to technology for people around the world. Dell Technologies is instrumental in changing the digital landscape the world over, fuelled by the desire to drive human progress through technology.

www.aws.amazon.com

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Canon

Canon helps organisations deliver on their business plans. As a world-leading innovator since 1937, we leverage an unrivalled portfolio of high-quality imaging technology and services for the management of documents – at every stage of their lifecycle. Each day, 11,000 highly skilled and friendly Canon professionals work alongside businesses in more than 116 countries in EMEA, combining keen advice on specific business challenges, industries and processes, with an understanding of local market dynamics. A member of the Global Fortune 500, Canon is today one of the world’s most admired and trusted brands, and the most innovative imaging company of all time. With sustained financial stability, solid processes, and with continued commitment to R&D investments, you can continue to trust us and be sure that together we will keep growing and innovating into the future.

www.canon.co.uk

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Dell EMC

Our story began with two companies and one shared vision: to provide greater access to technology for people around the world. Dell Technologies is instrumental in changing the digital landscape the world over, fuelled by the desire to drive human progress through technology.

www.dellemc.com

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Invotra

Invotra is a leading SaaS provider of enterprise intranet and portal solutions. Every day, thousands of people around the globe rely upon our secure software services. We support both central government and local authorities, powering intranets to over 48% of civil servants.

We provide a comprehensive toolset designed specifically to help organisations achieve their digital transformation requirements. Invotra provides you with an enterprise-ready intranet that will give you both control and flexibility in a highly secure and accessible way.  Invotra currently support organisations with up to 90,000+ users and 1000 geographic locations.

Our tech services are scalable & resilient, allowing your organisation the flexibility to scale up and down in line with your business needs, with confidence. We are passionate about ensuring the security of our product, and our customers. Service excellence is highly important to us, providing a second-to-none service in every area.

www.invotra.com

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Littlefish

Littlefish is a multi award-winning Managed IT Services provider delivering on its promises of enhancing user experience, improving user and customer satisfaction, and achieving authentic organisational value. We’re a superior alternative to the ‘usual suspect’ IT outsourcing giants, delivering innovative, agile, flexible and bespoke Managed Services to our public sector customers from our UK Service Centres in Nottingham and Greater Manchester.

We support tens of thousands of users globally, 24/7/365, for a wide variety of organisations including: a large London Borough; Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government; Department for Transport; National Audit Office; The Houses of Parliament; Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass); Historic England; Food Standards Agency; Oil and Gas Authority; The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO); National Measurement & Regulation Office; and Single Source Regulations Office.

Our Managed Service portfolio includes: Managed Infrastructure; Managed End User Compute; Service Integration & Management; Intelligent & Robotic Process Automation; Managed Cyber Security Services; and Service Management Office; all built around our industry leading multilingual-capable Managed Service Desk with its unique Pod™ approach to service delivery.

Through significant investment in enterprise-grade processes and tools, and recruitment of teams with enterprise level experience, we ensure that our customers consistently receive a market-leading service that is independently verified as world class, freeing up their IT and leadership teams to focus on strategic, value-adding activity that positively impacts citizen and end user services.

In local government this means you can expect a ‘new kids’ approach to your IT service delivery from our experienced team.

www.littlefish.co.uk

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Microsoft

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world. We do business in 170 countries and are made up of 114,000 passionate employees dedicated to fulfilling our mission of helping you and your organization achieve more.

Technology is playing an increasing role in everything we – and our customers – do, shaping growth, disrupting industry landscapes and providing the catalyst for transformation. Both the challenge and opportunity for business leaders is to harness the disruptive force of technology to be more agile, fuel efficiency, and ultimately shape their destiny. Digital transformation represents the application of Microsoft’s ambitions – the opportunity for businesses to think and operate like digital companies in the way they engage their customers, empower their employees, optimize their operations and transform their products.

At Microsoft, we understand the digital transformation challenges and opportunities for our government customers. We’re enabling state and local governments to better serve and protect citizens by connecting people, systems, and information resulting in more impactful outcomes. Microsoft enables digital transformation of government with an integrated, flexible, and trustworthy approach that offers a choice of public, private and hybrid cloud services.

www.microsoft.com

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MLL Telecom

MLL Telecom is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality. Our customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Virgin Media Business, HM Land Registry, The Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council.

www.mlltelecom.com

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Modality

Modality are a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in Unified Communications & Collaboration Solutions (UC & C). We provide consultancy services to help clients justify the business case, plan the deployment, and provide a wide range of user adoption services to help maximise the value of their Microsoft investment. We also provide turnkey applications development that allow clients to fully leverage their investment in UC&C and obtain benefits such as enhanced ROI, and time to productivity.

www.modalitysystems.com

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Nutanix

Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform delivers the agility, pay-as-you-grow economics and operational simplicity of the public cloud, without sacrificing the predictability, security and control of onpremises infrastructure. Nutanix solutions leverage web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution that delivers any application at any scale.

www.nutanix.com

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O2 Business

We provide mobile network services to public and private sectors in Europe and North, Central and South America. In 2019, uSwitch awarded us Best Network Coverage for the second year in a row.

The values that make the public sector great are the same values that shape our business: a single-minded focus on people, and a commitment to giving them the tools they need to get through the day.

For us, that means putting public sector frontline staff first. Our connectivity services help them work anywhere, respond faster, and collaborate better. They’re designed to let them spend less time struggling with dated devices and more time serving and protecting their communities.

Few other industries are under as much pressure to do so much, for so many, with so little. That’s why we offer transformative digital services that allow public sector organisations to control operating costs and maximise value for money. It’s also why we’re the network of choice for public sector organisations looking to become “digital by default”.

www.o2.co.uk

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Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes is a global technology company helping governments harness authoritative data to better understand assets, gain advanced insight, allocate resources and engage citizens more effectively.With a catalogue of over 350 unique datasets in 240 geographies worldwide, Pitney Bowes Location Intelligence can offer highly detailed and accurate data to help you understand customer segments, manage risk and make decisions with confidence.

Utilising transformative digital technologies to enrich insight, services delivery and engagement; our innovative solutions are backed by a robust network of global partners with the value-added services and technological expertise to tailor a solution to your agency needs. Pitney Bowes solutions surface relevant business insights by understanding the relationships between people, places and things.

www.pitneybowes.com

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ProofID

ProofID is an Identity and Access Management (IAM) Managed Service Provider (MSP) operating globally. We help customers every day in securing enterprise data, manage hybrid cloud environments, secure mobile apps, and provide access to services by partners and customers. We manage millions of identities and deliver services to over 150 countries. All successfully delivered through our methodology driven IAM Managed Service.

www.proofid.com

Protocol Policy

Protocol Policy Systems

Protocol Policy Systems was initially established in 2004 as Kaon SecurITy. Due to the growing success of the Kaon IT Policy system the new company was formed to focus on and drive the future of the IT Policy business in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Protocol Policy Systems help to safeguard information shared in the digital world. Business data, customer data, brand reputation, intellectual property and competitive edge are crucial to the success of your organisation. We assist organisations put the foundations in place to secure their sensitive data and information assets.

Our tailored set of policies and procedures ensure that your organisation demonstrates good governance and adheres to relevant industry standards and regulatory compliance requirements. Since 2004, we have been working with both Government Agencies and Commercial Enterprises to develop and deliver secure computing environments.

www.protocolpolicy.com

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Redcentric

Redcentric has been supporting public sector organisations for nearly two decades with our own robust network, established voice platforms and solid cloud solutions all underpinned by an experienced and trusted team of experts. With security, compliance and data sovereignty uppermost, our facilities offer a safe and resilient environment which meets the stringent needs of public sector organisations.

We deliver organisational agility, smarter working and assured availability with secure, cost efficient and fully accredited IT solutions.

CN-SP for HSCN, Public Services Network (PSN) and JISC accredited, HSCN Peering Exchange provider, G-Cloud approved and the only provider of HSCN into Azure and AWS we have deep domain expertise and experience across central, local government, education and health.

Our aim is to work in partnership with our public sector customers supporting their drive for improved efficiencies, digital transformation and enhancing the service provided to the citizen. Our customers include NHS Digital, MoD, Medway Council, DWP, London School of Economics, Lincoln University, The Salvation Army, Sue Ryder, Birmingham Cross City CCG and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

www.redcentricplc.com

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Veeam

Veeam is the global leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise, and provides the most complete solution to help customers on the journey to automating data management. Veeam has more than 307,000 customers, with an NPS score of 3.5X the industry average.

www.veeam.com

Socitm public sector members

  • £325

Member ticket price includes:

  • Attendance at the two-day conference, 18-19 June
  • President’s Dinner on the evening of 18 June
  • Socitm Essential+, Enhanced and Executive corporate membership packages include one free delegate ticket to the conference and the President’s Dinner plus one night’s accommodation (evening of 18 June).

Public sector non-members

  • £395

Non-member ticket price includes:

  • Attendance at the two-day conference, 18-19 June

Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. However, should you wish to purchase Socitm corporate membership, our Essential+, Enhanced and Executive packages include one free delegate ticket and the President’s Dinner plus one night’s accommodation (evening of 18 June).

Leadership Academy alumni *

  • £195

Suppliers to the public sector *

  • Varied

Socitm NHS members

  • £325

* Anyone who has ever attended one of Socitm’s leadership courses: EWDW, Top Talent or Senior Leaders

Location
Speakers
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Geoff Connell
Past President and Cyber Resillience policy lead at Socitm, Head of Information Management and Technology at Norfolk County Council

Geoff Connell is a highly experienced local public sector ICT manager who is responsible for technology and information management at Norfolk County Council. He has previously led teams in multiple London Boroughs to modernise and optimise ICT infrastructures, as well as delivering digitally enabled transformation programmes to implement new organisational delivery models. This work has led to Geoff being awarded with numerous top CIO and Digital Leadership awards from various prestigious organisations.

Geoff is active in Local Government programme management, knowledge sharing and policy development through his role as Socitm President and board membership of sub-regional, regional and national groups including Socitm and the London & Local Public Sector CIO Councils.

LinkedIn: Geoff Connell

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William Dyer
Socitm Advisory Consultant and Presidents Conference 2019 Chair

William recently joined Socitm Advisory as a consultant and is currently working on significant communication and engagement project within Advisory. William has a wide range of experience working with the public sector either through large multinationals such as IBM or smaller organisations such as the Socitm membership body. Notable projects William has played a key role in have been: development of the Top Talent leadership development programme, a partnership with the Department of Health to spread the best practice of around implementation of the Care Bill and expansion of Socitm’s supplier partnership programme. Throughout major projects, William takes a lead on using technology to create thoughtfully designed digital marketing collateral – be it developing websites, infographics or video content.

LinkedIn: William Dyer

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Nicola Graham
Socitm Immediate Past President and Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of ICT

Nicola serves as head of ICT at Aberdeenshire Council and Chair of Socitm Scotland. She joins the presidential team and brings a wealth of experience with over 20 years working in the commercial and public sectors. Skilled in building effective and commercially aware teams that have overseen major transformational programmes and projects in complex environments.

Twitter: @nicolag71

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Dr Henry Kippin
Director of Public Service Reform at West Midlands Combined Authority

Henry is an executive director at the West Midlands Combined Authority, responsible for its work on public services, wellbeing and inclusive growth. He was previously chief executive of Collaborate CIC, and has worked across the public, private and social sectors to support public service collaboration and social change. He is a member of NESTA’s government innovation board and between 2013 and 2018 he was a fellow of the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence.

LinkedIn: Henry Kippin

Jason Kitcat

Jason Kitcat
Executive Director, Corporate Development at Essex County Council.

Jason Kitcat is a champion for digital transformation and passionate about local government and public policy (jasonkitcat.com). He is Executive Director, Corporate Development at Essex County Council. Beforehand he was Head of Policy & Public Affairs at the fintech accounting firm Crunch. He was previously the award-winning Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council. He has a long background in building digital services having been Head of Technology for Netmums, general manager at The Open Knowledge Foundation and before that led his own digital agency for a decade.

Twitter: @jasonkitcat

Sam Smith

Sam Smith
Socitm Vice President and Head of Strategy and Architecture for LGSS

In her role as Head of Strategy & Architecture for LGSS 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 lines of business IT services.

Sam is passionate about getting the best out of IT for maximum business benefit and leads and develops the LGSS IT Strategy to do just that with a pragmatic approach to defining IT Strategy to deliver increased business results.

LinkedIn: Samantha Smith

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor
Corporate Partnerships Executive – RSPB

Jack Taylor joined the RSPB in 2017 as Corporate Partnerships Executive, where Jack works closely with companies to build long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships that enable us to protect threatened birds and wildlife. In this role Jack manages a number of the RSPB’s largest partnerships including Hurtigruten, Ecotricity and HSBC UK alongside developing new partnerships.

Before the RSPB Jack worked in the public sector as an Account Manager at IPSA, the MP expenses watchdog, and for the National Audit Office scrutinising the UK government’s transport spending.

Outside of work Jack is a charity trustee and keen volunteer where he is predominantly focused on supporting charities develop their project capacity and supporting young people connect with nature. For this volunteer work Jack carried the 2012 Olympic Torch and has won numerous awards.

LinkedIn: Jack P Taylor

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Sandra Taylor
Socitm President and Head of Digital and ICT Services at Dudley Council

Socitm President and Head of Digital and ICT Services at Dudley Council
As the Head of Digital and ICT Services at Dudley MBC, Sandra is accountable for the realisation of business strategies and outcomes through the deployment and delivery of appropriate and relevant digital services. She has led in modernising and optimising ICT infrastructures, as well as delivering digitally enabled transformation programmes to implement new organisational delivery models.​

Sandra works with national groups and programmes to represent priorities of local public services ICT including the Local Public Sector CIO Council, and currently serves as a vice-president for Socitm, leading on Diversity, skills and leadership.

LinkedIn: Sandra Taylor

Agenda

Day 1 — Tuesday 18th

 

09:00 — Regional chairs meeting
Every six months, our Regional Chairs come together to share excellence and ideas. Their collaboration, innovation and imagination drive forward your interest and voice from a local perspective ensuring they’re valued and heard at a national level.

 

09:30 — Registration
Settle in with a tea or coffee and sample the atmosphere while signing in with our friendly team. Catch up with existing contacts and make new connections while discussing the packed programme ahead. Registration is also an opportunity to read through your event brochure to make sure you don’t miss any event highlights.

10:15 — Chair’s Welcome
Will Dyer welcomes everyone to day two of President’s Conference with a brief summary of the day’s engaging programme.

10:20 — Keynote
Margot James has been Minister of State for Digital and the Creative Industries since 9 January 2018. She is committed to applying private sector best practice to operations across government. Unable to attend today’s President’s Conference in person, James has been kind enough to prerecord a video outlining her ideas on each of our service areas and her vision for the future. Passionate about sharing excellence, James has been heavily invested in several innovative government projects such as, the use of machine learning to identify road freight from satellite imagery in locations where there aren’t cameras and built a system to optimise transport patterns of the future.

She is currently involved in an ongoing partnership between the Home Office and ASI Data Science. The two are working together to develop technology which can automatically detect terrorist video propaganda on any online platform so content could be prevented before publication.

 

10:30 — Keynote
Dr Henry Kippin has been Director of Public Service Reform West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) since 2017. Prior to this, he served as its interim director, working with Mayor of the West Midlands to take forward the region’s plans for devolution and locally-driven change. Before this he spent 15-years developing public service policy and practice with a wide range of organisations, including HM Government and the United Nations.

He shares his mission to reform the way public services are delivered across the region, ensuring they address and develop key elements of the WMCA agenda such as employment & skills, mental health, helping individuals with complex needs, and criminal justice. For two years, Dr Kippin was manager of the cross-party Commission on 2020 Public Services, leading the development of its final report on how to improve health and social care. Since 2013 he has been chief executive of Collaborate, a social enterprise supporting public service collaboration across the UK.

 

11:00 — Workshop: Ethical use of emerging technologies
Socitm President and Aberdeenshire Council’s head of ICT, Nicola Graham, recently produced a report defining the scope and remit of Socitm’s key policy theme: ‘The ethical use of emerging technologies’. She facilitates a workshop where delegates will investigate the practical steps we can take in response to current ethical concerns about the deployment of emerging technologies and the data that they generate.

What measures should we implement to ensure that an ‘ethics by design’ approach is embedded into the development of new, innovative and intelligent technologies? These, and other related questions, are explored as we share our experiences and look towards the public sector implications and outcomes of the fourth industrial revolution.

 

11:50 — Elevator pitches from main partners
Five of our partners take two minutes each to talk about the impact of their products and services in improving outcomes for citizens and businesses.

 

12:00–  Lunch and networking
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.

 

12:50 — AGM: reflections and aspirations
Our current president, Nicola Graham, reflects on the achievements of Socitm over the last year, while incoming president, Sandra Taylor, outlines her objectives and aspirations for the upcoming year. The AGM takes place during lunch and is open to members only.

 

13:30 — Workshop: The digital skills gap
Incoming Socitm President, Sandra Taylor, hosts an engaging workshop assessing the digital skills gap in local government and asks how it might be addressed.

The pervasive and accelerating pace of digital technologies and the data that they produce mean that leaders need renewed acumen. We need to be holistic, collaborative and flexible. We need to make insightful judgments, engage users in redesigning processes, upskill and promote diversity in the workforce and attract and retain talent to achieve better outcomes. But what does this mean in practice?

In real terms, how do we bridge the digital skills gap and ensure that public sector employees at all levels are not merely up to the task but are all fully-invested, engaged and enthusiastic about using the tools of today and the future? The session will culminate with the launch of a digital tool kit designed to meet the specific requirements of the public sector in closing the digital skills gap at all levels of operation.

 

14:30 — Elevator pitches
Another five of our partners take two minutes each to talk about the impact of their products and services in improving outcomes for citizens and businesses.

 

14:40 — Exhibitor networking
Carl Jung said: “You can expect no influence if you are not susceptible to influence” and, without influence, how can one lead and innovate?

This segment of the day offers an opportunity to network with our private sector partners, exchange ideas and obtain useful information for future decision-making. While enjoying good company and refreshments, explore our innovation room to learn more about small, up and coming technology companies and their vision for the future of technology in the public sector.

 

15:15 — Charity keynote: RSPB
Jack Taylor, Corporate Partnerships Executive, RSPB

CSR is important. Even in the public sector where the very nature of public service reflects many principles of social responsibility including accountability, transparency and respect for differing stakeholder’s interests. The public sector also has a leadership role to ensure that its own way of operating is in line with good CSR practices in its multiplicity of roles as employer, purchaser, service provider, and in its engagement with communities.​

Socitm also takes its CSR responsibilities seriously and, as part of our commitment to ethical, transparent conduct we select a charity partner to speak at our President’s Conference.

This year, incoming President, Sandra Taylor, has selected the RSPB. The organisation is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Founded in 1889, together with its partners it protects threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again.

 

15:30 — Workshop: Leadership Academy outcomes
Nadira Hussain, Socitm’s director of leadership, development and research

Ask anyone in the Socitm team what they find most rewarding about their role and they’ll tell you how fantastic it is to hear the personal stories of graduates from our Empowering Women in a Digital World, Top Talent and Senior Leaders programmes. We’re lucky enough to be inspired by their experiences at every event we host.

This networking session allows everyone the opportunity to discover how our Leadership Academy has impacted positively on our graduates and explores the outcomes of our courses and the accompanying mentoring, projects and support that they offer.

This session is hosted by Nadira Hussain, Socitm’s Director of Leadership Development and Research, in conjunction with our partner Amazon Web Services (AWS). Nadira is passionate about the transformational work of the Leadership Academy and, during her tenure as Socitm president, played a vital role in the creation of the Women in IT initiative as well as the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) programme. She has a wealth of leadership experience gained over more than two decades in local government and is committed to the development and wellbeing of everyone working in our sector.

 

16:30 — DeepRacer Race
Our President’s Team have been invited to compete in an AWS DeepRacer event. The DeepRacer is a 1/18th scale race car which provides an interesting and fun way to get started with reinforcement learning (RL). RL is an advanced machine learning (ML) technique which takes a very different approach to training models than other machine learning methods. Its super power is that it learns very complex behaviours without requiring any labelled training data and can make short term decisions while optimising for a longer-term goal.

AWS DeepRacer provides our President’s Team with a hands-on opportunity to experiment, and learn through autonomous driving while we look in as things get very, very competitive!

17:00 — Chair’s closing remarks
William Dyer, Socitm Advisory Consultant and Presidents Conference 2019 Chair

Reflections on the key points from Day one and a look ahead to Day two.

 

18:45 — Drinks reception
After an inspiring and thought-provoking day, it’s time to absorb all that information and unwind at our President’s Conference Drinks Reception, generously sponsored by our partner Capita.

Whether you choose to carry on existing conversations or start fresh ones with new contacts, this is an opportunity to reflect and relax in a welcoming and friendly environment where catching up and connecting in comfort is key.

 

19:00 — President’s Dinner
Our President’s Dinner isn’t just about good food and great company. It’s also a recognition ceremony where we acknowledge and celebrate the hard-work, vision, success, best practice and personal achievements of digital leaders in the public sector.

In these challenging times of austerity, peer appreciation and support are more important than ever. The President’s Dinner is an opportunity to demonstrate how much our community, as a whole, values, recognises and appreciates the triumphs of individual members. This is why our President, President’s team and our sponsors have such pleasure in welcoming you to the evening.

The President’s Awards take place between courses and allow us to congratulate our latest Leadership Academy graduates and share in our award-winners’ achievements.

After dessert, former Socitm President, Steve Palmer, hosts our charity auction with all monies raised going to the RSPB before a live band plays out the evening till midnight.

Day 2 — Wednesday 19th

 

08:50 — Chair’s Welcome
Will Dyer welcomes everyone to day two of President’s Conference with a brief summary of the day’s engaging programme.

 

09:00 — Keynote VIP
We are delighted that Peter W, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), National Cyber Security Centre Digital, is joining us to present a Keynote exploring the cybersecurity landscape and the collaborative achievements of the NCSC, Socitm, WARPs, LGA and other key stakeholder. He will also address the prospects for place-based resilience.

Peter is the CTO for local government and all things ACD so regularly works with the public sector to ensure solutions meet the needs of end users. For example, he was pivotal in the introduction of Web Check, a service within the NCSC’s Active Defence Programme, which helps the owners of public sector websites identify and fix common security issues. With Web Check now in use across central government and 97% of local authorities, the NCSC are exploring the opportunities for Web Check’s delivery and future development. We’re now reaching out to suppliers in the cyber security industry to gauge their interest in building on this success to move Web Check forward.

 

09:30 — Workshop: Cyber resilience
Former Socitm president, Geoff Connell hosts a special workshop on the theme of cybersecurity and resilience. Geoff is joined by Chris Parker MBE, Cyberplus Executive Director & Co-founder Managing Director, Charmogen Group. A leading international corporate governance and security expert, Chris is a former Exec VP & COO and a frequent commentator on Live TV news and other global media. Chris is an experienced speaker at conferences and international establishments and is a Chartered Manager with a Masters’ Degree in Technology.

​Further insight and expertise is added by Mark Oakton, Director of Security, Consulting CISO – Infosec Partners Group, CyberPlus, VIPIT Security. A recognised expert in Information and Cyber Security, Mark has provided trusted advice, devised security strategies, and managed all aspects of security and Cyber assurance for significant organisations from sensitive government departments, airport groups, banking, media and high-profile families. Having provided cyber-security services to clients as diverse as NPower, Marconi, McDonalds, British American Tobacco and Network Rail, Mark provides indispensable knowledge that cross-transfers from the private to public sector.

 

10:20 — Elevator pitches
A final opportunity to hear five of our sponsors taking two minutes each to talk about the impact of their products and services in improving outcomes for citizens and businesses.

 

10:30 — Workshop: Service redesign and transformation
For this session, Socitm Vice President, Huw McKee, teams up with Faith La Grange, Director, Local and Regional Government at our strategic partner, Microsoft. Together with QA Training, the team will work collaboratively with delegates to devise a tool kit for public sector leaders to successfully transform organisations and services through maximising the potential of digital opportunities within a dynamic and continuously modernising environment.

This requires digitally aware leadership within our organisations, across public sector services as well as within partners, businesses and communities. How do we communicate, effectively, the need to embrace new and totally different ways of collaborating and working for the benefit of our citizens?

This workshop also features a panel session where prominent CIOs will discuss the challenges they faced during transformation and how they applied change management strategies to overcome these. They’ll also take questions from the floor about what worked well and what could have worked better.

11:20 Exhibitor networking
You’ve had the opportunity to meet our sponsors and to hear how they can help you develop and transition services digitally. Relax over refreshments and continue the conversation with fellow delegates and our sponsors before our VIP keynote.

 

11:50 — Keynote VIP
What do Internet era tools, practices and business models mean for public services? How can we get past exhortations to “be more like Amazon or Google” to really understand how changing citizen expectations challenge us to re-imagine what public services are? Jason will offer some thoughts based on his experiences as a digital leader and share some recent examples from his work at Essex County Council.

 

12:20 — Workshop: Health and wellbeing
Sam Smith, Socitm VP, leads this session with support from our strategic partner DELL. We’ll be exploring the role of digital and ICT leaders from the spectrum of local authorities and partner organisations in promoting and implementing a left-shift in health and wellbeing service delivery.

How might partnering with innovative companies, universities and individuals enable us to utilise the power of digital applications, data and technology in order to improve quality of life and improve quality of care while reducing costs? How do we shift care left from acute care to community settings to home settings while ensuring that the quality of care is enhanced, leveraging innovation and information to bring new approaches to address unmet needs?

Using real-life examples, we explore how technology-based innovations can enable a shift from making people better to keeping people well, improving quality of life and extending it.

 

13:10 — Chair’s closing remarks
Will Dyer, our Chair, reflects on Day two of President’s Conference 2019 and brings proceedings to a close.

 

13:30 — Lunch
A further opportunity to reflect upon and discuss the many topics to have arisen over the last two-days over lunch.

As we look towards the next 12 months, how will what you take away from President’s Conference impact upon your strategic plans and actions as you undertake the next steps on your transformational journey?

 

13:30 — Local CIO Council Meeting
Socitm’s Local CIO Council – the voice of digital and ICT leaders – holds its biannual meeting. The Council is an independent group supported by Socitm. A hugely important facet of Socitm member services, representatives on the Council cover all geographic areas of the country, along with differing sizes of Local Authority, and other public and third sector bodies such as Education, Police, Health and more.

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 President’s Conference 2019 – including collateral and leaflet distribution, conference brochure and exhibition spaces. 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.

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Capita
Main partner

Capita IT and Networks are a leading UK provider, delivering IT services and network solutions. Our service offering covers everything from strategic and technical consulting, through to complete outsourcing.

Our focus is split into two key areas; IT Services and Network Solutions. Together, these businesses enable us to offer an exceptional range of capabilities, delivered flexibly in line with your needs.

IT services

We provide infrastructure, technology and application support services to customers with complex and demanding business requirements. Our portfolio covers core IT services such as data and application management, service management and data centre and cloud capabilities, as well as strategic and technical consultancy.

Network solutions

We design, build, operate and optimise every form of network service, from Local Area Networks to the Cloud. Our partnerships with the major UK telecommunications service providers enables us to deliver network coverage across the whole of the UK.

Our Networking Solutions business also includes our Customer Engagement team, responsible for delivering the technology to support 35,000 contact centre agents.

www.capita.com

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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Our story began with two companies and one shared vision: to provide greater access to technology for people around the world. Dell Technologies is instrumental in changing the digital landscape the world over, fuelled by the desire to drive human progress through technology.

www.aws.amazon.com

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Canon

Canon helps organisations deliver on their business plans. As a world-leading innovator since 1937, we leverage an unrivalled portfolio of high-quality imaging technology and services for the management of documents – at every stage of their lifecycle. Each day, 11,000 highly skilled and friendly Canon professionals work alongside businesses in more than 116 countries in EMEA, combining keen advice on specific business challenges, industries and processes, with an understanding of local market dynamics. A member of the Global Fortune 500, Canon is today one of the world’s most admired and trusted brands, and the most innovative imaging company of all time. With sustained financial stability, solid processes, and with continued commitment to R&D investments, you can continue to trust us and be sure that together we will keep growing and innovating into the future.

www.canon.co.uk

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Dell EMC

Our story began with two companies and one shared vision: to provide greater access to technology for people around the world. Dell Technologies is instrumental in changing the digital landscape the world over, fuelled by the desire to drive human progress through technology.

www.dellemc.com

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Invotra

Invotra is a leading SaaS provider of enterprise intranet and portal solutions. Every day, thousands of people around the globe rely upon our secure software services. We support both central government and local authorities, powering intranets to over 48% of civil servants.

We provide a comprehensive toolset designed specifically to help organisations achieve their digital transformation requirements. Invotra provides you with an enterprise-ready intranet that will give you both control and flexibility in a highly secure and accessible way.  Invotra currently support organisations with up to 90,000+ users and 1000 geographic locations.

Our tech services are scalable & resilient, allowing your organisation the flexibility to scale up and down in line with your business needs, with confidence. We are passionate about ensuring the security of our product, and our customers. Service excellence is highly important to us, providing a second-to-none service in every area.

www.invotra.com

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Littlefish

Littlefish is a multi award-winning Managed IT Services provider delivering on its promises of enhancing user experience, improving user and customer satisfaction, and achieving authentic organisational value. We’re a superior alternative to the ‘usual suspect’ IT outsourcing giants, delivering innovative, agile, flexible and bespoke Managed Services to our public sector customers from our UK Service Centres in Nottingham and Greater Manchester.

We support tens of thousands of users globally, 24/7/365, for a wide variety of organisations including: a large London Borough; Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government; Department for Transport; National Audit Office; The Houses of Parliament; Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass); Historic England; Food Standards Agency; Oil and Gas Authority; The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO); National Measurement & Regulation Office; and Single Source Regulations Office.

Our Managed Service portfolio includes: Managed Infrastructure; Managed End User Compute; Service Integration & Management; Intelligent & Robotic Process Automation; Managed Cyber Security Services; and Service Management Office; all built around our industry leading multilingual-capable Managed Service Desk with its unique Pod™ approach to service delivery.

Through significant investment in enterprise-grade processes and tools, and recruitment of teams with enterprise level experience, we ensure that our customers consistently receive a market-leading service that is independently verified as world class, freeing up their IT and leadership teams to focus on strategic, value-adding activity that positively impacts citizen and end user services.

In local government this means you can expect a ‘new kids’ approach to your IT service delivery from our experienced team.

www.littlefish.co.uk

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Microsoft

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world. We do business in 170 countries and are made up of 114,000 passionate employees dedicated to fulfilling our mission of helping you and your organization achieve more.

Technology is playing an increasing role in everything we – and our customers – do, shaping growth, disrupting industry landscapes and providing the catalyst for transformation. Both the challenge and opportunity for business leaders is to harness the disruptive force of technology to be more agile, fuel efficiency, and ultimately shape their destiny. Digital transformation represents the application of Microsoft’s ambitions – the opportunity for businesses to think and operate like digital companies in the way they engage their customers, empower their employees, optimize their operations and transform their products.

At Microsoft, we understand the digital transformation challenges and opportunities for our government customers. We’re enabling state and local governments to better serve and protect citizens by connecting people, systems, and information resulting in more impactful outcomes. Microsoft enables digital transformation of government with an integrated, flexible, and trustworthy approach that offers a choice of public, private and hybrid cloud services.

www.microsoft.com

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MLL Telecom

MLL Telecom is one of the UK’s leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality. Our customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Virgin Media Business, HM Land Registry, The Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council.

www.mlltelecom.com

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Modality

Modality are a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising in Unified Communications & Collaboration Solutions (UC & C). We provide consultancy services to help clients justify the business case, plan the deployment, and provide a wide range of user adoption services to help maximise the value of their Microsoft investment. We also provide turnkey applications development that allow clients to fully leverage their investment in UC&C and obtain benefits such as enhanced ROI, and time to productivity.

www.modalitysystems.com

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Nutanix

Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix enterprise cloud platform delivers the agility, pay-as-you-grow economics and operational simplicity of the public cloud, without sacrificing the predictability, security and control of onpremises infrastructure. Nutanix solutions leverage web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution that delivers any application at any scale.

www.nutanix.com

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O2 Business

We provide mobile network services to public and private sectors in Europe and North, Central and South America. In 2019, uSwitch awarded us Best Network Coverage for the second year in a row.

The values that make the public sector great are the same values that shape our business: a single-minded focus on people, and a commitment to giving them the tools they need to get through the day.

For us, that means putting public sector frontline staff first. Our connectivity services help them work anywhere, respond faster, and collaborate better. They’re designed to let them spend less time struggling with dated devices and more time serving and protecting their communities.

Few other industries are under as much pressure to do so much, for so many, with so little. That’s why we offer transformative digital services that allow public sector organisations to control operating costs and maximise value for money. It’s also why we’re the network of choice for public sector organisations looking to become “digital by default”.

www.o2.co.uk

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Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes is a global technology company helping governments harness authoritative data to better understand assets, gain advanced insight, allocate resources and engage citizens more effectively.With a catalogue of over 350 unique datasets in 240 geographies worldwide, Pitney Bowes Location Intelligence can offer highly detailed and accurate data to help you understand customer segments, manage risk and make decisions with confidence.

Utilising transformative digital technologies to enrich insight, services delivery and engagement; our innovative solutions are backed by a robust network of global partners with the value-added services and technological expertise to tailor a solution to your agency needs. Pitney Bowes solutions surface relevant business insights by understanding the relationships between people, places and things.

www.pitneybowes.com

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ProofID

ProofID is an Identity and Access Management (IAM) Managed Service Provider (MSP) operating globally. We help customers every day in securing enterprise data, manage hybrid cloud environments, secure mobile apps, and provide access to services by partners and customers. We manage millions of identities and deliver services to over 150 countries. All successfully delivered through our methodology driven IAM Managed Service.

www.proofid.com

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Protocol Policy Systems

Protocol Policy Systems was initially established in 2004 as Kaon SecurITy. Due to the growing success of the Kaon IT Policy system the new company was formed to focus on and drive the future of the IT Policy business in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Protocol Policy Systems help to safeguard information shared in the digital world. Business data, customer data, brand reputation, intellectual property and competitive edge are crucial to the success of your organisation. We assist organisations put the foundations in place to secure their sensitive data and information assets.

Our tailored set of policies and procedures ensure that your organisation demonstrates good governance and adheres to relevant industry standards and regulatory compliance requirements. Since 2004, we have been working with both Government Agencies and Commercial Enterprises to develop and deliver secure computing environments.

www.protocolpolicy.com

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Redcentric

Redcentric has been supporting public sector organisations for nearly two decades with our own robust network, established voice platforms and solid cloud solutions all underpinned by an experienced and trusted team of experts. With security, compliance and data sovereignty uppermost, our facilities offer a safe and resilient environment which meets the stringent needs of public sector organisations.

We deliver organisational agility, smarter working and assured availability with secure, cost efficient and fully accredited IT solutions.

CN-SP for HSCN, Public Services Network (PSN) and JISC accredited, HSCN Peering Exchange provider, G-Cloud approved and the only provider of HSCN into Azure and AWS we have deep domain expertise and experience across central, local government, education and health.

Our aim is to work in partnership with our public sector customers supporting their drive for improved efficiencies, digital transformation and enhancing the service provided to the citizen. Our customers include NHS Digital, MoD, Medway Council, DWP, London School of Economics, Lincoln University, The Salvation Army, Sue Ryder, Birmingham Cross City CCG and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

www.redcentricplc.com

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Veeam

Veeam is the global leader in Intelligent Data Management for the Hyper-Available Enterprise, and provides the most complete solution to help customers on the journey to automating data management. Veeam has more than 307,000 customers, with an NPS score of 3.5X the industry average.

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Pricing

Socitm public sector members

  • £325

Member ticket price includes:

  • Attendance at the two-day conference, 18-19 June
  • President’s Dinner on the evening of 18 June
  • Socitm Essential+, Enhanced and Executive corporate membership packages include one free delegate ticket to the conference and the President’s Dinner plus one night’s accommodation (evening of 18 June).

Public sector non-members

  • £395

Non-member ticket price includes:

  • Attendance at the two-day conference, 18-19 June

Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. However, should you wish to purchase Socitm corporate membership, our Essential+, Enhanced and Executive packages include one free delegate ticket and the President’s Dinner plus one night’s accommodation (evening of 18 June).

Leadership Academy alumni *

  • £195

Suppliers to the public sector *

  • Varied

Socitm NHS members

  • £325

* Anyone who has ever attended one of Socitm’s leadership courses: EWDW, Top Talent or Senior Leaders

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