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Theme – Regeneration, Connectivity & Sustainability  

Location – LGfL, 9th Floor, 10 Exchange Square, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2BR

Our meetings can be face-to-face (with refreshments provided) or virtual (bring your own refreshments) and will be focused on Socitm’s policy themes. Within these themed meetings your regional committee is free to create an agenda that works best for you and your regional colleagues. If there’s something you would like to discuss or investigate with like-minded peers just let us know on and we will co-ordinate that with and for you.

London & South East event

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Adrian Gorst

Director of IT, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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  1. Agenda Session 1
      Day 1
    1. 10:00 am |
      Welcome and opening remarks

      Adrian Gorst, Socitm London & South Chair

    2. 10:05 am |
      Partner Elevator Pitches

      6DG, Canon, Salesforce

    3. 10:15 am |
      Smart Sustainable Economic Futures

      Linda Chandler, Industry Executive – Local & Regional Government, Microsoft | Andrew Parsons, IoT Programme Manager, London Borough of Sutton

      The concept of ‘smart cities’ has become a common term over the past 15 years. However, the phrase itself is laden with a vision of a dystopian future: – of obtrusive surveillance, of human vs machine and of deploying technology for its own sake. In this session, we look at how the concept of the ‘smart city’ has evolved over time and in the context of net zero implications for energy, built environment and transport domains. Discussing whether sustainability could be the ‘why’ that the digitally enabled city has been waiting for. Are ‘smart cities’ indeed the route to a sustainable economic future?

    4. 10:35 am |
      Working with organisations across London and the South East to drive social value and deliver skills programmes

      Charlene Manning, Regional Business Development Manager, AWS | Joseph Ikusika, Business Engagement Manager, Westminster City Council

      During the session, AWS will talk briefly about their economic impact in the region and provide an overview of some of the social value programmes they run before then handing over to representatives from the London Borough of Westminster to talk through what they done with AWS re/start. This is a 12 week programme aimed at giving individuals access to digital skills along leader to employer placements and future employment.

    5. 10:55 am |
      Sustainability: Planning to become London’s Leading Authority

      Yogita Popat, Assistant Director for Sustainability & Insight, London Borough of Barnet

    6. 11:15 am |
      Comfort Break

      Grab a tea or coffee, take a breather and the opportunity to mingle and network.

    7. 11:25 am |
      Member updates (with coffee)

      Facilitated by Adrian Gorst, Socitm London & South Chair

    8. 11:35 am |
      Socitm Update

      Nadira Hussain, CEO, Socitm | Caroline Friggens, Senior Consultant , Socitm Advisory

    9. 11:55 am |
      The Road to a Hybrid IT Model

      Luke Richardson-Evans, Account Executive, Tanium

    10. 12:05 pm |


    11. 12:15 pm |
      Connectivity: Working with schools

      John Jackson, CEO, LGfL

    12. 12:25 pm |
      Chair’s closing remarks

      Adrian Gorst, Socitm London & South Chair

    13. 12:30 pm |
      Networking Lunch

      Grab a bite to eat and some refreshments, take a moment to reflect and the opportunity to mingle and network with fellow colleagues.

Who can join our events?

Our events are open to everyone and relevant to all levels of staff, from new joiners right through to senior executives. This creates a vibrant mix which promotes innovation, sharing of best practice and drives the modernisation of public services.

Our events are included in our membership and partnership packages. A fee may apply for non-members. Please see event details for more information.

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Partners: FREE to join

Members: FREE to join

Included in specific packages. Please refer to your membership/partnership package details for more information.

Everyone else

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Contact us to discuss your options.

Public sector – contact Poppy Whelan.

Private sector – contact Aimie Francis.