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Post-Covid Recovery

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Chair: Sam Smith

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

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

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

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

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Samantha Smith

Sam Smith

Assistant Director of IT & Digital Services, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council
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Paul Jackson

RVP of UKI Public Sector, Tanium
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Oliver Morley

Corporate Director (People), Huntingdonshire District Council
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William Barker

Associate Director - Digital Ethics Lead, Socitm
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Gerry Baker

Digital Projects Manager, Norfolk County Council
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Neil Jones

Programme Manager, Canon

Satpal Biant

Head of Public Sector, SAP UK & Ireland
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Kate Lindley

Service Lead, Digital and Data, Socitm Advisory
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Jayne Davies

Managing Director, JISC

Jason Tutin

Digital Inclusion Manager, Leeds City Council
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Matthew Fraser

Matthew Fraser

Techincal Consultant, Socitm

Angela Chamberlain

Solutions Engineer, Avepoint

Jenna Ingamells

Communities Team Project Manager, Suffolk


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  1. Agenda Session 1
    1. 9:30 am |
      Introduction & Welcomes

      Sam Smith, Chair

    2. 9:35 am |
      Doughnut Economics: Decision making for the 21st Century

      Peter Lefort, Exeter

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

    3. 9:55 am |
      The Journey to a Successful Hybrid IT Model in UK Government

      Paul Jackson, RVP for UK Public Sector, Tanium 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    7. 11:00 am |


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

      Jayne Davies, Managing Director – Customers, JISC

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

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

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

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

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

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


    10. 12:25 pm |
      Closing Remarks

      Sam Smith, Chair

  2. Agenda Session 2
    1. 9:30 am |
      Introductions and Welcome

      Sam Smith, Chair

    2. 9:35 am |
      Smart Places: Using data and technology to support place-based recovery

      Dan Clarke, Strategy and Partnerships Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council

      The Covid-19 pandemic has both highlighted and accelerated the importance of digital connectivity, data and technology in supporting communities and helping to create better more resilient places. The Connecting Cambridgeshire programme is working with Government and industry to improve digital connectivity across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to support economic recovery, help our communities to thrive and make it easier for citizens to access public services. The programme is working with communities to exploit this connectivity and begin collecting data that will underpin the intelligent technology which will help communities better understand their places and transform service delivery, as well as deploying new and emerging technologies as tools to create ‘Smart Places’.

    3. 9:55 am |
      M365 Hybrid Collaboration: Solving the data governance challenge in 5 steps

      Nigel Cottam, AvePoint
      Angela Chamberlain, AvePoint

      While many people are keen to return to the office after a year of home working, most employees want the option to work part of the week remotely.

      Employers are keen to accommodate blended working because the past year has shown that productivity hasn’t fallen during the pandemic and flexibility improves employee engagement and retention.

      But hybrid working has risks unless tight security and clear data governance procedures are put in place beforehand.

      The session will outline 5 step blueprint on data governance when preparing your M365 collaboration platform for hybrid work.  We will walk through a blueprint to laying your data governance foundation.

    4. 10:35 am |
      Breakout Room 1 - Local government collaboration and Covid showcase

      Ben Cheetham, MHCLG

      Showcasing a collection of collaborative and innovative solutions local government built in response to Covid.

    5. 10:35 am |
      Breakout room 2 - Confirming & correcting your assumptions through benchmarking

      Matthew Fraser, Technical Consultant, Socitm

      After 18 months of enforced change, each of us has a perception of how well our services have adapted. However, this opinion is often limited by our personal experience, along with anecdotal data from our colleagues.

      In this session we will explore how participating in benchmarking can help to identify areas for improvement, help you to set attainable goals and validate the decisions you have made.

    6. 11:00 am |


    7. 11:15 am |
      How can Local Government be ready for the next crisis

      Satpal Biant, Head of Public Sector at SAP UK & Ireland

      In this keynote, Satpal Biant, Head of Public Sector at SAP UK & Ireland, shares his perspectives on what technologies and investments show the greatest promise with the rebuilding and recovery from COVID-19 and preparation for a future crisis in the UK. In addition, he will discuss the role of sustainability, both in the public and private sector, in supporting good governance with the rebuilding and recovery efforts.

    8. 11:35 am |
      Can technology help the environment?
      Sam Smith, Chair
      Tony Summers, CEO, Socitm Advisory
      Paul Jackson, RVP for UK Public Sector, Tanium 
      Satpal Biant, Head of Public Sector at SAP UK & Ireland
      Dan Clarke, Strategy and Partnerships Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council

      Whether it’s using less energy to do things, recycling to reduce waste and pollution, or food production becoming more eco-friendly, technology has a huge part to play.  

      Hear from the panel who will discuss the hope technology gives us right now in the fight to create cleaner more environmentally friendly places for future generations.   

    9. 12:25 pm |
      Closing Remarks

      Sam Smith, Chair

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