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This is the final and probably the shortest (hurrah) newsletter of the year.

If you’re reading this on Friday then the final membership events of 2023 are underway. And our attention is almost (but not quite) completely on January.

Here’s a few of our favourite bits (in no particular order) from the year, that might be yours too:

  1. Ophelia Payne at President’s Conference in Brighton. Get the 2024 dates in your calendar for people, talking, tech and dancing
  2. The 19 digital and technology trends of 2023. The updated research report is being finalised right now. Get ready for it in the new year.
  3. The AI usage policy template (used by so many of you) that was a brilliant team project with colleagues in New Zealand and the United States.
  4. Our partnership with Impera Analytics. We’ve been working with Pye and his team for months and they’re fantastic. If you were with us in Cardiff earlier this year (the Principality Stadium was an awesome venue) or in Blackpool last week you will remember Pye’s presentations. Look out for big developments in 2024.
  5. Emeritus President Sam Smith joined our Society to lead the Institute. Hurrah!
  6. Microsoft and Socitm ended the year with a week-long Change Agent course. The sessions around data and Copilot generated lots of mind blown emojis in the Teams chat.
  7. You asked for a podcast and we started one. Four episodes so far, with the next due in January. Lots of us listen to podcasts but none of us had produced one. Thank you for the challenge and opportunity.

Your Alumni Day recording and report are available. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us for some or all of the activities and guests. There are many demands on your time so spending some of it with us and rest of your Socitm membership community is genuinely appreciated (and enjoyed).

As you are short on time, here are some links to the key people and content:

  • Kirklees helps external providers to improve accessibility Read | Watch
  • Wigan hopes AI will help it be predictive and preventative Read | Watch
  • Courses provided life-changing confidence boost say participants Read | Watch
  • Norfolk uses Belbin personality profiling to improve team working Read | Watch
  • Be an ally to neurodivergent staff says Williams Read | Watch

I hope you can have a lovely weekend,


Your Resource Hub

Just published: Issue 41 of In Our View

Featuring coverage of December’s Leadership Academy Alumni Day. Skip to the section about Alison McKenzie-Folan: Wigan hopes AI will help it be predictive and preventative. Then remind yourself of all the content covering or related to AI.


January’s CPD certified workshops

Training places are included in your organisational membership – subject to availability and membership level. If you have any questions or would like further information, please email Sara Razon.

On completion of training, don’t forget to claim your CPD points.

Events from Socitm and our partners

Meet your Socitm colleagues for problem sharing (and solving) and great networking opportunities.

You have only three in-person conferences in 2024

Missed a webinar? Past recordings are available to watch in the resource hub. Also, make sure to check out our regional events. There’s a mix of online and in-person meetings, so please feel free to join any that are outside your area.

The Public Sector 2024 Challenge

Come along with us on Friday 6 September for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Let us come together as a sector, push ourselves, support and motivate each other to reach these three peaks together and raise as much money for Cancer Research UK as possible.

Thank you for reading (or scrolling) this far! Just one more thing…

It’s Chriiiiisssstmaaaaaaas with Charles Dickens in a festive special of the BBC’s You’re Dead To Me.