A presidential role that really makes a difference – and helps others make a difference. Nominate a Socitm vice president now to help shape the future of Socitm, and the crucial public services our members provide.
Following this year's nominations, we're delighted to share with you our shortlist of four nominees – one of these talented people must become our new vice president. The winning candidate will have specific responsibility for our service redesign and transformation policy theme.
Head of Information and Technology Services
Leicestershire County Council
Manjit is an active Socitm member, chair of the Socitm East Midlands region, as well as an ICT professional with 30 years’ experience in the private, joint venture and public sector.
Manjit likes to champion change and has experience of leading service design and transformation functions. He is currently leading the “IT fit for the future” ERP Cloud workstream supporting HR, payroll and finance functionality implementations. He is also working on an innovative 3i (investing in innovation – RPA, chatbot, AI, Office 365/Teams) programme, which takes a unique approach within local government to fast paced development of IT solutions through “incubation process” to deliver savings and citizen benefits.
Manjit is committed to shared learning and is working with colleagues from LGA, CCS, the Cabinet Office and Socitm to raise key issues faced by the public sector linked to the Microsoft Digital Transformation Arrangement (DTA), and associated price hikes, in the face of budget and service related challenges.
If elected as vice president, Manjit plans to champion and grow support for Socitm members in developing new leading-edge service design and transformation knowledge.
Passionate about innovative customer service, Manjit wants to raise awareness of the wealth of knowledge within the Socitm membership and ensure they have opportunities to build local and national practical engagement. To achieve this, he will work with Socitm colleagues and key strategic partners to boost cross region cooperation, collaboration and support.
Head of digital with LGSS
Cheryl has over 20 years’ experience in local government and is passionately committed to delivering better outcomes for residents at a local level. She has worked in many different roles; from front line service areas, to corporate customer services and now IT/digital transformation. She's known for getting stuff done and making a difference to customers. In 2016, Cheryl established the LGSS Digital service. The service meets demand for Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes councils, creating digital services that users value and saves service areas money. The service has gone from zero to hero, championing end-to-end service design that focusses on user experiences, agile delivery and a shared, reusable tech platform.
In her roles in corporate customer service and digital transformation, working across all tiers of local government, Cheryl has seen all too clearly the barriers to transformation that exist in different organisations at the cultural, governance and technology levels. Cheryl has taken great inspiration from the Government Digital Service, and has lots to say about getting the conditions right to make a success of transformation based on her wide experience.
If elected as vice president, Cheryl would champion a strong focus on designing services to meet user needs, the importance of agile mind sets and delivery models underpinned by modern and scalable technology platforms to ensure maximum value is delivered to the end user and the wider organisation.
IT director for the City of London Corporation and City of London Police
Sean is currently IT director for the City of London Corporation and City of London Police.
He has previously had experience as CIO in three other London Boroughs and project and programme roles in county and district councils in Oxfordshire, the Midlands and Norfolk.
He has been the chair for the London region of Socitm for the last five years with the role expanding to take on the chair for the newly merged London and South region in 2018.
He is a passionate technologist that looks for innovative technology for the solutions that it can provide to the problems our organisations face and partnerships with others to solve those problems.
He would like to take on the role of vice president to support Socitm as its purpose as a professional and advisory body changes and evolves, embracing more areas of the public sector and the new digital professionals in our industry.
Head of IT and digital transformation
Conwy County Borough Council
Huw is an active member of the Wales Socitm branch with over 30 years’ experience as an IT professional; operating for 20 years at CIO/director level across the UK. Prior to entering the public sector 10 years ago, Huw was the IT director at United Utilities and has been using his experience from the regulated utility and pharmaceutical sectors to successful effect within the public sector.
Huw has operated globally with major blue-chip organisations and technology partners and believes that his knowledge, experience and network will be of significant value to Socitm, its members and other key stakeholders in our sector. He is currently actively involved with Socitm Wales members and the Welsh Government in joined up collaboration across the principality to deliver digital transformation benefits for local authorities and citizens
Huw is passionate about delivering excellent service and solutions through strong partnerships. He is passionate about the power of strong and effective leadership and believes the role of digital leaders and the contribution from Socitm to a dynamic digital environment has never been more important.
He is not afraid of asking the obvious and difficult questions or challenging the norms. He is certainly not one to shirk responsibilities and wants to build on the excellent work done to date by Socitm and previous presidents; this through influencing key stakeholders and supporting and developing our digital leaders to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.