Head of Information and Technology Services Leicestershire County Council
An ICT professional with 30 years’ experience in the private, joint venture and public sectors, Manjit Singh Saroya is an active Socitm member and chair of the East Midlands Region.
Holding graduate and post graduate qualifications, Manjit likes to champion change through inclusive and collaborative ventures and is committed to shared learning in order that Socitm members can be a greater source of support for one another.
We all face similar challenges in the current local authority environment and many have faced these with great success, with others having great experiential learning which we could all benefit from in order to avoid the same pitfalls. If elected as VP, Manjit plans to champion and grow support for Socitm's members in sharing experiences and knowledge to help others, to doing things right, with good stewardship of key IT and change programmes in delivering true customer-orientated services.
Passionate about customer service and providing supportive challenge, Manjit wants to help raise the awareness within ICT management and CIOs of the wealth of knowledge within the Socitm membership and ensure they have opportunities to build local and Socitm-wide practical engagement and the opportunity to share information, knowledge and wisdom. To do this he would like to work with other VPs, chairs and members, to listen, learn and present how to boost cross region cooperation, collaboration and support for our joint benefit.
Fozlu is the Senior Business Analyst at Shared Digital, which delivers the ICT service across Camden, Haringey and Islington Councils. He has extensive private and public sector experience, working in a number of operational and strategic roles within ICT.
Starting his career as a chemical engineer, in 2004 he joined the London Borough of Camden as a Project Manager where he oversaw a wide range of strategic ICT and council-wide projects, including the implementation of Camden’s first CRM system and the expansion of the customer service centre. Fozlu has extensive experience in business partnering, managing projects, staff and relationships as well as process re-engineering and facilitating business change.
With over 14 years’ experience, he has developed successful working relationships across local government and its key stakeholders and suppliers. His focus is on improving relations with the business and leading on key corporate programmes of change improving communication and collaboration.
Recently, Fozlu led on the implementation of Office 365 across the three partner organisations across Shared Digital, delivering a truly connected experience. For the last two years he has been working on a new direction of travel-aligning business capability to current and future business demands, helping develop a target operating model for the Shared Digital service across the three partner councils.
Fozlu is well respected in the Shared Digital service for his dedication and achievements but, more importantly, for his warm and friendly personality. He is a fantastic mentor to junior staff and is supportive of encouraging more women to work in IT. He is also a great facilitator of department wide social activities, such as his legendary Christmas parties. Fozlu Miah a Champion of Equality and Diversity in Digital.
A graduate of the transformative Empowering Women in Digital World programme and chair of the Eastern region, Sam Smith is an active Socitm member with 20+ (and counting!) years of experience in public sector IT, delivering the full lifecycle of IT services from strategic planning, project and programme delivery through to operational support.
In her role as Head of Strategy & Architecture with a large shared services working with all tiers of local government, health, fire and third sector organisations, Sam has seen the impact of austerity on public sector finances from every angle; both the challenges of significant financial cuts and the responses of people and organisations. Consequently, Sam is aware of just how challenging and rewarding the public sector is and understands how Socitm can best represent the interests of local government (unitary, county, district and borough) as well as that all-important link between health and social care.
Having benefited at an individual level from the professional development and peer support offered by Socitm and experienced the organisational benefits of the policy, influence and research elements, Sam would like to become more directly involved in the organisation which has such a positive role to play.
If elected as VP, Sam plans to champion and grow Socitm’s platforms and ability for sharing knowledge and capability - be it technical, people, suppliers or process - across members to maximise the benefits that we all gain from technology.