Please note that the following speakers are from the last event held in March 2018

Graham Allen, Director of Adults' Health and Care, Hampshire County Council

Graham is strategic Director for Adults' Health and Care and statutory Director of Adult Social Services at Hampshire County Council. The authority has been transforming its use of technology over the past 5 years through its Argenti telecare partnership, this now supports more than 9,000 people with a wide variety of social care needs to live independently. Hampshire County Council is strongly committed to the use of technology in its approach to combatting social isolation, reducing demand on more traditional services, delivering significant transformational savings and improving the outcomes for its 1.3m population.


Barbara Barrett, Coventry City Council - Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Barbara has worked in HR and OD for the past 25 years, holding a range of senior management positions in the Local Government, Health and Education sectors. She is currently leading a large HR and OD function with Coventry City Council. Her role includes the leadership of the development and delivery of a workforce strategy, with clear focus on building digital skills and confidence in employees, and an enterprise digital change programme covering all HR and OD activity. Barbara is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has published and presented achievements in a number of national journals and conferences.

Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer, Greater London Authority

Theo is responsible for: the strategic leadership on the digital transformation agenda for London's public services, across the GLA group and the wider public sector; convening on behalf of the Mayor, across London local government, to build support for and take-up of innovative, technology and data-led approaches to service delivery and public engagement; and developing and promoting partnership between the public, private and community sectors to enable and support the development of new public service oriented technology and innovation. Theo has been a councillor for 15 years and worked in public policy for over 20 years. In 2010 he advised UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox on local government for A Manifesto for a Networked Nation and over the last 5 years He was the head of policy for the video games industry where he led on their work on Brexit and the Next Gen Skills campaign to reintroduce computing in schools. Theo sits on the Advisory Board of Digital Leaders and is a Policy Fellow of Public Group International.

Matthew Cain, Head of Digital, London Borough of Hackney

Matthew Cain joined the London Borough of Hackney as Head of Digital in January 2017, responsible for data, applications, information governance, developers and business solutions. He previously worked at Buckinghamshire County Council where he led the digital strategy, adopting an approach that 'It's the GDS way until our users say it isn't'. Through its digital programme Buckinghamshire saved nearly 1m in 2016/17. Matthew formerly worked as a strategy consultant for MTM London, leading key engagements for HMRC, ACAS, the BBC and Sky News.


Geoff Connell, President SOCITM and Head of Information Management and Technology at Norfolk County Council

Highly experienced local public sector ICT manager. Has led teams in a number of local authorities to modernise and optimise ICT infrastructures, as well as delivering digital transformation programmes to enable new delivery models to reduce costs and improve services. Active in the Local Government programme management, knowledge sharing and policy development areas through board membership of sub-regional, regional and national groups including Socitm and the London & Local CIO Councils. Specialties:
* Hands on management of in-house ICT services for multiple local authorities, vendor management and internal relationship management
* Shared service development and delivery combined with collaborative leadership to enable wider partnership working
* Property portfolio rationalisation supported by mobile & flexible working
* Improving Customer Services through process redesign & automation, CRM, MDM, middleware and Web technologies
* Digital service redesign, preferably radical! Including online self-service, mobile working and lean process optimisation
* Data warehousing, master data management and business intelligence

Amali de Alwis, CEO of Code First: Girls

Amali de Alwis is CEO of Code First: Girls, a multi-award winning social enterprise that works with companies, and men and women directly to increase the number of women in tech and entrepreneurship. Over the past 3 years they've provided 2.5 million+ of free tech education, and are the largest provider of free in person coding courses for women in the UK.Outside of the day job, Amali is a founding member at Tech Talent Charter, a CommonwealthFirst mentor, on the Membership committee at The Allbright, and a fellow at the RSA

Cllr Liz Fairhurst is County Councillor for Bedhampton and Leigh Park since 2009 and Hampshire County Council's Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health since 2013.




Nicola Graham, Head of ICT for Aberdeenshire Council, and Vice President of SOCITM

Nicola has worked in ICT for the past 25 years having graduated from Napier University. Her career spans retail, finance, outsourcing and the public sector.

She joined Aberdeenshire Council as Head of ICT in 2011, with a remit to bring about change to the ICT service. Since 2011, Nicola has led the ICT service through a transformation programme, implementing new technology, strengthening the skills of the ICT Team and the digital skills of the workforce. Nicola is now a key player in developing the Aberdeenshire Councils approach to Digital Services and bringing innovation to the rural North East - from Mountain to Sea.

Nicola is the current Vice President of SOCITM Scotland and played a leading role in the setup of Scotland's Local Government Digital Digital Office and the creation of shaded CDO and CTO roles across Local Government.

Alison Hughes, Assistant Director - Strategic ICT Partnerships, Wigan Council

Alison is Assistant Director for the ICT Strategic Partnership, a shared service for Wigan and Bolton Council and Inspiring Health Lifestyles, leading on the development and delivery of the ICT Strategy for all partners and working closely with a range of public and private sector partners, to help transform the future delivery of services using ICT. Alison has worked in the public sector for 30 + years, working in ICT for the last 10 years, after taking on a 'temporary' role in this area. Wigan Council won LGC Digital Council of the Year and Digital Leaders Council of the Year in 2016. Alison is passionate about using innovative technology to enable public services collaboration and reform and is going to talk about Wigan's journey.

Idris Jahn, Principal IoT Consultant, Digital Catapult IoTUK
Idris has over 20 years of experience in data integration and real-time systems. Much of his work has involved defining new and exciting use-cases for the Internet of Things. He is currently helping businesses to advance their healthcare solutions using IoT. Idris is also helping IoTUK to co-ordinate two NHS test beds using IoT for dementia and diabetes. Idris is currently advancing the IoTUK programme with the Digital Catapult in the UK and is involved with a number of UK Smart City projects.



Catherine Knivett, Head of Partnerships, Corsham Institute

Catherine worked in public policy and programmes for over 8 years at the Greater London Authority and is now Head of Partnerships for the Corsham Institute. She was the policy lead for digital skills in her last role at the Greater London Authority and setup the Mayor of London's 7m Digital Talent programme to increase diversity in London's tech workforce. Catherine is passionately committed to supporting people of all ages and backgrounds to see technology as an integral and positive part of their lives, and to develop the behaviours and skills they need to navigate our fast-changing world. She is a member of the techUK Skills & Diversity Council, was voted a 'Rising Star' in Computer Weekly's Women in Tech awards in 2017 and regularly speaks at events about technology, diversity and skills. @cknivett

Edwina McQueen, Director, Apprenticeship Services, City & Guilds

Edwina has held several senior management positions in the private sector. Her professional career includes over 20 years' experience in education, utilities and customer facing industries. Edwina joined City & Guilds in 1999 and she has responsibility for leading the City & Guilds Apprenticeship and End Point Assessment Strategy. Edwina has worked at a strategic level with the boards of a wide variety of private and public sector Employers and Key Stakeholders and has a strong track record in developing and implementing change in the education and skills environment. Clients include; NHS, MOD, ASDA, McDonalds, Arcadia Group, Securitas, B&Q, Thomas Cook, Tui, London Underground and Tesco. In her spare time Edwina is a member of the Board of Governors and Vice Chair of the Board and Vice Chair of Audit and Risk Committee of North Shropshire College, a specialist land based agricultural college.

Matt Prosser, National Lead for Digital - Solace, Chief Executive - Dorset Councils Partnership

Matt Prosser has worked in local government for nearly twenty five years. Prior to becoming Chief Executive of the Dorset Councils Partnership serving North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Matt worked as shared Strategic Director for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Councils for seven years managing a wide portfolio of statutory and non-statutory services.

Matt has a wide experience within local government, having worked as a management consultant and regional programme manager for the then Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), part of the Local Government Association. Here he supported local government improvement across the board; but specialising in developing strategic top teams, working with both elected members and officers.

A Chartered Marketer, Matt is passionate about ensuring council services are focused on the customer, putting a great emphasis on supporting elected members in their roles, developing staff and communities whilst transforming council services. He is committed to using technology and digital solutions to the best effect for the benefit of customers and the business and is the lead spokesman on Digital for Solace.

As well as his 'day job' Matt currently chairs the Dorset Chief Executive Group and is the Executive Sponsor for the work in Dorset around Local Government Reorganization, as Dorset potentially look to move from nine authorities to two unitary councils in 2019.

Twitter: @mattprosserceo