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

Paul Copping is Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Greenwich
, serving the Royal Borough of Greenwich, population 270,000. His role is to engage with industrial partners to deploy integrated technology solutions that will result in more innovative, agile and cheaper services for Greenwich citizens. Paul is currently working on connected and autonomous vehicles; 5G wireless; digital currency; and a collaborative smart city procurement framework. Paul has an MBA in Marketing from Cass Business School and an MA in Spanish and French from the University of Cambridge. His earlier career background is in telecoms (Nortel, BT) and mobility (Transport Research Laboratory) with a focus on corporate development and innovation management.


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.

Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the Public Accounts Committee and the Standards & Privileges Committee. Matt entered Government in September 2012 and has served in a number of Ministerial roles, including for skills and business, and as Paymaster General. He oversaw the expansion of Apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of Government. Since July 2016 he served at DCMS as Minister of State for Digital responsible for broadband, broadcasting, creative industries, cyber and the tech industry. In January was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Deputy Chief Executive, Wigan Council

Alison Mckenzie-Folan is Deputy Chief Executive and part of the Senior Management Team at Wigan Council with strategic responsibility for a range of services including policy, strategy and transformation, placed based integration services, revenues and benefits, customer services, libraries and heritage, ICT, public relations and HR and OD. Alison is currently leading the #digitalwigan strategy which has been awarded LGC Digital Council of the Year 2016 and Digital Leaders 2016 Digital Council of the Year.

Alison has strategic responsibility for the councils transformation programmes and public service reform.

Previous to this role, Alison was Head of HR & OD for Wigan Council and also the Interim Director of HR and OD for NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT. She joined local government in 2008, after a career in central government culminating in roles as Deputy Director Finance and Deputy Director HR for the Health & Safety Executive.

She has extensive experience in business transformation and organisational development with a passion for modernising services to deliver tangible 'business' performance outcomes and value for money for residents and customers.

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