Oscar Williams - CONFERENCE CHAIR
News Editor of NS Tech
Oscar Williams is the News Editor of NS Tech, a division of the New Statesman focused on technology, business and government. He previously worked at the Guardian and HuffPost UK.
Dr Ravinder Singh
Consulting Technical Architect, The Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service
With a successful background of 23+ years in B2B, BI & DW, digital consulting, information security, audit, program/ project management with budgets up to $95m with broad ‘C-level’ experience in both public & private sectors including CMMI level 5 companies, World Bank, government, Defence, Big-4 consulting, BFSI, software houses, R&D, telecom & Oil/utility sectors. Proven capability and track record of forming strong partnerships with stakeholders to develop and implement various programmes/ process change, information security, and e-learning/ trainings that support key organisational objectives.
- IPR (INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS): Copyrights of Software: 2
- NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL AWARD – Shri Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in Information Technology- 2003, Ministry of Communications, & IT, Govt. of India.
- Listed in WHO’S WHO in the WORLD 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014 (35th, 33rd, 32nd and 31st Edition) and WHO’S WHO in ASIA (1st and 2nd edition) published in 2006 and 2012, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering – 7th Edition, 2003by Marquis Who’s Who, USA.
- Published 12 research papers in various international journals and conferences and also and Keynote Speaker.
- Co-Author of book on “Model Driven Business Process Engineering” by Amazon (2016), & Bentham Science (2014).
- Editor of PG, UG and Certificate course material, Board of Studies, Curriculum Design, Scheme of Examination, & Visiting Faculty to Various Universities and Colleges
- Accredited IPA Reviewer; Certified PMP, Prince-2, ITIL, Lead Auditor-ISO 27001. CMMI, ISO 9001
Chief Technology Officer, Eduserv
Andy has over 30 years IT experience in a wide range of roles including networking, system administration, software development, website/digital delivery, IT strategy, solutions architecture and national and international policy advice.
Head of Portfolio Delivery, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Mark has worked in DVSA for 16 years, progressing from a Frontline Examiner in operations to Head of Organisational Design (Transformation) & Improvement and currently is Head of Portfolio Delivery in Digital Services and Technology. He is a qualified engineer having previously worked in the private sector for the Automobile Association
Marks recent experience has centred on Project, Programme and Portfolio Management, and more recently as DVSAs Head of Portfolio Delivery he has responsibility for the delivery of a portfolio in excess of £300m; ranging from Agile Digital Service transformation to more traditional waterfall style business transformation programmes. Mark leads a team that consists of Programme & Project Managers, Project Support, Business Change Teams, Head of Profession and Service Transition and Design specialists
Marks current focus is leading the improvement of the portfolio delivery function, in particular in the areas of Pipeline improvements, resource allocation and control, change management networks, benefits tracking, continuous improvement and overall improvement the PPM capability in DVSA.
Head of Portfolio Engagement & Planning, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Claire has worked in DVSA for 13 years following on from a career as a Project Manager in the private sector. Starting out managing the Programme Support Office to computerise the MOT service, Claire has progressed in roles to set up and lead an Agency Programme Management Office, Head of Portfolio Assurance and is currently the Head of Portfolio Engagement & Planning within the Digital Services and Technology Directorate.
Claire has over 20 years experience in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management and her role as Head of Portfolio Engagement & Planning has responsibility for management and oversight of a complex Change Portfolio which is in excess of a £300m investment. Claire leads a varied team of Portfolio specialist roles for resourcing, performance, planning, risk and benefits as well a Business Engagement Team of Business Analysts and Business Partners who support the Agency in delivering change from the start.
Vice President Professional Services – EMEA, ThreatMetrix
Ian Spanswick is Vice President Professional Services for ThreatMetrix, leading the EMEA team in all aspects of pre-sales, delivery through to account management for diverse range of businesses from Financial Services, Telecoms, e-Commerce and Travel. He is an experienced and well-regarded speaker at Fraud and Identity Conferences worldwide.
Chief Technology Officer, Crown Prosecution Service
Mark joined the Crown Prosecution Service in July 2016, where he leads the digital & technology directorate. He is driving the CPS’ 2020 Digital Strategy – priorities include investments in new hardware, software and infrastructure; migration to cloud of a wide range of services; building partnerships across the criminal justice system; and contract disaggregation. He previously worked in a variety of private sector roles, most recently at Barclays Bank. Away from work, he has a three-year-old son, a new baby daughter and is a keen football supporter, chess player and curry eater!
Chief Insight Officer & Caldicott Guardian, NHS Business Services Authority
Nina has been working with data for more than 20 years. She has a wealth of experience in driving value from big(gish) data and developing strategies to optimise the insight available from data. Recent projects include the creation of a data science lab and the delivery of a cloud based business intelligence solution for NHS organisations accessing primary care prescription information. Nina will be presenting on the exciting insights that have be found within NHS data.
Enterprise Browser Specialist at Google
Oliver Madden serves as an Enterprise Browser Specialist at Google where he provides support to businesses. In this role, he helps businesses utilize Chrome as an Enterprise grade browser through management tools, building vision, app strategy and deployment.
Oliver has been with Google for over 5 years and most recently served as the Chrome Operations Lead for UK and EMEA. He is a Certified Deployment Specialist, Google Administrator and Google Educator.
Assistant Director for the ICT Strategic Partnership
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 was recently voted in 2nd place in the Gov Tech Female Leaders poll and is listed as one of the top 30 influential women in tech in Manchester. 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.
Head of Solutions Delivery, Met Office
Aidan has worked in a range of scientific, technical and leadership roles over the last 20 years, ranging from designing and managing 24/7/365 operational weather observation networks to leading climate data rescue initiatives in Africa. In his current role he is accountable for the delivery of IT solutions to a diverse range of internal and external users, via a blend of in-house development and through close relationships with a number of third party delivery partners. When he’s not at work, he’s busy entertaining his five and six year old daughters.
Head of Strategic Design, DEFRA Field Activity Programme
Steve is Head of Design and Strategy for DEFRA’s Field Activity Programme, a role that he has been doing for two years. His main role is to lead and manage the programmes strategic design to ensure it aligns to the wider DEFRA operating model and the DEFRA 2020 strategy. He is also a qualified business analyst and leads and manages the business analysis team within the programme. Steve has worked for the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for eighteen years in a variety of roles including training, operations and IT development. He is currently working on APHA’s Field Service Management project, which aims to deliver mobile working across the organisation.
Director and Chief Technology Officer for the Home Office
Rob is the Director & Chief Technology Officer for the UK Home Office. Previously he was Head of Engineering for DWP Digital, leading the technology delivery of Universal Credit Full Service. He is a CTO with a broad range of experiences gained in Government, Mobile, Telecommunications, Software and Internet sectors. Joining the Civil Service in 2014 , he is passionate about creating a Digital Government to respond to people’s increased expectations for internet based services. Prior to joining UK Government, Rob led the technology team in Deutsche Telekom’s international mobile internet business, supporting 85m customers across Europe. Rob is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology.
Innovation & Experience Lead, LiveTiles
Tim Walwyn is responsible for LiveTiles Innovation and Experience within EMEA. Having previously run delivery practises across a number of systems integrators, Tim’s experience ranges from SharePoint + Office 365 architectural experience, workflow development, and the creation of digital experience platforms
Director of Digital Services, Staffordshire University
Andrew Proctor is Director of Digital Services for Staffordshire University, responsible for establishing a strong digital vision and establishing them as the ‘leading digital university’ following their acclaimed successful migration to cloud (the first university in Europe to achieve this) and innovation based on AI and Bot technology. Andrew is also currently playing a key role in the ‘Smart Staffordshire’ initiative using digital transformation across multiple public-sector organisations to deliver smart living, smart working and smart people. Andrew previously transformed West Midlands Police, the second largest police force in England into a sector-leading digital innovator.
Agile Coach / Lead Author on AgileDS, Agilesphere
Peter is an Agile coach and Consultant with more than 30 years of global, commercial experience with a wide range of organisations in both the private and public sector. Working initially in software marketing he moved into project and programme management and more recently into coaching and consultancy, helping teams in the UK, France, Poland, Germany, India and USA adopt Agile and lean working practices.
He is also working with the Agile Business Consortium as Lead Author developing the new Agile Digital Services training course and qualification, designed to support the public sector in further improving its ability to deliver Digital Services through Agile projects and programmes.
Dr Mike Fisher
Chief Clinical Information Officer, Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Dr. Fisher is a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. He specialises in interventional cardiology and particularly in managing patients with difficult to treat angina, but has a lively interest in research and audit, which accounts for his interest in data. He has a background in IT, having worked as a programmer, operator and database administrator for ICL and the Post Office in the past and also having run his own small IT software firm. For his sins, he is also the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) for the Royal Liverpool trust and head of the innovation unit, which is part of the Royal’s Global Digital Exemplar programme!
Professor David Hogg
Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Leeds
David Hogg is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Leeds. He is internationally recognised for his work on computer vision and artificial intelligence. He has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds, a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab, Chair of the ICT Strategic Advisory Team at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and most recently Chair of an international review panel for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence commissioned by EPSRC.
He is currently Chair of the Academic Advisory Group of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), helping to promote collaborative research between over 20 prominent research intensive universities from around the globe. David is a Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI), a Distinguished Fellow of the British Machine Vision Association, and a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition.
Chief Technology Officer, Department for International Trade
Warren Towns, currently the Chief Technology Officer at the Department for International Trade (DIT), has over 23 years of experience working in Enterprise ICT across the Public and Private sectors.
Warren started his career in the Private Sector with IBM and later a hardware integration start up, where we worked on, amongst other things, the design and build of a prototype MS Windows based Render Farm for an animation company. Since then Warren has worked with and for a wide range of Government Departments including the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, Department for Work and Pensions, UK Export Finance and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
He has built expertise in a range of disciplines including network design, cyber security, application and database development and IT and Digital Strategy development. Working at the forefront of the Government Digital Service disaggregation agenda since 2011, Warren has worked with several departments to achieve a successful exit from their large single supplier contracts and move to a more flexible architecture using a mix of Cloud technologies and greater leverage of their existing investments.
Client Director, Home Office & Police, IBM
Mark Goossens is the IBM Client Director for the Home Office, Justices and Police and is responsible for joining together all aspects of IBM’s engagement with these clients. He started this role in January 2013
Mark has been with IBM since 1999 in a number of roles across the public sector. Prior to this he worked for 3 other international IT suppliers in various roles including Public Sector Sales Director and as part of the country management team.
His current role is something that he is genuinely passionate about and feels that IBM can enable real change across government by helping to join up data and then use sophisticated analytics to extract actionable intelligence.
Mark holds a BSc Honors Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He enjoys family life and has two teenage children, who he hopes will soon stop treating him as an ATM. His hobbies include motorsport and photography
Chief Information Officer, Ofqual
Jan has been involved in major projects, change, transformation and technology over the past 30 years in government, local government, a charity, surface and rail transport, housing and regulation.
He is currently CIO of Ofqual, a non-ministerial government department responsible for regulating examinations and qualifications in England. Over the past 3 years he has been working alongside his IM team to move Ofqual’s IT from an on-site provision into the cloud and, in the process, adopting and implementing government policy for cloud native, data, digital, agile and cyber security.
Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE) Lead, Home Office
Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE)
Local Government Executive Briefing Programme Manager, Eduserv
Natasha runs Eduserv’s Local Government Executive Briefing programme. Working closely with Jos Creese, Principal Analyst, and the steering group of senior local government leaders, she aims to increase sector-wide understanding of the benefits of cloud computing and broader digital initiatives. This includes working on research reports, conducting interviews, putting together events and engaging with industry figures at events and through social media.
Director of ICT, London Borough of Hackney
Rob is Director of ICT at the London Borough of Hackney. With a background of technology and change leadership in the local government and retail sectors, Rob is passionate about public service and the role that technology can play in delivering better services for citizens.
Agile Delivery Manager, The National Archives
Mariangela currently works for the National Archives and helps shaping their agile delivery in Digital.
Before this she led agile transformation in the UK’s most popular membership associations and in Higher Education Institutions. Her passion is to bring people and teams together and deliver value, business change and agility
CEO, London Grid for Learning
John Jackson – rated one of the top 25 IT leaders in the UK by Computing Magazine – is the recently appointed CEO of the London Grid for learning, a community of schools and local authorities committed to using technology to enhance teaching and learning. John’s central focus is harnessing technology to help schools succeed and to ensure children fulfil their potential.
Former CIO of Camden Council, John was part of the Camden transformation team that won the 2015 Digital City award. Other milestones include spearheading the implementation of the National Grid for Learning in Camden; helping Brian Durrant, the former CEO of LGfL, to build the London Grid for Learning, the Government-funded gateway to educational resources on the Internet; and supporting the DfE’s Excellence in Cities (EiC) programme to raise standards and promote inclusion in inner cities and other urban areas.
John has also spent considerable time working in central government advising on the development of national IT solutions to improve safeguarding arrangements for children, as well as procurement strategies to save money and deliver better solutions to local government as a whole.
Head of Data Governance, The Pensions Regulator
Phil Yeoman is Head of Data Governance at the Pensions Regulator and is responsible for rolling out TPR’s Governance Framework.
Phil has held a number of senior policy positions within national & local government and the Pensions Regulator. In recent years his roles have been heavily focused on data led transformation to deliver improved business outcomes and drive customer service. He has lead analytical teams in highly pressured environments; acting as the bridge between data, technology and the business. Having spent much of his career being frustrated by the lack of good quality data, Phil is now focused on doing something about it.
Former Operational Project Manager Derbyshire Constabulary Mobile Data Project and currently East Midlands Operational Control Room Lead for ESN project
Liam Caldecott is a Temporary Inspector with Derbyshire Constabulary, currently seconded to the East Midlands regional ESN implementation team with responsibility for the Operational Control Rooms. He has been a Police Officer since 2002 serving in a variety of operational roles. Since 2015 he has worked on several IT projects for the force and was part of the team who introduced Capita ControlWorks Incident management system before moving on to their mobile data team. One of his main drivers for any IT project in policing is that the focus should always be on how it will benefit the user and public and should not become ‘another IT project’ – as such users are always given key roles throughout every project he is involved in. Liam is currently studying for an MSc at the University of Derby and intends to focus his research project on the implications and opportunities of mobile data for policing.
Chief Executive, NHS Practitioner Health Programme
Lucy has over 25 years NHS experience ranging across many aspects of health care, working with primary, secondary care and mental health as well as local and national teams including a stint in Gibraltar. She is Chief Executive of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme and the NHS GP Health Service, programmes offering confidential treatment for doctors and dentists with mental health and/or addiction issues across England.
Lucy has previously worked with NHS England as the Responding to Concerns Lead, focusing on concerns in the medical workforce and with the NHS Revalidation Support Team supporting the implementation of appraisal and revalidation for doctors in England. She has also worked as an independent advisor on Clinical Governance for the Department of Health.
Lead Author for Agile Digital Services, AgileSphere
Peter is an Agile coach and consultant with more than 30 years of global commercial experience with a wide range of organisations in both the private and public sector. Working initially in software marketing he moved into project and programme management and more recently into coaching and consultancy, helping teams in the UK, France, Poland, Germany, India and USA adopt Agile and lean working practices.
He is also working with the Agile Business Consortium as lead author developing the new Agile Digital Services training course and qualification, designed to support the public sector in further improving its ability to deliver Digital Services through Agile projects and programmes.
Associate Director of Digital, Ofqual
Kate is Associate Director for Digital at Ofqual. She acts as head of product development, introducing technology solutions to Ofqual to enable the organisation to regulate as it needs to; embedding change and transformation through digital, data and technology.
Kate has 15 years’ experience delivering major policy and digital programmes in government and its agencies.
Senior Cyber Security Account Executive, Darktrace
Simon Wilson is a Cyber Security Account Executive at Darktrace and is responsible for managing clients with large-scale international deployments of the Darktrace solution.
Prior to joining Darktrace, Simon worked as an Intelligence Analyst at the Australian Defence Intelligence Organisation, and as a Cyber Industry Liaison at the newly formed Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Head of Data Science Innovation, Department for Work and Pensions
Calvin is currently leading digital transformation and innovation by employing data science to new services across the customer journey at DWP. Before that he was leading the product commercialisation for emerging products in the Google’s innovation and solutions team in Europe. Calvin also mentored and coached young entrepreneurs as program manager at Google Campus London before he decided to take the plunge into the start-up world himself. He holds a master in web science and big data analytics from UCL as well as a bachelor in information systems.
Director of Digital Transformation, NHS Education for Scotland
A 30 year public sector information specialist, having worked across the health, culture and communication sectors. While employed by the Cabinet Office Christopher worked with the newly formed Government Digital Service and their development and application of Cloud and Agile based services. He is currently working in the Scottish NHS transforming a disparate and complex information landscape into a single unified environment putting individual members of the NHS and social care workforce at the centre of wholly redesigned services. This involves defining and delivering the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) vision for a comprehensive digital transformation by implementing dynamic change through innovative and agile approaches to technical, cultural and organisational challenges by leading the design and in house build of Turas, the NES digital platform.
Digital Manager, Staffordshire Council
Ruth Woodbridge is Digital Manager at Staffordshire County Council and has overall responsibility for the delivery and maintenance of all external audience focused digital platforms and services. She has over 12 years’ experience in managing digital services and a BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Technology. Ruth is passionate about delivering digital change, and has worked on a range of projects such as CMS implementations, mobile web, major site rebuilds, digital process design and integration, Intranets, CRM systems and more.
IT Director, British Business Bank
Prasad Bangalore is IT Director at British Business Bank plc. A key part of his role is to create an ICT strategy that includes designing a scalable and secure infrastructure, on-boarding effective partnerships, building a future solution roadmap and defining an integrated service delivery structure aligned to the Bank’s future growth plans.
Since starting his ICT management career in 1999, Prasad has held senior positions managing ICT transformation across both public and private sector enterprises. He is experienced in overseeing ICT transformation involving diverse technologies, in both smaller companies and large corporates. In addition to his Engineering and MBA qualifications, he is a certified practitioner in Prince2, MSP and Agile practices.
Chief Information Officer, Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Nick Hopkinson is the Chief Information Officer of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, a provider of mental health and learning disability services in South West England. He has worked for a number of NHS organisations in his 25 year career, including the NHS Information Authority (now NHS Digital) before joining Devon Partnership NHS Trust as an Associate Director in 2003. He is now CIO with responsibility for setting digital strategy and the delivery of all digital and information governance services.
Nick is passionate about the role that IT can play in the NHS and mental health services in particular to deliver better care. Although his own Trust has been working with entirely electronic records since 2010 he is part of a wider movement in the health community to build shared care records based around the individual citizen that span health and care organisations.
A member of BCS – the Chartered Institute for IT, Nick is also Deputy Chair of the Health Chief Information Officer’s Network and writes a column for the British Journal of Healthcare Computing.
Head of IT Services, Food Standards Agency
Phillippa Tasselli has been Head of IT Services at the Food Standards Agency since 2012.
Phillippa has over 14 years’ experience of managing ICT services in the public sector. Her main area of expertise is supplier and commercial management, building strong internal and external relationships to deliver high quality IT services. One of her primary areas of focus is the development of the IT service to support the needs of a more mobile, flexible and digitally enabled workforce.
Assistant Account Manager, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary
Joan Ogbebor is an Assistant Inspection Account Manager with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) with over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. Joan has been in HMIC since 2006 where she has utilised her policy delivery, programme, project and business and programme planning expertise including her detailed knowledge of the complex, dynamic and challenging policing landscape to help drive the strategic and operational performance of police forces across England and Wales.
Joan has degrees in law (LL.B), Management Studies (PGDip) and Education (B.Ed) with several leadership and professional training and certification.
Joan has a passionate interest in ICT, data science and digital innovation.
Chief Enterprise Architect, Birmingham University
Chief Enterprise Architect and Head of Architecture, Security and Innovation at the University of Birmingham, David has 30 years’ experience working across the UK, Europe and the Americas in Financial Services, Automotive Manufacturing, Healthcare and Higher Education sectors for leading organisations such as Citi, Clearstream, Cazenove, Toyota, BT, SWIFT and HSBC. A regular conference speaker and writer, he holds an MSc in Software Engineering from Oxford University, is a chartered member of the British Computer Society, CISM, CGEIT and member of ISACA and the Institute of Directors.
Deputy Chief Executive, Director Customer Transformation, Wigan Council
Alison Mckenzie-Folan is Director – 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, revenues and benefits, customer services, ICT, public relations and HR and OD. Alison is currently leading the #digitalwigan strategy.
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 Head of 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.
A Fellow of the CIPD she has also completed an MA in Strategic HRM, assessing “how far is the psychological contract a useful concept in devising strategies to manage the employment relationship?”
Alison has strategic responsibility for the council’s transformation programmes and public service reform.
Service Head of ICT, Customer Access and Transformation at London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Sean has recently joined Tower Hamlets Council having worked for the last 12 years in interim management and consultancy assignments.
Sean spent most of his early career in Financial Services in ICT, Marketing, Strategy and Transformation roles. He made the move to the public sector 10 years ago working as a director or ICT for an outsourcing company delivering customer services technology and functions for Southwark Council and other public sector organisations.
He has worked in a number of London Councils including Islington, Westminster, Brent and Haringey. He has also worked for County and District councils where he worked on a number of shared services projects. In his most recent role at Haringey he was responsible for driving their Digital Strategy and associated Transformation Programme.
Sean is passionate about technology, customer service and change so believes he has found his ideal job at Tower Hamlets. He leads on Digital Strategy, Transformation and Smart Cities for Tower Hamlets Council.
Assistant Director: Digital Peterborough for Peterborough City Council
Richard Godfrey is the AD of Peterborough City council. As a part of his role, Richard drives the council’s ICT strategy designing a programme of work to complement the changing nature of local government delivery of services. His new ICT strategy based around cloud technologies has recently been approved by the council. The strategy underpins the wider transformation programme in delivery across the council. As well as leading on the Strategy for the council he also has a wider remit to enable and grow the digital sector across the city. Richard played a fundamental role in delivering a strategic partnership with CityFibre who are investing up to £30m into Peterborough delivering a pure fibre network. Previously he worked in Fleet Management for DHL (InsideTrack) working with Volvo. Prior to this he worked for Westminster City Council in the Contracts Performance Team.
Founder, Atern Agile Services
With a background in financial services, Chris has been a computer operator, programmer and analyst, moving into project management in 2000. An opportunity to move to a company using Agile from January 2008 proved irresistible and he never looked back. Chris is now a DSDM-accredited Advanced Practitioner, Trainer and Coach and a consultant since 2013. He now works as a freelance consultant, helping companies with team coaching, agile training and transformation initiatives.
Chief Digital Officer, Skills Funding Agency
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) is responsible for giving colleges, training providers and employers the right funding to help people get the skills they need for employment. It is also home to the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service.
Tim is Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and CIO at the SFA, the largest delivery body, by technology spend, in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He is currently leading the Agency through a ground-breaking digital transformation programme; deploying the latest agile delivery approaches on cloud based technology to build digital services that flip the paradigm from policy driven to ‘user needs’ driven.
In addition to his role as CDO, Tim also lead the Agency’s project and change delivery activities to the very best practices of Government.
Director – Digital Services, Technology & Methodology, Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Dr. David Best is currently Director of Digital Services Technology and Methodology at ONS has been involved in the Digital world since 1992 when as a Partner in Deloitte Consulting he supported the start-up of the IMRG, now the UK’s leading member organisation in e-commerce.
Since then he has held a variety of senior management roles in the transformation of business using IT and digital technologies. He joined ONS after a spell as Senior Technical Adviser in the Government Digital Service and as Interim Head of Transformation, Digital Services at the Ministry of Justice
Chief Technology Officer, The Home Office
Sarah Wilkinson is Chief Technology Officer at The Home Office, with responsibility for the delivery of technology change and live services for all Directorates.
Prior to joining the Home Office, Sarah spent 23 years in Financial Services, and was CIO at Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, UBS and Credit Suisse. In her most recent role at Credit Suisse she was also Head of Diversity for EMEA.
Sarah is also a Non-Executive Director of the Holmesdale Building Society, a Non-Executive Director of the Police ICT Company, and a board advisor to Technology Start-Ups within Telefonica’s WAYRA Portfolio.
Sarah read Mathematics at Imperial College, holds an MBA from London Business School and an FT Non-Executive Director Diploma, and is a CEDR-certified mediator.
Head of IT Transformation & IT Support, West Yorkshire Police
With over 20 years’ experience within IT and HR, Priscilla has a strong record of delivering enterprise scale transformational change and IT projects and solutions to client satisfaction, budgets and timescales.
She is working as Head of IT within West Yorkshire Police leading the IT Transformation Programme which is delivering major change including Digital Mobile Policing for the 21st century.
Priscilla is managing a diverse range of functions within IT including the IT Programme Office, IT Security, Service Desk, Field Support and Business Engagement and is also leading on Budget Management, HR, Risk & Insurance and Business Continuity.
Project Manager, West Yorkshire Police
With over 20 years of IT experience within public sector, utilities and enterprise environment, as an accomplished IT Consultant and Project / Programme manager Rajiv has a proud record of delivering enterprise scale programmes and solutions to client satisfaction, budgets and timescales. He has an active role within transformation programmes, delivery of complex strategic and sometimes tactical solutions.
Leading the Project Management of West Yorkshire Police’s Digital Mobile Policing Initiative to “digitally enable” and transform the Front-line of Policing he has successfully delivered a major multi-million pound mobility initiative in record time, which has already deployed over 4300 officers and is staff enabled (making it the largest rolled-out force in the UK).
Also, responsible for Westminster’s ground breaking visionary Wireless City initiative – the world’s first initiative of its kind. Rajiv had been working with strategic partners (including Intel, Cisco, BT, Capgemini, and many others). Having project managed the development and delivery of all aspects to roll-out a secure wireless city network and supporting wireless enabled applications such as CCTV, noise monitoring, and mobile working; he has provided deep insight and new thinking into transformational opportunities for government service delivery and ‘digital enablement’ for modern cityscapes in the 21st Century.
Tony Singleton OBE
Director, Digital Marketplace Programme, Government Digital Service
Tony Singleton is responsible for transforming the way the Public Sector buys IT and digital services by creating an open and competitive market that gives access to quality suppliers through the Digital Marketplace (G-Cloud, Digital Services and Crown Hosting frameworks). His duties involve him delivering and iterating the Digital Marketplace to be a compliant and Digital by Default commissioning platform that both central government and the wider public sector can use to buy what they need. Tony regularly engages internationally and at the EU level on digital commissioning and opening markets. Tony began his civil service career working in the Ministry of Defence and held a number of different roles, including finance and budget management and procurement.
He was also Private Secretary to a senior military officer and led a small internal management consultancy team carrying out reviews into the operation and organisation of the MOD’s HR and recruitment processes. In 1997 he moved to the Cabinet Office and joined the Modernising Public Services Group. It was here that Tony became passionate about developing world-class, user-focussed public services for citizens. My main focus was to improve the way in which the public sector consulted citizens and business and how the results of research could improve public services. Tony joined the Office of the e-Envoy in March 2001 where he worked on the e-Government programme and the government’s target to e-enable public services by 2005. From there he was appointed as Directgov Programme Manager in 2004 and became the Chief Operating Officer in 2008. In 2011 he was invited to manage the business start-up of the Government Digital Service and did so successfully until June 2013 when he moved across to take over as G-Cloud Programme Director.
Today, Tony is the Director of the Digital Marketplace, the online platform that all public sector organisations can use to find and buy cloud-based services, specialists who can work on digital projects and physical datacentre space for high security or legacy systems.
Commercial Director for Technology, Crown Commercial Service
Sarah Hurrell is Commercial Director for Technology in the Crown Commercial Service, with responsibility for all IT & telecoms procurement and frameworks. She joined the Civil Service in November 2013, bringing 25 years’ private sector experience in IT, telecommunications and professional services.
A commercially-focused, international business director with a broad career in transformation, general management, staff development, complex programmes, services, operations, off- shoring, cost savings and emerging technologies, Sarah worked for ICL/Fujitsu (ten years), Equant/Orange Business Services (twelve years), and then as a Management Consultant in a SME (three years).
Recent achievements include managing the Public Services Network (PSN) programme transition and close out to Business As Usual, assisting BP to restructure Network & Hosting Services and driving over €100m of one-off cost saving and €70m+ of Gross Operating Margin Improvements (Orange).
Sarah has lived in Japan and Sri Lanka, and worked extensively in US and mainland Europe. She is married to John and they have two children – Joy (12) and Jed (9 years old).
Strategy, Programme and Information Manager at Warwickshire County Council
Ian Litton is the Strategy, Programme and Information Manager at Warwickshire County Council. He has fulfilled a number of different roles at WCC, from systems development through to strategy development. He was the WCC e-Government Project Manager from 2000 to 2006 with a remit to transform the delivery of services through digital channels. From 2010 to 2012 Ian worked on the award winning Connect Digitally Programme that transformed the delivery of Free School Meal services across the country. For the past two years he has been working closely with The Government Digital Service, the Open Identity Exchange and private sector partners to demonstrate how the Government’s identity management solution, Verify, can be used to underpin efficient, real-time exchange of data between organisations in order to deliver transformational on-line services in the public sector. This work has been documented in a series of white papers available on the OIX web site.
Dr Sally Howes OBE
Executive Leader: Digital and Innovation, National Audit Office
Sally joined the National Audit Office in 2010 to introduce new approaches and skills to auditing government IT, and establish more profile and influence for this work. She joined NAO’s leadership team as the Executive Leader, Digital and Innovation in 2013, continuing to oversee government’s progress in digital transformation as well as leading the NAO’s own digital, technology, knowledge management and skills development strategies.
During 2007 – 2010, as Director Commercial Services in the Ministry of Defence, she was involved in reviewing how well the MOD’s commercial function was meeting the challenges set in the 2005 Defence Industrial Strategy and addressing gaps in organisation, skills and policy.
She was Director General of the UK trade association for aerospace and defence from 2003-2007, representing 2,600 UK aerospace and defence companies with a turnover of £22 billion with Government in London, Washington, Brussels and Tokyo. During this period she modernised the trade association and restructured the Farnborough Air Show businesses to improve its financial health and deliver a stronger presence internationally for UK industry. She was responsible for the 2004 and 2006 Farnborough Air Shows.
Sally’s career began in Logica Space and Defence Systems, developing real time systems and working on international satellite programmes. After 5 years, she left to start-up a technology consultancy (SME) business with two colleagues, which undertook a mix of policy, strategy and business analysis as well as software and systems development for international clients in space, defence, broadcasting and communications sectors. She was awarded an OBE for services to the space industry in 2002.
Sally has a first class honours degree in geography from Cambridge University and a PhD in operational hydrological modelling for the US Army, Corps of Engineers.