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.
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!