Cheryl Stevens MBE
Head of Identity & Trust Services, Department for Work and Pensions
Cheryl joined the civil service in 1999 and has held a variety of leadership posts since, gaining operational insight, spearheading transformational change and developing an in-depth knowledge of customers.
Cheryl led HMRC’s tax credits Error & Fraud programme for a number of years before joining the Department for Work and Pensions in 2015 to continue her passion for accessible welfare benefits.
Cheryl is the Deputy Director Identity and Trust and holds the vision of Digital Services being able to operate securely with proportionate, tailored Identity and Trust solutions that meet both customer and service needs, whilst ensuring that the person, the data and the transaction are protected.
Lead Technology Advisor, GDS
Tom joined GDS in 2018. He leads the ongoing GDS work on cloud strategy and runs the cross-Government Cloud Working Group. Tom has worked closely with a number of departments including the Home Office, Cabinet Office, NCSC and HMRC providing architectural guidance and as part of the technology spend controls process.
Before joining government, Tom managed the private cloud pipeline for a multinational investment bank. He is AWS certified and has published several Alexa skills.
Chief Digital and Information Officer, Leicestershire County Council
Jayne joined Leicestershire County Council in 2018 on the wave of a career in global tech roles. Her significant private sector experience has been a great fit for the successful council which is commercially-minded and enjoys a national reputation for delivering value for money, quality services.
In the last 18 months Jayne has launched an innovation programme, agile teams, and an in-house digital academy to create the skills, confidence and culture to match the council’s digital ambition.
With a growing national profile, Jayne regularly shares her learning with peers across the UK. She is also recognised as a senior diversity leader and role model.
Back at the council, Jayne is driving experimentation and incubation, culture hacking, and digital leadership. She has built a lean, flexible function which blends the best of digital, tech, data, security and customer engagement to really deliver for Leicestershire.
Head of API and Data Standards and Lead Technology Advisor, Cabinet Office - Government Digital Service
Rosalie Marshall is lead technology advisor at the Government Digital Service, working on API standards and interoperability across government.
Previously, Rosalie created the government’s technical writer community to help standardise documentation across product teams, aiding technology reuse and take-up.
Rosalie has spent the last 15 years working in the technology sector, focussed on public sector transformation. In her time at GDS, she has worked across GOV.UK, Government as a Platform and Service Design & Assurance.
Member of the House of Lords All-Party Parliamentary Group for Artificial Intelligence, UK Government Investments
Tom is a member of the House of Lords All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial intelligence, internationally renowned turnaround CEO, former Silicon Valley Exec, CEO of the Year 2018, MBA masterclass leader, Fellow IET, and award winner from 2002-2019.
As a pioneer, he will share case studies that illustrate the: real-world psychological barriers to embedding tech/AI; the strategic dislocations; unusual type of skills required to resolve these roadblocks; educational misnomers and the type of structure that will maximise business benefit from the technology.
Customer Engineer, Google
Helen Hosein is a Customer Engineer for Chrome Browser, and has worked with several large customers to help them uphold best practice and compliance by making use of Chrome’s management capabilities. Helen is considered an expert on Chrome Browser security both within Google and externally.
Head of Organisational Development, Westminster City Council
Aruj is currently the Head of Organisational Development in Westminster City Council and the co-chair of the Heads of OD network across London councils.
She has held a variety of roles in the council in HR/Organisational Development and change management before her current appointment. She has also held the position of the account director of Transformation for Westco, the external consulting arm of the council. Previously she held various HR Generalist roles in the private sector.
As the Head of Organisational Development for the council, Aruj has led on the development of the council’s ambitious people strategy, The Westminster way and the portfolio of programmes that support including performance management, talent, learning, inclusion & diversity and leadership development.
Through the Westminster way, Aruj’s team has not only transformed themselves but are also enabling transformation of the organisation’s culture.
Head of Commissioning, Westminster City Council
Stuart Love was appointed as chief executive of Westminster City Council in January 2018. Stuart’s previous roles include executive director city management and communities at Westminster City Council, director of place at Southampton City Council and director of economy and environment for the Isle of Wight Council.
Prior to joining local government in 2003, Stuart worked in the private sector in the insurance and IT industries.
Chief Digital and Information Officer, University of Bath
Alex is the University of Bath’s first Chief Digital & Information Officer, leading their digital transformation. She has a long career in the public and private sector and previously, ahead of the GDS, was responsible for Directgov, the UK Government’s first citizen-facing website and for emerging digital policy at the Cabinet Office.
She was responsible for the Broadband scheme for BT Wholesale in 2004, coordinating over 3000 campaign volunteers to bring broadband to villages and towns across the UK.
Before that, she started out at Saatchi and Saatchi and has worked in both large multinational technology organisations, such as BT and Cable & Wireless and in several tech start-ups.
Dr. Ravinder Singh
Consulting Technical Architect and Head of Open Standards, Cabinet Office - Government Digital Service
Dr. Ravinder Singh is Consulting Technical Architect and Head of Open Standards with a successful background of 20+ years in B2B, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI-ML), 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, various Cross government departments of UK and India, Defence, Big-4 consulting, BFSI, software houses, R&D, telecom & Oil/utility sectors.
Ravinder has 2 Copyrights of Software, has published 12 research papers, been nominated for Shri Dewang Mehta National Award for Innovation in Information Technology, India; Listed in WHO’S WHO in the WORLD 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014 (32nd and 31st Edition) and WHO’S WHO in ASIA (1st and 2nd edition) published in 2006 and 2012, by Marquis Who’s Who, USA; Co-Author of “Model-Driven Business Process Engineering” by Amazon (2016), & Bentham Science (2014)., Accredited IPA Reviewer; Certified PMP, Prince-2, ITIL, Lead Auditor-ISO 27001. CMMI, ISO 9001; Editor of PG, UG and Certificate course material, Board of Studies, Curriculum Design, & Visiting Faculty to various universities and colleges.
High-Risk Review Lead, Cabinet Office
Darren is an experienced project professional with an established reputation for robust quality delivery at pace. Formerly executive director of an award-winning social enterprise, Darren has worked in a variety of roles including as senior responsible owner (SRO) and programme director. He is a fellow of the RSA.
A founding board member of the National Centre for Project Delivery, Darren has extensive experience across infrastructure, digital, transport, financial services, asset management, energy, education, third sector, policing and international development. He is an accredited high-risk lead for the Cabinet Office, assuring the most complex projects and programmes being managed by Government.
Darren’s varied career has included working in the public and private sector both at home and abroad. Whilst at Network Rail, Darren undertook a doctoral study focused upon the establishment of professional practice and the psychology of change. This work culminated in an accreditation from the professional body.
Oliver oversees the organisation’s sales unit for Network Services at CACI. His core responsibility is to grow revenue in the region by developing new client relationships. Oliver is one of CACI\’s primary evangelists, helping to define CACI Network Services position in the marketplace.
Head of Platforms and Infrastructure, NHS Digital
Phil is an experienced Infrastructure Manager & Engineer, currently working for NHS Digital. Phil has strong extensive experience in: Azure, AWS, VMware on AWS and Veeam – as well as significant experience in Data Centre, IT operations, networking and management.
Senior Technical Specialist, NHS Digital
Robin is an experienced Infrastructure Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the Public Sector and health care industry. Robin is skilled in VMware, Storage, Microsoft Servers and Microsoft Exchange. Robin holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) focused in Business Information Systems from University of Central Lancashire.