Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy & Research, Socitm
Martin leads Socitm’s policy and research work on redesign and digital transformation of public services. His current work covers digital innovation in government, health and social care integration, diversity and digital skills in the workforce, and cyber security. A graduate of the Universities of Wales, Waterloo (Canada) and Birmingham, his local government career spans planning, housing, leisure and recreation, IT and information services. He is a past president of Socitm. He has contributed to the British Council’s e-governance programmes in Brazil and central Asia and served as an associate lecturer for the University of Birmingham’s Public Service MBA in the UK and Hong Kong and for the Open University Business School.
Sandra Taylor, Head of ICT Services, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Sandra was raised in the English Midlands, and educated at Birmingham’s University of Aston where she gained a first class honours degree in Computer Science & Mathematics. She has been working in IT and business transformation for more than 30 years, with 25 years of them being in the public sector, putting ICT at the heart of business transformation.
As the Head of ICT Services at Dudley MBC, she leads and manages a major information technology service in a large and complex public sector organisation delivering hardware, infrastructure, application support and development, technical training, print services, business technology and information governance.
Sandra has a postgraduate qualification in Management with the Chartered Management Institute and serves as a vice-president for Socitm.
Jos Creese, Digital Analyst and CEO, CCL
Jos has 30 years’ public-sector experience in various CIO and digital leadership roles. He is a past president of Socitm (2010) and of the Chartered Institute for IT (2015). He has held a variety of non-executive director positions (including chair) for public, private and charity organisations. As CIO and CDO for Hampshire County Council for 13 years, he led a range of awarding winning shared services and IT transformation programmes, including building and selling an IT business. In 2010, he was listed as the ‘most influential and innovative UK CIO’ in the Silicon 50 survey. He is now an independent digital consultant, providing expert advice to public and private sectors, and has been working with over 100 clients since founding CCL in 2015.
Hilary Simpson, Founder, Sleuth the Consultancy Coop
Hilary is a public sector technology super connector - Discerning, Enthusiastic & persistent. Ethical & inventive.
A qualified technology, information sharing & data expert, having won the Information Age – Public Sector Deployment of the Year Award 2015.
This was for delivering the Camden Residents Index (CRI): a Master Data Management solution linking demographic people data from 16 line of business systems, achieved in 3 months. This involved a careful balancing of risks – enabling minimal amounts of personal data to be shared, legally and securely.
The CRI is a cutting edge Local Government big data project - one of 8 exemplar case studies described in Nesta the Innovation Foundation's Wise Councils report
Hilary pioneers the ethical use of data to break down silos, ensuring that joined up information is available to help professionals choose early interventions that make a difference to people’s lives.
John Woolley, Head of Technical Sales, Iron Mountain
John is a sales and marketing leader with over 20 years of experience within the IT industry. For the last 10 years, John has been an evangelist for data centre virtualization and data management, working to bring innovative solutions to solve real data issues.
As Head of Technical Sales for Iron Mountain, John defines and drives Iron Mountain’s Cloud Data Management solutions. He also recommends and defines the strategy for Data Management products and services based on customer interactions.
Prior to Iron Mountain, John held several roles as a Sales Manager and, most recently, as a Data Protection Specialist.
Ruby Dixon, BA. Hons, MA, MBA, Exec Dip Digital Business Leadership, Executive Leadership Programme (Ashridge Business School)
Ruby is an experienced consultant and senior manager in LG. She has recently taken up post as a senior policy advisor in the Department for Communities and Local Government, with a remit for efficiency, accountability and leadership. Her understanding of the sector emanates from roles that span the interface of public, private and third sectors e.g. Head of LG Practice (Alpine Ltd); Head of held Services posts, (Efficiency; Community Cohesion; Best Practice and Innovation), Assistant Directorship (Consultancy), Head of Strategy and Development (LG Group); and as a strategic advisor to national charities such as Design Council UK and Tomorrow’s People. Her early career was formed in frontline council services in UK and Italy. Ruby has co-authored national publications for the sector on: Community Cohesion, Innovation, Efficiency, and Modern Leadership. She holds a Director’s MBA (Manchester Business School), a Masters in Gender Equality, an Executive Diploma in Digital Business Leadership and is a graduate of the Ashridge Executive Leadership Programme. She is pro-active member of Socitm’s national Women in IT Group.
Pye Nyunt, Insight Hub Manager & Agilisys Consultant, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Pye is the interim manager for the Insight Hub at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham and a consultant with Agilisys, a public sector transformation partner. He was responsible for setting up this new service and is the data strategist and insight ambassador to the local authority and its partners. The Insight Hub focusses on using data to drive behavioural change projects, forecast future demand and develop ways to measure the social progress of the residents of the borough. The team is made up of qualified behavioural and data scientists. Pye has formally worked across other councils including; Milton Keynes, Middlesbrough, Oldham, Bournemouth and Croydon and has spent time in the UAE helping build local governments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. His current areas of professional interest and involvement are the economic underpinnings of social innovation, behavioural and systemic change, and the development of tools to measure social progress in communities.
Maryvonne Hassall, Digital Strategy Manager, Aylesbury Vale District Council
Maryvonne Hassall joined Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) in 2012. She project led the ‘Right Here Right Now' (RHRN) Digital Programme the aim of which was to meet the changing and challenging increase in customer expectations. As part of the programme customer transactions were simplified and access to information digitised to provide responses in real-time without the need to interact with officers whilst delivering substantial savings.
As the Digital Strategy Manager she is responsible for delivering AVDC’s Connected Knowledge Digital Strategy, which is harnessing the power of forward-looking technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence).
Prior to joining AVDC Maryvonne was the Chief Technical Officer for Unipart, an independent manufacturing, logistics and consultancy company. She formulated and delivered the IT strategy as the head of the technical architecture team focused on realising synergies across the group via the delivery of shared services.
Geoff Connell, Head of IMT, Norfolk County Council
Geoff Connell is a highly experienced local public sector ICT manager who is currently responsible for technology and information management at Norfolk County Council. He has previously led teams in multiple London Boroughs to modernise and optimise ICT infrastructures, as well as delivering digitally enabled transformation programmes to implement new organisational delivery models. This work has led to Geoff being awarded with numerous top CIO and digital leadership awards from various prestigious organisations.
Geoff is active in Local Government programme management, knowledge sharing and policy development through his role as Socitm President and board membership of sub-regional, regional and national groups including Socitm and the Local Public Sector CIO Council.
Justin Massarella-Ferguson, Senior Consultant Information Governance, Iron Mountain
As Senior Consultant, Information Governance Consulting Practice, Justin is responsible for helping Iron Mountain clients achieve their Information Governance goals by establishing himself as their trusted advisor and leveraging internal and partner capabilities.
Justin’s experience in the field encompasses Fortune 500 companies as well as Public Sector. He has driven enterprise-wide strategic initiatives to reduce risk and costs. These include the uptake of technologies, establishing oversight structures, implementing compliance controls, conducting risk assessments and carrying out training and awareness.
Justin has a Master of Science degree from the University of Aberystwyth, UK, with an emphasis on Records and Information Management. He is a current member of ARMA and associate of (ISC)².
Adam Louca, Chief Security Technologist, Softcat
My focus is broken down into three key areas: Our Customers - I am responsible for ensuring that Softcat's solutions are deployed with the correct security models and help customers develop their cyber security posture. Our Partners - Engaging with our partner community to develop closer working relationships and help promote partners' solution messaging within Softcat and our customers. Our Strategy - I help to build solution propositions that reflect the markets we serve. Ensuring we are able to guide and support customers through market changes and opportunities.
Mark Brett, Cyber Security Advisor, National Cyber Security Programme – Local, DCLG
A senior Manager with over 30 years of experience in both Local and Central Government at a national level. Mark advises in the areas of Information Assurance, Resilience and Cyber Defence. Mark is Currently Cyber Security advisor to DCLG, through the National Cyber Security Programme (Local). Mark is pro bono special advisor to the Local CIO Council and sits on the Local Government PSN Board and the Local Government Cyber Stakeholders Group.
Previously Mark worked with MOJ Digital and Cabinet Office (GDS) on the PSN Programme working delivering the cyber security aspects of the PSN. Mark has advised in various policing and resilience roles, including the London Resilience Team. Mark is the Programme Director of the NLAWARP.
Mark’s Masters Research degree is in Strategic Management he is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in Cyber Security at De Montfort University.
Chris Riley, ICT Manager, Lancaster City Council
Chris was born in Yorkshire but raised in East Anglia. Starting work in R&I at Cambridgeshire County Council in 1982, he moved on to working on statistics at CIPFA in London before returning to Cambridgeshire where he worked as an analyst/programmer for Huntingdonshire then Fenland district councils. He moved back up North to Lancaster City Council in 1999, becoming ICT Manager in 2010. He has a long association with Socitm, is a graduate of the Top Talent programme, chair of the North West region 2014-17 and is now a vice-president. He is also a core member of the Local Public Sector CIO Council.
Andy Coote, Location Practice Group Leader, Socitm Advisory
Andrew has over thirty years experience in the development and use of information systems, specialising in the management of location-enabled applications. He has held senior management positions in both the public and private sector working in various countries. Since founding the independent IT consultancy ConsultingWhere in 2008, he has undertaken strategic and business consultancy assignments for both commercial and public sector customers in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.
He has been involved in the development of GIS and spatial data infrastructures (SDI) since leading work for Ordnance Survey on the redesign of their National Topographic Databases in the early 1990s. He has more recently undertaken Internationally significant assignments for the European Union, as part of the INSPIRE initiative, where he chaired the thematic working group on Addresses and for Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) as their external advisor on Spatial Data Infrastructures. In 2016, he led the development for Socitm of a series of location intelligence videos illustrating the potential of combining big location and other data in predictive analysis.
Paul Saunders, Mobile Workforce Product Director, Kirona
Prior to joining Kirona, Paul spent several years working as a principal consultant specialising in Oracle and collaborative working technologies specialising in field based mobile deployments. Paul now helps Kirona’s customer and partners on their business enhancement projects helping them unlock the increased efficiencies and customer service benefits that can be delivered through the implementation of Kirona’s configurable mobile and scheduling solutions.
Nick Shipton, Dynamic Scheduling Product Director, Kirona
Nick has been with the Kirona Group for over 9 years, initially involved as a Project Manager implementing the DRS scheduling project before becoming responsible for New Business Development. This has involved the opening up of new market sectors for the company, and a led to an in depth and broad knowledge of how scheduling and mobility can work for different sectors who have a variety of different drivers for using these tools.
Stuart Higgins, Head of Smart Cities and IoT, Cisco
Stuart is responsible for all Smart City projects within the UK and for IoT (Internet of Things) solutions within the Cisco UK Public Sector team.
He is a passionate advocate for how digital technologies can be used to improve the lives of people living, working, learning and having fun in large and small communities and believes that technology has a role to play in addressing the challenges faced by people every day.
He helps towns, cities, regions and other communities to digitise their environments and address challenges that local citizens, visitors and those employed in a place, experience every day.
Stuart also represents Cisco on a number of industry boards and advisory panels focused on Smart Cities and IoT.
Dr Mark Thompson, Strategic Director, CoreAzure
Mark is widely recognised as a specialist in open public architecture, open innovation and utility dynamics, and outcome-based service delivery and transformation.
Mark is author of foundational Open Standards white paper for Chancellor George Osborne, was appointed as an ICT Futures Adviser to the Cabinet Office in 2011 and a contributor to the Public Administration Select Committee on IT. He is a senior Lecturer in Information Systems and former Deputy Director of MBA Programmes at Cambridge Judge Business School and holds a PhD in Information Systems, Cambridge.
Along with the leadership team, Mark shapes the strategy for CoreAzure. In addition to his role at CoreAzure Mark is also the Group Strategy Director for the Methods Group.
Mark Briggs, Managing Director, CoreAzure
Mark has a wealth of technical, commercial and strategic experience working for some of the largest blue-chip companies in the world, as well as leading many teams within the UK Public Sector (including Central Government). Having worked as a Technical Architect at Microsoft for several years, and now as a Microsoft Partner, his understanding of the Microsoft technology stack is comprehensive.
Mark is the founder of CoreAzure, and is immensely proud to lead an organisation that has embedded within it many of the core values with which he believes.
Adrian Slatcher, Principal Resource and Programmes Officer at Manchester City Council
Adrian Slatcher has worked at Manchester City Council since 2003, currently in City Policy and previously in the Manchester Digital Development Agency. He has project managed a number of European innovation projects, including SMARTiP and CitySDK, and currently works primarily as part of the delivery team for CityVerve, the city's IoT Demonstrator. With specialism in smart cities, open data, and living labs, he represented Manchester's chairing of the Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum from 2013-15, and was also on the board of the European Network of Living Labs. Previous roles included Researcher in e-Government and systems analyst.
Stuart Percival, Public Sector Solutions Consultant at Gamma
When did you join Gamma? I joined Gamma in November 2015.
What‘s your industry ‘hot topic’? I think mobile technology is my hot topic, especially focusing on fixed to mobile convergence. This is an interesting area of development. As we all begin to rely on our mobiles more and more, I expect to work in a more agile way, especially in the public sector.
What did you do before Gamma? I worked in a similar position for Virgin Media Business and prior to that I was a Cisco specialist for Computacenter, where I looked after central Government customers.
Do you have any achievements that you’re proud to tell us about? Most of my recent training has been around Cloud based products, but I also went through several Cisco accreditations for UC and Datacentre earlier on in my career.
What are your hobbies outside of work? Hobbies? I don’t have time for those I’m afraid. My family , which includes three children and a dog, keep me busy enough without them.
And finally, a little bit about you? I’m married with three children. I live near the Silverstone race track, and Towcester race course, so there’s always plenty to do around my neck of the woods. I lived in a number of interesting places growing up as my family moved about a lot when I was younger,
but I spent my early years living in Oslo, Norway.
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