Senior speakers from official event partners Crown Commercial Service along with GDS (Government Digital Service), NHS Digital, Socitm (Society for IT practitioners in the public sector), techUK and Innopsis (the industry association for companies supplying network services to the public sector); technology and procurement specialists from public and private sectors.

Plenary speakers

Chair: Georgina Maratheftis

Chair: Georgina Maratheftis

Head of Local Public Services, techUK

Georgina joined techUK in March 2016 as the Programme Manager for Local Government.

Prior to techUK, Georgina worked for a public policy events company where she managed the policy briefing division and was responsible for generating new ideas for events that would add value to the public sector. Georgina worked across a number of portfolios from education, criminal justice, and health but had a particular interest in public sector transformation and technology. Georgina also led on developing relationships across central and local government.

She holds a BSc in Government and History from the London School of Economics.

Fiona Deans

Fiona Deans

Chief Operating Officer, Government Digital Service

Fiona Deans is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Government Digital Service (GDS). She has worked in digital for 20 years and joined GDS from Barbour Logic, an organisation that provided local government with automated software solutions, where she was Managing Director. Prior to that role, she was COO at Arts Alliance Media, one of the companies that spearheaded digital transformation in cinema. Before that she held business development and strategy positions at BBC Online, Atom Shockwave and Bertelsmann. She also worked as a strategy consultant for Mercer Management Consulting in London and New York.

Nadira Hussain

Nadira Hussain

Director of Leadership Development & Research, Socitm

An experienced IT and change management leader with 20+ years of both private sector and extensive public sector experience. Nadira has worked in numerous roles across London; within the IT service and other wider teams including digital, business improvement, transformation and customer services, and across shared services to deliver efficiencies and
ambitious outcomes that focus on the customer.

Currently, as the Director of Leadership Development & Research at Soctim, Nadira is continuing to build on the work she initiated as president of the society (15/16), focusing on building the leadership, skills and diversity of the sector’s workforce in response to the impact of transformational working practices, promoting professionalism and championing women role models.

Rachel Murphy

Rachel Murphy

Chief Executive Officer, Difrent

A confident and dynamic interim CTO/CIO/CDO with technical prowess, proven business acumen, and an exceptional record defining and executing strategy turned entrepreneur 18 months ago to set up and scale-up professional services firm Difrent.

Ian Phoenix

Ian Phoenix

Director of Technology for Citizen Health, NHS Digital

Ian is currently the Director of Technology for Citizen Health at NHS Digital. This involves developing and managing citizen facing digital services across the NHS, such as NHS.UK and the new NHS App.

Before that he was working at the Home Office as Delivery Director for Immigration Technology, which is at the forefront of providing digital services and transforming services for staff and customers. In his time there, they removed the need for significant amounts of paper, streamlined the flow of information and improved the services to their customers – from asylum seekers to highly skilled migrants.

Ian moved to the Home Office in 2017 after an 11 year career in Defence and National Security, where he had a varied career, as well as a range of other IT and communications projects and programmes. He was also the Chair of the LGBT group at his previous office and by working on Diversity and Inclusion they managed to get their office to No. 1 in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. He hopes to support PDSA’s Diversity and Inclusion plans. Prior to this he had a varied career starting in the Royal Navy and continuing in the financial sector with companies such as Visa, American Express and Citibank.

Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn

Technical Director, Crown Commercial Service

Phil Swan

Phil Swan

CIO and Digital Strategy Lead, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Phil leads the GMCA’s digital programme which includes collaboration with public and private sector partners across the city region to drive economic growth and social impact. Working closely with the ten GM localities and the Health & Social Care Partnership, he is focussed on delivering the GM Digital Strategy which was crowdsourced in 2017 through two #GMdigital Mayoral Summits and events led by Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester Mayor. The current scope of work includes digital skills and inclusion, growth of GM’s digital economy, full fibre and 5G connectivity, cyber security, helping residents make smarter use of their data in GM, and running the GMCA’s own ICT.

Phil believes wholeheartedly in the philosophy underpinning the GMCA’s Digital Team: “Big enough to matter, small enough to know each other, and hungry enough to make things happen” and works with some amazing people, across all sectors, who are combining their talents with digital opportunities to create a better Greater Manchester for the people of the city region.

He is the current chair of iStandUK, the local government information standards body, and is a member of the Digital Futures Strategic Advisory Board at the University of Manchester.

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Emilia Cedeno

Emilia Cedeno

Commercial Agreement Manager, Crown Commercial Service

Emilia is a Commercial Agreement Manager within the Digital Team under the Technology Operations Pillar, with spend of c.£4.0Bn. Emilia and CCS have been working with GDS (Government Digital Service) to build capability within the public sector. As part of this work, Emilia’s scope has now expanded to supporting Government Department’s in EU Exit, supporting them with solid Commercial knowledge and expertise and advising them on robust routes to market.

Emilia’s background is international procurement, working within different industries and sectors for the last 15 years between South America and Europe. Emilia is also part of the Diversity Network within Cabinet Office and leads on the BAME engagement.

Peter Kirwan

Peter Kirwan

Deputy Director - Technology Products and Services, Crown Commercial Service
Ieuan Trigger

Ieuan Trigger

Deputy Director - Network Services, Crown Commercial Service
Sal Uddin

Sal Uddin

Category Director - Software and Cyber Security, Crown Commercial Service
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