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.
Chair: Georgina Maratheftis
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 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.
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.
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 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 joined CCS on 16 January 2017 as Strategic Category Director – Technology. His role is to lead the Technology Pillar, which incorporates Networks, Cloud and Digital, Technology Products and Services and Software licensing. Niall lives in and is based in London.
He joined from Worldpay, the electronic payments company, where he held the position of Director of Procurement and Strategic Supplier Management
Prior to this, Niall held leadership roles in a number of blue chip organisations including JPMorgan, Accenture, Aviva and TPI. He has lived in New York, Toronto, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. He has a BsC and a Masters in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.
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 Greater Manchester localities and the Health & Social Care Partnership, he is focussed on delivering the Greater Manchester Digital Strategy which was crowdsourced in 2017 through two #GMdigital Mayoral Summits and events led by Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester. 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 Greater Manchester, 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 is the Enhancing Capability Lead for Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and the leader on the Building Capability Programme. Emilia is a member of the CCS Technology Pillar’s Digital Team which manages spend of c.£4.0Bn. Emilia has delivered over 200 workshops to various government departments. As part of this work, Emilia’s scope has expanded to support government departments in managing the UK’s exit from the European Union by supporting them with solid commercial expertise as well as advising them on robust routes to market. Emilia also leads the first UK digital buying community, which brings buyers of technology and digital products together to celebrate the procurement profession, share experiences and share best practices. Emilia is also the International Advisor for the Global Digital Marketplace programme to tackle corruption in emerging economies.
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 & Inclusion Network within Cabinet Office and it is part of the reverse mentoring programme within the Government Commercial Function.
After spending almost two decades working for some of the biggest names in telecommunications, Neal’s relentless pursuit of service excellence led him to establish Convergence Group – and he remains the driving force of the business.
Peter is the Deputy Director for Technology at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), for the procurement and supply of technology products and services for the Government and the wider public sector, from end user computing and hardware infrastructure through disaggregation to innovation and driving SME engagement.
Peter is an accredited Senior Commercial Specialist in Government and member of the Future Leader and Senior Leaders Schemes interview panel.
Prior to Government, Peter was in the private sector as a Global Head of Procurement within various FTSE100 organisations including sectors such as financial services, retail, legal, marketing, telecommunications, risk and IT for over 30 years. Peter has lead and delivered some of the most groundbreaking and complex global procurement projects during his career.
Ieuan is the Deputy Director for Technology at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), for the procurement and supply of telecommunications services for the Government and the wider public sector from fibre rollout and internet access through telephony to unified communications and mobile communications.
Ieuan is an accredited Senior Commercial Specialist in Government, a board member of the CIPS nominated Health and Social Care Network transformation (HSCN), as well as the commercial owner of the Governments Public Services Network (PSN).
Prior to Government, Ieuan was a General Manager at BT with over 20 years’ experience. Leading some of the largest and most complex procurements; running a managed service division, as well as selling and delivering telecommunications services globally.
Ieuan is a graduate of Kings College London and a Freeman of the City of London.
Sal Uddin is the Category Director for Software and Cyber Security at Crown Commercial Service.
Sal is a commercial executive, delivery & change leader, who has worked in complex & challenging environments in the public and private sectors. This includes line responsibility in major departments of state for categories including Estates, FM, Food, Overseas Aid Budget, Security and Technology. Before Joining CCS, Sal was the Interim Commercial Director at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Sal has a track record of problem solving and working with senior stakeholders and suppliers to deliver innovative solutions and significant savings, and is an expert at using SRM and negotiation to maximise the value that buyers obtain from contracts over their life.
Graham Woods is an integration expert and Director at W3Partnership and Smarter Integration. Graham co-founded Smarter Integration to take IPaaS to the next level in cloud-based integration offerings, ICaaS (Integration Connectivity as a Service). Smarter Integration offers a low-code, scalable cloud-based option for integration, providing clients with significant cost and time savings.