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.

Stephen Dobson

Stephen Dobson

Chief Digital Officer, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
Ian Fishwick

Ian Fishwick

Chairman, AdEPT Technology Group

Ian was the Managing Director or CEO of technology companies for 29 years and had the honour of announcing rising EBITDA for 29 consecutive years. In 2003 he set up AdEPT in a spare bedroom and 15 years later it was valued on the Stock Exchange at £100 million.

In 2016 Corporate Vision magazine named him as UK CEO of the Year and later that year Technology Media and Telecoms (TMT) magazine also named him as UK CEO of the Year. Ian was named as Acquisition International magazine’s London CEO of the Year 2017 and Game Changer of the Year 2017 by Acquisition Finance magazine. In November 2016 Ian had the great honour of being appointed to the Cabinet Office SME Panel. His aim is to help the Government achieve their target of having 33% of all government spend with small and medium sized enterprises by 2020.

Ian has been Commercial Director of Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure and services to the public sector since 2014.

Ian is now Chairman of AdEPT Technology Group and continues to lead their acquisition strategy having done over 40 mergers and acquisitions of technology companies in his career.

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.

John Jackson

John Jackson

Chief Executive Officer, London Grid for Learning
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.

Phil Swan

Phil Swan

Chief Information Officer 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 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.

Seminar speakers…

Craig Bayley

Craig Bayley

Public Sector Transformation Consultant, MuleSoft
Simon Burton

Simon Burton

Territory Manager, HPE Aruba Networks

Simon has spent most of his professional career working across UK Public Sector, understanding the challenges being faced both internally and externally and how technology can help drive business goals and objectives, including better patient outcomes for the NHS or engaging staff and citizens within Local Government.

Emilia Cedeno

Emilia Cedeno

Enhancing Capability Lead, Crown Commercial Service

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.

Neal Harrison

Neal Harrison

Managing Director, Convergence Group

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.

Dan Hollands

Dan Hollands

Service Desk Manager, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

General Manager, Freshworks UK&I
Peter Kirwan

Peter Kirwan

Deputy Director - Technology Products and Services, Crown Commercial Service

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.

Tim Lawrence

Tim Lawrence

Head of Services, UKCloud

Tim has over 16 years experience working for service providers and software vendors supporting, building, architecting and selling technology solutions within the public sector. With 9 years experience in cloud he has broad experience helping customers get true value from cloud for both traditional and cloud native applications.

Mark Lowe

Mark Lowe

Business Development Director, Pinacl Solutions

Mark has been one of driving forces for Pinacl‘s portfolio development and leading edge IoT solutions. Mark has worked with public and private sector customers to help develop and progress their ’Smart Places’ visions and strategies using IoT.

Lewis Marshall

Lewis Marshall

SRE and Tech Evangelist, Appvia

.Lewis Marshall is a Cloud-Native delivery advocate at Appvia. Over his 28 years of experience in development and operations, he has helped transform software delivery systems at Pfizer, London Stock exchange, the Home Office, and many others. Working through x86 Assembly all the way to Golang and Kubernetes, Lewis is now helping organisations with their digital transformation efforts. Passionate about OneWheel and all things space.

Jonathan Marriott

Jonathan Marriott

Enterprise Accounts Lead, Slack

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Tim Scott

Tim Scott

CCO, AdEPT Technology Group

Tim is CCO at AdEPT Technology Group Plc, where he is responsible for public sector frameworks, portfolio innovation and the Group’s strategic supply chain. With more than 20 years sector experience, he has held senior commercial positions in BT, Virgin Media Business and Convergence Group in both a private and public sector market context. Tim is also a Trustee and Board Member of a charity-registered Residential Nursing Home.

Keith Smith

Keith Smith

Business Development Manager, Virgin Media Business

As a public sector specialist, business development manager and all-round techie, Keith currently spends most of his time on marketplace development. This means he gets to work directly with customers and industry, finding new and exciting ways to create a positive impact across the sector through connectivity. Another big part of his role is helping customers navigate complex opportunities, with a particular focus on initiatives that benefit the wider public sector. When he’s not at work he likes to volunteer, helping to run conventions where the proceeds go to charity.

Benedict Steele

Benedict Steele

Consultant/Engagement Lead, Armakuni

Benedict is a creative technology leader who balances lived experience with emerging best practice. With over fifteen years experience of working in the public and third sectors, he enjoys helping organisations of all sizes to adopt new methods, techniques, and ways of working.

Prior to joining Armakuni, he led the Digital Engineering and Digital Product Teams at Cancer Research UK. A little bit before that, he co-founded HomeMade Digital, and worked with organisations such as BBC Children In Need, British Red Cross, Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation (Melbourne), Disasters Emergency Committee, and many more.

Stephen Strudwick

Stephen Strudwick

Head of Technical Architecture, Talent International

Stephen’s experience in digital transformation spans over two decades with international experience in both the private and public sector. His previous roles include Head of Technology at Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, Technical Architect at HMPPS Digital Studio and most recently Software Engineering Lead at BPDTS LIMITED.

Steve Tonks

Steve Tonks

VP of EMEA, Soprano Design

Steve Tonks heads up Soprano business development efforts across the entire EMEA region. Steve is responsible for growing Soprano’s business in Europe. A 20+ year veteran of the software sales industry, he has held VP and MD roles across the UK and Europe for a variety of global software companies. Steve holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Hertfordshire.

Ieuan Trigger

Ieuan Trigger

Deputy Director - Network Services, Crown Commercial Service

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

Sal Uddin

Category Director - Software and Cyber Security, Crown Commercial Service

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.

Peter Vernon

Peter Vernon

Head of Networks, North, Vodafone UK
Graham Woods

Graham Woods

Director, W3P Smarter Integration

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.

James Young

James Young

Head of ICT Strategy & Enterprise Architecture, Cantium Business Solutions

James is an IT professional with over 15 years‘ experience in delivering complex IT solutions across a range of market sectors. Specialising in Enterprise Architecture, PPM, Solution & Infrastructure Architecture, James is responsible for ensuring that Cantium’s IT strategy drives new business, revenues and technology that will make a real impact. James works across all areas of ICT and works closely with colleagues across Cantium creating solutions for our customers that deliver real value.

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