September 29th 2020




Day 1 - Transformation

Tuesday 29th September

Summit Chair: Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology

10.00 - 10:15

Morning keynote address - Local Government’s Digital Leap Forward

  • The progress of local government when it comes to using digital tools in its day-to-day operations and service provision
  • What are the challenges ahead?
  • What does the Local Government Association’s Digital Agenda look like under a young government, moving into a new decade?

Cllr. Peter Fleming, Leader, Sevenoaks District Council & Chair, LGA Improvement & Innovation Board

10.15 - 11:00

Opening Panel - Digital Transformation: Innovating Better; Innovating Local

  • How can local government future proof and reinvent itself as a bridge between physical & digital services?
  • Addressing the need for clearer information on the value of local government investment
  • ‘Putting the numbers on transformation’ - the importance of tech in local government budgets, the effects of Covid-19 on spending and what opportunities are on the horizon
  • How are councils emphasizing affordable, flexible tech and digital tools?
  • Navigating the risks of large investment fossilizing transformation – getting the political buy-in at a time when Covid is driving us to think about how local government can make better use of technology.

Paul Brewer, Director for Digital & Resources, Adur & Worthing Councils

Dr. Randhir Auluck, Councillor, Coventry City Council

Gus Tugendhat, Founder, Tussell

Mark Kelso, Programme Director, Local Land Charges, HM Land Registry

13:00 - 14:00 

Panel Discussion - sponsored by SAP ConcurDigital Transformation’s Role in a Smarter Council

  • Over the last 5 years, a general evolution towards working from home has taken place. Covid-19 has turned that into a revolution.
  • While local governments have been on a digital transformation journey for some time, what are these new technologies that councils are engaging with?
  • How are local authorities exploring the opportunities of digital, automated and cloud-based processes?
  • The impact of Covid-19 on digital transformation, and how local governments are keeping public services moving.
  • What systems do local governments need for the culture change towards remote, flexible working?
  • Case study: Hear how a leading council has placed digital at the heart of their strategy for the coming years.

Cheryl Millyard, Head of Business Service Centre, Gloucestershire County Council 

Richard Gwyther, Regional Sales Director, UK & I Public Sector, SAP Concur

David Hipwell, Local Authority Lead, SAP Concur 

Day 2 - Resilience

Wednesday 30th September

Summit Chair: Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology

10:00 - 10:15

Security in Local, Digital Government

  • In order to rely on digital, organisations and teams must be secure from the inside and out. 
  • How can you promote the ability to identify oversight across your teams?

Ignatius O'Doherty, Director of Digital Shared Services and Chief Strategy Officer, Department of Finance NI

10:15 - 11:00

Panel Discussion – sponsored by Zerto - Is the public sector IT resilient? 

  • IT resilience is a new concept for many public sector organisations, and a number have not yet developed a robust strategy around this.
  • What are the challenges hindering public sector IT resilience maturity and why are traditional methods not working? 
  • Hear a panel of experts discuss the key elements of IT resilience, including converged disaster recovery, backup and cloud strategies

John Thompson, Senior Technical Analyst, Merseyside Police Constabulary

Keith Nicholson, Cyber Security Specialist & Chair, Cyber Security Scotland

Martin Humphrey, Systems Engineer, Zerto

14:00 – 15:00

Panel Discussion - Implementing digital strategies and projects

  • Looking at services from the perspective of the end user
  • Demonstrating digital leadership.
  • How can a place-based approach help drive sustainable regeneration and economic development?
  • Fixing the plumbing’, breaking dependence on inflexible tech.
  • Innovation from the ground up: How are customers leading digital transformation in the time of Covid-19?
  • Addressing data concerns: What should the future of statutory guidance look like?

Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Chief Executive, Wigan Council

Richard Friend, Executive Director & Vice President, Jadu UK

Adrian Hale, Smart Place Strategy & Programming Lead, Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council

Day 3 - Innovation 

Thursday 1st October

Summit Chair: Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology

10:15 - 11:00

Panel Discussion - Tech in Focus: AI

  • How can we ensure that local communities are not left behind in AI adoption?
  • With equality concerns on the use of AI and machine learning, what can local government learn from the marketplace? 
  • Get an idea of how local government is harnessing AI as a liberating force in service provision and cost-reduction
  • Questioning the politics of buying into artificial programmes
  • How is new tech like AI changing our experience of work?
  • What are the plans for the future of AI?

Stefan Janusz, Head of AI Narratives, Government Office for AI

Dr. Abigail Gilbert, Principal Researcher, Institute for the Future of Work 

11:00 - 11:45

Workshop - Tech in Focus: 5G Connectivity

  • A major trade body representative discusses the need for future collaboration to improve connectivity
  • Addressing concerns over 5G: health and security in the time of Covid-19
  • Stay updated on the central role of councils in 5G's future
  • The importance of connectivity in leading effective digital transformation
  • What does successful collaboration between local government, regulators, industry and civil society look like?

Gareth Elliott, Head of Policy and Communications, MobileUK 

11:45 - 12:15

Closing Keynote Address: The Digital Green Mile

  • As a finale to the series, we look at the topics covered across the three days through the lens of sustainability. 
  • What steps can we take today to reduce the footprint of our technology, using tech to reduce organisation’s carbon footprint?
  • We’ll also take a wider view of sustainability, from carbon and beyond.
  • What is ICT’s place in the broader context of sustainability? How can we resolve these through ICT?
  • What can we do to accelerate this action into the future?
  • Get up to date on Government developments, plus practicalities and pointers on where you might start a sustainability agenda.

Chris Howes, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Defra

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice