September 17th 2019 | Central London


Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer, Greater London Authority

As London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo will play a leading role in realising the Mayor’s ambition to make London the world’s smartest city, ensuring that the capital’s status as a global tech hub helps transform the way public services are designed and delivered, making them more accessible, efficient and responsive to the needs of Londoners.

Theo joins with extensive public and private sector experience. As Cabinet member for Finance, Technology & Growth at Camden council, Theo established Camden as London’s leading digital borough through its use of public data – and this year they received national recognition as Digital Leaders ‘Council of the year’.

He’s worked at GovTech accelerator Public Group, advising start-ups on the growing market in local public services, and was previously Head of Policy & Public Affairs for the video games industry’s trade body, Ukie.

Twitter: @LDN_CDO | @LDN_gov

Professor Liz Bacon, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Greenwich

Professor Liz Bacon PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, PFHEA, is a Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich in London, with a University wide remit leading the development of technology enhanced learning and pedagogic research. She is currently President of EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education). She was President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in the year 14-15 and is a past Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing, and the CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) national committee. Liz is a Professor of Software Engineering with over a hundred publications. She is an experienced systems designer and developer and her research interests include computing policy, smart systems, security, semantic web, big data and technology enhanced learning. Liz is passionate about the development of her discipline and keen to inspire more people to choose computing as a career, particularly women.

Neill Crump, Chief Data Officer, Worcestershire Office of Data Analytics

Chief Data Officer for Worcestershire Office of Data Analytics – the UK’s first jointly funded data focused organisation that represents all local public sector agencies (NHS, Police, Fire, County, Districts, and our Local Enterprise Partnership). In the public sector, Neill was Head of Digital Transformation and Customer Services at Worcestershire County Council where he delivered their World Class Digital Council aspirations by transforming culture, processes, and systems to support Worcestershire citizens, businesses, partners and employees. In the private sector, Neill has delivered Global and European digital and data consulting assignments at firms such as Vodafone, Sony, Diageo, Unilever and Danone. One such role was as Programme Director of a £500m transformation programme across 18 countries.

Twitter: @neillcrump

Dionne Lowndes, Head of Digital, Staffordshire County Council

Having successfully delivered strategic priorities whilst focusing on channel choice and cost reduction, Dionne is constantly seeking innovation and is passionate about improving service delivery with a focus on user experience.

Working in partnership, Dionne is the strategic lead for customer service across Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Connects Partnership comprising of 8 District and Borough Councils and a Unitary Authority. Creating shared services, technology platforms and MyStaffs App to develop a One Staffordshire Approach to the Public Sector.

Dionne is leading on the Digital Agenda in Staffordshire, developing a Digital Mindset culture internally and working with partners externally to create a Smart Staffordshire focusing on the use of data, digital skills, innovation in health and building the digital economy in Staffordshire.

Twitter: @StaffsDL

Peter Davies, Head of Digital Transformation and Policy, Canterbury City Council

Peter has worked across local government for almost 15 years, with the vast majority of his time spent delivering or leading change programmes. Over the past 18 months Peter has led the council's digital transformation agenda using it as much as a platform for internal culture change as an opportunity to improve services for the council’s customers.  His team follows the operating model established by the Cabinet Office's GDS team, and were early adopters of the Local Government Digital Service Standard.  Whilst Peter is not an ICT professional, that in itself has made the approach, programmes and changes Peter and his team have so far delivered all the more interesting given the positive results being delivered.

Twitter: @Digi-Peter | @canterburycc

Alieen Murphie, Director, Department for Communities & Local Government & Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office

Aileen has been Director of DCLG & Local Government VFM at the NAO since July 2013 and leads the NAO’s value for money work on local government. She has published reports to Parliament on financial sustainability of local authorities, most recently on capital expenditure by local authorities, the local economic growth landscape and on Adult Social Care. One of her most recent outputs Progress in setting up combined authorities builds on previous work in Devolving responsibilities to cities in England: Wave 1 City Deals and Local Enterprise Partnerships examining at the government’s steps in devolving power and responsibility as the Government’s programme of devolution gets underway. She has published Housing in England: an overview and Homelessness in England assessing trends in homelessness and the government’s measures to combat its rise.

Sean Green, IT Director, City of London Corporation and City of London Police

Sean Green is IT Director for the City of London Corporation and City of London Police. Previous experience as CIO in three other London Boroughs and board level roles in Housing and the NHS. In addition to his role at the City of London he is Chair of London SOCITM and a Director of the London Grid for Learning (Provides IT Services to over 1million children) these roles affords him the opportunity to  provide IT leadership across London he is particularly proud of delivering a recent organisational wide Transformation programme that mover circa 3000 staff to Office 365, Window 10, One Drive and In Tune over a 6 month period replacing 80% of user devices.

Samantha Smith, Head of Strategy & Architecture, LGSS

In her role as Head of Strategy & Architecture for LGSS Sam is able to draw on her extensive experience across multiple local authorities. In a wide range of roles she has delivered IT projects and programmes alongside a high standard of operational support for enterprise level infrastructure and multiple line of business IT services.

Sam is passionate about getting the best out of IT for maximum business benefit and leads and develops the LGSS IT Strategy to do just that with a pragmatic approach to defining IT Strategy to deliver increased business results.

Sam has extensive experience of all aspects of people, project and financial management and a proven record of inspiring the teams that work for her by providing strong leadership and support with clear direction. With excellent operational and technical leadership skills she forms and manages relationships at all levels of the business and IT from senior management and customers to technical engineering staff.

Twitter: @SamSmith5008

Kathy Nothstine, Lead, Future Cities, Nesta

Kathy is the Lead for Future Cities in Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, working on the future of urban transport and global cities.

Previously, Kathy served as Program Director for economic development, resilience and transport at the National Association of Counties, where she convened leadership networks of local government officials with national, philanthropic, civic and business leaders to drive innovation, by identifying and scaling up transformative new approaches to creating stronger communities and economies based on local assets and place-based strategies. 

She has designed and delivered peer learning and capacity-building networks and technical assistance programmes on a variety of topics related to planning, economic development, transport and sustainability in both urban and rural places. She has also worked in the private sector on planning, design and real estate development projects.

Kathy holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a political science degree from Villanova University.

Twitter: @KathyQNothstine | @nesta_uk

Phil Rumens, Digital Services Manager, West Berkshire Council & Chair of LocalGov Digital

Phil is currently Chair of LocalGov Digital, an association for digital practitioners working in and around local government who have an interest in improving local public service provision through the use of digital. Phil is also Digital Services Manager for West Berkshire Council and the organisation’s lead for digital transformation. Working in local government digital and IT for over 20 years, he has a wealth of experience in transformation and service re-design around technology and the internet.

Miles Gabriel, Commercial Manager, Esri UK

Miles is a versatile, analytical and passionate geospatial data specialist with a demonstrable record of success building positive, long-term customer relationships with Government clients. A GIS/data specialist, project manager and business analyst, Miles has worked for over 20 years delivering successful projects to support and enable innovative public sector organisations to successfully leverage geospatial technology.


Paul Clarke, Head of Public Sector, Esri UK

Paul Clarke leads the Government Team at Esri UK. Paul is an economic geographer who, during the last 20 years, has worked with government organisations across the UK and the US, to help them harness the information in their data and to deliver improved services and outcomes for citizens. Paul passionately believes that location is the vital context through which it is possible to visualize, analyse, share and understand information and use it to make our communities smarter.

Isy Bizaoui, Public Sector Divisional MD, MLL Telecom

Isy Bizaoui is MLL’s Public Sector Divisional MD. He has worked within the Telecoms industry for over 25 years and has extensive knowledge of the Public Sector Market. Isy has worked with hundreds of customers to deliver service and commercial frameworks that are relevant and valued throughout the term of contract.

Mark Collins, Director of Strategy and Public Affairs, CityFibre

Mark Collins is CityFibre’s Director of Strategy and Public Affairs. As a founding partner, he now leads the company’s engagements with Government, Ofcom and policy makers, establishing the foundation for competitive investment in the UK’s digital infrastructure., Mark has been in the telecommunication industry for over 20 years. He was founder of Equador Consulting, a firm specialising in the development of early stage telecoms companies including Esat Telecom, Versatel Telecom, NTL and Completel. Equador was recognised in 2000 as the UK’s fastest growing TMT company in the Sunday Times Fast-track 100 awards. Mark also founded mobile media firm Muzicall, recognised in 2009 as the UK’s second fastest growing mobile media firm.

Louise Hutchinson, Director, PATROL

Louise Hutchinson has been director of PATROL since 2006. PATROL represents 310 local authorities in England (outside Wales) making provision for independent adjudication for appeals against enforcement penalties through the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT). TPT is a compact, impartial and independent body comprising thirty remote-working lawyers and their support team which handles 20,000 appeals annually for penalties for parking, bus lane, moving traffic and road user charging.

PATROL invested in TPT to develop a cloud-based stand-alone digital appeal system - Fast Online Appeal Management (FOAM).  Available since March 2016, FOAM is now being used by 311 local authorities, transforming the appeals process and user experience and attracting awards for PATROL and TPT – North of England Transport Awards Excellence in Technology Category Winner in 2016, Intelligent Parking Award winner (British Parking Awards 2017) and shortlisted for the 2017 National Transport Awards Excellence in Technology Category and for the 2017 SOCTIM Innovative Collaboration Award.