September 19th 2019 | Central London


Georgina Maratheftis, Head of Local Public Services, techUK

Georgina is techUK’s Head of Local Public Services. In this role Georgina works with tech suppliers active and looking to break into the local government and local public safety market, working together with local public services to create the environment that enables improved collaboration and successful transformation. A key area of focus for the techUK’s Local Public Services programme is exploring what the ‘Council of the Future’ will look like, working with industry to horizon scan and illustrate the art of the possible in re-imagining local public services to improve outcomes for citizens. If you work in local government and would like to find out more on how to engage with techUK or access the latest innovations get in touch.

Twitter: @GeorginaMarath

Ben Cheetham, Head of Technology and Design within the Local Digital Collaboration Unit, MHCLG

Ben Cheetham is the Head of Technology and Design within the Local Digital Collaboration Unit, MHCLG. Previously, Ben has worked as the Digital Service Design Lead for the Shared Digital Service for Royal Borough of Kingston and London Borough of Sutton, and in the transformation team at Guildford Borough Council. He is also the Vice-Chair of LocalGov Digital, a network for digital practitioners working in and around local government.

Twitter: @BforBen | @LDgovUK

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.


Neil Williams, Chief Digital Officer, Croydon Digital Service

As Chief Digital Officer for Croydon Council, Neil is leading the digital transformation of the council’s systems and services and the digital enhancement of the borough. His career spans publishing, product development and digital communications in the private and public sectors – most recently as Head of GOV.UK, the award-winning single government domain which Neil helped to create and then led for 7 years. Neil is an advocate for public sector openness and transparency, with claims to fame including the first blog by a cabinet minister, getting government departments using Twitter, and pioneering public roadmaps for government tech products. Neil is passionate about the power of digital, data and technology to transform lives, change business models and improve outcomes – and proud to be doing that in his home borough of Croydon.

Twitter: @neillyneil

Alan Patrickson, Head of Digital and Customer Services, Durham County Council

With a background of technical, operational and contract management in the environmental services sector, Alan now heads up the Customer Services, Digital and ICT teams at Durham County Council. 

Alan led on the development and delivery of the Council’s Customer First Programme which, since its inception in 2014, has radically improved the way customers interact with the council. More recently the Council’s Digital Programme is continuing the journey, focussing on improved customer journeys, automation and harnessing the power of customer feedback to bring about improvement and innovation.

Twitter: @Alan_Patrickson



Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology

Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology, the UK’s leading source of daily news and analysis for anyone interested in how the public sector is using technology and digital platforms to transform citizen services. Sam has been a technology journalist for over 10 years and worked for various IT and business publications before joining PublicTechnology in June 2017.

Twitter: @PublicTech

Emeran Saigol, Head of Change, London Borough of Redbridge

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Ian Hirst, Head of Digital Services & Communications, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

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Cllr Amanda De Ryk, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, Lewisham Council

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