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2019 Confirmed Speakers: 
  • Antony Collard, Head of Architecture and Innovation, HMRC
  • Colin Atkinson, Director Public Sector, Pure Storage
  • Tom Birch, Head of Digital Delivery Practice, DWP
  • Dr Nina Cope, Director General (Capabilities), National Crime Agency
  • Sue Daley, Associate Director, Technology & Innovation, techUK 
  • Julian David, CEO, techUK
  • Joanna Davinson, Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, Home Office
  • Rachel Dunscombe, Chief Executive, NHS Digital Academy 
  • Bryan GlickEditor-in-Chief, Computer Weekly 
  • Andrew Grant, Former CEO of Aylesbury Vale District Council
  • Simon Hart, Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office
  • Tim Jones, Managing Director of Application Modernisation, Advanced
  • Emma Kendrew, AI & Intelligent Automation Lead, Accenture
  • Paul Maltby, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 
  • John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service, Cabinet Office
  • Simon McKinnon, Chief Digital Information Officer, DWP
  • Eimear Meredith Jones, Managing Director Talent & Organisation, Accenture
  • Jenny Nelson, Digital Newcastle Programme Manager, Newcastle City Council
  • Imran Razzaq, Public Sector Director, UK and Ireland, Pivotal Software
  • Shaheen Sayed, CEO of Accenture's Government Business, UK & Ireland, Accenture
  • Phil Swan, Chief Information Officer & GM Digital Lead, Greater Manchester Combined Authority




Colin Atkinson new speaker - resizedColin Atkinson, Director Public Sector, Pure Storage

Colin has over 20 years of successfully enabling and delivering business outcomes through IT and business transformations, working with some of the largest technology providers such as DXC and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (formerly EDS) to deliver strategic, consuting-led solutions for Government departments and agencies to help them achieve demonstrable value and outcomes.








Tom Birch picture resizedTom Birch, Head of Digital Delivery Practice, DWP

Tom is helping shape digital delivery and organisation design for the Department for Work and Pensions. He established DWP’s digital delivery practice, designed much of their digital organisation model and is leading improvements to scaled product development for Universal Credit. Previously he was a Director of Digital Technology for EE, a co-founder and board director of Orange Digital Ltd, a project portfolio lead at Orange and a programme lead for GE Capital. He particularly advocates the value of product-orientated cross-functional teams based on his first-hand experience






Antony Collard picAntony Collard, Director, Architecture and Innovation, HMRC 

For the last 5 years Antony led the HMRC Digital Delivery capability, from it’s early beginnings in 2014, delivering external and internal customer focussed digital platforms and applications for both HMRC and wider UK government as part of the UK’s wider digital strategy.

Antony has a strong track record working in Government for the last 26 years, leading large digital organisations, operational customer facing units, transformational programmes and process change. He is passionate about developing new talent in the Civil Service, with particular focus on apprenticeships. Antony now heads up Architecture and Innovation, providing strategic technology leadership and seeking to develop an innovation culture across HMRC.



Dr Nina Cope picDr. Nina Cope, Deputy Director General (Capabilities), National Crime Agency

Dr Nina Cope is Deputy Director General (Capabilities) at the National Crime Agency. She is the strategic leader on issues relating to officers, culture, transformation, technology and estates. In addition, Nina is responsible for ensuring the agency has effective support capabilities and leads on the continuing design and delivery of our transformation programme.
Nina joined the agency from the High Speed Two rail project where she was Organisational Change and Effectiveness Director. She oversaw the growth of the company – and the largest infrastructure project in Europe – from some 300 employees to 1,400 in the past two years.

She was previously responsible for taking the Met through a major service improvement and cost reduction programme and has also worked across sectors including local government and education, has conducted research into law enforcement topics and has a PhD in Sociology.During her time at the Met, Nina’s roles included serving as the force’s Director responsible for strategy, transformation and performance, introducing new ways of working across the organisation. She also served as Deputy Director of Intelligence and Chief of Staff.


Sue Daley PicSue Daley, Associate Director - Technology & Innovation, techUK

Sue leads techUK's work on cloud, data analytics and AI and has been recognised as one of the most influential women in UK tech by Computer Weekly. Sue has also been recognised in UK Big Data 100 as a key influencer in driving forward the Big Data agenda, shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was recently a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker on issues including AI ethics, data protection and cyber security, Sue is a regular judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.
Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec, Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham. Sue is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 achieved a lifelong ambition to swim the English Channel.


Julian photoJulian David, CEO, techUK

Julian David is the CEO of techUK. He was appointed as the director general of Intellect in March 2012 and led its transformation to techUK in November 2013. Julian leads techUK's 60 strong team in representing more than 950 member companies, including multi-nationals and more than 500 SMEs to ensure that the digital tech industry is at the heart of a modern society and economy in Britain. He is a member of the government and industry Cyber Growth Partnership and Digital Advisory Council.  He is also techUK’s representative on the National Trade Association Council of Digital Europe.



Joanna Davinson resizedJoanna Davinson, Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, Home Office 

Joanna joined the Home Office in November 2017 following a 28 year career with Price Waterhouse Coopers and IBM, where she focussed on delivering large Public Sector ICT programmes, often in the UK but also for governments across Europe and in the US and Canada.
Before that Joanna enjoyed 5 years in the Civil Service in the National Audit Office and is delighted to now be back in central Government at the Home Office. She is the department’s Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, leading a team of over 3,000 employees reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary, with a seat at the departmental Board.





Rachel Dunscombe Pic resizedRachel Dunscombe, CEO, NHS Digital Academy

Rachel Dunscombe is CEO of the NHS Digital Academy, Global Lead for KLAS ARCH collaborative, a member of the UK AI Council and a strategic advisor to the NCA NHS Group. As part of her role at NCA / Salford Group she has delivered the Global Digital Exemplar and two NHS Vanguards. She is also an Ambassador for the ECHAlliance, non-exec director for the Digital Health Society and an ambassador for CHIME the professional body for CIOs. She was named most disruptive CIO in Europe (all sectors including health) in 2016 Talent Unleashed.







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Bryan Glick, Editor-in-chief, Computer Weekly 

Bryan Glick is the editor-in-chief of Computer Weekly, one of Europe’s leading business technology publications. He is responsible for managing and developing all of Computer Weekly’s editorial content, covering the Computerweekly.com website, blogs, video, webinars, social media, events, the 200,000-circulation weekly digital magazine and its international versions, and the CW500 IT leadership group.

Bryan is also head of European editorial for Computer Weekly’s publisher, TechTarget, where he is part of the team leading the company’s European expansion plans.

Bryan is a regular contributor to TV and radio broadcasters on technology issues, including appearances on many of the leading news and current affairs programmes.



Andrew Grant pic-resizedAndrew Grant, Former CEO of Aylesbury Vale District Council

Andrew is an experienced former local government Chief Executive with proven success in transforming organisations and creating world-class value for customers. He pioneered behaviour-based organisation culture change, commercialisation, and customer-first approaches. Andrew has built over £100m of town centre real estate for long lease for blue chip tenants such as Waitrose.

A recognised thought leader in digital transformation, cloud adoption, he deployed one of the first practical applications of machine learning and voice recognition in customer services. AVDC was the first public sector body to have launched a skill in Alexa Echo for home voice commanded services.

Andrew is a loud advocate for the need for organisations to understand their purpose, their ‘why’, including financial sustainability. In his time at Aylesbury Vale, Andrew orchestrated its survival of a74% cut in Government Grant, increased its income or cost reduction of over £20m in 10 years and have left it with a 4-year balanced budget.

He has recently launched his own transformation consultancy, ADGrantLtd, working with leaders and businesses on helping their customers have a better day.


SimonHart picSimon Hart, Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office

Simon Hart MP was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Implementation) at the Cabinet Office on 27 July 2019.
He is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire, and was first elected in May 2010. He replaces Dame Angela Watkinson DBE who previously served as the Conservative Party member on the Committee.
Since being elected to Parliament, Simon has been a member of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee, the Welsh Affairs Select Committee and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. He is currently a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. He has also been a member/Chair of several APPGs including Tourism in Wales, Learning outside the Classroom, Marine Energy & Tidal Lagoons, EU/US Trade, and others. He is also the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Panama, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Prior to being elected he was Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, and remains Chairman of the organisation.


eimear006 RESIZEDEimear Meredith Jones, Managing Director Talent & Organisation, Accenture

Eimear is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Government business, leading on Talent and Organisation. She is a recognised global speaker on Workforce of the Future, Innovation and Disruption, speaking at multiple internal and external conferences over the past 3 years.
Eimear’s teams focus on harnessing intuitive, user-centric design to business needs, relying on the best people, processes and technology to evolve powerful solutions. As a leadership coach Eimear also works with challenging groups such that they will better understand and align with new business initiatives, redefining ways of working in order that all stakeholders agree on more efficient and effective ways of working. She has worked cross industry with clients such as Lloyds, Centrica, Mondalez and is now focused on Health and Public service




Tim Jones picTim Jones, Managing Director of Application Modernisation, Advanced

Tim is Managing Director of Application Modernisation at Advanced, helping organisations to maximise their investment in critical legacy applications through transformation to modern operating environments, ensuring they remain competitive and ready to take advantage of new and emerging technologies.

With more than 20 years’ IT experience, Tim has a strong track record in business growth and developing high performing teams who are positioned to succeed. His experience covers a broad range of competencies, including general management, sales and marketing, solution delivery, P&L control and M&A. He is a specialist in Application Modernisation and in delivering transformative solutions to Enterprise and SME markets that span both private and public sectors.



Emma Kendrew, AI & Intelligent Automation Lead, Accenture

Emma is the AI Lead for Accenture Technology responsible for shaping Accenture’s AI and automation solutions to address client needs at scale.  She has played a leading role in driving and embedding innovation as the foundation for scaled delivery, including Accenture’s Intelligent Automation Centre of Excellence in Newcastle, and the London Watson Delivery Hub.  Emma works closely with Accenture’s ecosystem partners to develop new automation and AI offerings, and leads co-innovation initiatives for the Accenture Google Cloud Business Group.

Emma has worked across industry sectors, from public sector to financial services, specialising in applying the latest technologies to transform business operations and customer experience. She is a passionate advocate of women in technology, leading inclusion and diversity initiatives in Accenture’s Intelligent Engineering group. In 2015, Emma was recognised as one of the UK’s exceptional young businesswomen in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35.

She is an active speaker in industry, and has written for and commented in leading publications including Management Today, The Telegraph and Computer Weekly, examining the implications of AI for business, society and the technology industry.


pAULmALTBY PICPaul Maltby, Chief Digital Officer, Department for Communities and Local Government 

Paul is the Chief Digital Officer at the Department for Communities and Local Government where he is focussed on improving the Department’s digital services, working with local government to develop their digital capacity, and improving access to data to support innovation in the housing, land and planning sectors.
He previously led the government’s new data agenda as Director of Data in the Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service, with responsibility for open data, data science in government, data infrastructure and data legislation.

He has a background in public service innovation and reform in government with spells in Leicestershire County Council, the Home Office and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.




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John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service, Cabinet Office

John Manzoni became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in August 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014 and continues in this role also. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.
John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In his 24 years at BP, he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning 6 different businesses across more than 100 countries and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.


SimonMcKinnon picSimon McKinnon, Chief Digital Information Officer, DWP

Simon McKinnon is the Chief Digital Information Officer DWP, and Director General of DWP Digital. He joined the public sector in 2008 after delivering operational and digital programmes in the private sector in finance, travel and consultancy across the US, Germany, Norway and the UK.

DWP Digital are building the digital government of the future, using innovation and new technology to transform public services. They are evolving and leading digital transformation through multidisciplinary teams who put users at the heart of service design. Simon champions diversity and inclusion to build high achieving, creative teams that reflect the society they serve. He’s passionate about digitalising services at scale to provide the support that users need.



Jenny NewmanJenny Nelson, Digtial Newcastle Programme Manager, Newcastle City Council 

Jenny has been championing digital transformation at Newcastle City Council for the last 4 years, having worked in transformation and change roles for over a decade. She is a key supporter of transformational public service redesign underpinned by digital technology and mindset, and is focussed on achieving three objectives – improving the customer experience, reducing costs and inefficiency and driving economic growth through promoting Newcastle as a test bed for innovation. She is an advocate for user-centric experiences and interactions, and a passionate promoter of the digital skills agenda. Newcastle Council have been nationally recognised in a number of awards for their innovative and ambitious approach to digital transformation.



Imran Razzaq pic-resizedImran Razzaq, Public Sector Director, UK and Ireland, Pivotal Software 

Imran is the Director of Public Sector at Pivotal Software. Pivotal's mission statement is to transform the way the world builds software. Imran is responsible for helping Public sector customers build capability and skills that allow them to create innovative new applications and modernise old legacy applications as part of their digital transformation journey.

Prior to joining Pivotal Imran worked at Microsoft for eleven years. He worked in the Enterprise space in the UK and the Consumer business in Emerging Markets and was responsible for the launch of Cloud-based services in these regions. His last role at Microsoft saw him lead Microsoft's cloud business in Public Sector and regulated industries in Central Europe. In his earlier career, Imran worked for PwC where he focussed on Defence & Aerospace customers and Accenture where he specialised in Technology, Media and Telecoms.

Imran read Economics at Manchester University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an MBA from London Business School.


 ShaheenSayed picShaheen Sayed,CEO of Accenture's Government Business, UK & Ireland, Accenture

Shaheen is CEO of Accenture's Health & Public Service Business in the UK and Ireland and is responsible for providing transformational solutions to the public sector using new platforms and ways of thinking. She holds significant experience from her Global career at Accenture where she has led complex technology and business transformation programmes for clients across the public and private sector. As a ‘’hands on’’ practitioner, she has personally driven some of the most complex implementations in Justice, Health, Rural Affairs and Capital Markets. Most recently, she has been working as an advisor to senior Financial Services clients at the forefront of their digital transformation and driving first-in-kind innovation from inception to execution.

Shaheen is a respected adviser on inclusive business cultures and is a recognised thought leader on human capital and the evolution of talent in the digital age. She is a regular guest lecturer at The LSE on this topic and continues to collaborate with Academics on research in this space.

External recognition includes being featured in the Top 100 Influential Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Global leaders by EMpower and in Cranfield School of Management’s 2018 list of women to watch.
Shaheen is a passionate campaigner for Inclusion & Diversity in the City, with a specific focus on Social Mobility and Race. She sits on The Prince’s Trust Business in the Community (BITC) Race Leadership team.


PhilSwan resizedforwebsite Phil Swan, Chief Information Officer and GM Digital 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 GM localities and the Health & Social Care Partnership, he is focussed on delivering the GM Digital Strategy which was crowdsourced in 2017 through  two #GMdigital Mayoral Summits and events led by Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester Mayor. 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 GM, 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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