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Local digital leadership forum - 26 May


Don't miss out on next week's inaugural The MJ / UKAuthority forum on Digital Leadership. A few places are still available for this high level event and debate that aims to shape the future of digital leadership in local public services. 

Partnered by Solace, the forum will explore the importance of 'leadership from the top' if digital is to deliver its full value to local services. 

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Martin Reeves, chief executive, Coventry City Council and spokesperson on digital leadership at Solace, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers. In April, Reeves told UKAuthority that Solace sees the event as a platform for discussions on how data and digital technology relates to the leadership of local authorities. “It's a platform for robust exchanges not just within local government, but across central government, agencies, academics and the commercial sector,” he said.

Other speakers on 26 May include:

  • Dr Mark Thompson, senior lecturer in information systems at Cambridge Judge Business School and strategy director for Methods Group 
  • Charlotte Buckley, Deputy Director Local Insight and Resilience, Department of Health
  • Terry Dafter, Health & Care Informatics, LGA
  • Stephen Baker, Chief Executive, Waveney & Suffolk Coastal + chair LDGB
  • William Barker - Deputy Technology Leader (Strategy, Resilience and Futures) CLG
  • Cllr Theo Blackwell, Cabinet Member for Finance and Technology Policy, London Borough of Camden
  • Eric Applewhite, Programme Director GM-Connect
  • Geoff Connell, CIO OneSource Newham and Havering Councils and Socitm President
  • Martin Reeves, Chief Executive Coventry and SOLACE Spokesperson on Digital Leadership
  • Dylan Roberts, CIO Leeds and chair of the Local CIO Council
  • John Jackson, CEO of the London Grid for Learning, on procurement and transparency
  • Daniel Leatherdale, Psychologist, Consultant and MD of Open Space Learning
  • Stacey Egerton, Lead Policy Officer at Information Commissioner's Office

During the day, these experts will invite discussion on the leadership perspective on a range of topics including data protection and data sharing; cyber resilience; fraud prevention; open data; integrating health and social care; and culture and behavioural change.           

Smaller breakout discussion sessions will allow delegates to examine in greater depth some of the hottest topics affecting local government:

  • Who should lead on digital transformation?
  • How do you drive culture change in transformation?
  • How will digital become an integral part of transformation and change?
  • How will the devolution timetable encourage digital transformation?
  • How will digital enable health and social care integration?

The Digital Authority Forum, hosted by the MJ and UKAuthority, will be followed by networking and drinks. It will take place at 15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London, SE1 8DJ on 26 May 2016.

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