Speaker and Panallist profiles

2022 ALGIM Conference Speakers and Panellists  

Huw McKee
SOCITM President
Head of IT and Digital Conwy Council (UK Wales)

Huw has over 30 years’ experience as an IT professional, operating for 20 years at CIO/director level across the UK in the regulated utility and pharmaceutical sectors and globally with major blue-chip organisations and technology partners.

As Head of IT and Digital at Conwy Council, he is actively involved with SOCITM Wales members and the Welsh Government in joined up collaboration across the principality to deliver digital transformation benefits for local authorities and citizens.

He is passionate about delivering excellent service and solutions through effective partnerships, underpinned by strong leadership. I believe that the role of digital leaders and the contribution from SOCITM to a dynamic digital environment has never been more important.

His professional interests include innovative, agile co-design, co-creation and collaboration to transform outcomes for people and communities, place-based leadership, partnerships, governance, standards, accessibility and data management.

Jo Fair
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
FutureWork Studio

Jo is the Co-founder of FutureWork Studio, a Tech and Consulting Company established to help organisations navigate the rapidly changing work-scape by equipping them with practical tools to thrive now and in the future. To support organisations to transform, FutureWork Studio deploys their award winning Hiveapp solution, a peer-to-peer opportunities platform which unlocks new ways for people to work and learn together.

Jo brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles across New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Latin America and South East Asia, working with a number of well-known organisations both domestically and globally.  Jo is a former Trustee of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, a former Director of Kotahi Logistics, and currently sits as an Independent Member for the NZ Army Leadership Board, on the HR Advisory Board for Parliamentary Service, and as an Advisor to the University of Auckland Business School.

As an experienced leader working at the interface of the future of work and technologies, Jo brings a deep understanding of the challenges leaders face in delivering todays results while preparing for the future.


Martin Ferguson
Director of Policy & Research SOCITM 

Martin leads SOCITM's policy and research programmes which has promoted digital and ICT thought leadership, successfully enabled transformation programmes and engaged with UK national governments and a wide variety of partner organisations since the mid-1980s.

His local government career spans planning, environment, housing, leisure and recreation, IT, and policy and communications. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a founder member of the Linked Organisation of Local Authority ICT Societies (LOLA), a member of Major Cities of Europe’s Organising Committee, programme manager for SOCITM’s UK Local CIO Council and a past president (2000-01) of SOCITM.

In Brazil and central Asia, He led work on the British Council’s e-governance programmes. He was an associate lecturer for the University of Birmingham’s Public Service MBA in the UK and Hong Kong, a senior lecturer for the Open University Business School and an external examiner for Henley Business School. Currently, he sits on industry advisory boards for the Universities of Hertfordshire and Kingston.

Professional interests include Digital ethics and leadership, regeneration, sustainability and connectivity, digital inclusion, digital identities and trust, integrated health and care, improving people and place-based outcomes.


Nadira Hussain

Chief Executive Officer SOCITM 

Recently appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Socitm, Nadira am keen to ensure that the society continues to enhance its credibility and value as a membership organisation through adopting a ‘member-first’ mentality, improving engagement and championing collaboration across the sector to deliver better outcomes for people and communities. She also focuses on building the leadership, skills and diversity of the sector’s workforce.

Nadira is an experienced ICT and change management leader with 25+ years, having worked primarily in local government; leading the ICT service, managing wider teams including digital, business improvement, transformation and customer services. She has implemented numerous complex change programmes across shared services to deliver new operating models, efficiencies and service improvement.

She sits on the Local Government Digital Committee (England), and workforce development advisory boards for Health Education England (HEE) and the Federation for Informatics Professionals (FEDIP). Her voluntary and charitable work includes; steering group member for the Shuri network, Diversity in Local Government Leadership (DLGL) forum and non-executive director for the Institute of Government Public Policy (IGPP) and #techmums boards.

Professional interests include Digital leadership, diversity and skills with a passion to tackle inequality, promote professionalism, improve personal development opportunities and champion women role models; public services design; and digital transformation.

Nigel Latta
Clinical Psychologist

This is Nigel's preferred bio. Nigel was born. This was definitely the beginning of it all. He was a child for ages before steadily increasing height forced him to take up adult life. He has done a bunch of stuff since then and is still alive today.

And now for the more serious one. Nigel trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked for over two decades in the areas of forensic psychology and family therapy.  

In 2010, as a result of his passion for science and science education, Nigel was invited to become an associate of the world leading Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study at the University of Otago. In 2012 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to psychology.  

He’s written eight books which have now been published in 19 countries and 10 languages.

His television career has spanned almost a decade and he’s presented a number of series including Beyond the Darklands, The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show, On Thin Ice: Nigel Latta in Antarctica, and The Hard Stuff. In 2016, along with Arwen O’Connor and Mitchell Hawkes he co-founded a production company, Ruckus, and the team have since made numerous primetime television series including Mind Over Money, What Next, and The Curious Mind.  In 2018 Ruckus was named New Zealand’s Hottest Production Company in the StopPress awards.


Sam Smith
SOCITM Immediate Past-President
Assistant Director of IT & Digital Services at Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council

Sam leads a shared IT service working across two Councils in the East of England. The Councils represent two different types of English local authority, Cambridgeshire is a County Council and Peterborough City is a Unitary Council. Although they are neighbouring Councils, they are quite different in size, geography and demography and are responsible for delivering different sets of service.

Managing shared services of different types and sizes has been a feature of her professional life. It has given her an incredibly rich view of local government in England and enabled her to share her learning with others who are embarking on the journey.

Throughout her career she has been keen to share experiences and collaborate across the public sector. SOCITM has given her the opportunity to do this at regional and national levels. She has been involved with SOCITM since 2016, first through the regional committee, then as Vice President and most recently as President (2020-22). She leads their regeneration, sustainability and connectivity policy theme.

Her professional interests include collaboration, shared services, diversity and inclusion, improving public service outcomes, ensuring strategic outcomes meet business requirements.


Sandra Taylor
Assistant Director of IT and Digital at Worcestershire County Council 

Sandra is accountable for the realisation of business strategies and outcomes through the deployment and delivery of appropriate and relevant digital services. She led modernising and optimising ICT infrastructures, as well as delivering digitally enabled transformation programmes to implement new organisational delivery models. 

She works with national groups and programmes to represent priorities of local public services ICT, including SOCITM's Local Public Sector CIO Council.

She is passionate about harnessing and nurturing talent, creating opportunities to support and enable public sector leaders to realise promising solutions, as well as championing the importance of diversity. 

Professional interests include digital leadership, diversity and inclusion, digital ethics, improving public services, business change, programme and project management, contract management, public sector IT management, business/technology alignment, and strategy development.


Tony Summers
Chief Executive, SOCITM Advisory

Tony leads SOCITM's advisory business, now well-established within the public sector as a consulting organisation. Since its inception, it has supported over 150 public bodies to improve their services to citizens by delivering projects through our permanent bench of consultants. Programmes range from ICT review, strategy/TOM design and technical consultancy to business transformation of major service areas and complex commercial reviews.

The CEO role is a Board level role with the remit to develop and oversee Advisory’s continued growth and diversification into other sectors and lead opportunities within key clients, providing a scalable, innovative and quality based resourcing structure underpinned by best in class strategic, operational and commercial practice and process.

Prior to establishing SOCITM Advisory in 2015, Tony had a long career in senior leadership roles in the UK public services in local government, criminal justice, social housing and central government departments.

Professional interests include a passion for transforming public services for the benefit of citizens, most recently through the effective use of technology with a particular interest in successful ERP implementations, achievement of benefits through business process change and transformation, development of digital strategies, review of commercial frameworks to provide efficient services.

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