2022 ALGIM Conference Speakers and Panellists
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.