Socitm keynote speakers highlight austerity challenge

The public sector IT managers’ association Socitm will have Martha Lane Fox the UK Digital Champion, together with former Mayor of London and Ken Livingstone and David Davis MP, of the powerful House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, at its annual conference next month.

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The public sector IT managers’ association Socitm will have Martha Lane Fox the UK Digital Champion, together with former Mayor of London and Ken Livingstone and David Davis MP, of the powerful House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, at its annual conference next month.


The issues to be discussed could hardly be more stark. Local authorities and the wider public sector face major budget cuts, and IT will not be immune, though information technology is at the heart of delivering the efficiency revolution that the government says is required to deliver public services.


The line-up of other speakers at the event, which takes place in Brighton from 10 to 12 October, show the importance of IT to wider public sector.


These include Rob Whiteman managing director of Local Government Improvement who will play a key role in formulating local authority priorities to the government budget proposals and John Barradell chief executive, Brighton & Hove City Council and European marketing manager at Unisysy.


Tim Rainey Assistant Chief Executive at Tameside council, which has pioneered the move to online channels, will speak, as will Jane Frost, Director, Individuals Customer Directorate, at HMRC and the person in charge of transforming HMRC’s approach to taxpayers and credit recipients. No doubt she will be asked to explain the latest issues with the PAYE system.

Jos Creese, Socitm president said, “there has never been a more compelling business rationale for attending Socitm’s annual conference: ‘IT leaders and their teams need new skills, new models of delivery and even a whole new culture. The old ‘IT support service’ model just won’t work any more.”

Key areas for discussion include, Open & linked data, Managing personal data, models for shared and managed services, public sector wide resourcing initiatives such as  G-Cloud and Government Connect as well as Socitm’s drive to encourage professionalism among public sector IT staff.


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