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The Digital Summit 2019 featured digital leaders from the worlds of government and industry.

Alison Pritchard

Director General of the Government Digital Service, United Kingdom

Alison is Director General of the Government Digital Service. Prior to that she was Director of EU Exit and Transformation at the Government Digital Service (GDS). She began her Civil Service career in 1987. She has worked across a range of departments including the Ministry of Defence, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Her career has seen her enjoy a varied and interesting range of roles, including: spending 5 years in Saudi Arabia with a UK defence programme; leading the independent review of Royal Family and ministerial air travel; and being responsible for gambling and the National Lottery. Outside government, Alison has experience as Head of Operations for an IT engineering business and on secondment to the third sector as Director of Programmes for a multi-faith research body supporting counter-radicalisation. Following a period as Director of Transformation at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Alison joined GDS in 2017.

Kevin Cunnington

Director General of International Government Service, United Kingdom

Kevin became Director General of GDS in August 2016. He was also Head of Function for Digital, Data and Technology across government, and a member of the Cabinet Office’s Executive Committee. He spent his early career in programming and IT consultancy, before becoming Global Head of Online for Vodafone Group then Business Transformation Group Director General at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

In June 2019, it was announced that Kevin would be moving to become Director General of the newly-created International Government Service. He has been replaced by Alison Pritchard, GDS’s Director for EU Exit and Transformation.

Anna Eriksson

Director General, DIGG, Sweden

Anna serves as the Director General at DIGG, the Swedish Agency for Digital Government. She is the former CIO of Lantmäteriet (the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority) and has worked within both business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies, including Ericsson and ICA. Anna holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering specialising in Computer Systems Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Lauri Lugna

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Interior, Estonian 

Lauri Lugna has led the Ministry of the Interior since 2015, and is also a member of the Council of the State Infocommunication Foundation and the Council of the Estonian Internet Foundation. He joined the Ministry in 2004, working on issues including internal security, strategic planning, HR and ICT until 2013, when he joined the Estonian Road Administration as Deputy General Director for Traffic Safety and Public Transport. There, he led the development of digital services governing the right to drive and vehicle ownership transactions.

Lauri has studied public administration and European policies in Estonia, Finland and Belgium, and at Harvard Kennedy School and the Copenhagen Institute of Neurocreativity. He has a Master’s degree in European Politics and Policies from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and began his career as an official at the European Parliament.

Mikhail Pryadilnikov

Head, Center of Competence for Digital Government Transformation; and Deputy Director, Analytic Center for the Russian Government, Russia

The Analytic Center for the Russian Government provides on-demand information analytics and expert support for departments; and as Deputy Director, Mikhail Pryadilnikov is responsible for strategic management, regional development, SME support, public administration and investment climate reform.

Mikhail has also recently been appointed as Head, Center of Competence for Digital Government Transformation, a top-level unit with a particular focus on government digital services established to support public sector organizations in managing their digital transformation programmes.

He previously served as the director of the Department for Strategic Planning, Government Programs and Investment Projects at the Ministry of Economic Development. Prior to joining the federal government, he worked for Moscow city government as the Head of Economic Policy and Development.

Mr Priyadilnikov studied economics and philosophy in the USA and was awarded a PhD in government and political science by Harvard University. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a Visiting Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Before joining the civil service, he spent 10 years as a consultant at the World Bank in Washington DC, working in the Middle East and North Africa unit on anti-corruption and civil service reforms in Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, and the West Bank & Gaza.

Chan Cheow Hoe

Government Chief Digital Technology Officer, Smart Nation and Digital Government Office, & Deputy Chief Executive, Government Technology Agency of Singapore, Singapore

Mr Chan Cheow Hoe is the Government Chief Digital Technology Officer (GCDTO) of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO). He is also concurrently the Deputy Chief Executive of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech).

As the GCDTO, Cheow Hoe oversees the development of the Government’s digital infrastructure and digital technology capability, as well as talent development in information and communication technology and smart systems (ICT&SS). He will also oversee the development of platforms to enable resource sharing and interoperability across Government, so as to drive the development and delivery of innovative government digital services for citizens and businesses.

In his role as Deputy Chief Executive, GovTech, he oversees multi-disciplinary teams that develop and manage key government digital products such as the National Digital Identity.

Cheow Hoe has more than two decades of extensive experience both in the public and private sectors, with a strong track record in leading digital transformation changes in organisations and the government.

Prior to joining GovTech, Cheow Hoe held senior appointments in international banks and consulting companies in the areas of technology, operations, finance and business.

Cheow Hoe graduated from the National University of Singapore, and obtained his masters from Wharton School.

Caron Alexander

Director of Digital Services, Northern Ireland Civil Service, Northern Ireland

Caron has more than 30 years’ experience in the UK public sector, and is currently Director of Digital Shared Services for Northern Ireland Government and Head of the NI Civil Service IT profession. She is responsible for providing ICT shared services to 27,000 staff, for the NI citizen portal www.nidirect.gov.uk and contact centre services, delivering the NI Digital Transformation Programme and driving forward the NI Open Data agenda. Previously Caron held a number of senior technical, programme and change management roles in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Paul James

Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs, and Government Chief Digital Officer, New Zealand

In 2018 Paul James was appointed Chief Executive and Government Chief Digital Officer at the Department of Internal Affairs, a large government agency with many responsibilities and functions. As Government Chief Digital Officer, Paul is responsible for driving digital transformation across government agencies to deliver better services and outcomes to citizens. This functional leadership role spans information management, technology infrastructure, and technology-enabled business processes and services to ensure all New Zealanders can participate in and benefit from the digital world.

Paul has been a public servant since 1993. He has worked extensively in Treaty of Waitangi settlements and has held senior policy roles at the New Zealand Treasury, Ministry of Justice and Accident Compensation Corporation. Before taking up his current role, he was Chief Executive at Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Paul holds a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Canterbury.

Edward Hartwig

Deputy Administrator, U.S. Digital Service, The White House, USA

Eddie currently serves as Deputy Administrator of the United States Digital Service (USDS). Following the failure and successful rebuild of healthcare.gov in 2013, President Obama established USDS to protect and modernize our nation’s most critical public-facing services. Since 2014, USDS has built more than 90 products across fifteen federal agencies. Current products include digitizing the immigration process, building Medicare’s Quality Payments Program, and developing a single login and identity platform for government.

Prior to USDS, Eddie served as advisor and speechwriter to the U.S. Ambassador to Austria. While in Austria, he also founded and directed Elevate Entrepreneurship, a grassroots movement to improve and grow Austria’s innovation economy. Eddie is a former Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State who has served abroad in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, and Austria. He began his professional career as a public defender in Massachusetts, defending indigent clients against the prospect of life in prison.

Aaron Snow

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Digital Service, Canada

As Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Digital Service (CDS), Aaron leads the Canadian Government’s newest digital team in its ambitious mandate to improve federal service delivery.

Recruited through a global talent search, Aaron is tasked with helping to mainstream new ways of designing and delivering services that reduce the risk of project failure, lower costs, ensure user privacy and system security, and above all, improve people’s lives by putting their needs front and centre.

Before CDS, Aaron was Chief Operating Officer of cBrain North America. He was a Presidential Innovation Fellow under President Barack Obama, and then co-founded and was the second Executive Director of 18F, the United States Government’s in-house digital consultancy. Aaron has held several roles related to improving the government’s use of technology to improve services to the public and was Deputy Commissioner and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Government’s Technology Transformation Service (TTS).

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the OpenGov Foundation. He serves as Chief Technology Officer of Voter Protection Partners, and is a member of the OpenGov Foundation’s Board of Directors in the United States.

Before his government service, Aaron was co-founder of Daring Software, a practicing litigator, and a program manager at Microsoft. 

Carlos Santiso

Director, Governance Practice, Digital Innovation in Government, Development Bank of Latin America, Colombia

Dr. Carlos Santiso has been the Director of the newly-established governance practice focusing on Digital Innovation in Government at the Development Bank of Latin America since September 2018. He spearheads a special regional initiative on govtech start-ups and public innovation.

He previously headed the Innovation in Citizen Services at the Inter-American Development Bank, based in Washington from 2011 to 2018. Santiso also worked as sector manager for governance at the African Development Bank between 2007 and 2011, governance advisor to the British government aid agency between 2002 and 2007, and as senior operations officer at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance between 1996 and 2000. He started his career as an advisor in the French prime minister’s office between 1995 and 1996.

Santiso holds a PhD in comparative political economy from Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s in international economic policy from Columbia University, and a Master’s in public policy from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.

He has written extensively on digital transformation, public governance, and anticorruption. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption for 2019-20, advisor to the World Economic Forum Partnering against Corruption Initiative and Tech4Integrity platform; member of the advisory committee of NYU GovLab´s “blockchan.ge” initiative; and member of the editorial advisory board of Data&Policy.

Rob Thompson

CTO & Director, Home Office Digital Data and Technology, Home Office, United Kingdom

Rob is the Director & Chief Technology Officer for the UK Home Office with extensive experience in digital strategic leadership and delivering large scale digital product development and transformation. Previously he was Head of Engineering for DWP Digital, leading the technology delivery of Universal Credit Full Service.

He is a CTO with a broad range of experiences gained in Government, Mobile, Telecommunications, Software and Internet sectors. Joining the Civil Service in 2014, he is passionate about creating a Digital Government to respond to people’s increased expectations for internet based services.

Prior to joining UK Government, Rob led the technology team in Deutsche Telekom’s international mobile internet business, supporting 85m customers across Europe and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology

Neal Craig

Public Sector Digital Lead, PA Consulting 

Neal is the Public Sector Digital lead for PA Consulting, working in collaboration with Central Government and wider public sector clients to deliver fantastic digital outcomes for organisations, staff and users. His experience spans digital strategy; service design, transformation and delivery; and broader organisational transformation using digital as the catalyst.

Prior to joining PA Consulting, Neal led the digital team at Deliotte Digital, supporting a range of Central Government clients in their digital transformation journeys. Before working in the Private Sector, Neal was a Senior Civil Servant, and held a range of digital, policy, operational and private office roles in a 15-year career.

Natalie Taylor 

Digital Transformation Expert, PA Consulting 

Natalie began her career in digital 14 years ago and has been a key figure in reimagining public sector services. She led digital transformation for the Mayor of London and for three central government services at the Government Digital Service, as well as leading the delivery of NHS.UK.

Natalie coaches clients to apply the culture, practices, processes and technologies of the internet-era to provide better experiences for customers, citizens and staff. She helps clients in health, government, education, defence and communications to adopt a digital mindset and is passionate about creating an agile, open, diverse and collaborative culture.

Colin Cook

Director of Digital, The Scottish Government, Scotland

Colin Cook is Digital Director, Scottish Government.  In that role he is responsible for the Scottish Government’s Shared IT service, data policy, the development of digital public services and the roll out of broadband and mobile connectivity. 

Colin started his working life in the packaging industry before joining Royal Mail where he eventually became Marketing Director of the company’s £4 billion core letters business.  Other roles have included Marketing Director, British Army Recruitment, Head of Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretariat and a Senior Civil Servant leading change programmes across NHS Scotland.

Tobias Plate 

Head of Unit Digital State, Federal Chancellery, Germany

Dr Tobias Plate leads the Digital State unit, which is part of the new directorate-general for Innovation and Digital Policy in the German Federal Chancellery. His tasks include facilitating the execution of the German Act on Online Access, which stipulates that all application procedures with public administration are to be made available online until the end of 2022, no matter whether the competent authority is the federal government or one of the 11,000 municipalities in Germany.

His role also involves looking into how public administration can reinvent itself so as to better attract, retain and develop staff.

Before his time in the Federal Chancellery, Tobias worked with the Federal Ministry of the Interior in various functions, including that of press spokesperson.

Tobias holds a German law degree as well as a Master of Laws from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Maria Nikkilä

Head of Digital Unit, Public Sector ICT Department, Finland

Maria is head of the Digital Unit at the Finnish government’s Ministry of Finance. Over the past few years Maria has been responsible for developing the architecture of shared digitalisation services in Finland – first as a Programme Director and then as the owner of government digitalisation projects. The Ministry of Finance’s Digital Unit is responsible for the overall development of the digital services of public administration and the integration of joint development projects.

Maria is also a member of the board of Erillisverkot, a wholly state-owned special-purpose company providing critical leadership society services for public authorities and other critical operators of national security. Erillisverkot provides situational awareness and collaboration tool, the administrative security radio network Virve.

Iain O’Neil 

Director, Digital Strategy, NHSX, United Kingdom 

Iain currently heads up the Digital Transformation function within the newly formed NHSX. Having joined the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in 2017, Iain led the department’s digital and technology strategy function and produced the Technology Vision for Health and Care working closely with tech-savvy Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock. The publication was quickly followed up by the creation of NHSX – a new organisation combing NHS England and DHSC staff to provide digital and technology leadership for the health and care system. Iain is proud to be a founder member of NHSX and has worked closely with its CEO Matthew Gould on creating the transformation function within it.

Prior to joining the civil service Iain worked for around 15 years in digital and technology transformation roles in the private sector.

Huw Stephens 

Chief Information Officer – Information Workplace Solutions and Treasury Group Shared Services, HM Treasury, United Kingdom 

Huw has been CIO at the Treasury since 2016. He originally started as a policy advisor in HM Customs and Excise but has predominantly worked in operational management and project delivery roles in HM Revenue & Customs and the Treasury. He has done a variety of roles across areas including insolvency operations, workplace, and technology – all grounded in an interest in change management.

Huw’s current portfolio of responsibilities at the Treasury includes IT, Treasury Group Shared Services, Estates, Knowledge & Information Management and Security.

Simon McKinnon

Chief Digital and Information Officer, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), United Kingdom 

Simon McKinnon is the Chief Digital Information Officer at 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 is building the digital government of the future, using innovation and new technology to transform public services. It is evolving and leading digital transformation through multidisciplinary teams which 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 is passionate about digitalising services at scale to provide the support that users need.

Karl Hoods

Chief Digital and Information Officer, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), United Kingdom

Karl is an experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) and has worked in the private, public and third sectors. He is currently Chief Digital and Information Officer at BEIS where he is responsible for the delivery of core services, digital transformation and service delivery and knowledge management, he is also the SRO for both the Future Shared Services and Innovation programmes. Prior to this, Karl was CIO for Save the Children where he was responsible for the delivery of technology and digital services to support humanitarian, policy, advocacy and fundraising activities.

Outside of work, Karl is interested in education and sits on the boards of the Harris Federation and Bournemouth University. He is also a keen runner and has completed a number of marathons.

Susannah Storey 

Director General for Digital and Media, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, United Kingdom  

Susannah Storey became the Director General for Digital and Media Policy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in July 2019.

Prior to this role, Susannah was Director General at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU). Before joining DExEU, she held a number of director roles at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for Energy & Climate Change, and at UK Government Investments, including as a non-executive director of the Post Office.  

Richard Matthews

Director of CTS and Lead for the Technology Transition Programme, Digital & Technology, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom 

Richard started his technology career in 1993, when he joined IBM’s graduate fast-track scheme. From there, he moved into selling System Integration Services before working for a boutique technology company in London’s Old Street, known as ‘Tech City’, where he sold hardware and software to a wide range of businesses in the City of London.

Later, at Thomson Travel/TUI Travel, he supported the move from a paper-based brochure, available at high street stores, to the information being available online.

Richard then transitioned into digital, spending 10 years working for a digital marketing company in Sweden which sold digital content directly to customers. There, he focused on removing legacy processes, moving to open-source and utilising the latest digital techniques to maintain competitive advantage.

In 2010, he moved back to the UK and sought an opportunity to work in the public sector. He joined the Ministry of Justice in 2010 in the role of Lead Account Manager and through temporary promotion he has been working as the Director for Change, Innovation and Demand for the last two years. Since June 2015 he has been the Director for Business IT, focusing on MoJ Technology Engagement, Project and Programme Delivery and more recently Live Service.

Helen Mott 

Head of Digital, Justice Digital and Technology, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom

Helen is Deputy Director for Digital at the UK Ministry of Justice. Throughout her career she’s worked in user-centred, agile digital delivery in consultancies and government. At the Ministry of Justice, she has played a series of pivotal roles as the first digital team in a government department grew from 30 people to over 1,000 – including building a new digital team embedded in the prison and probation service and leading major organisational change merging five organisations. She is now focused on building the roadmap to a digitally transformed department.

Prior to joining government, she worked as a digital consultant with a range of clients including Barclaycard, Microsoft, BBC Worldwide, Tesco and Muse. 

Rūta Šatrovaitė  

Head of Digital Policy, ICT Association INFOBALT, Lithuania

In her current role, Rūta leads the Nordic-Baltic DIGINNO project working group on cross-border G2B e-service development, manages four INFOBALT sector specific groups, and contributes to the development of national and EU digital policy.

Prior to joining INFOBALT in 2017, she was Counsellor at the Economic Security Policy Department and spent a year as Senior Specialist at the Office of the Agent of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Court of Human Rights.

She has a Master of Laws from Vilnius University and a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization from Utrecht University. She speaks Lithuanian, English, German and Russian.

Alwin Magimay  

Chief Transformation Officer, PMI  

Alwin in an expert in digital transformation, strategy, business restructuring and data science.

Prior to joining PMI, Alwin was a partner at global managing consultancy, McKinsey & Company, where he specialised in large-scale and complex digital business building programmes. He has also established two digital practices, for KPMG and Accenture, which involved planning and building a set of digital capabilities to help clients deal with and drive value from the digital disruptive forces of mobile, cloud, social media, analytics and cyber security.

During his career he also helped to establish the Institute of Data Science at Imperial College; co-created the world’s largest data visualisation capability; built and launched several digital businesses including a digital bank, a digital telco, and a digital music exchange; and managed and led over 15 business transformation programmes for major multinationals.

Alwin has a Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering from Queen’s University and is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Business School in London.

Arjun Jamnadass 

PMI Partner, PMI

Arjun is a specialist in digital transformation, citizen development, business design and project management.

He is the founder and CEO of i1too, which specialises in embedding disruptive digital technologies and new management practices in enterprises, and has established strategic alliances with software vendors and global consultancies to drive automation and productivity improvements across client businesses.

He co-created Tech Mahindra’s global no-code centre of excellence; set up Vodafone Group’s enterprise business design function, ‘setting up projects for success’; and created a virtual Mega-Deals centre of excellence for Nokia, which delivered £14m in annual savings.

Arjun holds a Masters of Electronic Business Management from the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group, and a Bachelor of Computer and Business Studies, also from the University of Warwick.

Diane Taylor-Cummings 

Deputy Director Project Delivery Profession, IPA, United Kingdom

Diane is the Deputy Director of the Project Delivery Profession, within the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) in the Cabinet Office. She started the post in June 2016 and is accountable for setting the standards for how government delivers projects. She works in partnership with government departments to build capability within the Profession of over 12,000 people across government.

Prior to working for government, Diane worked in the private sector as the Director of Project Management Excellence for Thomson Reuters, a $12.61bn multinational media and information company. She has over 25 years’ experience working in a wide range of project management roles, mainly in technology and most recently in building agile capability in projects.

During her career with Thomson Reuters, Diane led a variety of technology projects including an organisational transformation programme to implement a new agile delivery model across both technology and business organisations that spanned London, Barcelona, France, Bangalore, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Per Blom     

Government and Public Sector Lead, PA Consulting 

Per is the government and public sector lead in Sweden for PA Consulting with a focus on digital transformations. He specialises in supporting clients in addressing their strategic challenges, designing and driving transformation, and has more than 30 years’ experience in the professional services industry. Per has also worked extensively with the telecom and technology sector, leading and delivering assignments related to strategy, innovation, operational excellence and digital transformation. 

Francisco Rodriguez  

Head of Digital Government Division, Ministry of the Presidency, Chile  

Francisco has been Head of Digital Government – the department leading Chile’s digital transformation strategy, hosted at the Ministry of the Presidency in the country’s Centre of Government – since August 2019.

With a background in business and economics, Francisco worked as a policy manager for the Chilean President’s Delivery Unit.

Later, he started and managed Proxima, a social-impact oriented company working to transform dead-end jobs. The company provides support services that, through promoting higher working conditions and training, seeks to improve quality of service while accelerating labour mobility.

Francisco holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, where he focused on how governments adopt digital technology from a management and policy perspective.

Line Richardsen   

Head of Analysis, Department of ICT Policy and Public Sector Reform, Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, Norway 

Line is responsible for the interaction and coordination between local and central government in the field of digitalisation. This includes following up on legislative work, national strategies and initiatives on e-health vis-à-vis the Ministry of Health and Care Services.

In June, the Norwegian government presented a digital strategy for the public sector on which Line was a major contributor. She is also involved in the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation’s endeavour to develop a common ecosystem for national digital collaboration and service development.

Line was formerly Deputy Director of the Digitalisation department in KS (The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities) with responsibility for coordinating the digitalisation work in municipalities and regions.

Line has studied both economics and ICT engineering and has also held several leading positions within the ICT area in municipalities and in private companies.

Anton Lebedev 

Head of the Department of the Legal Foundations of the Digital Economy, Ministry of Economic Development, Russia 

Prior to joining the Department of the Legal Foundations of the Digital Economy of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, Anton worked as a Deputy Director of the Department of State Regulation in Economics. Following this, he was awarded with the gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation.

Anton began his civil service career in 2014. His career has seen him enjoy a varied and interesting range of roles, including spending two years as an assistant to a head of the Federal Accreditation Service. Outside government, Anton has experience as a senior lecturer in the National Research University Higher School of Economics, and spent his early career as a legal expert in a private company. He has a degree in law.

Cameron J. Brooks 

General Manager, Europe Public Sector, Amazon Web Services  

Dr Cameron Brooks is the General Manager of Europe Public Sector at Amazon Web Services. Since joining AWS in 2017, he has been responsible for growing and leading the Public Sector business across the European continent and cultivating partnerships with government, education and healthcare clients to enable their transformation through cloud computing.

Cameron has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He has successfully leveraged his strong technology background to become a global expert and thought leader in areas such as cloud, AI, healthcare, smarter cities and supercomputing, and guides clients along a journey of digital transformation.

In his previous role, Cameron was the Director of Public Sector for IBM’s Watson Group, specialising in applying artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing to government and healthcare organisations. He has also served as the Public Sector Leader for IBM’s Middle East & Africa organisation, the Director of IBM’s Government Healthcare business, and one of the founding executives of IBM’s Smarter Cities business.

Chris Hayman  

Director of Public Sector, UK and Ireland, Amazon Web Services 

Chris Hayman is the Director of UK&I Public Sector at Amazon Web Services. He manages a team of account managers who have domain expertise in selling across government, defence & national security, healthcare, education and not-for-profit organisations. Having begun his 17-year career in IT and engineering, he joined AWS as the Principal Solution Architect for Public Sector, subsequently moving into account management and sales leadership, and now leads the company’s work with clients across the public sector in its second largest market outside the United States.

Prior to joining AWS, Chris held a range of roles with technology companies including Dell, Logica and Sun Microsystems.

Ian Porée

Executive Director, Community Interventions, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom

The Executive Director of Community Interventions is accountable for the contracted-out delivery of probation and rehabilitation services across England (c.£400m per annum). Ian is also responsible for the national Public Protection and Offender Accommodation functions across the Agency.

Prior to this role, Ian has held numerous director level roles across HMPPS and the Ministry of Justice, leading reform programmes, digital service design and major competitions involving the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, as well as being responsible for commissioning adult offender services across England and Wales. He has also completed a secondment to the National Citizen Service as Strategic Commissioning and Operations Director.

He is an experienced strategic director with a history of leading high potential teams to grow and change businesses and large-scale complex systems, making connections across organisational boundaries. Ian has a proven track record of managing commercial relationships in challenging operational environments, including technology enabled change.

Ian is a contributor to recently published book Stories from 2045, edited by Calum Chace, which includes stories that explore the ways that artificial intelligence and related technologies may affect jobs.

Ian completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Hons) from the University of Natal, Durban. He has also studied Business Management and has a Master’s in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management from the University of Cambridge.

Adrian Cooper     

Field CTO UK Public Sector, NetApp 

Adrian Cooper is Business Solutions Architect and Field CTO for UK Public Sector for NetApp, the data authority on the hybrid cloud. Adrian has more than 25 years’ IT industry experience from which to draw on – the majority of which have been spent in solutions engineering and consulting roles. In his current role, he helps clients across the UK public sector to understand how they can architect and deploy technologies which enable them to manage, protect and secure their business-critical data, especially in light of the increasingly complex landscape of hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Peter Rodgers      

Technical Account Manager for Central Government Accounts, NetApp  

Peter Rodgers is a Technical Account Manager for Central Government accounts at NetApp UK. NetApp is a provider of software which enables customers to manage and get the most out of their data efficiently and securely wherever it resides, be it public cloud or private data centre. His focus is to help customers to understand how NetApp can help in their digital transformation, bridging the gap with business and technological objectives for all relevant stakeholders.

Prior to joining NetApp in 2013, Peter worked with leading UK IT consultancies in a variety of technical and architectural positions. 

Ben Emslie      

Head of Public Sector UK and Ireland, Splunk 

Ben leads the Public Sector business for Splunk in the UK & Ireland. Splunk Public Sector focuses on making machine data accessible, useable and valuable across central and local government organisations. Customers include the majority of the UK’s ministerial government departments and major UK aerospace and defence companies, as well as nationwide partnerships in health and education.

Ben joined Splunk in February 2017 with a vision to create Splunk’s UK Public Sector business and build it to become the first vertical market focus for Splunk in EMEA. It is now the largest business unit in EMEA.

Ben joined Splunk from Symantec where he led the UK Enterprise Security business, having previously restructured and grown Symantec’s UK Public Sector presence. Prior to that, Ben headed the Government & Public Sector Cyber Security strategy business for PwC – this included a six-month secondment to the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance within the Cabinet Office where he supported the delivery of the National Cyber Security Programme.

Ben began his career as an officer in the British Army.

Gordon Morrison       

Director for EMEA Government Affairs, Splunk 

Gordon spent the early part of his career as an engineer and scientist at the Atomic Weapons Establishment and in defence procurement. He then worked in technical and senior management roles in the UK tech industry, mainly on national security, cyber and defence programmes. Most recently, he was a Director at the UK trade association for technology, techUK, and spent two years with McAfee UK as Director of Government Relations.