14th & 15th May 2019

Agenda


Event Agenda

08:00 - 08:30

Registration and Networking Reception

08:30 - 08:40

Andrew Grant, Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Grant
Chief Executive Officer
Aylesbury Vale District Council

Chair’s Opening Remarks

08:40 - 09:00

Jayne Glasgow, Chief Digital and Information Officer
Jayne Glasgow
Chief Digital and Information Officer
Leicestershire County Council
Joanna Morrison, Head of Communications and Digital
Joanna Morrison
Head of Communications and Digital
Leicestershire County Council
OPENING KEYNOTE

Risky Business: driving agile improvements and managing risk

Leicestershire County Council has a strong reputation and has been named the most productive council for the second year running. It’s digital ambitions are building on these strong foundations.

Over the past year the council has launched a technology innovation programme - to increase the pace of change and create a more agile function. The approach is driving short, sharp pilots with ideas welcomed from all areas of the business and the outside world. The programme enables the team to manage risk and expectations as well as deliver results.

As part of this, they’re exploring how the council and its residents can benefit from tech such as RPA, chatbots, Internet of Things and big data.

In this session you can learn more about ‘3i’ – the Investing in Innovation programme and how it’s helping to lead the way for the council’s IT and digital ambition.

09:00 - 09:20

Sheila Oxtoby, Chief Executive
Sheila Oxtoby
Chief Executive
Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Collaborating to Succeed

This session will explore how collaboration is essential to delivering outcomes and will draw on practical examples of the benefits and challenges of different approaches to collaboration and partnerships working. I will draw on theory and research and relate these to practical examples.

09:20 - 09:40

Solution Provider Case Study

09:40 - 10:00

Rupert Clubb, Director of Communities, Economy and Transport
Rupert Clubb
Director of Communities, Economy and Transport
East Sussex County Council

Shaping the Future of Mobility

Transport for the South East is an emerging sub national transport body stretching from Kent to Hampshire and extending north up into the M4 corridor.

The South East is crucial to the UK economy and is the nation’s major international gateway for people and businesses. We will grow the South East’s economy by facilitating the development of a high quality, integrated transport system that makes our region more productive and competitive, improves the quality of life for all and protects the environment, whilst ensuring value for money.

Perhaps the biggest challenge we face is the shape of future mobility. We are on the cusp of a revolution for transport. Not only are people travelling in different ways but their expectation of their travelling experience is growing. An increasing reliance on technology coupled with an imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality provides a springboard for connected and autonomous vehicle development, alternative fuels and space for pay as you go mobility. We have embarked on our own journey to understand how to plan for the flexibility in our transport strategy development.

10:05 - 10:25

Solution Provider Case Study - Stream 1/2/3/4

10:25 - 10:40

Coffee and Networking Break

Coffee and Networking Break

10:40 - 11:00

Solution Provider Case Study

11:00 - 11:20

Arthur Charvonia, Chief Executive
Arthur Charvonia
Chief Executive
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils

When Two Become One: The Power Of Collaboration

Babergh and Mid Suffolk are two award winning district councils with one workforce, covering the heart of rural Suffolk. Babergh and Mid Suffolk have spent the last eight years working together. As part of this, the councils have integrated their staff, won awards for innovative approaches to customer access and become the first authorities in the country to make their developer contribution system entirely transparent and publicly accessible. They’re also making themselves more financially sustainable with a significant investment programme. Based in Endeavour House in Ipswich, they share the building with Suffolk County Council and other public sector organisations to save money and work in partnership. Babergh and Mid Suffolk employ a wide range of professional staff, encouraging agile and flexible working to get the best from their employees while giving them a work life balance that works for them.

11:25 - 11:45

Solution Provider Case Study - Stream 1/2/3/4

11:50 - 12:10

Jason Longhurst, Director of Regeneration and Business
Jason Longhurst
Director of Regeneration and Business
Central Bedfordshire Council

Sustainable Growth or Just Housing Numbers Game - Challenge for Local Government

Setting the context of the challenge to deliver sustainable growth vs the push to chase housing numbers - how sustainable development must be at the core of this agenda for Local Government.

12:10 - 12:30

Solution Provider Case Study

12:40 - 13:35

Group 1 - P2P Connect Speed Networking

Group 1 - P2P Connect Speed Networking

12:40 - 13:35

Jonathan Tew, Assistant Chief Executive
Jonathan Tew
Assistant Chief Executive
Birmingham City Council
Shokat Lal, Assistant Chief Executive
Shokat Lal
Assistant Chief Executive
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Group 2 - Group Discussion Council Improvement at the Sharp End - Reflections and Lessons for the Sector

As more and more Councils find themselves in jeopardy, this session looks to open up a debate on existential issues facing Local Government.

What are the key characteristics that Government look for in terms of stability and sustainability for individual Councils?

What are the tips and hard-earned lessons around surviving national intervention in the current climate?

Since joining Birmingham City Council as Assistant Chief Executive in January 2018, Jonathan has taken responsibility for the Council’s improvement agenda – supporting leading councillors in their engagement with Government and the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel at a very sensitive time for the Council and sector as a whole.

He has also played a significant part in re-energising the full range of strategic partnerships in Birmingham, whilst providing strategic support for crucial pieces of policy development across community cohesion, localisation, counter-terrorism and clean air.

Using Birmingham as a case-study, this session goes to the heart of Council improvement and balancing the pressures of our time.

Group 2 - Group Discussion Council Improvement at the Sharp End - Reflections and Lessons for the Sector

13:35 - 14:30

Networking Lunch

Networking Lunch

14:35 - 15:30

Group 2 - P2P Connect Speed Networking

Group 2 - P2P Connect Speed Networking

14:35 - 15:30

Jonathan Tew, Assistant Chief Executive
Jonathan Tew
Assistant Chief Executive
Birmingham City Council
Shokat Lal, Assistant Chief Executive
Shokat Lal
Assistant Chief Executive
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Group 1 - Group Discussion Council Improvement at the Sharp End - Reflections and Lessons for the Sector

As more and more Councils find themselves in jeopardy, this session looks to open up a debate on existential issues facing Local Government.

What are the key characteristics that Government look for in terms of stability and sustainability for individual Councils?

What are the tips and hard-earned lessons around surviving national intervention in the current climate?

Since joining Birmingham City Council as Assistant Chief Executive in January 2018, Jonathan has taken responsibility for the Council’s improvement agenda – supporting leading councillors in their engagement with Government and the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel at a very sensitive time for the Council and sector as a whole.

He has also played a significant part in re-energising the full range of strategic partnerships in Birmingham, whilst providing strategic support for crucial pieces of policy development across community cohesion, localisation, counter-terrorism and clean air.

Using Birmingham as a case-study, this session goes to the heart of Council improvement and balancing the pressures of our time.

Group 1 - Group Discussion Council Improvement at the Sharp End - Reflections and Lessons for the Sector

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee and Networking Break

Coffee and Networking Break

15:45 - 16:45

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

16:45 - 17:05

Andrew Grant, Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Grant
Chief Executive Officer
Aylesbury Vale District Council
CLOSING KEYNOTE

The Future of AI is Human Shaped

I hear a lot about the fear of AI and the robots taking control. My experience is that AI is a friend, a complement to helping we humans - our people- do what they do best, empathising, listening and caring.

The term AI, could be referred to as Augmented Intelligence as in it’s augmented or enhanced our human intelligence. Machines are really good at reading and analysing lots of data quickly and we as humans are really good at sharing that information with people.

Working with our partners we at AVDC have pioneered the use of machine learning working with in our customer fulfilment team, providing powerful assistance to customers in their time, their place and at their convenience. Rapid retrieval of previous answers to questions with high levels of confidence give our agents the ability to fulfill customers on the spot, take many enquiries simultaneously, and releases time to give extra help to those who need it.

17:05 - 17:25

Solution Provide - Stream 1/2/3/4

17:30 - 18:30

Business Meetings

Business Meetings

18:30 - 19:00

Tom Barker, Assistant Director – Planning & Communities
Tom Barker
Assistant Director – Planning & Communities
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils

Winedown Workshop - Workshop 1 Transform The Way Information Is Held and Made Available

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have been working with a software provider and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as part of a pilot exercise to help develop an innovative new database which will transform the way that information is held and made available for developer contributions paid for by legal agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Share you views with the workshop hosts on this new and exciting development.

Winedown Workshop - Workshop 1 Transform The Way Information Is Held and Made Available

18:30 - 19:00

Glyn Peach, Director of Digital Services and Corporate Programmes
Glyn Peach
Director of Digital Services and Corporate Programmes
Swindon Borough Council

Winedown Workshop - Workshop 2 From IT Strategies to Digital Strategies

Are we past that point now? Are we talking about business strategies in a digital world?

Join Glyn in this workshop to discuss digital strategies and share your thoughts on how local authorities have matured from an IT Strategy to a Digital Strategy, and then moved to a business strategy in a digital world.

Winedown Workshop - Workshop 2 From IT Strategies to Digital Strategies

18:30 - 19:00

Jon Haswell, Director of Finance
Jon Haswell
Director of Finance
Pembrokeshire County Council

Winedown Workshop - Workshop 3 Sustainable Communities and Housing Development

As austerity continues, the need for sustainable communities has never been greater.

What is the role of Councils in developing communities and community resilience and can housing development and/or improvements assist in making communities more sustainable?

Share your thoughts with Jon in this workshop.

Winedown Workshop - Workshop 3 Sustainable Communities and Housing Development

18:30 - 19:00

Joanne Miklo, Head of Digital Efficiencies
Joanne Miklo
Head of Digital Efficiencies
Leeds City Council

Winedown Workshop - Workshop 4 Who’s Driving Digital in Your Organisation?

  • Do your leaders and decision makers have the right level of leadership skills for today’s digital age?
  • What are the barriers to embracing digital in the delivery of front line services?
  • Is digital seen by the business as an enabler or a blocker?
Winedown Workshop - Workshop 4 Who’s Driving Digital in Your Organisation?

18:30 - 19:00

Tracy Daszkiewicz, Director Public Health & Protection - Corporate Services & Digital
Tracy Daszkiewicz
Director Public Health & Protection - Corporate Services & Digital
Wiltshire Council

Winedown Workshop - Workshop 5 How is Your Council Dealing with Public Health?

Local Authorities are handling Public Health in Local Government differently in terms of how they position their teams and how they utilise and identify the skills of each member. Tracy wants to hear how your organisation is dealing with their public health team and will also share her story on how the council have dealt with the recent Salisbury Novichok poisoning.

Winedown Workshop - Workshop 5 How is Your Council Dealing with Public Health?

19:00 - 19:15

Coffee and Networking Break and Day 1 Close

Coffee and Networking Break and Day 1 Close

20:15 - 20:30

Drinks Reception

Drinks Reception

20:30 - 22:30

Networking Dinner

Networking Dinner