'Local CIO council presents' workshops

The Local Public Services CIO Council provides vision, thought leadership and strategic direction for ICT and digital policy for local public services. It works with GDS, Government departments and the devolved administrations to provide a local perspective on national policy and strategy, and to align the plans for delivery of national programmes with local needs.

An independent group supported by Socitm and chaired by Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital Officer, City of Leeds, the LPSCIOC includes representatives from all geographic areas of the UK along with different types of local authority and other public and third sector bodies including education, police, health, and the voluntary sector.

 On the afternoon of 28 June, following their regular quarterly meeting (invitation only) the Local CIO Council will be holding two events open to all delegates at the Connected Local Government Live event, a debate on cyber security and a workshop on smart places:


The cyber security debate

1330 - 1500

This House believes that given the cuts to public services and in particular local government, councils have to focus their resources on delivering frontline services and outcomes rather than invest in better cyber security and IT.

Speaking for the motion: Siobhan Coughlan, Programme Manager, Local Government Association. Supporting speaker Jos Creese, digital advisor CCL and Socitm Associate Director.

Speaking against the motion: Geoff Connell, Head of IMT, Norfolk County Council and President, Socitm. Supporting speaker Mark Brett, Programme Director NLAWARP and Cyber Advisor to LCIOC

In the chair: Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Leeds and Chair, LCIOC

Taking notes: Paul Cotton secretary LCIOC

The debate is sponsored by Verizon Enterprise Solutions.


Workshop: “Going Places”: Smart Places and Location Intelligence

1500 - 1700

This workshop will explore the nature of ‘smart places’ – what, where and how they can improve quality of living for their people and communities. Panel members will introduce their perspectives as a precursor to discussions designed to delve deeper into key questions about capacity and capabilities. We will also introduce the Socitm Insight Smart Places and Location Intelligence resources.

Participants will join members of the Local CIO Council and expect to take away a clear understanding of the importance of data, information and technology in delivering the outcomes that matter to people and communities in any given place.  

The workshop will shape Socitm and the Local CIO Council’s position on the capacity and capabilities needed to deliver a smart places approach across the diverse geographies that make up the UK.      

Session Facilitator: Martin Ferguson - Director of Policy & Research, Socitm 


Jos Creese Socitm Associate and Past President, also Past President of the BCS. Jos has recently authored a series of guides on smart places for Socitm. He will describe key messages from these guides, which cover travel & mobility; economy & business; environment and energy; education, skills and jobs; people andcommunities; and democratic renewal.

Steve Johnson - Regional Director, Northern Europe, Ruckus. Around the world, cities are getting smarter. Steve will provide insights on trends shaping smart cities and provide real-life experiences, from the UK and beyond, where cities are unlocking their potential and delivering outstanding customer experiences.

Panel session:

Noelle Godfrey – Programme Director Connecting Cambridgeshire andHead of Digital Infrastructure, Cambridgeshire County Council

James Harris – Policy and Networks Manager, Royal Town Planning Institute

David Hodcroft - Principal (Strategic Planning), Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Raj Mack - Head of Digital Birmingham

Dylan Roberts – Chief Digital Officer, Leeds City Council

Dr Larissa Suzuki - Senior Project Manager at Greater London Authority

The workshop is sponsored by Ruckus

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