Diversity in Local government

Socitm Women in IT Meeting

Wednesday 28th June 12.00-2.30pm


1200  Welcome and introductions: Nadira Hussain, Head of ICT, LB Enfield, Immediate Past President of Socitm, WIT Chair

1210  Keynote: A Digital Council – our journey so far: Alison Hughes, Assistant Director for ICT Partnership, Bolton & Wigan Council

1230  Digitally empowered women:

  • The alphabet for empowerment - a guide for women leading digital: Ruby Dixon, Strategic Transformation Consultant
  • A case study from RBKC and WCC - Taking digital collaboration to another level: Amma Amosah, Digital Production Manager (Collaboration)
    Katherine Richmond, Digital Producer (Collaboration Analyst)

1255  Refreshment/networking break

1310  The FutureGov perspective: designing public services for the digital age: Emma McGowan, Project Director (Social Care Portfolio), FutureGov

1330  Headlines from the Socitm policy briefing:

  • Martin Ferguson, Socitm Director of Policy & Research
  • Ruby Dixon, Transformation Consultant, lead WiT Board Member for this research

1.45  Feedback followed by wrap up and next steps: Nadira Hussain, Head of ICT, LB Enfield, WIT Chair


The WiT workshop will be followed by


Does Local Government Work for Women?

Workshop organised by Lauren Lucas, Head of Projects at LGIU (Local Government information Unit) 

Women currently make up about a third of all elected councillors, a figure which has barely changed at all over the last two decades. Only 17 per cent of council Leaders are women. Why are they so under-represented? The Women in Local Government Commission was set up as a year-long programme of research to find out.

In this workshop, the LGiU and Fawcett Society (representative tbc) will share what the Commission has discovered so far and debate how we can challenge some of the factors that hold women back in elected office. This will be a practical session, focused on debating solutions to this representative challenge.

Further information will be published shortly.


Speaker details (WiT session):

Nadira Hussain is Head of ICT at the London Borough of Enfield where she is leading diverse teams to deliver business priorities through digital transformation and business change. As President of SOCITM (15/16), a key focus was delivery of the ‘Empowering Women in the Digital World’ leadership programme and improving the visibility of women more widely across the sector.

Alison Hughes is Assistant Director for the ICT Strategic Partnership for Wigan and Bolton Council and Inspiring Health Lifestyles, leading on the development and delivery of the ICT Strategy for all partners and working closely with a range of public and private sector partners, to help transform the future delivery of services using ICT.

Ruby Dixon has 25 years’ experience of managing services and governance, and leading change in large, complex organisations, political environments and commercial markets. A past recipient of the Guardian's Women in Management national award, and DCLG Team Transformation Award, she is working with Socitm on qualitative research into Women Leading Digital.

Emma McGowan is a Project Director at FutureGov, the digital design company for public services. Emma has spent over ten years delivering change within the public and social sector including digital transformation projects across social care, social housing and prison reform.

Amma Amosah manages the digital collaboration team for the shared ICT service for Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster councils. Last year, she was a key player in the successful implementation of the first ever shared services intranet using the O365 platform for Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Westminster council.

Katherine Richmond works as part of the digital team in the shared ICT service for Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster councils. She helps manage Kensington’s on-premise SharePoint 2010 platform, the SharePoint Online version within the Office 365 package and other apps within the Office 365 package. She is also the manages Yammer, the social enterprise network that has been set up to share information across RBKC, WCC and H&F.

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