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Fireside chat: How the UK can become a world-leading civil service in the use of data in government


  • Simon Case
    Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service
  • Alison Pritchard
    Deputy National Statistician and Director General Data Capability, Office for National Statistics

Keynote address


  • Megan Lee Devlin
    Chief Executive, Central Digital and Data Office (Cabinet Office)

Making data sharing in the public sector happen

Sharing data is one of the key ways that public services can be revolutionised and personalised in the years ahead. Creating systems, policies and cultures where government data can be shared across organizational boundaries can unlock better integration across areas like healthcare, welfare and benefits and education. This session will provide insight from the civil servants who have led data integration in the public sector on the incentives, culture and security and risk management that is needed for better sharing – and the pitfalls to avoid.


  • Alison Pritchard
    Deputy National Statistician and Director General Data Capability, Office for National Statistics
  • Dominic Lague
    Deputy Director, Government Strategic Management Office, Cabinet Office
  • Bill Roberts
    Senior Partner, Government Data, TPXimpact
  • Sue Bateman
    Interim Chief Data Officer, Central Digital and Data Office, Cabinet Office

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Fireside chat: Data for procurement: making government a smart customer

Around one-third of the money that government spends is on procured goods and services – but contracting creates a challenge for government to be able to get the data that it needs to evaluate how well the contract performs.

This session will look at what data governments need to monitor the delivery of contracted goods and services, and the skills that procurement officials need to embed data analysis and evaluation in contracting in order to make them smarter customers.


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Getting the right data to drive value from government spending

UK government departments spend more than £1 trillion in total every year – so even small percentage savings could provide large cash savings for public services.

This session will look at how government can evaluate the efficiency of spending, looking at what information is required to measure impact and how public sector organisations can work together to identify – and then spread – what works.


  • Catherine Hutchinson
    Head, Evaluation Task Force, Cabinet Office and HM Treasury
  • Fiona James
    Chief Digital Officer and Director Data Growth Office, National Statistics
  • Tuula Lybeck
    Project Director, Development and Digitization Project of Discretionary Governmental Grants, Ministry of Finance, Finland
  • Richard Price
    Director General, Performance, Strategy and Analysis, Ministry of Justice
  • Sian Thomas
    Chief Data Officer, Department for Business and Trade 

Big but not scary: How to use big data to shape government policy and delivery

Government departments and agencies collect large amounts of structured and unstructured data from both anonymised and aggregated sources.

Locked in that data are insights into the current and future performance of government that can be used to inform the development of public policies and evaluate the delivery of services.

However, it can be difficult for government organisations to exploit the power of their data repositories

This breakout session with knowledge partner AWS provides guidance to data-focused UK public servants on how they can use organisational data to spot and understand trends, and deliver better policy outcomes.

Subject matter experts will discuss why it’s important for government to collaborate and share data sets, and reveal best practice on how to collect, store, analyse and extract value from large data collections to drive better policies, improve delivery and ensure services are prepared for future demand.


  • Dr Ravinder Singh
    Modernising Technology Programme Manager, Central Digital and Data Office
  • Deepak Shukla
    Head, Data and Analytics Capabilities, Amazon Web Services
  • Ed Towers
    Head of Advanced Analytics and Data Science, Financial Conduct Authority
  • Aydin Sheibani
    Chief Data Officer, HM Revenue & Customs
  • Shruti Kohli
    Head, Data Science (Innovation), Innovation lab, Department for Work and Pensions

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Keynote address


Rate and review: how data can create citizen-centric services

Public sector organisations collect large amounts of data about public service performance from citizens, but Global Government Forum research indicates that there is a decline in the use of this data to improve public services.

This session will look at how government departments and agencies can harness citizen insight, including how they can develop processes that integrate citizen and end-user feedback to boost trust in government.

Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A


Unlocking Cloud transformation and data estate modernisation: there’s a plug and playbook solution for that

The challenges the public sector faces are well documented, but because every stakeholder is different, there’s been passive acceptance of the outdated logic that independent silo solutions are the quickest option. This needs to change as in a time of increasing complexity and shrinking budgets, the only viable solution is improved efficiency. As Giles Hartwright, Interim UK Government CTO succinctly puts it: “We need to take a ‘product approach’; buy once, use many times.” Digital transformation and cloud-based solutions promote this efficiency but only if standardised across departments and deployed to provide optimisation not just consumption.

The road to unlocking cloud technology benefits can be daunting but this is where CCS suppliers Aitemology®Liberatii and Tessell’s exciting new Cloud specialist partner solution can help. Their solution delivers control, flexibility, cost efficiency, value for money and operational effectiveness, allowing financial, human capital, and physical resources to be redeployed where required. Their aim is to standardise, simplify and streamline delivery across the public sector while supporting the unique nuances of each individual department.

This is your chance to see Aitemology®’s Cloud plug and playbook methodology up close, to hear from Liberatii on how cloud transformation can set organisations free from legacy database suppliers, and from Tessell on how to modernise, manage and secure your database infrastructure as you transform application platforms on cloud.

Join this session to find out:

  • The key milestones for every government transformation and how your organisation can make sure it passes every stage gate.
  • How to manage an end-to-end cloud migration in the public sector and the benefits of embracing the change.
  • How modern database services can help public sector organisations better understand their users and lead to better services.


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Unlocking insight from data to support decision making

Data needs to be used to inform the development of new policy ideas and initiatives. But civil servants often lack the knowledge, or the access and software, that allows them to unlock insight from the information that their department holds. This session will provide practical insight on how to use data in policymaking to meet cabinet secretary Simon Case’s ambition to get analysts from across government collaborating on shared problems.


  • Kamal Bal
    Director, Digital, Ministry of Justice
  • Sean Heshmat
    Head of Data and AI, Global Growth Markets, Cognizant
  • Alex Longden
    Head, Data Strategy and Standards, Ordnance Survey
  • Emma Gordon
    Director, ADR, United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council
  • Albert King
    Chief Data Officer, Digital & Security, NHS National Services Scotland

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