October 19th 2020 |

Live Agenda



Day 1 - Leadership 

Tuesday 20th October 

Summit Chair: Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology.net

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome to Public Sector: Smart Working 2020

Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology.net

10:15 - 11:00

Panel Discussion - How the Public Sector Can Get Smart Working Right
  • The session looks at the past moves to flexible, remote working by the public sector, and what is left to be changed
  • What are the latest technologies that need to feature as part of a smart working strategy?
  • How can smarter working enable greater productivity?
  • What is technologies role in ensuring smarter decisions are made?
Jennifer Dyer, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Ofgem

Brian Stanislas, Product Manager, Cabinet Office & Co-Chair, Cross-Government Flexible Working Network

Peter Cunningham, Lead Solutions Architect, Cabinet Office 

Gemma Walford, Head of Customer Success, Azeus Convene

13:00 – 13:20 

Presentation - Always Adding Value: Staff Networks & Flexibility
  • What is smart about exclusion?
  • Hear a diversity and inclusion specialist speak on how diverse, inclusive workforces contribute to flexible, productive staff networks
Violet Bradley, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Home Office 

13:20 - 14:00

Panel Workshop – Smart Working, The Experience of Covid-19 and Beyond
  • The Changing Work Company has continued working with public sector clients to support them implementing Smart Working change.
  • Hear from those who have successfully implemented and supported new people and locations strategies during the Covid crisis.
  • ChangeMakers – what can your department or organisation learn?
  • As elements of face-to-face working return, what needs to be done going forward - and what is the future role of the ChangeMakers? 
Bridget Workman, Founder & Director, The Changing Work Company
Laura Carruthers, Senior Officer, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
Kevin Hobson, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
Jill Pritchard, Occupational Therapist & Business Change Consultant

Day 2 - Innovation 

Wednesday 21st October

Summit Chair: Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology.net

11:00 - 11:15 

Presentation - Improving Work in the UK 
As we see the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on unemployment, get an up to date analysis on the labour market 
Beyond traditional ideas of job security, what should this mean in 2020? 
What is this new direction in tackling job insecurity? 
The practicalities of moving to meaningful and long-term workforce strategies
Ben Harrison, Director, The Work Foundation

11:15 - 12:00 

Panel Session – Sponsored by Six Degrees – Smarter Workspace, Not Workplace 
  • What’s changed in 2020? 
  • What does the move from Workplace to Workspace look like? 
  • Find out how technology is enabling the smarter workspace
  • Get to grips with the key features of a mobile workspace 
  • Top tips for using Microsoft Teams and Windows Virtual Desktop to increase productivity whilst driving engagement and fostering inclusivity.
  • Taking the next step on your agile journey

Tom Cotton, Agile Workspace Technical Director, Six Degrees

Jeremy Underdown, Head of Facilities Management, Portsmouth City Council 

George Wood, Cloud Solutions Architect, Microsoft 

14:00 - 14:15

Presentation - Attitudes to flexible working in the public sector
  • Hear the latest research on how the public sector views flexible working from the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority
  • In 2018, of all people who worked in the public sector, 42% said that they worked flexibly through alternative working patterns
  • Hear an updated analysis form the ONS on working flexibly in the public sector, setting out the reasons behind part time working
  • What can the research tell us about employee wellbeing, personal and team productivity
Freyja Bibby, Senior Statistical Officer, Public Sector Analysis and Projects, Office for National Statistics

14:15 - 15:00 

Panel Discussion - Smart Tech for Good 
  • How is technology changing the way organisations optimise efficiency and productivity?
  • Beyond productivity, what is tech’s role? 
  • Hear how an organisation is supporting and making improvements for organisations and their people instead of adding more demands to the workforce. 
  • Outside of major tech centres, how can smarter tech ensure local communities don’t get left behind?

Paul Reid, Founder & CEO, Trickle

Alison McBride, Strategic People & Change Manager, West Dunbartonshire Council

Mark Gannon, Director of Business Change and Information Solutions, Sheffield City Council

Day 3 - Implementation

Thursday 22nd October 

Summit Chair: Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology.net

11:00 - 11:40 

Panel Workshop - Reimagining Government's Workspaces
  • Join representatives from the Government Property Agency to discuss their work during Covid-19
  • Learn how to create safe workspaces
  • How can organisations think differently about what the future of work might look like? 
  • What are long-term, smart working solutions for the public sector? 
Jenny Baynes, Head of Business Change, Cabinet Office

11:45 - 12:15 

Keynote Address - Where Does Smart Working Go After 2020?
  • Smarter working is going to be ever more prevalent in the coming years, particularly as more become used to remote work during the current circumstances. 
  • With government workspaces being reimagined for the future, effective recruitment has never been more important to the Civil Service in filling these spaces - in office or remote.
  • Hear the Head of the Government Recruitment Service outline the move to more streamlined online systems.
  • What can the public sector learn from a leading example of strategy & culture change within government?
  • What is the role of data here? How can government best harness these opportunities?
  • What are the leadership qualities required in this new frontier?
Jack Richardson, Deputy Director, Government Recruitment Service

Close of Summit 

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice