Local Government Digital Content Standard Summit Speakers

Monday 19 September 2016, City Hall, London

Matthew CainMatthew Cain - Head of Digital, Buckinghamshire County Council

With a 15 year career in consulting and advisory services for senior leaders working in high profile and sensitive environments. Matthew's work experience spans private, public and third sectors - with particular expertise of advising central government departments on digital transformation.

Buckinghamshire County Council were among the first to adopt the Standard, working with ‘digital champions’ - leaders across the organisation, responsible for co-ordinating the service.

Kit Collingwood-RichardsonKit Collingwood-Richardson - Head of Product Delivery for the Universal Credit Programme, Department for Work and Pensions

Kit is part of the leadership team for the largest reform programme in government. The Universal Credit digital service is currently serving over 60,000 citizens in its alpha phase, rolling out to over 9m users in the coming years.

The digital team of 220 is delivering an iterative service at unprecedented scale and pace which will move people into work more quickly, taking the pain out of claiming benefits and supporting people to be independent. Kit is passionate about almost everything, but particularly openness, diversity, empathy and never taking anything too seriously. 

Kit Collingwood-RichardsonOlivia Neal - Head of Standards Assurance and Technology Policy, Government Digital Service

Olivia has embedded central government's Digital Service Standard in the work of digital delivery teams across government. She has overseen the assurance of hundreds of the largest public facing digital services against the Standard, helping teams across government meet user needs, and transform the way they work.

Her team have worked with government departments to save over £300m annually, through assuring that digital and technology spend meets the Technology Code of Practice

Natalie Taylor - Senior Manager: Digital Transformation, Greater London Authority

Natalie played a pivotal role in successful digital transformation of UK government. She began her career in digital eleven years ago with the conception and delivery of nhs.uk (National Health Service). Afterwards, she led the digital transformation of three central government services at the Government Digital Service.

Most recently she led the delivery of the new london.gov.uk site for the Mayor of London. Natalie is now focused on digital transformation at City Hall and also jointly leads the London peer group for implementation of the digital by default service standard for local government.

Paul Ward - Head of ICT Strategy, Systems & Development, Coventry City Council

Paul has lead responsibility for the technology strategy of the Coventry City Council as well as the operational and development services for the systems, integration and data platforms used within the authority. The council is going through a period of large scale change culminating in the move to a purpose built central building during 2017.

Paul is involved in many technology based projects to ensure that the organisation can adopt new ways of working and increase efficiency ahead of the move. 


You can read more about the Local Government Digital Service Standard Summit here.