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Digital transformation in the public sector - working with private sector partners, utilising data to inform decision making, and priorities for the Central Digital and Data Office

Morning, Monday, 7th March 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the way forward for digital transformation in the public sector, priorities for procurement and relationships with partners outside government, and the launch of the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO).

It will be an opportunity to consider priorities for the CDDO in its capacity as the new strategic centre for digital, data, and technology across Government, and what is needed to improve digital literacy to ensure accessibility for service users and citizens.

Delegates will also consider further measures to optimise local and central government IT performance and improve the use of data to inform policy and improve services.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Joanna Davinson, Executive Director, Central Digital & Data Office; and Yvonne Gallagher, Digital Director, NAO.

Sessions in the agenda include:

  • launching the Central Digital and Data Office
  • the view from key stakeholders - improving procurement, relationships between government and private sector partners, and building sustainability into service design
  • achieving value for money from digital services in the public sector
  • case studies in public sector innovation:
    • the use of data in health and service improvement
    • digital service delivery in housing and meeting increased demand
  • collaboration and data sharing across public sector teams - mitigating security risks, harnessing data to support improved policy, and developing skills to provide improved service delivery
  • policy priorities for supporting the shift to a digital public sector


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Cabinet Office; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the Department for Transport; the DSTL; the Home Office; The Scottish Government; the UK Health Security Agency; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Computacenter UK; Dwr Cymru Welsh Water; Fitzpatrick Advisory; National Audit Office; and Novartis.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from digital platforms and online businesses, consumer technology companies, software and app developers, representatives of data-reliant industries including utilities, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, logistics and finance, companies involved in the development of new technologies such as AI, cyber security and data protection companies, the technology and telecoms industries, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, regulators, academics, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Yvonne Gallagher

Digital Director, NAO

Keynote Speakers

Yvonne Gallagher

Digital Director, NAO

Joanna Davinson

Executive Director, Central Digital and Data Office


Lord Clement-Jones

Liberal Democrats Lords Spokesperson for Digital


Cllr Peter Fleming

Leader of the Council, Sevenoaks District Council; and Chair, Improvement & Innovation Board, LGA

Barbara Ubaldi

Digital Government and Open Data Lead, OECD

Dr Sam De Silva

Partner, CMS

Daniel Wilson

Director, Innovation and Trade, Policy Team, BT

Professor Juergen Branke

Director of Data Science for Social Good (DSSGx UK), Warwick Business School

Lisa Allen

Head of Consultancy for Data Programmes, Open Data Institute

Dr Rishi Das-Gupta

Chief Executive Officer, Health Innovation Network South London

Senior speaker confirmed from Cisco