Thursday 18th January , QEII Centre, Lomdon SW1P 3EE

Plenary speakers

Conference Chair Phil Gibson, Avoca Associates, previously Chair of Innopsis

Phil Gibson heads up Avoca Associates, a consultancy that works with smaller companies looking to secure more government business in the UK. For the last 5 years he has chaired Innopsis, the industry association for companies that deliver networking solutions to the public sector.  Innopsis was created from the Public Services Network Governing body, (the PSNGB), and Phil has been involved with PSN since its inception, chairing the work-stream that developed the operating model and the challenging governance processes that were needed to make it work.
Prior to Avoca he headed up the Public Sector Business Development team at Virgin Media Business. Before Virgin he was Head of Strategic Business at Cable and Wireless and Head of Local Government at Energis, where he created ‘Government Connect’ as a response to the need for better information sharing in the wake of the Victoria Climbié tragedy. Phil has also held senior positions at NextiraOne, Alcatel and BT where he began his career in engineering.

Phil has managed to fit in two ‘Grand Design’ projects in the last 10 years and is stepping away from Innopsis in 2018 to embark on his third. He is also a serial classic car restorer and is happiest behind a welding mask!

Dermot Ryan, Director of the HSCN Programme, NHS Digital

Since November 2015 Dermot has been the Director of the Health & Social Care Network (HSCN) at NHS Digital.  Prior to his role on HSCN, Dermot has held a number of national project leadership roles in the health and social care sector including as the Director of Provider Support for the London and the South regions where he was responsible for the closure of the LSP contracts and for the delivery of care systems across the region through the South Local Clinical Systems programmes.
Graham Hall, Migration Lead, NHS Digital

Graham is the Migration Lead on HSCN working alongside Patrick Clark. He is also a Director at DMW Group Ltd, an expert IT consultancy specialising in infrastructure transformation. He has over 20 years’ experience managing global infrastructure programmes in both the private and public sector with specialist knowledge on network transitions. Graham has held senior IT Transition and Network Manager roles in Nokia, Microsoft and HCL Technologies Ltd.

Graham lives in Hertfordshire with his family and enjoys football and cycling.

John Matthews, HSCN Commercial Lead, NHS Digital

John works in the NHS Digital Commercial Function, leading on HSCN Access Procurements.

John has worked on a number of national NHS IT programmes since joining the NHS in 2004.  This has involved commercial management of significant national contracts and an ability to work with key strategic suppliers in a fast-paced and complex environment to deliver systems and services to NHS Trusts.

Tim Scott, Group Head of Commercial, AdEPT Telecom

Tim is Group Head of Commercial at AdEPT Telecom, where he is responsible for public sector business, compliance and the Group’s strategic supply chain.
With more than 20 years sector experience, he has held senior commercial positions in BT, Virgin Media Business and Convergence Group in both a private and public sector market context.

Tim is also Trustee of a charity-registered Residential Nursing Home.

Whilst used to competing in various sporting events, in April he will be taking on his first full marathon and has been fortunate enough to be selected by Demelza, a Kent based Children’s Hospice, to run the Virgin Money London Marathon as part of #TeamDemelza.

Ieuan Trigger, Category Director Network Services, Crown Commercial Service

Ieuan is the Category Director for Network Services in the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), covering procurement and supply of Network Services for Government from WAN and Telephony to Unified Communications. He is also the CCS Technology Lead for the Ministry of Defence and Department of Health, including NHS Digital, as well as Strategic Suppliers to Government: Vodafone, Virgin Media and BT.

Ieuan has a background of over 20 years’ experience in Telecommunications with BT. He has led sales and delivery for UK System Integrators, turning round and running Managed Service businesses and setting up and procuring BT’s key technology supplier contracts for global multinational customers. He is a graduate of Kings College London and a Freeman of the City of London.

Work session speakers

Richard Atkinson, Solution Director, Capita Public Sector Partnerships
Richard is an experienced public-sector transformation and business improvement specialist. He works with NHS and government clients to design and implement new and innovative operating models to deliver step changes in performance, efficiency and customer outcomes. Key areas of experience include Case Management, ICT, HR, Finance, Procurement, Property & Development, Revenues & Benefits and Customer Services. Richard combines his finance background with a strong knowledge of innovative technology to develop exciting propositions with compelling but pragmatic business cases.

Mike Badham, Health & Care Solutions Architect, Cisco

Henry Batten, UK&I Enhanced Technology, Fortinet
Henry has worked in the IT industry for nearly two decades. During this time, he has worked at many levels within the industry, including small UK based service providers to large US manufacturers. This has given him experience of many different project considerations and requirements. Currently working in the UK&I Enhanced Technologies team for Fortinet. Dealing with many of Fortinet’s customers, large and small, and assisting them in understanding their business challenges and how best Fortinet can assist.

Abby Cable, Solution Director, Capita, Public Sector Partnerships
Originally a strategy consultant at Credo, Abby’s last two roles have been as Strategy Director of UK healthcare groups. First at BMI hospitals, where she led major outsourcing tenders, change management programmes and insurer negotiations and most recently at Nuffield Health, working on new propositions in digital health and primary care as well as advising on a new PAS/EPR system and organisational transformation.

Garry Drinkwater, Head of Business Development, AdEPT Telecom
Garry has over 25 year’s business experience working in IT, telecommunications and professional services within the UK and EMEA.

Garry has a strong record of delivering ICT transformation across both public and private sector enterprises to client satisfaction, budgets and timescales. Garry is the AdEPT HSCN development manager for Midlands and the North.

He is passionate about how IT and communications technologies, when deployed alongside adopted best practices across healthcare, can improve health outcomes, boost efficiency and give patients more of a say in how and when they are treated. He believes HSCN could be the spur for driving multi-agency collaboration, paving the way for organisations to deliver a more joined-up experience.

Jason Hall, Director of Health, BT

Adam Hill, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco

Nathan Marke, Chief Digital Officer, Daisy Group

Paul Mathews, Head of Business Development, AdEPT Telecom
Paul has over 15 years’ experience working at a senior level within IT infrastructure, data services, telecommunication, unified communication and SaaS. Paul has worked on both sides of the fence as a Network Engineer and as a facilitator of WAN and Infrastructure solutions.
Organisations Paul has worked with include the Department of Health, HMRC, the National Archives, ING Bank, BAA, and Mizuho. Paul is very proactive and experienced in managing clients' expectations, implementing large-scale roll-outs and providing ongoing support. He grew up in Australia where, prior to his career in data and communications, he served in the Armed Forces and went on to play rugby.

Jack Richards, Public Sector Senior Solutions Architect, Exponential-e
Jack Richards is Public Sector Solutions Architect for Exponential-e’s Public Sector team. His role is focused on guiding customers to maximise benefits and realise successful outcomes through the design and deployment of cloud, network and unified communications technologies and solutions.
He brings over 20 years’ experience in driving Government technology initiatives at organisations including Cable and Wireless/Vodafone and 2e2. Jack led key transformations including 3 North London and South coast NHS outsources and disaggregation and integration of Acute and Mental Health Trusts.
Jack began his career at California based SCO Unix and was a contributing author of Matthew Marshes ‘Linux Networking Unleashed’ book.

Kieron Salt, Health CIO, BT

Andrew Saunders, Product Manager, telent

Gareth Ricketts, Healthcare Lead, Updata Infrastructure
Gareth has operated in the Public Sector for over 20 years, both as a supplier through MCI WorldCom, BT Global Services and Updata, and as a client whilst at Ordnance Survey. He has been involved in delivering a wide range of managed services, specialising in communications and security. As a member of both the PSN Governing Body, and Innopsis, Gareth has been actively involved in the evolution of the Health & Social Care Network, now being delivered by Updata.

Joanna Watts, Head of Technical Solutions and Innovation, Virgin Media Business
A long standing senior member of the Virgin Media Business team, Jo joined the organisation in 1998 undertaking a number of technology leadership roles, most recently incorporating the management of Emerging Technologies, Solutions Architecture and Technical enablement.  Jo believes we should look to our customers for inspiration and partnership just as much as they look to us.  She is passionate about getting under the skin of what they need to do to gain a ‘digital edge’ in their sector and in the case of our public sector customers, transform the service and care they provide to citizens. Jo’s mission is to use innovation to help customers overcome the barriers to transforming their organisations, creating a more cost-effective and efficient operational environment to free up resources and cash to be invested in innovation. Jo lives in Surrey with her husband and her two sons. When not standing on the side-lines watching the boys play football you will find her out training for the Surrey half marathon.

Ian Wilcox, Director, Health Sector, MLL Telecom
Ian has worked as a supplier of systems and services to Local and Central Government for over 25 years and as a customer working for Hampshire County Council for 13 years.

Ian is leading MLL Telecom’s engagement with the Health community which has included an active role in the NHS Supplier Enagagment Programme to develop the standards for HSCN (Health and Social Care Network – replacement for N3).

Previously Ian worked for 2 years in the Cabinet Office PSN Programme Team representing Local Government issues on a day to day basis in developing the PSN model and presenting the PSN proposition at Local Government events and workshops.

At Hampshire County Council Ian was responsible for the creation of the Hampshire Public Services Network (HPSN), putting in place the partnership governance arrangements, recruiting members to the partnership and procuring a contract that was fit for purpose.  The HPSN2 was the first local government network to be PSN compliant.

During his time in industry Ian managed the delivery and support of systems and services to Central and Local Government and the armed forces including high assurance networks and multi-level secure systems.

Please note speakers, times and agenda may be subject to change