Cloud Solutions 2020

flexible and accessible cloud solutions for the public sector

Thursday 16th January 2020

One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA


Event Information

Many public sector organisations have deployed at least one cloud service but studies on the subject have typified adoption as being ‘more shallow than deep’. Why is this, when the UK Government announced in 2013 that ‘Cloud First’ would be the policy?

If you are currently on the journey to cloud, have already started the process, or simply want to know more then this must attend event will seek to highlight operational efficiencies, cost savings and the consequential diversion of those savings to bolster services across the public sector.

The Cloud Solutions conference will bring together delegates from across Local Government, NHS, Education and the wider public sector with expert speakers and service providers who have gained places on the new cloud solutions framework for a full day of learning and networking.

There is no charge* for places for public sector delegates and your place includes a hot buffet lunch and refreshments (the food at One Great George Street is fantastic!)  – places must be booked in advance.

This conference is free to attend for those directly employed in the public sector* – book your free place now

*Terms and Conditions apply

Conference Agenda

Registration 08.30 – 09.30

Plenary session commences 09.30

Chair: Lynne Magennis, Director, Innopsis

Mike Flintoft, Associate Director for Platforms and Infrastructure, NHS Digital

  • NHS Digital’s cloud journey –  covering NHS Digital’s move to the cloud and also the challenges and solutions they have in place to deal with legacy and co-location data centres.  How NHS Digital are helping other NHS organisations from experience and commercial arrangements.

Rob McNally, Head of City ICT Strategy and Solutions, Leeds City Digital Partnership, hosted by Leeds City Council

  • An overview of the Leeds ‘Community Cloud’ – a shared, citywide cloud solution, including collaboration software.  The Leeds ‘Community Cloud’ is currently in development so this presentation will be an overview of the learning so far and pitfalls to look out for.

Dr. Sandra Bell, Head of Resilience Consulting (Europe), Sungard Availability Services

  • Managing Risk within the Public Sector – exploring risks the public sector face in the context of their IT Transformation and migration to the Cloud.  Looking at the current UK risk register and uncovering some of the recent upward trends in specific threats.  Giving delegates a broader view of the external risks facing any migration of sensitive, critical data to the Cloud from beyond the IT department.

John Jackson, CEO, London Grid for Learning

  • It’s not On- premises still … is it?!  John’s presentation will set out on how the evolution of cloud is a game changer and how to make the best of that opportunity.

Following a 30 minute refreshment and networking break the day continues with a series of case study based presentations/seminars on subjects including but not limited to:

Challenges of migrating to Cloud within the NHS – Information security and integrity is paramount to the delivery of NHS and cross public sector services. With large amounts of sensitive data, infrastructure needs to be resilient enough to withstand anything the external environment throws at it, whilst being application and user friendly.

This session will look at how to deliver a low-risk and secure migration of your services into the cloud, starting by understanding where you are now in that process and the actions you need to take to migrate. The session will also investigate some of the challenges NHS trusts face when trying to manage infrastructure that can be a mix of legacy on-site and cloud based environments, along with the struggle of funding these projects.

Is the internet robust enough to take the strain? What about security? And most of all, why should we settle for just ‘ok’? – “For the vast majority of the work that the public sector does, the internet is ok.” This was the statement that GDS made following the introduction of the Government ‘Cloud First’ policy, which formally prioritised the use of cloud technology by the public sector. Since launch in 2013, there has been more than £5 billion in cloud purchases via  frameworks. Just like in the private sector, cloud has totally transformed the ICT landscape. This stance sparked something of a revolution in cloud usage by the public sector, complemented by a marked increase in understanding and awareness of cloud alternatives.

Making Cloud work for the NHS and the wider public sector – There are a variety of ways the public sector can start or further optimise their journey to the Cloud:

  • Looking at challenges that organisations regularly face with cloud adoption and digitisation.
  • Sharing examples from a number of Cloud journeys
  • Discussing points you should consider to achieve success

The Emerging Popularity of Hybrid Cloud – Discussing how hubrid cloud solutions are becoming common place, providing industry examples of how public sector ISV’s, OEM’s and providers are changing their offerings.

Lessons learnt: The challenges and benefits of public cloud adoption (a case study) – The journey to cloud is not a simple one. To be successful the need for change, not just in technology, but also in culture, needs to be acknowledged and closely managed.  Join this talk with the Met Office and Automation Logic to learn about the Met Office’s experience aligning business goals with a public cloud strategy.   Covering people, process and culture, this session is designed to deliver practical takeaways from an in-flight public sector cloud adoption journey. 

Can You Stop Talking About Technology!? – How cloud and digital technology can shift the conversation from technology to addressing the business challenge; Sharing NHS SBS’ experience in harnessing the power of cloud technology to drive new conversations with its customers, enhance the services it offers and deliver real value.

Reducing the cost of the cloud – GDS recently undertook a project with a government department who needed to cut their overall bill in half.  You’ll learn the techniques that worked best for them and how they tackled their biggest problem: getting developers to consider the cost of what they do.  you will also learn more about the updated GDS cloud guidance and how gamification of the process can raise engagement with the development community.

15:20-16:20 Drinks Reception & Networking

16:20 – Conference close

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

Plenary Speakers

Lynne Magennis

Lynne Magennis, Director, Innopsis

Lynne is a Director at Innopsis – the trade association for suppliers of Digital Infrastructure and Services to the UK Public Sector.

Currently, Lynne is Head of Bid Management and Frameworks at Daisy Group, one of the most successful IT and Telecoms Service providers in the UK. She has been instrumental in focusing Daisy on Public Sector and is passionate about enabling organisations to do business easily, economically and remaining fully compliant.

Lynne has a strong track record in obtaining strategic Framework places and winning significant public and private sector tenders.

As a former research scientist, Lynne still holds a patent in fire retardant products, bringing her analytical approach to her IT career.

Lynne lives in Buckinghamshire with her family, dog, 3 horses and allotment.

Dr Sandra Bell

Dr Sandra Bell, Head of Resilience Consulting (Europe), Sungard Availability Services

A risk and resilience professional with over 30 years’ experience of the design and management of strategic, business friendly security, continuity and risk solutions in public and private sectors. Experience ranges from: the management of security and the protection of data within the UK’s main business process outsourcer to the financial and government sectors; to the protection of the largest part of the UK’s critical national infrastructure.

Main achievements include:

  • Advisor to UK Government on the creation of the National Security Strategy and the National Information Assurance Strategy.
  • Chairman of the British Standards Institute’s committee on Societal Security Management looking after risk management, business continuity, asset management and PCI standards at both the national and international level. Tenure of this role included looking after the fundamentals of the international standard on business continuity ISO22301.
  • Developed, implemented and operated enterprise wide risk and compliance capabilities within a number of organisations allowing them to: manage compliance obligations; offer trustworthy, robust and cost effective solutions; and significantly reduce financial and reputation losses
  • Incident commander for a number large scale incidents including DDoS attacks and severe flooding incidents.
  • Delivered comprehensive security solutions at three Olympic Venues including Team USA’s High Performance Training Centre and the China Central Television’s UK operation. All three venues enjoyed a security incident free Olympics despite hosting Michelle Obama, the US Basketball team and visits by several Heads of State.
  • Identified the injury mechanism associated with explosive blast and patented a material system that now forms the basis of all modern bomb disposal equipment.
Mike Flintoft

Mike Flintoft, Associate Director for Platforms and Infrastructure, NHS Digital

With over 18 years’ experience in technology, of which 16 in healthcare, Mike managed teams, strategies and technologies to safeguard the integrity of health data domains while enhancing the performance of systems and people across the UK’s healthcare eco-system.

Mike is responsible for all of NHS Digital’s Technical platforms and Data Centres that are used to deliver NHS national services such as NHS Spine, E-Referrals Services and Data Services Platform. He has delivered a Secure by Design approach to all new services running over a multi cloud architecture. Michael also provides operational security for all of NHS Digital’s platforms including threat and vulnerability management, security assessments, audit and compliance (clinical and regulatory). Mike is a true health technology team leader and a very well-respected subject matter expert across all layers of the NHS organisation and in the industry.

John Jackson, CEO, London Grid for Learning

John Jackson is a multi award winning CEO of LGfL and former CIO of Camden Council.  John is passionate about digital transformation and has in his career been a member of the CIO 100, the top 25 UK IT leaders as well as leading Camden[s successful bid for Digital City of the Year in 2015 . In his current role LGfL is responsible for some of the worlds biggest technology deployments and is a member of the EdTech Top 50 and is the ERA Education Supplier (Not for Profit). John’s expertise includes digital strategy, cloud, cyber security and telecommunications. John has also been an adviser to government on IT solutions and procurement as well as being a member of the national EdTech Leadership Team.

Rob McNally, Head of ICT Strategy and Solutions, Leeds City Digital Partnership, hosted by Leeds City Council

Rob is the Head of City IT Strategy and Solutions for the city of Leeds. He has been in post since April 2018 and has a wide remit across the Local Authority and NHS organisations, covering anything related to digital integrated care.

The city of Leeds has created the ‘Community Cloud’ initiative to join up the Council and healthcare organisations onto a shared citywide platform, including collaboration software (Office 365).

Prior to his current role he was the Lead Officer for Digital and ICT at Calderdale Council and has previously managed the Digital City programme for City of York Council.

Session speakers

Tom March

Tom March, Lead Technology Advisor, Government Digital Service

Tom joined GDS in 2018.  He leads the ongoing GDS work on cloud strategy and runs the cross-Government Cloud Working Group.  Tom has worked closely with a number of departments including the Home Office, Cabinet Office, NHSC and HMRC providing architectural guidance and as part of the spend approvals process.

Before joining Government, Tom managed the private cloud pipeline for a multinational investment bank.  He is AWS certified and has published several Alexa skills.

Joe Sach

Joe Sach, Solution Architect, Met Office

Joe is a Solution Architect at the Met Office where he currently leads implementation of its Cloud Adoption programme.   The programme aims to help the organisation take advantage of cloud benefits in a safe and cost effective manner.

Joe has extensive experience delivering business critical software services across both the private and public sectors. Most recently including the re-architecture and migration to cloud of our National Severe Weather Warning Service.

Greesh Saib, Client Engagement Manager, Automation Logic

Greesh is a Client Engagement Manager at Automation Logic looking after a number of key clients spanning Government, Banking and Retails sectors.

Greesh has extensive experience in managing client engagement for the delivery of Cloud and Infrastructure Solutions and Services. Most recently supporting a new central government client in a major transformation programme designed to deliver enterprise infrastructure services using cloud technologies, automated ecosystem delivery and a DevOps and Agile ethos and methodology.

James Seaman, Chief Technologist, Softcat

A successful and well-respected enterprise architect and consultant. James has worked at all levels of IT for large blue-chip organisations and public sector bodies. A reputation for delivery and transformation has allowed him to lead some very complex programmes of work within the UK Public Sector –leading to successful delivery and measurable service benefits for patients and citizens.

A very effective communicator at all levels, he has successfully established himself as someone who can understand business objectives and strategies and translate that into technology systems and services design.

Through his roles with Softcat, Shaping Cloud, Channel 3 Consulting and The Greater Manchester Combined Authority, he has led teams to deliver market shifting transformation and collaboration programmes; e.g. creating and leading the first multi-agency technical strategy group across an entire county focussed on a consolidated public service IT model.

His experience in the UK public sector and the delivery of major transformation programmes, combined with his knowledge of Enterprise Architecture allows him to understand and translate functional business requirements into a meaningful and achievable strategy through to individual programmes, projects and technical delivery streams.

Richard Teale, Head of Architecture and Technology, NHS Shared Business Services

Currently Richard is shaping the transformation of NHS Shared Business Services’ IT systems as well as championing the development of new innovation and technology service offerings.

Richard is an evangelist for digital technology and has worked  in a variety of roles and organisations within the UK public sector for a period spanning the past 20 years. Prior to working in the public sector Richard spent over a decade working within the UK financial services industry, developing banking software and providing IT consulting services to corporate customers.

Richard has a passion for the NHS and looks to the opportunities afforded by cloud and digital technology as a means to transforming our public services.

David Wild

David Wild, Cloud Partner, Agilisys

Dave Williams, Cloud Specialist, Sungard AS

Justin Day, Innopsis member & Cloud Gateway CEO

Exhibitors and Supporters


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Thursday 16th January 2020, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA

08:30 – 09:30 Delegate registration

09:30 – 10:50 Keynote speakers and Q&A

10:50 – 11:20 Refreshments and networking

11:20 – 11:40 Session 1 – Challenges of moving to the cloud in the NHS

11:40 – 12:00 Session 2 – Is the internet robust enough to take the strain? What about security? And most of all, why should we settle for just ‘ok’?

12:00 – 12:20 Session 3 – Making Cloud work for the NHS and the wider public sector

12:20 – 12:40 Session 4 – The Emerging Popularity of Hybrid Cloud

12:40 – 13:30 Lunch and networking

13:30 – 13:50 Session 5 – Lesson learned: the challenges and benefits of public cloud adoption

13:50 – 14:10 Session 6 – Can You Stop Talking About Technology!?

14:10 – 14:40 Refreshments and networking

14:40 – 15:00 Session 7 – Reducing the cost of the cloud – a GDS case study

15:00 – 15:20 Q&A and Chairs closing remarks

15:20 – 16:20 – Drinks Reception and Networking

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

Delegate Rates and T‘s & C’s

Places at Cloud Solutions 2020 are FREE OF CHARGE for those directly employed by public sector bodies only – T’s & C’s apply as follows:

Free of charge delegates: Once your place is booked, you will be charged an administration/non-attendance fee of £50+vat only in the event that you do not attend: this fee will not apply if a colleague attends in your place. Delegate substitutions from the same organisation can be made up to and including the day of the conference. All cancellations must be made in writing (email will suffice to and acknowledged by Public Sector Connect. If you do not attend the event without cancelling in writing 28 days or more before the conference, you will be charged a £50.00+vat administration fee.

Places for those employed in the private sector will be charged at £795 +vat – payment must be made 7 days from receipt of invoice. Where a purchase order is required for payment, this must be received within 7 days of booking. The registration fee includes all conference documentation, buffet lunch and refreshments. (Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements). Accommodation and travel is not included. In the event of your cancellation after 7 days we will charge 50% of the order amount as cancellation fee up to 45 days prior to the event. Cancellations received less than 44 days prior to the event will be charged at 100%. Cancellations must be received via email to

The organisers (Public Sector Connect) reserve the right to alter the programme and cancel the event in case of insufficient bookings. In the latter case, all delegates will be advised immediately and any fees paid to us will be refunded in full. Please note that the organisers cannot be held responsible for costs paid to us associated to cancellation due to exceptional circumstances (e.g. weather conditions, act of god, terrorism). In the event of any speaker being unable to attend the conference for any reason, the organisers will endeavor to find a substitute of similar standing. The organisers accept no liability for injuries/losses of whatever nature incurred by delegates, nor for loss of or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings. Once your place is booked we will send you an email to confirm your place. Delegate substitutions from the same organisation can be made up to and including the day of the conference. By booking your place you agree to wear a name badge at the event and having your details (name, job title & organisation only) appear on the attendee list which will be distributed to and available to view by all attendees and exhibitors. By booking your place you agree to Public Sector Connect keeping you informed of updates prior to the event, contacting you for feedback post-event and sending invites to future events we believe to be relevant to your role, you may unsubscribe at any time.

Venue & Travel

One Great George Street

Westminster London SW1P 3AA

Tel: 020 7665 2323

Venue Information: Set in a magnificent Grade II listed, four-domed, Edwardian building the conference centre is very close to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park.

How to Reach Us

By London Underground
Both Westminster (Exit 6) on the District, Circle and Jubilee lines, and St James’s Park on the District and Circle lines, are just 5 minutes walk away. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

Walking Directions from Westminster Tube (exit 6)
When you arrive at the top of the stairs you will be on Whitehall. Turn around (as if you were to walk back down the stairs) you are now facing Parliament Square. Walk around to the right onto Great George Street until you come to two sets of traffic lights. Cross over both and continue walking straight down Great George Street for about 1 minute. One Great George Street is the last building on the corner of Great George Street and Storey’s Gate. The building is also the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Disabled Parking
The nearest Blue Badge disabled parking bay is located on Matthew Parker Street (drive down Storey’s Gate to the west of the venue and take the second right). Alternatively, a little further away, there are bays on Old Queen Street and Queen Anne’s Gate. These Blue Badge bays offer free parking for up to 4 hours between 08.30 and 18.30 Mon-Fri and unlimited parking at any other time. Please see Westminster Council‘s website for further information.

By River
A River Bus Service runs every 20 minutes during peak time from Embankment to Woolwich Arsenal; the nearest pier to us is the London Eye.

By Car
The nearest car parks provided by Q-Park are located in Abingdon Street and on the south side of Trafalgar Square. Limited meter parking is also available in and around adjacent streets.

By Bicycle
The nearest TFL bike hire docking station is 0.4miles away on Abby Orchard Street. Click on the Cycle for Hire website and type in our post code SW1P 3AA. If your bike folds our cloak room can hold approximately 5 bikes at one time.

By Rail
London’s mainline stations at Waterloo, Victoria and Charing Cross are minutes away by foot or by Underground. For further information visit the National Rail website.

By Bus
Numerous bus routes pass within a 1-2 minute walk of One Great George Street. Bus routes stopping near Parliament Square include: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211 and 453. For further information visit the Transport for London website.

GPS co-ordinates
Main entrance – 51 30.0822 N and 0 07.7500 W and Princes Mews – 51 30.0420 N and 0 07.7185 W

Congestion Charge
One Great George Street lies within the charging area. For more information, including charges, visit the Transport for London website.


There are many hotels near the venue to suit a range of budgets:

Contact Us

Delegate Enquiries (Including Bookings)
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0161 482 7853

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0161 482 7857

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