Public Sector Future Connectivity 2024

Wednesday 6th March – Aspire, Leeds LS1 2JP

Following the success of the NHS Future Connectivity roadshows we hosted last year we are delighted to announce the next Public Sector Future Connectivity conference.

This conference is for senior public sector professionals involved in IT, technology, connectivity and networks and will examine current and future programmes, funding and procurement, emerging and future technologies, through the opening plenary session and then a series of focused, case study based sessions.

The event will feature speakers from NHS England’s future connectivity team, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Building Digital UK and techUK, while delegates will also have the opportunity to engage with Crown Commercial Service’s networks team to learn how the new Networks Services 3 Framework can help in delivering savings to the public sector purse.

Delegates will be able to take part in Q&As, network with their public sector peers in the refreshment and lunch breaks and meet expert public and private solution providers in the busy exhibition. Delegates directly employed in the public sector can attend at no charge and a buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday 6th March 2024, Aspire, Leeds LS1 2JP

0930 – 1045 Plenary Session

Conference Chair: Sophie James, Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK

Oliver Phillips, Engagement Lead, Building Digital UK (Executive Agency of Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

Dan Parry, Head of Future Connectivity Programme, NHS England

Patrick Cahill, Network Solutions Director, Crown Commercial Service

More speakers here soon…

Q&A The plenary ends with the plenary speakers taking questions from the audience

1045 – 1115 Refreshments and networking

The day continues with a series of case-study based presentations on subjects such as:

Public sector connectivity funding – what’s available?

Project Gigabit – what next?

NHS Future Connectivity Programme – an update and plans/procurement

Cloud First – future networks for the public sector

Rural broadband connectivity

How the new Network Services 3 framework will deliver savings to the public purse

Full 5G by 2030?

6G – future strategy

The big BT switch off – what does it mean for public services?

Satellite and site to cloud connectivity

Is your network ready for the future?

Wireless infrastructure strategy

Future networks for government

Space communications – what next?

Please note the agenda will be updated regularly, speakers, subject matter and timings may be subject to change.  Following the conference there will be a drinks reception – kindly sponsored by Freshwave

Plenary Speakers

Wednesday 6th March, Aspire, Leeds LS1 2JP

Conference Chair: Sophie James

Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy


Sophie James is Head of Telecoms at techUK, and represents the most innovative and impactful companies in the UK’s communications ecosystem, spearheading valuable policy work in telecoms security, adoption of advanced connectivity, and wider market development.

techUK is the trade association which brings together people, companies and organisations to realise the positive outcomes of what digital technology can achieve. We create a network for innovation and collaboration across business, government and stakeholders to provide a better future for people, society, the economy and the planet.

Sophie also oversees the Spectrum Policy Forum, the UK’s proactive industry-led sounding board on future policy and approaches on spectrum. The Forum is a cross-industry agent for promoting the role of spectrum in society and the maximisation of its economic and social value to the UK.

Oliver Phillips

Engagement Lead

Building Digital UK (DSIT)

Oliver is External Engagement Lead within the Communications and Engagement team for Building Digital UK (BDUK). He is responsible for working with a range of stakeholders to ensure there is understanding and support for the Government’s ambitions for digital connectivity through Project Gigabit. Before joining BDUK Oliver held several positions at the British Council working with the UK education sector on international programmes.

Dan Parry

Head of Future Connectivity Programme

NHS England

Dan has amassed over 14 years’ experience and has a passion for delivering digital services and transformation across the public sector. Moving from local government in 2017 to the health and care sector, Dan joined NHS Digital and led on the delivery of the migration of over 14,000 circuits from legacy N3 to the Health and Social Care Network. Today, Dan is the Programme Director for the NHS’s Future Connectivity Programme, ensuring the NHS has access to gigabit capable connectivity to support and enable its continued digital transformation.

Patrick Cahill

Network Solutions Director

Crown Commercial Service

Patrick is the Deputy Director for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Network Services Category that incorporates networks, mobile voice and data services and Space enabled technologies.

Before joining CCS he was the Deputy Director for the Cabinet Office’s Strategic Partnering Programme with responsibility for the development and performance of five of the Government’s top forty Strategic Suppliers.

Patrick was also the Cabinet Office Commercial lead for the UK Space Sector, working with Government Departments, Strategic Suppliers, Space Clusters and Trade Organisations to develop the Sector.

He was involved in the development of the National Space Strategy in 2021 and with CCS in the construction of a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) that gives the Public Sector better access to products and solutions enabled from outer space to improve key public services such as healthcare, the environment, transportation and infrastructure.

He joined the Cabinet Office in May 2014 after a 20-year career in senior management roles with IT companies Sun Microsystems and Dell Computers where he managed commercial operations in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia/Pacific regions and completed international assignments in the USA, Netherlands and Singapore.

Patrick holds a BEng. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde.

Jon Parkes

Programme Lead, Future Connectivity

NHS England

Jon has spent most of his working life in telecoms, working across small, medium and large organisations in both the public and private sectors. He began his career in marketing, then moving to product management, before finding his niche in digital transformation programmes.

Since joining NHS Digital in mid-2020, Jon has run a project to look at connectivity challenges across social care, managed the vaccination programme connectivity with NHS England and now working as a programme manager within the Future Connectivity Programme. The fundamental aim of the programme is to define how the NHS and social care should utilise connectivity to help support digital transformation.

Session Speakers

Wednesday 6th March, Aspire, Leeds LS1 2JP

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Event Timetable

Wednesday 6th March, Aspire, Leeds LS1 2JP

0830 – 0930 Registration, refreshments and networking

09301045 Plenary and Q&A

Senior professionals from BDUK (DSIT), NHS England, Crown Commercial Service

1045 – 1115 Refreshments and networking

1115 – 1225 Presentations – details coming soon

1225 – 1315 Lunch and networking

1315 – 1425 Presentations – details coming soon

1425 – 1455 Refreshments and networking

1455 – 1605 Presentations – details coming soon

1605 – 1705  Drinks reception – kindly sponsored by Freshwave

1605 Conference closes

Please note agenda will be updated regularly, speakers, subject matter and timings may be subject to change

Venue, Travel & Hotels


2 Infirmary Street, Leeds LS1 2JP

Venue Information

Built in 1894 in an imposing and opulent styled building, rich with historic interest in the heart of Leeds City Centre, Aspire is Leeds’ premier private event space.

Today it benefits from a multi-million pound restoration with many contemporary features mixing the old with the new and is located close to the main rail station.

Venue Tel: 01132 368 368



How to Reach Aspire, Leeds

2 Infirmary Street

How to find us
Directions by car
There are a limited number of parking spaces available for visitors at Aspire. Car parking at Aspire can be pre-booked by calling our office reception on: 01132 368 368, at a rate of just £3 per hour, obtain a permit from reception to display in your car. Vans are charged at £6 per hour.

From the South
M621, M1 and M62 motorways follow the signs to Leeds city centre and the train station, go along Neville Street towards City Square, pass under the railway bridge, keep in the right hand lane go through the traffic lights pass City Square on your right, enter onto Quebec Street, turn right through the black iron gates leading into Croft Court.

From the North
Take any main A road into Leeds and then follow signs for the train station which leads you round the city centre loop road. Go along Neville Street towards City Square, pass under the railway bridge, keep in the right hand lane go through the traffic lights pass City Square on your right, enter onto Quebec Street, turn right through the black iron gates leading into Croft Court.

Directions by Foot
From Leeds City Station – 0.4 miles Aspire is located just a short walk from Leeds City Station:- Exit Leeds train Station through the left hand exit, cross the road from Wellington Street into City Square straight ahead, Walk past the Restaurant Bar and Grill and the Banyan on your left, turn left onto Infirmary Street, Aspire is approximately 100 yards on your left look for the Aspire banner flags hanging down the building with steps leading up to the glass entrance to the venue, alternatively the office reception is located in the courtyard opposite the Toronto Square building.

Directions by Air
Leeds Bradford Airport is just 8.8 miles from Aspire 20 minutes by car , an express coach service also runs regularly between the hours of 8am and 6pm to connect Leeds station and the Airport, Manchester Airport is 57.6 Miles which is a 1 hour journey by car.

Directions by Bus
Any of the following buses stop on Infirmary Street which is right outside the Aspire main entrance : 35, 45, 71,1, 95, 96, x98, 99, 444, 74, 85, 770.

Situated in the heart of the city centre and close to Leeds main rail station there are many hotels near the venue to suit a range of budgets:

Contact Us

Delegate Enquiries (Including Bookings)

Georgia Richardson – Conference Manager
– 0161 482 7853

Exhibition & Sponsorship Enquiries

Gary Pollard – Head of Events
– 0161 482 7856

Conference Logistics & Presentation & Print Enquiries

Charis Rosen – Conference Manager
– 0161 482 7855


– 0161 482 7853


Public Sector Connect Ltd
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(please note this is the organisers business address – NOT the venue for the event)