Public Sector Data Summit 2023

Thursday, 19th January 2023
QEII Centre, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

Note: This is a live face-to-face event only

Event Information

Public Sector Data Summit 2023
Thursday 19th January 2023, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE  – 

Please note that this is a live face-to-face event (there is no option to attend virtually) 

The public sector manages colossal amounts of data and as result is becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of unlocking big data, the use of data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. A recent report stated that although all public sector organisations believe these four pillars are key to improving public services and efficiencies within their organisations, over 40% said they were not confident or lacked the knowledge, expertise or experience to fully harness these technologies to their optimum potential.

After the success of the inaugural Public Sector Data Summit in 2022 we will again be inviting delegates to the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster on 19/01/2023. This conference aims to break down the barriers to allow attendees to fully understand how implementing the newest technologies and learning from case study presentations can aid improvements, efficiencies and savings across local and central government, the NHS and the wider public sector.

Throughout the day there will be presentations from leading senior public sector officials and experts from private sector solution providers. Places for those directly employed in the public sector can attend at no charge and a buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Conference Agenda

Thursday 19th January 2023, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

Presentations will include:

Data Convergence – Shared Services for Government – An approach to Insight-driven decision-making from accurate data, for the whole of the Civil Service. Applying data definitions and standards, set and monitored by the Shared Services Design Authority. Achieving common data sets across all functional domains, such as HR, finance, property and procurement. Improving data-sharing within departments through integration, and between departments with interoperability.

Data for London – This presentation will detail the development of the new data platform for London in 2023 and how the city proposes to join up city data to benefit Londoners.

The role of data and analytics in supporting the NHS – This presentation will examine the strategic direction of the NHS in using data and analytics, how the joining up of NHS England and NHS Digital will support the strategy and make digital, data and analytics become a collaborative way of working.

NHS England will be creating the environments and infrastructure to support local innovation and collaboration. Ming will explore the following:
• how the Secure Data Environment will provide the environment for analytical collaboration and facilitate working with Research and Life Sciences.
• the role of the Federated Data Platform to support connecting up the NHS and operational collaboration and improvement initiatives

Accessing data & analytics solutions to drive efficiencies & improvements across the Public Sector – Crown Commercial Service has recently launched a new ‘first of its kind’ commercial agreement specifically for procuring data & analytics software and services. Join Dr Philip Orumwense CBE who will share his insights to the data direction set by Government, and explain how CCS’s new agreement will help Public Sector buyers deliver on that.

Accelerate decision-making and improve citizen experience with data governance – Access to and sharing of data are increasingly critical for fostering a data-driven public sector.

Data governance is key in solving challenges like poor data quality, delays in decision-making, and lack of alignment in strategic direction impacting all public sector organisations. However, traditional data governance initiatives fail by focusing too heavily on policies, compliance, and enforcement, which quickly lose interest and support. This leaves data management and governance leaders having to continually make the case for data governance to secure adoption.

Topics that you will hear addressed:
• Why many data governance initiatives fail to thrive
• Elements of an objective-first approach that increase the sustainability of your data initiatives
• How to build consensus to increase adoption and collaboration

Data: Unlocking value with velocity – Unlocking value, reducing risk and finding efficiencies are fundamental elements of all data challenges. This session will demonstrate how you can rapidly deliver value from your data and enable your organisation to move through discovery, alpha and beta to production at velocity.

NHS Covid-19 app: A National Biological Digital Twin – Are different types of digital twin necessary for different circumstances? Learnings from the team that designed and built the NHS COVID-19 app: a practical application of a digital twin to create behavioural feedback loops between citizen and policy in an environment with high uncertainty and complex behaviours.

One Data Model to Rule Them All – The emerging key challenge across Big Data is no longer the volume of data — but rather the velocity of data and how to rapidly extract insight, at scale. Across every bit of data ever created there is only one structure it must obey — space and time. So, unless the laws of physics are rewritten, space and time is the one rule that cannot be changed. For the first time in data processing, we can use this to our advantage, unlocking the benefits of big and hyper-scale data, artificial intelligence and machine learning through the creation of the Data Flow Index.

The public sector manages enormous amounts of data, where extracting insight effectively is key to improving public services and efficiencies on a national level. Previously, this was difficult to harness fully owing to a lack of innovation in the data processing software sector. Today, we have the first data infrastructure platform that enables machines and humans to capture, index, store and analyse the human world in its full fidelity. To do this, we had to create an entirely new form of data processing, unrelated to anything that has gone before – the Data Flow Index (DFI). Find out more in this session.

Unlock Data Connections to Drive Customer Experience – CDOs must become customer-centric to achieve business objectives. A mindset which should be embedded in every stage of the data journey, including governance. Join Quantexa and NHS they share how a robust governance framework acts as a springboard to improve data quality, visibility and drives customer experience insights.
During this session, you will learn how to:
• Employ entity resolution and data volume to smooth out data quality issues
• Increase data visibility to better connect data points and enhance customer experience
• Integrate AI into a data governance framework to expand digital business opportunities

Responsible AI for Modern Data Driven Organisations –Organisations across the public sector are currently on their journey to be data driven. They are adopting modern cloud and AI technologies to improve citizen experiences, protect public money, and maximise value for their stakeholders. As more organisations adopt the new technology, it’s increasingly important for them to adopt responsible AI principles and frameworks with a multi-disciplinary focus covering economics, moral philosophy, law, social science and technology. In this session, we’ll share how AWS thinks about AI holistically and how we enable responsible use of AI by design, not an afterthought.

The Value of In Context and Just in Time Labour Market Information – This talk will focus on the importance of providing labour market information to job seekers and employers at the exact point and time that they need it. The presentation will focus on examples from state public employment systems in the United States. We will share some research on the use of near real-time vacancy data to predict the economic future of large companies.

Measuring Data FAIRness: Lessons From the NHS, ONS and IPCC – We all have a right to understand the data that the public sector collects and manages on our behalf. Our data must be safely managed, but we also expect organizations to maximize the value of the incredibly rich data assets under their custody. FAIRness (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) is all about maximizing value but motivating teams to make data FAIRer isn’t always an easy task. MetadataWorks have been working with the Health Data Research UK, IPCC and the ONS and would like to share lessons learned to streamline data governance,  gamify metadata management, and maximize the value of data.

How shared data services can benefit the Public Sector – Indra Joshi will discuss how shared data services can benefit the public sector and share examples of :

  • Palantir’s work with the NHS on creating secure data environment with the covid-19 data store
  • How deploying technological innovation has been critical for NHS Trusts in treating cancer patients sooner and tackling backlog
  • How Palantir worked with Local and Central Government to support the resettling and safeguarding of over 100,000 refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.


Thursday 19th January 2023, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

Morning Plenary Speakers

Aravindhan Rajasekar, Head of Data and Principal Architect, Government Business Services, Cabinet Office

Aravindhan is an innovative digital & thought leader and a skilled architect with proven track record of successfully leading and delivering various digital programmes and projects for the last 16+ years, adapting established and best-practices architecture designs & patterns and innovative solutions using various enterprise architectural & management frameworks including TOGAF, BCS, Zachman, DAMA, MSP (Programme Management), ITIL v4 (Service Management), and through the application of versatile digital tools and technologies across industries and business domains.

As Head of Data and Principal Architect, he is leading the Data Convergence Workstream (Key pillar of Shared Services Strategy for Government) that delivers insight-driven decision-making from accurate data for the whole of the Civil Service by applying definitions and standards achieving common business glossary, improving data-sharing within departments through integration, and between departments with interoperability.

James Austin, Director of Data Strategy and Policy, NHS Digital

James has been Director of Data Strategy and Policy at NHS Digital since 6 September 2021. James’ remit covers setting and delivery of strategy with a focus on enhancing capabilities around collection, curation, analysis and dissemination of data. James also oversees complex data programmes including transformation of device registries, integration of the National Disease Registration Service into NHS Digital, and work with private healthcare providers.

He has a background in system leadership across the NHS and third sector. In the NHS he has previously worked in strategy, commissioning and regulation at national, regional and local levels. More recently working as a director within the third sector he has overseen improvement of health and care outcomes at Macmillan Cancer Support, and as an advocate for active travel at Sustrans.

James has a particular interest in turning great strategy and policy into change across organisational boundaries with tangible benefit for citizens.

Theo Blackwell MBE, Chief Digital Officer for London

Appointed in 2017 as London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo leads on London-wide digital transformation, data and smart city initiatives at City Hall. His role involves:

  • Strategic leadership on the digital transformation agenda for London’s public services, across the GLA group and the wider public sector.
  • Convening on behalf of the Mayor, across London local government to support the take-up of innovative, technology, and data-led approaches to service delivery and public engagement.
  • Developing and promoting partnership between the public, private and community sectors to enable and support the development of new public service-oriented technology and innovation.

Dr Philip Orumwense CBE, Commercial Director & Chief Procurement Officer, Crown Commercial Service

Philip joined Crown Commercial Service as Commercial Director and Chief Procurement Officer for Technology in February 2021.

He is a strategic and hands-on commercial/procurement leader, Philip has a proven track record of achievements across multiple categories (Business Process Outsourcing, Technology and Digital Systems and Solutions, Financial Systems, Logistics and Record Storage, Travel Management, Professional Services, Contact and Service Centres). He has had a robust Commercial career across the Public Sector, Finance, Automotive, Rail, Road and Construction Industries.

Philip has responsibility for Common Goods and Services across Technology and Digital Categories of spend and manages over £10bn across several categories including Cloud and Digital, Networks, Software Cyber and AI, Digital Futures, and Technology Products and Services across central government, public and third sector (charities and social enterprises) organisations across the UK.

Imam Hoque, CPO (Chief Product Officer), Quantexa

Imam has spent 30 years in IT, specialising in data driven AI solutions with a focus on decision intelligence and graph analytics. Formerly the CTO, Founder and Board Director for BAE Systems Detica NetReveal, he grew this international team to more than 500 specialists. Prior to Quantexa, Imam led the SAS’ EMEA/AP Financial Crime practice and was CTO at an Internet startup.

Since pioneering big data techniques, entity resolution and graph analytics in 2004, Imam and his team have saved billions in tax evasion and fraud across government and financial institutions. He was instrumental in setting up the Insurance Fraud Bureau’s across the globe, transforming tax evasion globally, fighting organised crime, corruption and money laundering. More recently he and his team have been helping organisations use data to increase B2B sales, better understand supply chains and improve the prediction of probability of default of businesses.

Conference Chair: Robert Walker, Programme Manager for Health & Social Care and Justice & Emergency Services, techUK

Robert joined techUK in October 2022.  He previously worked at the Pension Protection Fund, within the policy and public affairs team. Prior to this, he worked at the Scottish Parliament, advising politicians and industry stakeholders on a wide range of issues, including rural crime and health policies.

Robert has a degree in Politics and International Relations (MA Hons) from the University of Aberdeen, with a particular focus on strategic studies and energy security. Outside of work he enjoys activities such as running, rugby, boxing and cooking!

Work session speakers

Paul Charnley, Digital Lead, Healthy Wirral Partners

Paul is the Digital Lead for Healthy Wirral Partners which works across the health and care sectors in his local area. His role supports the development of a local integrated digital strategy that fits within the integrated care system strategy. He was very pleased to be voted CIO of the year for 2021 by and was awarded the Cyber Leaders award by NHS Digital’s Cyber Associate Network in 2022.

Dr Indra Joshi, Director, Health, Research & AI, Palantir Technologies

Dr Indra Joshi has a unique portfolio of experience spanning data/AI strategy and implementation, whilst remaining true to her professional training as an emergency medic. She is currently working across the global health and life sciences portfolio of Palantir Technologies to enable better use of data to impact health and care.

Dr. Joshi created the NHS AI Lab which led to the development and deployment of over 80 AI technologies into UK health and care, whilst determining the right ethical guidance and regulations to protect patients. As a former member of the World Health Organization Digital Health Technical Advisory Group, she was one of the of 20 globally renowned experts whose experience and knowledge are leveraged to support digital health programs and policy in the global healthcare ecosystem.

Alongside she is an associate editor for BMJ Leader, a Founding Member of One HealthTech – a volunteer network which exists to drive better equality, diversity and accessibility in health innovation; and most importantly a mum to two wonderful little munchkins.

Dan Klein, Head of Data and AI, Zuehlke

Dan leads Zuhlke’s Data and AI practice and will be sharing his experience working with the Department of Health and Social Care using the COVID-19 app, designed and built by Zuhlke, as a digital twin to support the UK’s COVID-19 response.

Dan provides strategic advice and consulting to enterprises planning data transformation programs. An engineer by training, Dan bridges the gap between the boardroom and teams working at the coalface. He couples his strategic thinking with his commitment to data and years of experience.

Adam Milward, CEO, MetadataWorks

Adam is the CEO and Co-Founder of MetadataWorks. He is ex-IBM Top Talent and lead the data architecture team for the groundbreaking 100,000 Genome Project. Adam has lead and delivered national data and standardization projects for NHS England, Health Data Research UK, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the UK Office for National Statistics. When he’s not making data FAIRer he spends his time surfing in the north sea

Dan Onions, Global Head of Data Management, Quantexa

Dan is a leader in technology led transformation with a career spanning 24 years. He has architected, designed and delivered enterprise data and integration solutions including analytics-driven decision intelligence applications across multiple industries including banking, insurance, telecoms and government.

David Peto, CEO, Excession Technologies

David is passionate about changing the way humans and machines can understand the world around them. Founding General System in 2016, of which Excession Technologies is a division, is David’s third startup. His first saw him pioneer new ways of working with huge quantities of high-data rate video. His second took these techniques to the cloud, creating a data infrastructure and workflow platform that managed petabytes of data on a global basis for the likes of Apple, Sony, and Hollywood. In 2016 he founded Excession / General System, whose mission is to unleash the power of machine data to change our world.

Deepak Shukla, Data and Analytics Lead for Public Sector, AWS

Deepak leads AWS data and analytics business for public sector in UK and Ireland. He has over 15 years of management consulting and advisory experience (to CIO, CTO, CDOs, CAOs) within cloud and digital transformation enabled by data and analytics. He owns the ‘AWS for Data’ strategy for Public sector in UKI and is passionate about enabling business value for his clients through adoption of cloud, digital technology, analytics use-cases, data products, modern AI/ML/data led architecture and platforms.

Neil Sowerby, Data Governance Lead, Precisely

Neil has 20 years of experience in Data management domain, focussing on Data Quality and Data Governance solutions.
He has worked in markets across Europe, South Africa, CIS and Central Asia, and with diverse verticals. He developed relationships and local understanding required to deliver effective customer support for data governance and data quality solutions that fit the specifics of their organisations. Neil joined the Data Governance team at Precisely, also working for Infogix before their acquisition.

Precisely(Infogix) was acknowledged in The Forrester Wave™: Data Governance Solutions, Q3 2021 as a ‘top choice for clients looking for a well-rounded data governance solution with solid data quality capabilities and data strategy consulting services’.

Steven Steer, Principle Data Consultant, Zuhlke

Steven has a wealth of experience from a diverse range of backgrounds, including government, energy, and academia. Before joining Zuhlke in 2021, he was the Head of Data at Ofgem for five years where he led the development of regulatory rules for how the energy industry uses data and created the government’s Modernizing Energy Data (MED) program, which established the enterprise architecture for the Great Britain’s digital energy system.

Prior to that, Steven has held roles as a Data Scientist in the energy sector, a physicist in the advanced manufacturing of medical devices, and worked in various research positions at University of Cambridge, University of Surrey and University of Manchester.

Paul Toomey, President, Geographic Solutions

Paul Toomey has over 30 years of experience in geographic information systems, programming, analysis, management for state and local governments in the U.S. and overseas. In 1992, Paul founded Geographic Solutions and has served as the company’s president since inception. Paul holds multiple patents for software inventions in the workforce development and labor market information fields.

David Vaughton, Solution Director for Analytics, Hitachi Solutions

David has over 15 years of experience in delivering capabilities that enable organisations to realise the potential within their Data. His experience is derived from the Commercial sector, Central and Local Government and Health care.

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Event Timetable

Thursday 19th January 2023, QEII Centre, London SW1P 3EE

08:30 – 09:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 – 11:05 Plenary Session

11:05 – 11:30 Refreshment & Networking Break

11:30 – 12:50 Work Sessions x 4 (20 minutes each)

12:50 – 13:50 Lunch Break in exhibition area

13:40 – 14:50 Work Sessions x 3 (20 mins each)

14:50 – 15:15 Refreshment & Networking Break

15:15 – 15:55 Work Sessions x 2 (20 mins each)

15:55 – 16:20 Panel debate, Q&A and Chairs’ closing remarks

16:20 Conference Close

Please note times, agenda and speakers are subject to change

Venue & Travel

QEII Centre, London

Broad Sanctuary Westminster London SW1P 3EE

The Venue

QEII Centre is the largest dedicated conference and exhibition space in central London. The venue offers world class facilities for high profile conferences, conventions, exhibitions and corporate events with capacity of up to 2,500 – hosting over 400 national and international events a year.

Situated in the shadow of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, the Centre is served by outstanding transport links providing easy access to everything London has to offer and is within an hour’s transfer from five international airports.

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