Public Sector Data & AI Summit 2024

Tuesday 27th February 2024

One Great George Street (Institute of Civil Engineers), Westminster, SW1P 3AA

*note this is a live face-to face event only – there is no option to attend virtually*

Event Information

Tuesday 27th February 2024, One Great George Street, Westminster, SW1P 3AA

A plenary session will start the day.  This session will feature senior, high profile experts from cross-public sector and will set the scene for the day exploring some of the key issues that will affect the public sector and public services over the next decade and beyond.

The Public Sector Data and AI Summit offers delegates the opportunity to network with peers from different areas of public sector and learn from the experts in case study based presentation sessions.

Delegate places are free of charge for all employed within the UK public sector*.  Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and must be booked in advance.  Don’t miss out on your place

*Terms & Conditions apply as detailed on booking

Conference Agenda

Tuesday 27th February 2024, One Great George Street, Westminster, SW1P 3AA

10:00 – 11:30 Morning Plenary session:

  • Chair’s welcome addressHeather Cover-Kus, Tech UK
  • How Westminster City Council is leveraging Generative AI to become more user-centric – How Westminster City Council is digitising operations and leveraging innovative Generative AI technology to drive efficiencies, reduce friction for its residents, and reduce costs. – Matt Frank, Ancoris
  • Navigating ethics in public sector projects – Good consideration of ethical issues is key to the success of many data and AI projects in the public sector. This session will give an overview of a range of approaches to doing this well, drawing on a range of work from the Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation (CDEI), including our Algorithmic Transparency Recording Standard. – Dr Mark Durkee, DCEI
  • Building a Data-Driven NHS: Empowering Collaboration and Improving Services with the NHS Federated Data Platform – Ming Tang, NHS England
  • Building data capability and harnessing the power of data to improve citizens lives – a case study from Camden Council – Beata Lisowska, LB Camden
  • Data, Analytics & AI – enabling Public Sector delivery – Philip Orumwense CBE, Crown Commercial Service
  • Audience Q&A with plenary speakers

11:30 – 11:55 – Refreshments & networking

11:55 – 13:15 Worksessions:

  • S1 – Q&A Deep Dive: How Westminster City Council is leveraging Generative AI to become more user-centric – Join us for a follow up discussion about Westminster’s AI innovation journey. Led by Matt Frank, we’ll discuss how Westminster City Council got started with AI, how it overcame obstacles, gained internal buy-in, and launched a product to production in a number of months. – Matt Frank, Ancoris and Sarah Williams, Westminster CC
  • S2 – Creating Sustainable Artificial Intelligence for Long Term Value – It’s crucial, when building AI systems, that we architect them with the future in mind. If we don’t, we’ll create inefficient, brittle systems that are not fit for the long-term, and take a heavy toll on our planet. Come along and find out about the techniques needed to put proper discipline in place for efficient model construction while protecting them against what the future might bring. This also ensures best business value, as well as a continuity and assurance of services, that are environmentally friendly and offer a winning edge. – Matt Armstrong-Barnes, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • S3 – Adopting sustainable and responsible AI: what to consider? – The past year has seen an explosion in AI (artificial intelligence) tools and LLM (Large Language Models) solutions across the data landscape in the public sector and beyond. AI has the potential to transform operations across departments by opening up capacity and delivering new insights, but it also carries risks. This session will focus on the considerations of implementing AI tools responsibly. Discover practical examples along the way to help you effectively use these tools in your organisation. – James Poulten, Made Tech

13:15 – 14:05 – Lunch & networking

14:05 – 14:20 Keynote:

  • AI, is regulation an opportunity? – Artificial Intelligence isn’t just the latest technology to dominate the news it doesn’t just affect the technology industry it affects our society. Many countries around the world are focused on legislating and/or regulating the use of AI. Fresh from a collaboration with the UK’s Information Commissioner in the regulatory sandbox Dr Jacqui Taylor will explain the challenges and opportunities of AI regulation. – Dr Jacqui Taylor, FlyingBinary

14:20 – 15:10 Worksessions:

  • S5 – Unleashing the Power of Large Language Models (LLMs) – Learn how Snowflake enables new and exciting use cases across the Public Sector, powered by advancements in Generative AI. This session will demonstrate how Cortex makes the process both secure and easy to use for all users, no matter the skill level. – Tom Christian, Snowflake
  • S6 – Implementing a Single View of Citizen at Cornwall Council – Owen Hodge, Headforwards

15:10 – 15:35 – Refreshments & networking

15:35-16:00 Sessions:

  • S7 – Exploring opportunities and barriers in the move to ‘data driven’ society – Data driven tools are emerging across all domains, largely held under the banner of AI. This includes developments at the interface between academic research and policy implementation. Data science, as a much broader discipline, also requires us to consider the supporting ecosystem of infrastructure and principles that underpin data access and sustainability. The UKs Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Digital Solutions programme is funding a new national facility to connect environmental data with users in the public and private sector, covering health and climate use cases. Taking the unusual approach of asking what end-users may need, in this talk we present outcomes from workshops held across the UK. We find remaining challenges centre around access and sustainable delivery and discuss the cultural dependencies on the research community. Links to emerging tools designed to predict personal exposure are given, opening a discussion around potential opportunities for more agile local policy implementation. – Professor Dave Topping, The University of Manchester
  • Chair’s closing remarks

16:10 – Conference Close

*Speakers, timings and subject matters may be subject to change


Tuesday 27th February 2024, One Great George Street, Westminster, SW1P 3AA

Matt Armstrong-Barnes

Chief Technology Officer

Hewlett Packard Enterprises

Matt is Chief Technology Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise with a passion for Artificial Intelligence & Data Science. As a strategic leader he works to drive innovative technical solutions across industries and technology trends. He has a diverse background with 10 years at HPE and 25+ years in the industry. His history includes numerous senior leadership positions, winning, architecting, and delivering sizable, complex transformation programmes.

He has a Degree in Computer Science, a Masters in AI, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional and Chair of Smart Cities at techUK.

Tom Christian

Principal Sales Engineer


Conference Chair: Heather Cover-Kus

Head of Central Government


Heather Cover-Kus is Head of Central Government Programme at techUK, working to represent the supplier community of tech products and services to Central Government. She encourages effective market engagement between suppliers and buyers and is a big advocate for appropriate and meaningful social value in public procurement.
Prior to joining techUK in April 2022, Heather worked in the Economic Policy and Small States Section at the Commonwealth Secretariat. She led the organisation’s FinTech programme and worked to create an enabling environment for developing countries to take advantage of the socio-economic benefits of FinTech.
Before moving to the UK, Heather worked at the Office of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas and the Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Heather holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP, a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from LSE, and a BA in Economics and Sociology from Macalester College.

Dr Mark Durkee

Head of Data and Technology

Responsible Technology Adoption Unit (part of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

Mark Durkee is Head of Data & Technology at the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI). He leads a portfolio of work including the CDEI’s work on the Algorithmic Transparency Recording Standard, privacy enhancing technologies, and a broader programme of work focused on promoting responsible access to data. He previously led CDEI’s independent review into bias in algorithmic decision-making. He has spent over a decade working in a variety of technology strategy, architecture and cyber security roles within the UK government, and previously worked as a software engineer and completed a PhD in Theoretical Physics.

Matt Frank

Chief AI and Innovation Officer


Matt is an expert in building, managing, and running cloud platforms for Enterprise organisations. Formerly at the Bank of England and Sky where he was responsible for the organisations data platforms, and at KPMG where he managed a team of Cloud and DevOps Engineers, Matt has robust experience helping organisations adopt, manage and secure cloud technology to drive innovation and efficiency.

Owen Hodge

Senior Product Manager


Owen has worked with Cornwall Council for the last four years, primarily in a Product Management function.

During this time he has worked in partnership with the Council ensuring a truly collaborative culture between Headforwards and the Local Authority.

The engagement between Headforwards and Cornwall Council started with agile consultancy, and has evolved into a full digital transformation programme, from resident and councillor portals through to replacing the legacy case management solution used in the contact centre, helping create a single view of the citizen.

Beata Lisowska

Chief Data Officer

London Borough of Camden

Beata has been leading the transformation of the data estate and building data capability at the London Borough of Camden since August 2022.

She is responsible for setting and implementing Camden’s new Data Strategy which aims for Camden to be the pioneering leader in the use of data that measurably improves citizens’ lives. She also leads the DDaT data professions and works to support frontline services with building data capability and the use of new methods and technology. She is passionate about building trust through transparency and the ethical use of data.

Prior to joining Camden, Beata held senior roles at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) including leading the Data Products team. She has been actively involved in setting cross-government standards, data sharing initiatives as well as contributing to the National Data Strategy on behalf of ONS.

Before joining ONS, Beata was leading the research in interoperability of data standards and classifications in the sector of international development.

She holds MSc in Bioinformatics from Imperial College London and a PhD in Mathematical Modelling of Microbial Systems.

Dr Philip Orumwense CBE

Commercial Director and Chief Procurement Officer Technology

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.

Dr James Poulten

Lead Data Scientist

Made Tech

James has a PhD in Experimental Quantum Matter Physics. Currently a Lead Data Scientist at Made Tech, James has worked with a range of big-name public sector organisations including Number 10 Data Science, the Cabinet Office and Border Force. He’s also lent his expertise to the Department for Culture Media and Spots (DCMS), the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Community (DLUHC), Skills for Care and the Met Office.

Ming Tang

Chief Data and Analytics Officer

NHS England

Ming has over 20 years’ experience in managing and delivering large scale change involving implementation of new operating models in complex and challenging environments.

She joined the NHS in October 2009, initially leading commissioning support services in the West Midlands as the Managing Director for Healthcare Commissioning Services and then as the Managing Director for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit.

Ming is currently the Chief Data and Analytics Officer for NHS England and is responsible for strategic development of data and analytics capability across NHS.

In 2021 Ming was named the most influential person in data and analytics in DataIQ’s top 100 (the first and only fully-curated power list of the most influential data and analytics practitioners) and was awarded Data and Analytics Leader of the Year for transforming the way data and analytics is perceived across the health and care service.

The team Ming leads provides NHS England with the resources to support system transformation, strategic information assets, digital tools and analysis to underpin policy development and predictive capabilities to enhance decision making and improve health and care services.

Prior to joining the NHS, Ming was a Partner with Accenture specialising in Strategy and Supply Chain work. She has worked in Europe, North America, and South East Asia where she was the Managing Partner for the Supply Chain Practice for 3 years.

Her experience spans global clients in Consumer Goods, Retail, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing and Utility sectors. Ming holds a first-class degree in Pharmacy and an MBA from Warwick University.

Dr Jacqui Taylor

Strategic Advisor to the UK Government

and CEO, FlyingBinary

Dr Jacqui Taylor is internationally recognised as the world’s first Smart City Tsar. A passionate web scientist who oversees the delivery of the inclusion vision which determines the deep technology FlyingBinary builds. A mixed media artist who indulges her creative talents to explore a new approach to living graciously.

Professor Dave Topping

Co-Director of Digital Solutions Hub

The University of Manchester

Dave is a Professor of the Digital Environment within the department of Earth and Environmental Science, working for many years in modelling the evolution of atmosphere.

An atmospheric scientist by trade, David has also spent many years working at the on smart city-environment-IoT projects and now spends most of his time working at the AI-environment interface.

Dave is the Deputy director of the Digital Solutions Hub.

You can read a recent article he did about AI and the DSH here


Sarah Williams

Chief Customer Experience Officer

Westminster City Council

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Event Timetable

Tuesday 27th February 2024, One Great George Street, Westminster, SW1P 3AA

09:00 – 10:00 Registration & Networking – refreshments provided

10:00 – 11:30 Morning Plenary session

11:30 – 11:55 Refreshments and networking

11:55 – 13:15 Work Sessions x 3

13:15 – 14:05 Lunch and networking

14:05 – 14:20 Afternoon Keynote

14:20 – 15:10 Work Sessions x 2

15:10 – 15:35 Refreshments and networking

15:35 – 16:10 Work Sessions & Chairs closing remarks

16:10 – Conference Close

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

Contact Us

Delegate Enquiries (Including Bookings)

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Exhibition & Sponsorship Enquiries

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