Public Sector Networks Summit 2020

Tuesday 29th September 2020 *New date*

One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA


Event Information

The continuing growth of and emphasis on future public sector network services, connectivity and security for public sector organisations leads to many challenges in planning, selecting and implementing digital transformation.

No one solution fits all, and as public sector organisations by their very nature have differing levels of connectivity, security and service requirement we will look to break down and discuss the varied options open to the public sector’s technology departments and teams, whether they are changing, modifying, reconfiguring or renewing their networks and connectivity. We will discuss the potential of cost benefits, increased efficiencies and improvements to public services which can be obtained by the use of current and future network options.

Clearly the Cloud First and Internet First policies will continue to be major influences, as will the way in which HSCN will support the move to Cloud based services. Also of significant interest will be gigabit capable broadband and its role in driving innovation in public services and in meeting the objectives of the Local Full Fibre Networks Programme and the Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme.

The fifth in an unbroken series of successful events covering this vital subject, the Public Sector Networks Summit 2020 will also cover issues such as the future network technologies, cyber security, FN4G, Zero Trust networks and security, cloud/internet first policy guidelines and the future for SD WANs.

Attracting circa 150 technology and network professionals from across public sector The Public Sector Networks Summit 2020 offers delegates the chance to hear and discuss policies, case-studies on excellent work already taking place around the country, engage with solution providers and network with public sector peers from central and local government, the NHS, emergency services, education and the voluntary sector.


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Conference Agenda

Registration 08.30 – 09.30

Plenary session commences 09.30

Chair: Lynne Magennis, Director, Innopsis

Jill Sharples, Programme Head for Internet First, NHS DigitalThe journey to Internet First

Dan Parry, Migration Lead for HSCN, NHS DigitalHSCN: Where we are now and what comes next?

Andrew Bramley,  Head of inlife Telecoms, Crown Commercial ServiceThe end of Public Services Network/PSN?

Rhiannon Lawson, Head of Technology Policy Team, GDS (Government Digital Service) – A high level update of the future networks for government programme and where the public sector is with moving off of the PSN.  Rhiannon will also be talking about expectations going forward in relation to  what organisations should be doing to ensure they’re meeting the required guidance and policies, and using the cloud.

Matt Agar, BDUK Head of Commercial Design and Strategy, DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) – Matt will be speaking around Rural Gigabit Connectivity – looking at funding for public sector buildings in rural areas

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:

Zero Trust networks and security

Enabling secure networks of the future in public sector

How to replace your PSN the affordable, Pain-free way

Bespoke Implementation Planning with a Versatile Business Case – How delivering a 300 site MPLS solution showed ‘Change is a Constant’ in the public sector and having faith in a flexible business case and design solution, allowed fora successful transition from N3 to HSCN for Kent NHS

Cloud solutions to deliver digital transformation goals – Three models for deploying cloud solutions: Secure, Shared and Agile.  A case study led presentation aimed at demystifying different cloud deployment options to help central and local government, health and emergency services organisations deliver their digital transformation objectives. 

The transformative impact of roaming connectivity: the public sector workforce increasingly requires reliable, continuous access to online resources. This talk will explore the impact of the govroam service – which provides staff with seamless roaming internet access at public sector locations across the UK – including examples of major cross-sector collaboration and new ways of working.

Extracting real business value from your public sector network investment – The investment public sector organisations  make in connectivity services are for considerable contract terms. All too often the delivery of the “new” network is seen as an end in itself, when really it should be the start of a journey and evolution where the network is an enabler for delivering the organisation’s wider digital aspirations.  Hear examples of how working in partnership with your suppliers to to incorporate new technologies, new government approaches and new ways of working can lead to tangible business benefits.

AI Networks

Giving staff seamless roaming internet access across multiple public-sector locations – a case study

SD-WANs for public sector?

New Gigabit capable connectivity framework

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

Plenary Speakers

Lynne Magennis

Chair: 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.

Matt Agar

Matt Agar, DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

Matt Agar has been BDUK’s commercial lead since its creation in 2010 and is responsible for commercial strategy, design and assurance for each of Government’s delivery programmes for broadband connectivity and was responsible for developing and mobilising the Local Full Fibre Networks programme.  Matt has been a telecoms / IT / infrastructure commercial professional for 18 years and leads BDUK’s team of commercial, regulatory, technical and analytical specialists to enable BDUK to achieve its fibre infrastructure and rural broadband objectives and support network operators to invest and deploy services across the UK.

Rhiannon Lawson

Rhiannon Lawson, Head of Technology Policy, GDS (Government Digital Service)

Before joining GDS, Rhiannon worked at Transport for London (TfL) as the Senior Cyber Security Policy Advisor and has worked in a number of other government departments on a range of policy areas. She is CISM certified and is studying for an Advanced Level 7 Chartered Management Institute qualification in Leadership and Management.

Rhiannon joined GDS in August 2017 and leads the development and continued iteration of the Technology Code of Practice which supports the UK Government to buy, build and reuse technology. Her team manages and adds to the 350+ pieces of guidance which are linked to the Technology Code of Practice, and owns the Cloud First Policy.  The team also has an input into digital and technology guidance and policies owned by other government departments.

Rhiannon has led the creation of the Government Digital Functional Standard and has worked extensively on the cross-government work related to the Cloud First policy, producing guidance, blogs and case studies to support organisations on their cloud journey.  Rhiannon works closely with NCSC, Cabinet Office, the Government Security Group, and local authorities to develop policy and guidance which meet user needs and supports government priorities. She also works with other governments to provide peer to peer support in relation to technology standards and cloud strategies, most recently in Rwanda.

Dan Parry NHS Digital

Dan Parry, Migration Lead for HSCN, NHS Digital

With over 12 years’ experience, Dan has delivered a range of IT and digital transformation across local government and recently health and social care. Dan’s current role is part of the team leading the migration of health & care organisations from the legacy private network to the new Health & Social Care Network, offering a combination of private and internet connectivity through a single connection with organisational savings between 30% – 74%. Working across an established market place of new HSCN suppliers, the HSCN Programme is driving the migration of over 14,000 connections off the legacy network before August 2020.

Jill Sharples

Jill Sharples, Programme Head for Internet First, NHS Digital

Jill has over 20 years experience of leading transformational change within the public and private sector. Having led, championed and delivered a range of clinical systems and data architecture programmes Jill is currently leading the Internet First programme for NHS Digital. Jill is enthusiastic in making sure technology change programmes are steered from the user perspective, working with consumers and suppliers across the health and social care sector.

In her spare time Jill enjoys road biking, skiing and parenting two feisty teenage daughters.

Andrew Bramley

Andrew Bramley,  Head of inlife Telecoms, Crown Commercial Service

Session speakers

Kia Cottrell

Kia Cottrell, Head of Public Sector Business, EMEA , Juniper Networks

With over 15 years of experience driving worldwide sales, business development and cross functional program delivery across high-tech, international organizations and vertical markets, Kia brings a strong passion for innovative technology, connectivity, networking and IoT. As a Subject Matter Advocate for Government, Smart City and Public Sector markets, Kia supports Federal, municipal, and public stakeholders meet their digital transformation objectives by delivering end to end comprehensive technology solutions.

A native American (don’t hold it against her), Kia has spent the last 5 years in the UK and loves exploring the beauty of England.

Lola Harre

Lola Harre, Govroam service manager, Jisc

Lola has worked across the public, research and education sectors for both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Experienced in customer-led product development, she champions the use of market insight and community engagement to ensure that projects deliver real value to users. She is currently responsible for govroam, Jisc’s roaming service for the public sector.

Alex Larcombe

Alex Larcombe, Director, AdEPT

Alex’s main focus is building strategic relationships with clients and partners, having worked in this industry for his entire career, previously for BT and Virgin Media Business. Alex has a proven track record of delivering to the high-level, specialist needs of the public sector, with a full understanding of what’s required and overcoming any difficulties.

Paul Mathews

Paul Mathews, Head of Business Development, AdEPT

Paul has over 15 years’ experience working at a senior level within IT infrastructure, data services, telecommunication, unified communication and SaaS, on both new business and enterprise account management, clients include HMRC, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Kent NHS CoIN, Companies House, ING Bank, BAA and Mizuho.

Ben Ryland

Ben Ryland, Head of Public Sector, 4net Technologies

Ben has been working in the comms industry for over 18 years, eight years of which have been with 4net Technologies. As 4net’s Head of Public sector, Ben has worked closely with and helped to deliver projects for multiple local & central government, Blue Light Organisations, Healthcare, Education and Housing Associations.

“I work collaboratively with our customers and partners to create unique vertical specific use cases that provide real life benefits whether they are operational or cost savings. These have included digital transformation projects and vertical specific projects such as working to deliver next generation 999 solutions for UK Blue Light organisations.”


Keith Smith, Business Deevelopment Manager, Virgin Media Business

As a public sector specialist, business development manager and all-round techie, Keith currently spends most of his time on marketplace development. This means he gets to work directly with customers and industry, finding new and exciting ways to create a positive impact across the sector through connectivity. Another big part of his role is helping customers navigate complex opportunities, with a particular focus on initiatives that benefit the wider public sector. When he’s not at work he likes to volunteer, helping to run conventions where the proceeds go to charity.

Jeremy Wastie - MLL Telecom

Jeremy Wastie, Regional Director, MLL Telecom

Jeremy joined MLL in January 2018 to drive continued growth in the Local Government and NHS markets. With over 20 years’ experience in selling communications solutions, of which the past 10 have been focused on the public sector, Jeremy is a strong advocate for ensuring our customers and prospects are getting best value from the public money available.

Exhibitors and Supporters

Title Sponsor:


AdEPT Telecom
Fordway logo
Jisc GovRoam
Maintel logo
Vivio logo
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Wednesday 1st April 2020, One Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA

08:30 – 09:30 Delegate registration

09:30 – 11:10 Keynote speakers and Q&A

11:10 – 11:40 Refreshments and networking

11:40 – 12:00 Seminar 1 –

12:00 – 12:20 Seminar 2 –

12:20 – 12:40 Seminar 3 –

12:40 – 12:50 Q&A on previous sessions

12:50 – 13:45 Lunch and networking

13:45 – 14:05 Seminar 4 –

14:05 – 14:25 Seminar 5 –

14:25 – 14:45 Seminar 6 –

14:45 – 14:55 Q&A on previous sessions

14:55 – 15:20 Refreshments and networking

15:20 – 15:40 Seminar 7 –

15:40 – 16:00 Q&A, Panel detate and Chair’s closing remarks

16:00 – conference close

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

Delegate Rates and T‘s & C’s

Places at Public Sector Networks 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 in the event 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 £995 +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, Acts of God, terrorism, transport strike, Force Majeure, disease outbreak etc). 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 (Institute of Civil Engineers)

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 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.

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

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