March 24th 2020 | The Crystal, Victoria Docks


Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology - Conference Chair

Sam is editor of PublicTechnology, the UK’s leading source of daily news and analysis for anyone interested in how the public sector is using technology and digital platforms to transform citizen services. Sam has been a technology journalist for over 10 years and worked for various IT and business publications before joining PublicTechnology in June 2017.   

Marika Beckford, Digital Skills Officer, West Midlands Combined Authority

Ben Bolton, CIoS Digital Skills Partnership Coordinator, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership

Charles Bradley, Executive Director, Global Partners Digital

Gary Coyle, Head of Engagement, Local Digital Skills Partnership, Department for Digital, Culture, Media, Sport (DCMS)

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, Reform

Kerry Harrison, Digital Skills Coordinator, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

Ross Lyon, Transformation Manager, Cloud 1st Programme, Scottish Government

Ross started his career with the Scottish Government in 2000, initially in Agriculture, moving to Digital Communications in 2007 working on the intranet and website, latterly as Website Manager for Ross moved to Digital Directorate on the Scottish Government Cloud 1st Programme as Transformation Manager in March 2018. The Cloud 1st Programme’s main aim is to promote cloud & support public organisations to move to the cloud.

Jim Wilkinson, Digital Skills Partnership Co-ordinator, South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Claudia Natanson, Cyber and information Security Specialist, Security Practitioners

Claudia is a Cyber and Information Security specialist with over 15 years' global experience and expertise. A senior executive, has held roles such as Chief Security Officer, Information and Cyber Security consultant across diverse industry sectors, FTSE 100, Fortune 500 companies, and government. She has a successful track record of leadership for the development and delivery of risk-based security transformations which align and support business and strategic goals; expertise in digital and security transformation collaboration which quickly identifies cost efficiencies and revenue opportunities; and has held responsibility for over 180 markets and 115 countries. She has sound knowledge of global compliance and regulations, and quickly moves organizations from reactive to proactive compliance states. She isa specialist in stakeholder management at executive and board levels to support alignment of security to business strategic goals. 

Dr Jacqui Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, FlyingBinary

Debbie Carter, Editor-in-Chief, TJ magazine - Moderator

Debbie is Editor-in-Chief of TJ magazine and has been involved in learning and development for nearly 25 years. During her tenure as editorial lead on TJ magazine she has been involved in meeting the growing demands of a digital audience and acknowledges the role played by her team and partners in this field. In 2006 Debbie launched the TJ Awards and over the past 15 years they have grown in popularity and remain one of the most highly-regarded programmes in the sector.

Jonathan Kennard, Digital Editor, TJ magazine - Moderator

Jon is Digital Editor of TJ magazine, with a decade's experience in learning and development and 15 years in digital publishing. 

Having studied maths at university, Jon gained digital media experience working for record labels and other media companies in the early 2000s, before becoming a freelance writer and social media consultant a decade later.

With one parent who worked as a university lecturer and the other a management consultant, coupled with his own professional development in media, Jon thinks L&D publishing for business is the job he was always going to do.

Based on his own unconventional career progression he says "you never know when or where you might discover something that changes the way you work and think, so always be available to learn".