Solace in the Midlands Conference 2017


1 Dec 2017


Bevan Brittan
Interchange Place
Edmund Street
B3 2TA



This event is hosted by
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Solace Members: £99.00+vat.
Public Sector Non-member delegates can attend for a fee of £149.00 + VAT to include 3 months complimentary Solace Membership.*
* Only applicable to those who have not received this benefit previously.

Private Sector: Unfortunately private sector delegates are not able to purchase delegate places for this event unless a sponsorship or exhibition package is purchased. Please contact for further information.


To apply for a place to attend this event, simply download the registration form here, and email it to:


"Innovation: transforming public services"

The theme of this event is innovation. As the sector faces continued challenges, it is vital that new approaches based on the needs of local communities are developed and implemented. The event will explore how innovative approaches, such as the use of data, digital and public sector assets are transforming public service delivery. We will hear from a range of speakers who will share examples of innovation and practice. There will also be time for networking.



Arrival, Registration and Refreshments


West and East Midlands AGMs


Welcome and Introduction to the Seminar
Chairs: Helen Riley, West Midlands Branch Chair, and Simon Bovey, East Midlands Branch Chair


Welcome from the Host Bevan Brittan


Session 1: Technological change – transforming public services
Speaker: Sam Bramwell, Director of Sales Excellence and Licencing, Microsoft


Session 2: GOV.UK Verify: how GDS are transforming local services through online identity assurance
In this session, Irina Pencheva from Government Digital Service will introduce the #VerifyLocal programme, which aims to help councils adopt GOV.UK Verify as their single digital identity for all public services. GDS will explain the vision for Verify in local government, and how they're working with councils to innovate and transform services. They will also share the products they've developed so far in their first pilots.
Speaker: Irina Pencheva, Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service


Refreshment Break


Session 3: Digital Transformation - the view of councillors
Author, Cllr Theo Blackwell, gathered data from over 800 elected councillors across England, to give a unique insight in to the impact and potential impact of digital transformation on public services and will share his findings with us.
Speaker: Councillor Theo Blackwell, Cabinet Member for Finance, Technology and Growth, London Borough of Camden


Session 4: How data can help councils be more personalised, efficient and effective
Tom is a Principal Researcher in the Policy and Research team at Nesta. His research focuses on government innovation and he is currently undertaking research into the ways data can help governments to improve decision making and support innovation and will share his findings with us.
Speaker: Tom Symons, Principal Researcher, NESTA


Session 5: The One Public Estate Programme – A unique and ground breaking initiative
The One Public Estate programme shows what can be done when central and local government work together. Andrew Pollard will talk to us about what has been achieved on the programme and the future plans hope other public sector bodies will learn from this ground breaking approach in the West Midlands which will help deliver better services by working more collaboratively."
Speaker: Andrew Pollard, Place Partnership Limited


Speaker panel

* Sam Bramwell
* Cllr Theo Blackwell
* Irina Pencheva
* Tom Symons
* Andrew Pollard


Round Up Summary and Lunch


Event ends with lunch and Networking