Solace in the Midlands Conference 2017


1 Dec 2017


Bevan Brittan
Interchange Place
Edmund Street
B3 2TA



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"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.


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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
Bethan Evans, Partner


Innovation as both a driver and a blocker of information
Innovation is critical to helping Councils face the challenges of teh 21st Century but without a tangible and managed approach it can block or hinder tranformation programmes. How do you make innovation part of how you work within the framework of a large scale transformation process?
Speaker: Dr Catherine Howe, Digital Innovation Director, Capita Transformation

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Refreshment Break


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

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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

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Speaker panel

* Dr Catherine Howe
* Tom Symons
* Andrew Pollard


Round Up Summary and Lunch