New approaches to digital in local government.

Stockport Town Hall – 4th October 2016

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A little bit about Stockport Council’s digital story…

A large part of our strategy in Stockport is based on a view that to create the public services of the future councils, housing associations, local health, police and other partners need to get together and collaborate. That’s why we’ve put on this conference.

We’re facing common challenges; with huge cuts and rising demand and expectations. Devolution adds a further twist to what the future may hold. In response to this uncertain environment we’re building our own capabilities and developing agile technical solutions that really work for us. We are investing in our in house teams to ensure that they have robust skills for the future. We also want to find friends who are going on the same journey.

We’re trying to create a digital platform, to open standards, that we can share with others. And we want to find out about others who doing interesting things that we can adopt or adapt locally.

The conference was a chance to learn lessons from high profile speakers – from Government Digital Service, local Councils, the private sector – and for others to contribute their voice to the discussion.

If you missed our conference or you would like to listen again to our inspirational speakers, many of the audio recordings and presentations are included below.

The speakers

Tom Loosemore

Director of Digital Services at The Co-operative Group

Emma Collingridge

Digital by Design Programme Manager at Stockport Council

Steve Skelton

Head of Policy, Performance & Reform at Stockport Council

Carrie Bishop

Director at

Alison McKenzie-Folan

Deputy Chief Executive Director of Customer Transformation at Wigan Council

Sharon Lowes

Senior intelligence lead
Sunderland City Council

Gareth Rogers

Lead Consultant

Eddie Copeland

Innovation Lab Director

Eric Applewhite

Programme Director at GM Connect

Jim Gumbley

Lead Consultant
at Thoughtworks

Sharon Wagg

Research Coordinator
at Tinder Foundation

Kelly Lothbrook-Smith

Research and Innovation Manager at Tinder Foundation

Janet Wood

Head of Service
Customer Engagement

Andy Birds

Product Strategist Lead at Thoughtworks

Erin Long

Information Governance Manager at Stockport Council

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