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Panel Discussion



 09.15 – 10.00 Registration, Coffee and Networking
An opportunity to meet and network with fellow delegates and speakers ahead of the opening session.
 10.00 – 11.00 Opening Plenary: Technology Procurement and SMEs
The opening session set out the opportunities and challenges presented within Technology Procurement and what can be done to go further and faster in terms of opportunities to procure from SMEs. It explored opportunities for SMEs in the digital by default strategy and will look at new ways of delivering technology services and the implications this has for procurers and suppliers alike. Contributors included:

  • Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA (Conference Chair)
  • Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office (biography)
  • Mike Bracken, Executive Director for Digital GDS (biography)
  • Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break and Networking
11.30 – 12.30  Panel Provocations and Discussion
A panel gave provocations that opened up a debate on the reality of implementing the new world of Government technology procurement, highlighting the opportunities and potential barriers. Contributors included:

  • Liam Maxwell, Chief Technology Officer, HM Government
  • Frank Lambe, Chairman of Payment Card Technologies, Lenlyn Group
  • Lesley Sewell, Chief Information Officer, The Post Office
  • Steven Beard, Chief Executive, Agilisys
  • Sally Collier, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, HM Government
12.30 – 13.30 Hot Fork Buffet Lunch and Networking
 13.30 – 14.00 Keynote Address:

  • Stephen Kelly, Chief Operating Officer, HM Government (biography)
 14.00 – 15.30 Discussion Groups: Delivering in the New World
After lunch there were interactive group sessions for participants to roll up their sleeves and address some of the key challenges. These took place on tables in the main auditorium and were jointly hosted by public sector/ business/SMEs. There were two tables on each of the following topics:

  • Pre-procurement
  • Capturing Innovation
  • Engaging with the public sector
  • Procurement Process
  • Potential Suppliers
15.30  Closing Keynote Speech
This closing address looked at the challenges going forward and how we can work together to deliver better, cheaper and more competitive digital services for 21st Century Britain.

Speaker: Chloe Smith MP, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform

16.00 Afternoon Tea
16.30 Finish