Steven Beard, Chief Executive, Agilisys

Steven is the Group Chief Executive of Agilisys, and since taking on this role in August 2012 has led the company’s expansion into new digital platforms and services developed to improve citizens’ lives. He joined the business in late 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Agilisys Steven worked at Xchanging plc, the global business process and technology company, where he was most recently the President and CEO of the U.S. business based in Chicago. He joined Xchanging when it was a small private business and was part of the leadership team that grew the business and took it public over a 9 year period. Over this period he held a number of management positions including as Managing Director of a number of thedivisions as well as change management roles. He joined Xchanging from Redwave plc, the U.K.-based venture capital business, where he was CFO. Prior to Redwave he held Finance Director and management positions in financial services businesses in the City. Steven is a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Mike Bracken, Executive Director for Digital, HM Government

Mike Bracken has been appointed as the Government’s new Executive Director of Digital and is responsible for overseeing and improving all of the Government’s online presence and extending the number of public services available online.

Based in the Cabinet Office, the role was created following the Martha Lane Fox review of Directgov, which recommended a change in focus for the existing Directgov Central Team, and to bring digital communications into one place. The proposal has been endorsed by a Cabinet Sub-Committee, and has unprecedented support from Ministers and across Government for an increased role in digital public services.

The new role combines the work of the Chief Executive of Directgov, the lead of cross-Government digital reform work, and part of the work of the Director for Digital Engagement and Transparency.

Mike Bracken was previously the Director of Digital Development at Guardian News & Media, and was responsible for all consumer facing technology services and applications across the Guardian, Observer and


Sally Collier, Acting Head of Government Procurement Service

Sally is the UK Government’s Deputy Chief Procurement Officer and Acting Managing Director of Government Procurement Service. Sally is responsible for all GPS activity and government’s commercial and procurement policy work. Sally’s career began in the private sector but having moved to the public sector in 1992 she has stayed! She has undertaken many different roles, most related to procurement or commercial in some way, save for a spell as Change Director, integrating three organisations into one. Sally has a postgraduate diploma in management and is a qualified and experienced programme manager.


Stephen Kelly, Chief Operating Officer, HM Government

Stephen Kelly was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Government and Head of the Efficiency and Reform Group in September 2012.Stephen has been on the board and held executive roles at UK FTSE and US NASDAQ companies. He has worked in New York, California and Europe. Most recently, he was CEO of FTSE company Micro Focus (MCRO.L) from 2006.

Within government, Stephen started the new commercial models programme, looking to change current Civil Service operations to stimulate growth and reduce the deficit.


Frank Lambe, Chairman of Payment Card Technologies, Lenlyn Group

Member of the Emerging Payments Advisory Board, Chairman and co-founder of Payment Card Technologies which he established in 2008 in conjunction with Ian Clowes to provide payment solutions to businesses. Frank worked in the banking sector for 38 years latterly as Head of Cash Management at Alliance & Leicester Bank (A&L) where he was responsible for insourcing the cash centre operations for 3 major UK banks, establishing a new pre-paid card division in 2006 and chairing a number of industry Committees under the auspices of APACS (Association of Payment and Clearing Services) where he worked closely with the Bank of England. Frank had previously worked for Girobank as Head of Wholesale Banking until A&L purchased bank in 1990 from the Post Office.

The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office

Francis Maude is a British politician and is the incumbent Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General and is responsible for delivering cross Government efficiencies and savings. In opposition Francis held a succession of prominent positions. He has held a range of senior positions within the opposition, including – Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in June 1997, later, Shadow Chancellor from June 1998 until February 2000 and – Shadow Foreign Secretary from February 2000 to September 2001. Away from
Government and political life, private sector positions have included serving as a director at Salomon Brothers from 1992-93 and as Managing Director at Morgan Stanley 1993-97.


Liam Maxwell, Chief Technology Officer, HM Government

Liam Maxwell is the Chief Technology Officer for HM Government. He supports the network of departmental Digital Leaders, Chief Operating Offers, Service Managers and Chief Technology Officers to help departments deliver better IT and digital services. His team is responsible for the delivery of the Government IT Strategy and technical leadership across government. He leads the spend control process for IT which is part of the Efficiency and Reform Group programme to save multiple billions across government. Previously, Liam was Lead Member for Policy
at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead where his brief covered IT, sustainability and the council’s role as a “government lab” where he introduced innovative policies at the heart of the Big Society agenda and delivered the lowest council tax in Britain outside London. As well as academic roles he has a background as an IT Director in FTSE and Fortune 500 business service companies.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership

Charlie Mayfield became the Partnership’s fifth Chairman in March 2007. He joined the Partnership in 2000 as Head of Business Development, responsible for business strategy and development for both John Lewis and Waitrose. Charlie joined the Board as Development Director in 2001 and was responsible for developing the Partnership’s online strategy. He became Managing Director of John Lewis in January 2005 prior to
taking up his appointment as Chairman of the Partnership in March 2007. Charlie is the Government appointed Chair of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. He received a knighthood in June 2013 for services to business

aLesley Sewell, Chief Information Officer, The Post Office

Lesley joined Post Office Ltd in April 2010 from Northern Rock where she had been Managing Director for IT since 2005. She has held a number of IT leadership positions delivering large business and IT Transformational change, and supporting major business restructures. For the Post Office, she is responsible for the development and delivery of the IT Strategy in support of the business transformation plans, delivering a transformed IT estate and operating model.


Chloe Smith MP, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform

Chloe Smith was appointed Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform in September 2012. She is the Conservative MP for Norwich North. Chloe was elected MP for Norwich North in July 2009. After joining the ministerial team she served as a government whip, before being appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in October 2011.Before entering Parliament, Chloe worked for international consultancy firm Deloitte, advising private businesses, government departments and public bodies. Chloe studied English at the University of York.

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA

Matthew Taylor became Chief Executive in November 2006. Matthew was appointed to the Labour Party in 1994 to establish Labour’s rebuttal operation. During the 1997 General Election, he was Labour’s Director of Policy. His activities before the Labour Party included being a county councillor, a parliamentary candidate, a university research follow, and a director of a unit monitoring policy in the health service. He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, Britain’s leading centre left think tank.