Oliver Madden, Chrome Enterprise Browser Specialist at Google
Oliver Madden serves as an Enterprise Browser Specialist at Google where he provides support to businesses. In this role, he helps businesses utilize Chrome as an Enterprise grade browser through management tools, building vision, app strategy and deployment. Oliver has been with Google for over 5 years and most recently served as the Chrome Operations Lead for UK and EMEA. He is a Certified Deployment Specialist, Google Administrator and Google Educator.
Andy Helliwell, Strategy Director, Government Shared Services
Andy joined the Civil Service in 1995 and has spent much of his career working on defence and security issues. Recent roles have focused on strategy development and delivery, finance, IT and change delivery. He joined the Cabinet Office in his current role in January 2018.
Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector, techUK
Rob is Head of Public Sector at techUK and manages a team that works closely with departments across the public sector, notably the Government Digital Service and the Crown Commercial Service as well as Local Government stakeholders. He manages strategic relationships between Government and industry members on Central and Local Government issues, in particular through the techUK Public Services Board.
With a career background in government, Rob is passionate about using tech to enable the delivery of excellent public services for citizens.
Phil Blunden, Defence Cyber Protection Partnership
Phil Blunden joined the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership in November 2017. The team are developing Information Assurance controls within the supply chain to cyber enhance security. Prior to his current role he spent five years as a Computer Security Analyst with Joint Forces Command. Prior to that he was in Information Management, mainly as customer lead in the delivery of applications for a new computer network. He also spent nine years supporting and developing applications for the army’s logistics environment, dabbling in dbFast, and FoxPro to .NET and SQL, whilst gaining a degree through the Open University. Prior to the MOD he worked for one of the private prison companies. He has also worked with the Prince’s Trust, is a school governor (again) and is actively involved as an Ally on the MOD’s LGBT Committee.
Ieuan Trigger, Category Director for Network Services, CCS
Ieuan is the Category Director for Network Services in the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), covering procurement and supply of Network Services for Government from WAN and Telephony to Unified Communications. He is also the CCS Technology Lead for the Ministry of Defence and Department of Health, including NHS Digital, as well as Strategic Suppliers to Government: Vodafone, Virgin Media and BT.
Ieuan has a background of over 20 years’ experience in Telecommunications with BT. He has led sales and delivery for UK System Integrators, turning round and running Managed Service businesses and setting up and procuring BT’s key technology supplier contracts for global multinational customers. He is a graduate of Kings College London and a Freeman of the City of London.
James Munson, Director of Digital Services and Technology, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
James joined the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in 2015 as Director of Digital Services and Technology.
James is instrumental in leading the digital and technology transformation of the agency. The three year journey has seen the agency move from inflexible legacy outsource contracts to agile continuously delivered services, managed in-house.
James has introduced agile ways of working, blending a multi-vendor and employee delivery model. James led the transition of the national MOT system, now cited as one of the top 20 digital projects across government. The service was transformed from an outdated legacy service, using mainframe technology, to a modern, public cloud hosted, digital service.
James continues to modernise the technology for DVSA’s business services, including vehicle operator licencing, commercial vehicle testing, commercial vehicle enforcement, national driving and driving tests. James introduced new governance processes so changes are planned, prioritised and delivered more effectively. This included the introduction of a product based business architecture, where change is driven from service manager owned product backlogs
Dr David Best, Director of Digital Services, Technology and Methodology, ONS
Prior to joining ONS, David was Acting Head of Transformation, Digital Services Directorate at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in London, designing many of the structures and processes currently implemented at MoJ to enable effecting working between Technology and Digital Services. Before that, he was the Senior Technical Adviser at the Government Digital Services for 15 months.
His prior career included ten years as Partner with Deloitte Consulting, CEO of a Start up business and extensive experience of surveys for Mineral resource estimation, public policy impact evaluation and a range of other private sector roles all involving analysis. Immediately before joining GDS he was Acting General Manager of the IMRG a membership organisation he helped to found in 1992 for eCommerce businesses and which produces a monthly index of retail sales figures.
Fluent in French, David is a Member of the Board of Reference of the Association of Facilitators set up to accredit those wishing to make a career as a Facilitator. He plays Double Bass and was the founding Chairman of Orchestra Viva!. He is Renter Warden of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers, one of the City of London Livery Companies, and is a Trustee of the Guild of Bart’s Hospital.
David Rutt, Head of Project & Programme Delivery, IT Group, Department for Education
Dave Rutt leads the IT Delivery portfolios within the Department for Education. He and his team deliver changes across DfE IT services, focusing on line of business applications and infrastructure projects. He provides services across all areas of the department, including school funding and construction, recruitment and training of teachers, data and analytics and responses to departmental correspondence. The department is in the final phase of a major department-wide IT Modernisation programme, and has recently welcomed additional colleagues from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Dave has been working in IT for 15 years initially delivering essential IT services supporting the Automobile Association’s emergency breakdown operation before joining the Civil Service in 2008. Prior to joining the DfE in June 2015, Dave worked at the MoD, delivering Medical Information Systems across the globe for use by Defence Medical services. In this role he worked closely with NHS IT teams to deliver system integration and data sharing between two large government organisations. He has also worked on large scale IT delivery in other parts of the MoD. Outside work, Dave plays Jazz trumpet, and can often be heard playing gigs around the West Midlands and beyond.
Sam Trendall, Editor, PublicTechnology
Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology, the UK’s leading source of news and analysis for anyone interested in how the public sector is using technology and digital platforms to transform citizen services.
He is responsible for the publication’s overall editorial strategy and output, and also writes daily news stories, features, and in-depth interviews covering sectors including central and local government, as well as healthcare, education, and the emergency services.
Sam has been a technology journalist for 10 years and worked for various IT and business publications before joining PublicTechnology in June 2017.