PSN Summit 2014, Wednesday 25th June, QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE

Plenary Speakers

Conference Chair -Phil Gibson, Chairman: PSNGB

Phil Gibson is Chair of the PSN Industry Association, (the PSNGB) and Director of a consultancy called Avoca Associates, which specialises in service transformation solutions in the Public Sector.  Prior to Avoca he headed up the  Public Sector Business development team at Virgin Media Business. He has been involved with PSN since its inception, chairing the workstream that developed the operating model and the challenging governance processes that are needed to make it work. Before Virgin he was Head of Strategic Business at Cable and Wireless Worldwide and Head of Local Government at Energis, where he created ‘Government Connect’ as a response to the need for better information sharing in the wake of the Victoria Climbié tragedy. Phil has also held senior positions at NextiraOne, Alcatel and BT where he began his career in engineering.

Phil has an MA in marketing from Bristol University and lives on the edge of the Mendips where he has designed and built a contemporary, sustainable home - over three levels in an old river gully. Compared to self-build, PSN is a doddle he says!

Andy Beale, Director of Common Technology Services: Government Digital Service

Andy heads up the team within the Cabinet Office tasked with transforming government internal technology in order to support the digital by default strategy and provide civil servants with technology and services designed around their needs. He has 20 years experience in technology having started his career with Yorkshire Post Newspapers in Leeds after graduating from Huddersfield University.

Before joining GDS in 2012 he was Technology Director for Guardian News & Media (GNM), one of the world’s leading news organisations. He held various senior positions within GNM spanning a wide range of IT disciplines. Most recently he led the adoption of cloud computing and global IT sourcing at the company. He has contributed to a range of conferences and forums on these subjects, as well as business transformation and sustainability.


Nick Roberts, President: Socitm and IT Group Manager: Surrey County Council

Nick Roberts is President of Socitm and Chair of the Board of Directors. He was previously chair of the South Region, Socitm's largest region, and chair of the National Advisory Council (now named Memnership Advisory Council). Nick has a long history with Socitm, including time previously as a Director via the old National Council with specific responsibilities on the Planning and Urgency Committee and as Vice Chair of the Socitm Insight Steering Group (now Socitm Research Steering Group), in which he was an active participant.

Nick is IT Group Manager for Surrey County Council and has developed a vision for regional collaboration and a Public Services Network that he has taken through to the reality of the highly successful UNICORN PSN in place today across Surrey and Berkshire. Indeed UNICORN is the first PSN to pilot PSNRoam, a ground-breaking collaboration service in conjunction with the Cabinet Office, that allows central and local public services employees to subscribe and connect securely to their own organisation's network from UNICORN and other PSNs as though users were in an internet cafe. Nick is UNICORN's Programme Director.

Nick works with colleagues from across central and local public services, including the Cabinet Office, districts, boroughs, unitary authorities, health, schools and further education. He has been instrumental in setting up Surrey County Council's first fully-managed service with health from Surrey's shared data centre, enabled through a local authority trading company: S E Business Services Ltd.

Nick is a keen lover of photography and motor sport and is father to his nine year old daughter, who always keeps him honest!

Ian Fishwick ACMA, MBA, SME Director: PSNGB and Chief Executive: Adept Telecom

AdEPT Telecom plc is delighted to be the 2014 PSN Summit Headline Sponsor.

Founder and CEO, Ian Fishwick was recently named SME Director for PSNGB, the industry association for suppliers to the PSN. Ian’s mission is to drive Public sector engagement with SME suppliers through working with the Crown Commercial Service to tailor frameworks to allow greater competition and innovation. AdEPT Telecom plc is just one of a growing number of SME suppliers who are making significant inroads into public sector ICT procurement, and in turn edging ever closer to the government’s target of 25% of spend to allocated to SME’s.

AdEPT Telecom plc is a next generation Voice and Data integration specialist. Formed in 2003, AdEPT is one of the few Telecom Service Providers within the SME bracket listed on the London Stock Exchange. With annual sales over £21m and a customer base in excess of 20,000 AdEPT is one of the most active SME players in the Public sector and hold a unique position in the market with three current framework agreements in place.


Panel Speakers

Steve Halliday: President 2013 - 2014: Socitm

Steve Halliday is President of Socitm 2013 - 2014. He was previously chair of the vibrant West Midlands Socitm region and a Vice-President of the society.

Steve is a member of the Government Digital Service (GDS) Identity Assurance Programme Board and of the national CIO Council for local public service organisations (the LCIOC). He is also the IT practitioner representative on the Local Government Delivery Council (LGDC) - a forum where national activity around transformation can be brought together, monitored and developed.

More locally, Steve chairs the West Midlands Public Service Network (PSN), which is building a platform for regional information and service sharing.

At Solihull Council, Steve is the Head of IT and also a member of of the Lean Steering Board and social media deployment team. Solihull has achieved national and international recognition for "Transformation through IT", "Digital Inclusion" and secure "Bring Your Own Device" deployment, under Steve's leadership.

Keeping the work-life balance active, Steve heads for the great outdoors, except when he is battling away on a squash court, driving "dad's taxi", or carefully extracting honey from his bee hives.

Mike Thomas, Managing Director: PSNGB

Mike Thomas has been involved with PSN since its inception, chairing the workstream that developed the Service Management Framework and associated documents. Mike also directed the development of the Statement of Fairness, the PSN philosophy that all suppliers and customers should be treated fairly and equally and should be welcomed to join into the PSN markeplace. In addition Mike helped define the 'Codes' and helped establish the principle that all verification and certification should be re-used as appropriate to reduce the costs to both Industry and Government.

Mike has extensive Sales and Marketing experience in the Telecommunications and Software industries within fixed line, mobile operators and security organisations. Currently, Mike is working as a consultant and contractor.

Mike lives on the Berkshire/Hampshire borders with his wife and four children, but spent his formative years in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.


Work Session Speakers

James Asser, Government Consultant: Blackberry

Paul Barker, Senior Security Solutions Consultant: Unify (formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications)
Paul has over 20 years experience in the IT security industry, working for both public and private sector organisations, delivering advice and guidance on enterprise security.  Paul has held CISSP certification for over 10 years and been an advocate for the adoption of industry and regulatory standards encompassing security best practices.  He has extensive experience in the design and deployment of secure technologies such as firewall vulnerability management, intrusion detection/prevention systems, encryption solutions, single sign-on and strong two factor authentication for police forces and government, telecommunications, petro-chemical, healthcare, and financial organisations across the globe.

More recently, Paul’s focus has been to develop secure and innovative solutions that align to the UK government’s digital agenda, including PSN services. He understands the key issues that face public sector organisations today and works with government departments to embrace change by building solutions as a service that provide real business benefits and deliver significant cost savings.

Richard Barnes, Head of Public Services Network: Virgin Media Business

Andrew Cheel, UK Sales Enablement Manager & Ansible Ambassador: Unify (formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications)
Andrew has worked in the international field of IT/Telecommunications for the past 26 years as either an operational support professional, a strategic solutions architect or advance technologies ambassador. During his career he has worked for, or been on contract to some major organisations such as: Shell UK, Sema Group, BP Exploration, DSS, Herbert Smith (international Law Firm), Nokia Internet, Cisco Systems (EMEA) and Orange. In June 2005 he joined Siemens Enterprise Communications (now Unify) where he has worked as an Enablement & Technology Ambassador within EMEA. Andrew’s particular area of interest is in business change and user adoption of new working practices. 

James Davey, Head of Public Sector: Blackberry

Bob Falconer, CEO: Gamma
Bob joined Gamma as COO in early 2003, taking up the position of CEO in June 2004.

From 1987 to 1994 Bob was the global telecoms manager for ICI (prior to the de-merger of Zeneca), developing a global internal business unit providing consistent network services to ICI's businesses, JV's and trading partners worldwide.

From 1994 to 2002 Bob was a Director of Racal Telecom, with responsibility for all operational and technical aspects of the business, including the successful integration of BR-Telecom (the privatised telecoms arm of the UK Railway) and other major public and private outsourcing contracts. Following the sale of the business to Global Crossing in 2000, Bob was the VP responsible for business development and UK operations.

Bob's early career was at BT's Research Laboratories where he took a lead role in the development of multi-service networks, fault-tolerant systems, and patents for high reliability synchronisation systems.

Bob is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and a Fellow of the IEE.

Neil Mellor, Business Development Director PSN: BT Global Services and Marketing Director: PSNGB

Mike Parfitt, Senior Marketing Director, Central Government Sector: BT Global Services

Daniel Pratt, Public Sector Specialist: MobileIron

Keith Smith, PSN Development Manager: Virgin Media Business
Keith Smith has been with Virgin Media Business for three years, having previously held positions in many tier one and tier two telecommunications companies worldwide during his 28 year carrier to date. In his current position, Keith is part of Virgin Media Business’ UK Central Government, Business Development, and public procurement teams and is focused on the Public Services Network (PSN).

Since 2008 Keith has been working with government and industry to help define the PSN and bring it to life and is the Chair of the PSNGB Technical Committee.

Jeremy Spencer, Head of Propostions, Business Marketing: EE

Tim Wadey, Managed Services Director: Logicalis Group
Tim had a 21 year career in the Army before joining Logicalis UK. During his service he was deeply involved in IT and communications technology in support of military operations, culminating in a four-year tour within the Ministry of Defence defining and procuring satellite communication systems. He also developed an involvement in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), sitting on a number of professional committees.

He joined Logicalis in 2000 as a consultant and has held a number of management and sales focused roles. Tim was instrumental in the architecture, contractual structure and subsequent initial rollout of the PSBA (Public Sector Broadband Aggregation) network contract for the Welsh Government – perhaps the first PSN. Tim has spent time working across the business in Managed Services, Sales, Proposition Development and Marketing prior to assuming his current role as Managed Services Director in 2013.  In this role he has responsibility for the delivery of Managed Services, Data Centres, Infrastructure as a Service and Maintenance for over 600 different customers across the UK.

Jill Waters, Assistant Director: National Savings and Investments

Gregg Widdowson, Engineering Manager: Avaya UK

Ian Wilcox, PSN and Governance Manager: Easynet Global Service
Ian has worked as a supplier of systems and services to local and Central Government for 24 years and as a customer working for Hampshire County Council for 13 years.

At Easynet Global Service Ian is responsible for the Easynet Global Service PSN proposition, keeping it in line with PSN strategy and shaping compliant service propostions that meet customers needs.

Prior to joining the business, Ian worked for 2 years in the Cabinet Office PSN Programme Team representing Local Government issues on a day to day basis in developing the PSN model and presenting the PSN proposition at Local Government events and workshops.

At Hampshire County Council Ian was responsible for the creation of the Hampshire Public Services Network (HPSN), putting in place the partnership governance arrangements, recruiting members to the partnership and procuring a contract that was fit for purpose.  The HPSN2 was the first local government network to be PSN compliant.

During his time in the industry, Ian has managed the delivery and support, of systems and services, to Central and Local Government and the armed forces, including high assurance networks and multi-level secure systems.

Please note agenda, speakers and timings may be subject to change