Better Connected Live: Birmingham May 24/25

Better Connected Live is bringing together top level management in local public services with customer and service delivery management, web, digital and communications specialists, and those supporting widening digital participation. The two day event is being supported by a wide range of public sector partners including the Tinder Foundation; GO ON UK; Local CIO Council; Chartered Institution of Wastes Management; Planning Portal; ADASS Informatics Network; and the Society of Chief Librarians. Commercial sponsors and exhibitors will be announced soon.

Key topics under discussion at Better Connected Live will include devolution, and how this game-changer can be deployed in tandem with the digital opportunity to re-invent local public services, enabling better outcomes for individuals and local communities despite unprecedented and ongoing cuts in local budgets.

The range of Better Connected Live’s partners emphasise the fact that digital skills and inclusion are as important to the future of local public services as the design and delivery of digital services, and that digital services are only delivered where service management is as much engaged as IT and digital specialists.

Speakers at Better Connected Live include: Mark Rogers, chief executive of Birmingham City Council and President of the local authority chiefs organisation Solace; Martin Reeves, chief executive of Coventry City Council, newly appointed interim chief executive for the West Midlands Combined Authority, and Digital Lead for Solace; Geoff Connell, Director of ICT at OneSource (London Boroughs of Newham and Havering); Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital Officer at Leeds City Council, chair of the Local Public Services Chief Information Officers Council and member of the NHS National Information Board; Helen Milner, chief executive of the Tinder Foundation – managers of UK Online centres; Rachel Neaman, chief executive of GO ON; Amanda Derrick OBE, who led the Connect Digitally project; and Gerry McGovern, the internationally renowned digital management guru.

The event also includes

  • Four half-day events for heads of key services: one in each the key areas of waste and recycling (in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management); planning (in partnership with the Planning Portal); adult social care (in partnership with ADASS Informatics Network); and libraries (in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians).
  • Learning from Better Connected: a full day event for web and digital managers covering the findings of the 2015-16 Better Connected research into the quality and performance of local authority websites.
  • The Better Connected Awards and party: awards will be given for high performance based on assessments made in the 2015-16 Better Connected surveys

More information and bookings available on the website:

Book by 31 March at get 20% off!

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