Welcome from Lord Maude of Horsham, Chair, Digital Leaders

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Francis Maude served over 25 years on the front bench in the House of Commons, including posts as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster-General, as well as Member of Parliament representing Horsham in Sussex, and then as Baron Maude of Horsham as Minister of State for Trade and Investment until April 2016.

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Opening remarks from the Conference Chair

9.30am  Mark Thompson, Strategy Director, Methods

Mark has 24 years of information and systems and change management experience, and in addition to his academic role is Strategy Director & Co-owner of Methods Group, where he has created two thriving start-ups since 2011 (Methods Advisory and Methods Digital). He is a member of the UK Cabinet Office National Data Steering Group, UK National Audit Office Digital Advisory Panel, Digital Leaders Advisory Board, and invited Board member, TechUK. Prior to Methods, Mark was a Change Management Consultant at Accenture.

You can follow Mark on Twitter @markthompson1

Session 1: Digital Government post the election and pre-Brexit

9.45am – 10.30am

9.45am  Keynote - The Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Former Digital Economy Minister at DCMS

From 2010 to 2016 Vaizey was the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries,[2] with responsibilities in the Departments for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He was appointed a member of the Privy Council in July 2016.

You can follow Ed on Twitter @edvaizey

10.00am Keynote - Jacqueline de Rojas, Tech UK President

Advisory Board Member to DL and VP and President of TechUK, Jacqueline is a believer in smart partnering and tech that makes life easy. She dedicates much of her time to encouraging and empowering women in tech. Jacqueline was recently named Computer Weekly’s most influential women in UK IT.

You can follow Jacqueline on Twitter @JdR_Tech


10.15AM keynote - Emma Jones, Crown representatives for SMEs

Emma was appointed as Small Business Crown Representative in July 2016. She was selected for the role because of her wealth of experience in working with SMEs. She is the founder of small business support group Enterprise Nation, and the co-founder of StartUp Britain.

You can follow Emma on Twitter @SMECrownRep