CIO, Fife Council
Charlie originates from Glasgow but has lived in Fife for over 25 years now. Married with 2 children, His son is studying at University for a cybersecurity degree and his youngest daughter is at High School and her life revolves around horses.
Charlie is responsible for all matters relating to ICT – running, building, designing and planning. He is head of a Service of 230 individuals with a wide range of talents, skills and capabilities and supporting the complete range of Council Services and Trusts.
Career highs – Charlie has been fortunate to have a career covering all disciplines within IT – infrastructure, programming, business analysis and development, major projects/programmes, strategic planning – and for some of the largest companies in the UK and the world, including Scottish Provident now Santander UK, Raytheon, Scottish & Newcastle/Heineken, Scottish Government, Alcan. He’s enjoyed the roles has had in defence, retail/consumer, financial sector, central and local government - with the variety and different challenges they bring. Charlie is most at home during periods of progress and change and has had a key role in transforming companies on the back of the right systems and technology. In fact he has just passed his 32nd year working in IT.
Also, he is proud to say that Fife and BTS are now regarded highly within the Scottish public sector as a model of forward-thinking digital and ICT operation and development. Fife is often seen to be leading the way on initiatives and approaches to ICT and digital in the public sector.
Head of ICT, Aberdeenshire Council
Nicola has worked in ICT for the past 25 years having graduated from Napier University. Her career spans retail, finance, outsourcing and the public sector.
She joined Aberdeenshire Council as Head of ICT in 2011, with a remit to bring about change to ICT service provision. Nicola has led the organisation through a transformation programme, implementing new technology innovation, strengthening the skills of the ICT Team and developing the wider digital skills of the workforce. Nicola is now a key player in developing the Aberdeenshire Councils approach to Digital Services and bringing innovation to the rural North East.
Nicola is the current President of SOCITM, leading this year on the ethical use of emerging technologies. She also played a leading role in the setup of Scotland’s Local Government Digital Office and the creation of shared CDO and CTO roles across Local Government
Director of Digital Library Experiences, Solus UK
Liz is an award-winning Library and Information Specialist and a leader in the future vibrant and innovative library transformation movement, recognized for integrating technology, people, social and business strategies into effective new business models.
Named as one of Scotland’s Top Tech 100 2017 driving the digital agenda in Scotland - putting libraries, information and innovative technology on the map and recognized as one of the Scotsman’s top 10 Digital Disruptors 2016.
Previously as Head of Libraries and Information Service for the City of Edinburgh, Liz led a team to deliver Edinburgh’s first fully-online council service, social media suite and 24/7 interactive portals and apps taking the service from very poor to best in the UK.
Passionate about digital and social inclusion and creating physical and virtual space for sharing, learning and collaborating Liz also initiated Edinburgh’s innovative digital participation project.
This year on International Women’s Day Liz was honoured to be named as one of Scotland’s Women of Inspiration. Advisory Board member for Internet Librarian International and a former Member of the Institute of Informatics and Digital Innovation Advisory Board at Edinburgh Napier University.
Passionate about leadership, learning and inclusion and especially the future and potential of libraries in their communities.
Liz has presented her work around the world from Australia, US, Singapore and Buenos Aires to Paris and Amsterdam.
CIO, The City of Edinburgh Council
Over 25 years of IT and Business Management experience spanning both public and private sectors. A history of achievements covering ICT Digital Strategy, Service Delivery Management, Service and Contract Assurance, Commercial Management, Supplier Management, Delivery of IT and Transformation of Services. Focused on driving the City of Edinburgh Council IT strategy with Cyber Security at its heart.
Data Innovation Director, The University of Edinburgh
Ritchie has performed a wide range of different roles across local government, from Town Planning, Business Planning, Programme & Project Management to IT and Digital.
Previously Programme Strategy Manager for Edinburgh’s Connected Capital Programme, part of the Urban Broadband Fund, in 2013 he was appointed as Planning, Strategy and Relationship Manager to develop the ICT and Digital Strategy for the City of Edinburgh Council – Empowering Edinburgh.
Appointed as Innovation and Futures Manager at the City of Edinburgh Council in 2016, he supported the Council and its partners in the development of the Regional City Deal. He contributed to the BEIS-sponsored Science and Innovation Audit for South East Scotland, led by the University of Edinburgh, and subsequently assisted in the development of the Data Driven Innovation Programme, now part of the Regional City Deal. He has been seconded full-time to the University since summer 2017.
A co-founder of the Edinburgh Living Lab, he is a former Board Member of Digital Leaders Scotland, a Board member of the Cities Standards Institute, and a BSI Committee Member on Smart Cities. He is also an Associate of the Association for Project Management (AAPM), a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MILM) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
Director of Digital, NHS Education for Scotland
A 30+ year public sector information specialist, having worked across the health, culture and communication sectors. While employed by the Cabinet Office Christopher worked with the newly formed Government Digital Service and their development and application of Cloud and Agile based services. He is currently working in the Scottish NHS transforming a disparate and complex information landscape into a single unified environment putting individual members of the NHS and social care workforce at the centre of wholly redesigned services. This involves defining and delivering the NHS Scotland vision as laid out in the Scottish Government Digital Health & Care Strategy (2018) by implementing dynamic change through innovative and agile approaches to technical, cultural and organisational challenges by leading the design delivery of new services, underpinned by new technology.
Chief Digital Officer, Scottish Local Government Digital Office
Martyn leads the new Scottish Local Government Digital Office which was set up in 2016 to look at creating and delivering innovative digital solutions to help councils with the challenge of balancing their budgets whilst still delivering critical front line services.
Before joining the office Martyn’s career has been in the tech sector where he has worked for companies including Capita Secure Digital Solutions, Telefonica O2UK, BlackBerry, Computacenter and Compaq.
Throughout his career Martyn has worked with multiple private and public sector clients where he has helped advise, design, procure and implement solution within technical areas such as Internet of things, Cloud Services, Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP), Big Data and Managed Security Services. He has also seen and worked with new emerging trends, products and Technologies which have come to market in the last few years such as Drones, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality.
Digital Director, Scottish Government
Colin has held Head of Division roles in Public Health, Healthcare strategy, Cabinet Secretariat and Digital. A former marketing director of Army Recruiting and Royal Mail's letters business, Colin is also a trustee of The Poppy Factory, a charity that helps disabled, sick and injured ex-service people back into work.
The Director of Digital is responsible for improving connectivity across Scotland, designing and implementing digital public services that meet user needs, enabling public service reform through digital technology and approaches, raising levels of digital participation amongst individuals and businesses, and transforming Scotland's digital economy.