Building better leaders for the digital world: the Socitm Leadership Academy

Socitm is a society of professionals; its members have a vested interest in both contributing to and learning from current best practice. However, they are also concerned with developing themselves and their colleagues to be better leaders today – and tomorrow. It is to these ends that the Socitm Leadership Academy is dedicated.

We have recently produced two documents on Modern Leadership. In the third document ‘Leadership in a Digital World’ we asked Socitm Leadership Academy director Steve Cliff to describe what the Academy is and how it operates from the ‘insider’s perspective’. We also surveyed Academy alumni for their views from the ‘outside’.

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Building better leaders for the digital world: the Socitm Leadership Academy

Socitm and LCIOC make great strides in advancing the governments transformation agenda

Medical equipment next to keyboard, illustrates the NHS National Information Board for Paperless 2020 programme.

Socitm has made great strides in advancing the Government’s public service transformation agenda through the work of the Local Public Service CIO Council (LCIOC).

The LCIOC was set up by Socitm in 2008 to represent the interests of local government into national government (then represented by the Chief Information Officer Council and since by the Government Digital Service). The Chair of LCIOC is Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital and Information Officer, City of Leeds and the Vice Chair is, Noelle Godfrey, Programme Director and Head of Digital Infrastructure, Cambridge County Council.

The Council meet four times a year to review where local government can support or challenge the public service transformation agenda, to discuss issues relevant to local government service re-design and transformation, and to better represent local government issues into national policy and delivery forums.

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Socitm and LCIOC make great strides in advancing the governments transformation agenda

Local CIO Council calls for more involvement with Warps

By SA Mathieson, editor of Socitm In Our View magazine

Socitm members should increase their engagement with Warp security groups, according to speakers at the Local Public Service CIO Council (LCIOC) on 28th June.

During a discussion on cyber security, held at the Connected Local Government Live event* in Birmingham, council members recommended that each local authority’s IT security staff should be engaged with a warning, advice and reporting point group to share experiences. This was particularly important given the Wannacry ransomware attack on the NHS in May and a new wave of cyber attacks hitting organisations worldwide as the meeting took place.

Socitm is a founding member of the Local Government Cybersecurity Stakeholder Group, which also involves the Local Government Association, Solace, Adass and the National Cyber Security Centre. The group’s most recent meeting discussed how to improve responses to incidents, with building regional capacity seen as one way to achieve this.

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Local CIO Council calls for more involvement with Warps

Socitm Advisory Appointed to Help Birmingham City Council Improve their ICT

We are pleased to announce that Socitm Advisory has been appointed by Birmingham City Council (BCC) to provide additional capacity and capability into the Council’s Information, Technology and Digital Services Team, to support an extensive programme to deliver a major component of the ICT and Digital strategy.

This is a longer-term engagement following Socitm Advisory’s initial phases of work, which concluded at the end of May.

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Socitm Advisory Appointed to Help Birmingham City Council Improve their ICT

An alphabet for empowering Women in IT: Taking Collaboration to the Next level

By Ruby Dixon,Transformation Consultant, lead WiT Board Member

The ever-expanding technology sector now constitutes around 8.4 per cent of the total UK economy. Competition for jobs is tough regardless of the applicant’s capabilities. Despite this, the sector is famously under-resourced. There are 105,000 vacancies in ICT (e-skills) and even with 30,000+ graduates in Computing Sciences, it takes time before new staff can be trained to fill the gap. A raft of interesting up-to-date workplace research has been undertaken on how women are under-represented at all levels of the IT sector.

Equalities is a strong area for our public sector, but local government (LG) is arguably at a disadvantage to the private sector when recruiting and incentivising the IT’s best talent – regardless of gender.

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An alphabet for empowering Women in IT: Taking Collaboration to the Next level

Why GDPR is a local government game changer, and what to do about it

GDPR may be just four little letters, but it’s a colossal issue for organisations and businesses of all sizes. An acronym for General Data Protection Regulation, it represents how the law is changing in relation to data protection. And as local government and public sector organisations work with significant volumes of data – and data that is often very sensitive – GDPR, and getting compliant with it, should be at the forefront of all such organisations.

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Why GDPR is a local government game changer, and what to do about it

Connected Local Government Live to cover cuts, smart places and Better Connected

Connected Local Government Live, a two-day successor to last year’s Better Connected Live event, will take place in Birmingham on 28 and 29 June.

Following their quarterly invitation-only meeting on 28 June, members of the Local CIO Council will be leading two special workshop events open to all delegates. Leeds City Council’s chief digital and information officer Dylan Roberts will chair a debate on the motion “This House believes that given the cuts to public services and in particular local government, councils have to focus their resources on delivering frontline services and outcomes rather than invest in better cyber security and IT.” Siobhan Coughlan, programme manager at the Local Government Association will speak in favour – while Socitm president and Norfolk County Council head of IMT Geoff Connell will oppose it.

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Connected Local Government Live to cover cuts, smart places and Better Connected