Each DL local region has nominated champions for 2019 who are leading the push to bring innovation into public services. The ten are working in different sectors across the UK, looking to find digital solutions, technology businesses innovating in public services and those brokering the interaction. With thanks to our regional partners and for the expert input of GDS, the Local Digital Collaboration Unit and Public.io
CEO & Co-Founder, PUBLIC
Daniel Korski CBE is the Chief Executive Officer at PUBLIC and has 20 years of experience in senior positions in government across the UK, EU, and US. Daniel was most recently Deputy Head of Policy at No. 10 Downing Street and Special Advisor to David Cameron. Daniel was previously adviser to the Vice-President of the European Commision and has worked for the UN and Foreign Office in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. He co-founded PUBLIC to enable tech startups to transform the way public services are run and delivered.
Director of Innovation, Aston University
In my Aston role, I bring together academics, policy makers and companies to develop strategic projects. In the last year, I was on secondment with WMCA, working with the Chair of the Digital Board on Digital projects. I have also worked with the WM5G team supporting them with engagement with the local ecosystem. I also recently chaired a panel at women’s voice on digital and co-hosted a digital zone event with Wow-Zone.
I've worked in the VR space since 2008. Co founded Vector76 a 100% virtual reality company. Collaborated with Gateshead council in establishing VRTGO Labs the north easts VR cluster incubator in 2014. In 2017 I helped roadmap plans for Proto, Europes leading emerging technology centre based in Gateshead. In 2016 produced the 360vr pitch video that helped bring The Great Exhibition of the North to NewcastleGatshead. During the GEOTN produced Stepenson's Rocket reimagined with long time VR collabirator Frankie Cavanagh.
Business Intelligence & IT Systems Service Manager, Stockport Council
Craig provides strategic leadership on initiatives to better leverage one the most important assets to any business; data. A passionate and experienced data leader, Craig focusses on extracting maximum value from data including insight generation, automation and the application of data science to solve business challenges. Collaborating with colleagues locally and across the country, Craig has overseen many projects focussed on solving problems common to a number of localities, including a successful Local Digital Fund bid to support a project providing social workers with information to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children.
NI Direct Business Development Director, BT
With over 30 years’ experience in the local IT industry, Mark has worked extensively these last seven years with the Northern Ireland Digital Transformation Service, to support the development of digital and citizen contact strategies, whilst delivering over 35 new digital services that are truly transformed and user focused “end to end”.
Working closely in true partnership, utilising over 80 local specialist IT/digital companies, we have been able to accelerate the pace of change and digital uptake in NI.
Mark is also involved in driving the SMART places agenda locally – connecting people, places and information in innovative and meaningful ways.
Head of CivTech®, Scottish Government
Alexander set up CivTech®, the Scottish Government's ground-breaking award-winning innovation programme, in 2015. CivTech takes public sector challenges and matches them with entrepreneurial tech talent through streamlined procurement processes. About to start on its 4th cycle, CivTech has run 26 challenge-based procurements, securing £m of contracts for companies and savings for the public sector.
Chief Executive, Adur District & Worthing Borough Councils
CEO of Adur & Worthing Councils. Over the last 3 years fully adopted Government As A Platform and now building low code self build Applications on a robust bespoke platform (Salesforce and MATSOFT). This is underpinned by robust design methodology (and systems leadership across sectors) to ensure the right needs are met by new digital products.
Agitated for and then led West Sussex wide Ultrafast Broadband Project (and obtained DCMS funding). Now leading West Sussex Coastal Project to bring Fibre To The Home across the coastal strip. Negotiations with CityFibre to unlock the £25 million of investment in Adur and Worthing (FTTH to 170,000 residents and businesses) to be launched shortly.
Sponsor of MHCLG "open community" project (jointly with Buckinghamshire and Devon Counties) developing a prototype service directory for localities that can be used at national scale.
CEO, Bristol is Open
Julie is a passionate Smart City fan and can see considerable opportunities that could take Bristol is Open to the next level.
Passionate about making the Bristol region a leader in the creation of people led Smart Urban Transformation, by creating inclusive Digital and Social change for the greater good of all. We do this by gaining an understanding of the real problems that need addressing. We can then design technology solutions with people engagement to actual address these issues. Ensuring all digital solutions are delivered in a responsible / ethical way.
Julie is recognised as a thought leader, driving change across City / Urban regions that delivers to the “problem” using technology to address the need.
Head of Enterprise and Community Development, Monmouthshire County Council
Monmouthshire is a beautiful county however its rurality doesn’t lend itself well to digital infrastructure installations. As Head of Enterprise and Community Development for Monmouthshire County Council, Cath focuses her time agitating government bodies and digital infrastructure partners to improve digital connectivity across the county and principality. Monmouthshire does however lend itself as a test bed for digital innovation and Cath has facilitated several projects ranging from TV Whitespace to 5G Testbeds also securing £1.25M from the GovTech Challenge utilising ICT to address loneliness and rural public transport issues. As an active member of Wales’ Superfast ICT Exploitation Advisory Panel, Cath helps shape opportunities to maximise the business benefits of broadband.
Chief Digital and Information Officer, City of Leeds
Dylan holds the position of Chief Digital and Information Officer for Leeds City Council and the Leeds NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, leading the delivery of better outcomes for people and the economy through digital and information.
Notable projects in train is the development of the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record to integrate systems across the region that as well as providing integrated care, through an open platform approach that opens up the opportunity for new developments to meet the individual needs of the 5.2 million people, a connectivity project to provide full fibre to 1400 public sector end points and an project to meet the ambition of getting 100% of people digitally literate in Leeds.