Tuesday 9th January 2018, Cloth Hall Court, Leeds LS1 2HA

Plenary speakers

Conference Chair, Phil Gibson, Avoca Associates, and previously Chair of Innopsis

Phil Gibson heads up Avoca Associates, a consultancy that works with smaller companies looking to secure more government business in the UK. For the last 5 years he has chaired Innopsis, the industry association for companies that deliver networking solutions to the public sector.  Innopsis was created from the Public Services Network Governing body, (the PSNGB), and Phil has been involved with PSN since its inception, chairing the work-stream that developed the operating model and the challenging governance processes that were needed to make it work.
Prior to Avoca he headed up the Public Sector Business Development team at Virgin Media Business. Before Virgin he was Head of Strategic Business at Cable and Wireless and Head of Local Government at Energis, where he created ‘Government Connect’ as a response to the need for better information sharing in the wake of the Victoria Climbié tragedy. Phil has also held senior positions at NextiraOne, Alcatel and BT where he began his career in engineering.

Phil has managed to fit in two ‘Grand Design’ projects in the last 10 years and is stepping away from Innopsis in 2018 to embark on his third. He is also a serial classic car restorer and is happiest behind a welding mask!

David Corbett, NHS Wi-Fi Programme Director, NHS Digital

David Corbett is a Prince 2 and MSP practitioner, graduate of the Cabinet Office Project Leadership Programme (PLP), and an experienced health IT Programme Head. He has over 10 years experience working with Clinicians, Information Management & Technology teams, Royal Colleges, other Professional Bodies, Patient Groups, Government departments and suppliers to deploy IT systems and services to NHS organisations and on-line services to patients throughout England.

In June 2016 he was appointed Programme Head for the NHS WiFi Programme, taking on responsibility for the leadership and delivery of the NHS WiFi Programme, part of the Paperless 2020 portfolio of programmes.

The NHS WiFi Programme has been established to meet a Secretary of State commitment to support the provision of free WiFi for patients, and health and care professionals across 9,500+ GP surgeries and 220+ secondary care Trusts across England, and was one of four recommendations made by Martha Lane Fox to the Department of Health to drive forward digital inclusion and take up of digital technologies.

Prior to his current role, David has managed several significant projects across the healthcare sector including:

-    A Programme Head role for the Data Delivery work stream of ‘care.data’, a major project on the Government's Major Project Portfolio. The programme was established to increase the range of information collected across all NHS-funded services for purposes beyond direct care.

-    Managing the South Acute Programme, a £100 million+ procurement programme supporting 20+ hospitals in the South of England to locally procure and deploy clinical systems.

-    Leading Department for Health Informatics team supporting the DH QIPP National Urgent Care Clinical Dashboard (UCCD) project. By 31 March 2012 the project had supported the delivery of dashboards to 30 PCTs and pathfinder clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), covering over 1,000 GP practices and six million patients.

Outside of work he spends his time running a successful small sports events management company, representing his running club and county in events including marathons, half marathons, 24hr endurance events and cross-country races, and supporting his children including his young daughter who is a county and regional swimming champion.

Donna Braisby, NHS Wi-Fi Programme Manager, NHS Digital

Donna is an NHS Programme Manager with 10 years project and programme management experience.  She worked for Her Majesty’s Prison Service as an operational prison governor before joining NHS Digital and has been involved in many national programmes including Female Genital Mutilation Prevention, National Benchmarking, Fair and Sustainable Modelling and now NHS Wi-Fi all of which have delivered real benefits to patients, prisoners, the public and clinical staff whilst saving significant amounts of public money.

Donna is passionate about making a difference by improving patient experience, public perception and is keen to engage with all stakeholders to achieve these.  

Donna has two young children and lives in a Doncaster village. She enjoys precious family time and is known for taking a holiday at every opportunity!

Matt O'Donovan, Chief Executive Officer, WiFI SPARK

Matt is the founder and CEO of WiFi SPARK. With over 30 years of IT experience in VP roles in leading telephony and technology vendors, Matt has a broad understanding of the technology landscape.  Matt has a vision to bring cost effective, secure internet access to as wide a range of users as possible. He believes passionately in his business, citing customer service and quality as the most important factors in its success.


Work session speakers

Adrian Baker, Security, Collaboration and Networking Practice Director, Capita
Adrian is a leading technology advocate, passionate about helping customers realise the full relevance and value of their ICT investment.  Highly qualified, and with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, he specialises in the world of conversations, supporting organisations as they seek to use technology to communicate more effectively. Whilst he has worked across multiple sectors, he has recently specialised in healthcare, driving the implementation and adoption of the latest workplace solutions to improve Trust waiting times. Adrian joined the Capita Networking Solutions team in 2016 and is now Security, Collaboration & Networks Practice Director, responsible for the development of new propositions and the pre-sales consulting team.

Gareth Bulpin, Technical Development Network and Support Manager, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Andy Carter, Engineering Manager, telent

Dean Cookson, Head of Marketing, Purple

Alastair Cartwright, Director of Informatics, Leeds North CCG
Having worked in the health sector for over 30 years, Alastair has held senior Information and IT roles in both secondary care and health commissioning. Alastair is a technology graduate and has been the Chief Information Officer for health commissioners in Leeds for over 5 years. He is currently the Programme Director for the Leeds Health and Care digital programme and the Digital lead for the West Yorkshire Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation partnership. He chairs the Leeds Care Record Board, Leeds Information Governance Steering Group and the West Yorkshire and Harrogate CIOs network.

Rob Farmer, Business Manager, BT Wi-Fi
Robert is the Sales Business Manager for the Health Sector in BT Wi-Fi. He has over 7 years’ experience in the public wi-fi market working across many different industries and has been responsible for some of the largest roll outs across the UK.   In the last 12 months Robert has worked closely with the NHS Digital team to help set the standards for the NHS Digital Wi-fi programme as well as working with numerous NHS CCGs, CSUs and Trusts to help on their own individual Wi-fi requirements.

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer, Redcentric
Mark Hall Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, has over 28 years’ experience in the development and execution of business growth strategies enabled via current and emerging technologies. Working within the managed service provider, telecommunications and IT service-based industries, across complex private, central government and healthcare sectors.

Multifaceted responsibility within the senior management team, Mark is tasked with providing critical direction and strategic leadership to fuel the expansion of Redcentrics portfolio of managed services and advanced software solutions into the private and public sectors and sits on several invitation-only steering committees.

Paul Maddox, Client Director - Healthcare, O2
Having worked in the IT and Telecoms industries for over 20 years, Paul is passionate about developing client partnerships that deliver operational efficiency and real cost savings. ITiL and Prince qualified, Paul has spent the last 8 years working closely with various types of Public Sector organisations helping to drive better outcomes for citizens.

After experiencing the dedicated care provided by the NHS when his children were in need, Paul appreciates the reality of the challenges faced and is committed to supporting the NHS to adopt new technology and become more efficient. Four years’ ago Paul joined O2 and heads up the Healthcare Practice, a specialist team that supports the provision of mobile and ICT services for the NHS. He believes firmly that commercial organisations should also add social value, and that telecoms providers have a key role to play in the evolution of integrated Health and Social Care in Britain.

Tracy Scriven, Director of Healthcare, WiFi SPARK
Tracy is the font of knowledge for WiFi in the NHS and she has spent the last 8 years working collaboratively with NHS Trusts to develop the ultimate patient WiFi offering. Tracy is a champion of the patients and staff in the NHS and has extended the WiFi SPARK product offering to include innovative and user-friendly WiFi solutions.

Keith Smith, Business Development Manager, Virgin Media Busines
Public sector guru, part Business Development Manager, part techie, science fiction buff Keith focuses the bulk of his work on market place development. He does this by creating business opportunities that many, or indeed all sales and account managers, can utilise right across the sector.

He also gets involved in the more complex customer specific opportunities, when he feels there is scope for wider business to be ‘unlocked’.
Vying for the position of ‘World’s Busiest Man’ Keith also volunteers much of his free time to event management conventions with proceeds usually going to charity. Indeed, in 2014 he took on the role of Tech Director to help run the World Science Fiction Convention in London which attracted an eye-popping 11,000 attendees.

A passion for film editing has also seen him produce videos used at public sector conferences where Virgin Media Business has presence. It seems hard to believe, but amongst such a packed schedule Keith still finds the time (just about) to pursue other interests such as motorsport, software development and politics.

Tom Worley, Head of WiFi, Virgin Media Business
Tom is an experienced Product Management professional with a technical background who has held a number of roles across the IT and Telecoms industry. As Head of Product Management for Virgin WiFi, Tom is responsible for shaping the vision, direction and developing the future WiFi portfolio for Virgin Media Business.

Outside of work, Tom is a passionate road cyclist and organises several international, multiday tours every year. However his navigational skills are questionable as he’s admitted to previously leading the team into an underground motorway. It’s just lucky that his sense of direction in business is considerably better!

Tom is a closet geek and always looking to exploit the latest and greatest technology in his work and personal life, much to his wife’s dismay.

Speakers, sessions and times may be subject to change