Events

Solace Annual Symposium ‘Whitehall Dialogues’

Date

4 Dec 2014

Address

Cardinal Place
80-100 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 5JL

Time

11:00:0017:00:00

This event was sponsored by

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Aim of the Event

The theme this year was ‘The Future Political Landscape’. With the oncoming general election and constant changing political arena, this is the ideal forum to hear from each party representative who will communicate their vision of short and long term policies and the implications these will have for Local Government. Thus ensuring Solace members are fully briefed regarding the challenges and opportunities for their areas of responsibility enabling informed leadership decisions.

Symposium Programme 

11.00

Registration with refreshments and Networking

11.30

Welcome and Introduction to the Symposium from Solace
Chair: Jo Miller, Chief Executive, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

11.40

Welcome and Introduction to Microsoft in Local Government
Speaker: Neil Carter, Director of Local Government, Microsoft UK

11.45

Opening Session: Business Reimagined or How the world of work is broken, and what we can do to fix it
Speaker: Angus Foreman, CTO, Microsoft Consulting Services
A thought-provoking session which examines the way modern technology has affected our lives; how we work in the digital age; and examines how technology we use in our personal lives actually fits our expectations for our day-to-day business.

12.30

The Future: the view from Labour
Speaker: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

13.15

Lunch and Networking.
During lunch you will also be able to visit Microsoft’s 'Customer Experience Centre' for a 'mobility experience around a day in the life of a modern Public Servant', where you will be able to explore different working environments and how technology can and will help us communicate, collaborate and stay connected in the future.

14.15

The Future: the view from the Tories
Speaker: Cllr Gary Porter, Leader of the Conservative Group, LGA

15.00

The Future: the view from the Liberal Democrats
Speaker: Stephen Williams MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

15.45

Academic – Political Analyst: What does all this mean?
Speaker: Professor Tony Travers, Director, LSE London

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16.30

Round up and Summary

17.00

Seminar Ends