2019 Agenda

Day 1 - 25 JUNE 2019
Day 2 - 26 JUNE 2019
Digital and Technology
Commissioning and Procurement
Public Finance
Workforce and Leadership
Assets and Estates Management
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Day 1 - 25 JUNE 2019
Day 2 - 26 JUNE 2019

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Digital and Technology

10:00 am - 10:05 am

Opening chair address

10:05 am - 10:40 am

Culture, Training & Resources: Bridging the public sector digital skills gap

  • Pre-empting the impact of digitalisation on skill needs and public sector workforce
  • Adjusting recruitment efforts to the realities of the modern labour landscape, and attracting young digital talent
  • Investment into effective digital-first training
  • Focusing on developing digital career paths, opening up recruitment and changing pay structures to attract key staff

10:05 am - 10:40 am

The ethics of technology, managing risk against opportunity

  • Striking a balance between the benefits of new technology, and the ethical risks they pose in complex and disjointed work environments
  • The use of AI, RPA, Machine Learning, Chat Bots, Cloud and more
  • Instilling confidence in the face of previous technology scandals
  • Implementing new protections at every stage of transformation
  • Exploring the cultural barriers and fears linked to the abuse of technology and the jobs they may replace
  • The opportunity for job creation in the context of more value-added tasks
  • The opportunity for skills development in the area of coding, robotics, AI management etc

11:50 am - 12:25 am

Capitalising on the data revolution to transform public services

  • Helping local and central government achieve their full potential in data science
  • Developing dedicated training to grow the public sector data profession and community
  • Using new data technologies to improve the provision of public services, design more effective policies, and to measure policy outcomes more accurately
  • Exploring how Big Data can be harnessed to provide insights into service strategy and service delivery

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

Delivering smart cities and digitally enabled urban transformation

  • The progress of country wide urban transformation
  • Ensuring cities are underpinned by the correct digital infrastructure to address present and future urban challenges
  • The uptake of cloud technology across the public sector, and exploiting data insights/streams more intelligently
  • Collaborating cross sector to identify best practice and city challenges, to exploit the opportunities presented by new and emerging technologies that can drive innovation in areas such as, Health and social care, Mobility, Planning and regeneration
  • The challenges and vulnerabilities more connected cities are exposed to and what steps can be taken to combat this

Assets & Estates Management

10:10 am - 10:40 am

Opening Keynote: Future proofing an estate with annual running costs over £20bn

  • Key Pillars of the 2018 Government Estate Strategy
  • An outline of the new Government Property Agency: it’s structure, purpose and strategy
  • The Government Hubs Commitment – establishing a total of around 20 Government Hubs across the UK, showcasing best practice in Smarter Working, by 2023
  • One Public Estate: Engaging local public sector bodies to work together to manage their land and property
  • Facilitating relocation plans to move public servants out of London and the surrounding area, with no more than 20 efficient, fit-for purpose buildings, operating as a single entity with flexible space remaining in Whitehall

10:15 am - 10:20 am

Opening chair address

10:20 am - 10:35 am

Update from the newly appointed chief executive of the GPA

  • Supporting government and the wider public sector to manage their estate more efficiently and effectively
  • Unlocking surplus land for housing, and encouraging the creation of public service jobs outside London to support economic growth
  • Building capacity and capability in the property function across government through leadership of the Government Property Profession
  • The Government Estate Strategy 2018

1:05 pm - 1:45 pm

Creating the smart estate

  • A look at the burgeoning digital connectivity landscape, and its impact of estate design and management
  • Optimising the management and maintenance of buildings through the deployment of smart systems
  • The role of emerging technology and how it will impact the property/facilities management profession
  • How Smart Working is transforming workplace decision-making, attitudes and behaviours

1:05 pm - 1:45 pm

Greening the public sector estate: sustainable energy

  • The green energy agenda and the work around driving income for the local councils
  • Developing collaborative approaches to green energy procurement
  • Understanding low-carbon heat and power generation systems
  • Reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions across homes and public buildings

3:05 pm - 3:45 pm

Saving money through the right estate’s procurement framework

  • An overview of the £430 million expected to be procured through Crown Commercial Service Property Frameworks
  • Increasing the focus on estates procurement through SMEs and focusing on regional expertise
  • How to maximise the efficiencies of your organisation’s estates procurement
  • Looking at flexible pricing models, hourly/daily rates, lump sum and tailoring contracts to clients’ needs

3:05 pm - 3:45 pm

How technology is transforming the future of the workplace

  • The future of facilities management and technology will be a major force for change
  • How technology, AI, IoT and data science solutions will enable public sector properties to be more sustainable, with fully optimised assets
  • Practical examples of what is already possible and, on the horizon, to enhance the performance, productivity and wellbeing of workplaces and the people who occupy them

Commissioning & Procurement

10:00 am - 10:40 am

Procurement as an enabler and debunking the myths

  • Building ‘quality’ relationships with both communities and suppliers via pre-engagement, to better inform commissioning and procurement activities
  • Adopting a whole systems approach to procurement
  • Identifying how different organisational functions beyond commissioning and procurement feed into a frame the parameters of social value
  • Making sense of the commissioning and procurement cycle, and the role this has in conceptualising the various ways to deliver social value

10:05 am - 10:20 am

An update from the Crown Commercial Service’s new chief executive

  • How CCS is helping to make savings for customers in both central government and the wider public sector
  • Achieving maximum value from every commercial relationship
  • Improving the quality of service delivery for common goods and services across government

10:20 am - 10:35 am

An update from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

  • Update on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collectively enhance, and further improve commercial capability across the Civil Service
  • Progress of the agreement to support the Government Commercial Function in optimizing commercial training delivery
  • Progress of the commercial leaders’ forum to develop views from industry and key Government initiatives

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm

Understanding how to create and drive a successful collaborative procurement partnership

  • Working with other purchasing authorities to deliver greater efficiencies through collaborative procurement
  • Reducing the number of tendering exercises to lower administrative costs, and allow public sector organisations to spend more time on specialised purchases
  • Sourcing suppliers locally and ethically to generate local growth and wider social value
  • Placing proper emphasis on pre-market engagement with suppliers


12:50 pm - 1:40 pm

Maximising your procurement profile & engaging early with the supplier market

  • Building up the profile of the procurement function to maximise its influence across markets
  • Alerting suppliers to the procurement activity of purchasing authorities much earlier
  • Engaging with the markets themselves much earlier
  • Using ‘soft engagement’ as a tool
  • Providing suppliers with more time and information to craft their bids, and match solutions to tender requirements more effectively
  • Facilitating increased SME and Not for Profit engagement
  • Attracting the right talent to the procurement profession
  • Developing commercial, contract management and negotiation skills
  • Developing competitive procurement career paths

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm

Developing contract management skills to support the delivery of social value

  • The steps to ensuring social value is truly at the core of a contract, and part and parcel of what a supplier contract is seeking to deliver
  • How effective pre-engagement with suppliers’ feeds into and improves the contract management cycle
  • Understanding the resources available to monitor and administer a contract
  • Establishing a clear and shared understanding (Between buyer and supplier) of the impact of success or failure to deliver – payments and deductions, rectification, termination
  • Contractual mechanisms for contract monitoring and management twinned with a relational approach which gives early warning of concerns or risks

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm

Best practice and approaches to sustainable procurement

  • Using procurement as a means of reducing the environmental impact of sourced goods and services
  • Realizing the benefits of ethical procurement in relation to communities, local economies and SME’s
  • Developing approaches to procurement in line with UN’s sustainable development goals

Workforce and Leadership

10:10 am - 10:50 am

Building resilience in your workforce & community

  • Developing adaptable strategies in the face of financial, workforce and community crisis
  • Ensuring the skills of the local authority workforce are aligned with any frontier planning
  • Putting measures in place to provide personal and individual support to staff and leadership
  • Ensuring communities are more involved with and prepared for emergencies
  • Leveraging community networks more effectively so that time is not wasted communicating during crisis periods
  • Enabling communities to respond and recover from emergencies more quickly

10:15 am - 10:50 am

The link between leadership and sustainable productivity

  • Insights from the Public Services Leadership Taskforce 2018 report
  • Exploration of the evidence suggesting that the success of public services depends, at least in part, on effective and collaborative leaders who can form strong partnerships across organisational boundaries
  • Highlights/findings of March 2019 white paper detailing the scope of the NCPSL
  • Six emerging areas that have been identified as the difference between the development of competent and outstanding leaders

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm

Managing public sector talent and the challenges of recruitment, retention and development

  • Implementing new sourcing, talent management and succession strategies
  • Committing to providing ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • Developing an aligned rewards and compensation strategy
  • Building a people centred communications strategy
  • Innovative training and organisational enhancement techniques to promote retention and development
  • Practical steps that HR departments can take to close the gender gap, e.g. positive action, building staff networks and creating women’s champions
  • Investing in training and professional development for women
  • Implementing programmes that build and maintain women’s confidence, self-belief and resilience
  • Improving careers guidance – how schools and universities can ensure a stream of potential women employees across all sectors

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Developing confident communication skills for leaders

  •  Gain quick tips to come across as a more confident leader
  • Learn how to be more assertive in the workplace
  • Tips to use assertive language in the workplace
  • Communication and personal impact: using breathing and voice tools to keep calm and exert power

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

What role HR plays when things go wrong

  • Whistleblowing
  • Bullying and harassment
  • How to bring professional values to bear
  • Increasing transparency and equipping workforce to handle challenges

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Delivering smarter ways of working through smarter workplaces

Creating working environments that empower staff and make best use of workplaces and technology, while also realising savings for the taxpayer

Adopting smarter working behaviours

Giving staff the opportunity to work differently and from a location that suits the task

Using technology in combination with flexible working to solve capacity crisis

Public Finance

10:05 am - 10:10 am

Opening Chair Address

10:10 am - 10:45 am

Creating the Commercial Council: how Rushcliffe is managing risk and investing for the future

  • Property investment into office blocks and warehouses for long term leasing, in predicted high growth areas
  • Developing a sustainable income maximization and generation strategy
  • Reshaping organisational culture through progressive training, to support the development of commercial skills and commercial thinking
  • Understanding risk management and knowing where and when to invest taxpayer money
  • How Rushcliffe created the award winning environmental company Street Wise Environmental to grow is corporate services

10:10 am - 10:45 am

Opening Keynote: balancing the books – Northamptonshire’s £165m challenge

  • General outline of the Council’s position, having been declared bankrupt twice in the same year
  • Exploration of the ‘Stabilisation & Recovery Plan’
  • Financial Plan – Focussing on productivity growth, investment and prevention
  • Cultural plan – Impact of negative press coverage on staff morale, recruitment and retention
  • Journey to unitary, and outline of the proposal to reform the Council and it’s seven districts into two unitary authorities

12:55 pm - 1:35 pm

Creating your Local Industrial Strategy – the ‘Four Corridors’ approach

  • The Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc
  • The role of local government in developing the foundations for economic growth and productivity
  • How to exploit regional economic assets and bolster entrepreneurialism and attract investment
  • How the development and ongoing delivery of a local industrial strategy can help alleviate the ‘Grand Challenges’ facing the public sector
  • Fostering collaboration between local and central government and the private sector

12:55 pm - 1:35 pm

Local authority property investment and regeneration – risk versus reward

  • How to use commercial property investment as an income stream to bolster local government finances
  • The risks of ‘Borrowing in advance of demand’
  • Where should local authorities invest and assessing the impact
  • Risks to consider when investing in commercial property in your local area
  • Affects property investment can have on the wider marketplace

2:55 pm - 3:20 pm

Driving improvements across the finance profession to support front line services

  • Delivering of financial reform across Government
  • Putting finance at the Heart of Decision Making
  • Engagement, collaboration and integration to deliver more efficient public services
  • The outlook for the future – potential pitfalls and opportunities for the years to come