Chris Riley is an active Socitm member, a graduate of the Socitm Top Talent Programme, and chair of
the Socitm North West Region, as well as an ICT professional with 35 years’ experience, nearly all
in the public sector.
Chris champions true, ‘blank sheet of paper’, transformation alongside continuous improvement to
business as usual. If elected as VP, Chris plans to champion and grow Socitm’s support for members
from second tier authorities, which represent a large proportion of local authorities and are expected
to be able to cover all specialisms within ICT, but have least finances available.
Passionate about challenging the a natural at putting his head over the parapet to ask questions,
Chris wants to raise the stature of the ICT managers, CIOs and CTOs within authorities. To do this
Chris would like to elevate the professional aspect of Socitm, boosting the credentials of qualified
members to be held in the same regard as other professions.
Head of ICT at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Steve currently serves as the Head of ICT and Corporate Procurement for Neath Port Talbot County
Borough Council, a unitary authority based in South Wales. He has been with the council since it
formed in 1996 and prior to his current post he was the Technical Support Manager.
Starting his career as a mainframe operator in West Glamorgan County Council at its 1974 inception,
Steve has progressed through the ICT as the industry evolved and diversified too. He is the current
chair of Socitm Cymru and also hold positions on the Socitm Members’ Advisory Council and the Socitm
Local CIO Council. Within Wales he represents the Welsh unitary authorities on the Public Sector
Broadband Aggregation (PSBA) Board and also the Learning in Digital Wales (LiDW) programme board.
In his current role at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, he jointly leads in developing,
implementing and supporting the council’s digital agenda. He is a strong believer in ICT as a major
enabler of change and is an avid supporter of working with other public sector bodies at a local,
regional and national level. He sees such collaboration as a real opportunity to radically change
the way public services are designed and delivered, improving citizen outcomes while meeting the
real challenges faced by the public sector.
Head of IT Services & Digital Lead at Bath and North East Somerset Council
Angela is Head of IT & Digital at Bath and North East Somerset Council. A Women In Technology (WiIT)
mentor, she has 30 years experience spanning utilities, life and pensions, and health, as well as a
variety of roles in local government. Her global, national and local experience is where the business
and technology come together, often in complex areas – for example, recently integrating social care
with health. With her abilities to look at issues from both a service and a customer perspective,
Angela is passionate about the value that IT and digital transformation can create, and is a strong
advocate for the professionalisation of IT staff – without whom nothing can happen!
Sandra was raised in the English Midlands, educated at Birmingham’s University of Aston where she
gained a first class honours degree in Computer Science & Mathematics. She has been working in IT
and business transformation for more than 30 years, with 25 years of them being in the public sector.
As the Head of ICT Services at Dudley MBC, she leads and manages a major information technology
service in a large and complex public sector organisation delivering hardware, infrastructure,
application support and development, technical training, print services, business technology and
Sandra has a postgraduate qualification in Management with the Chartered Management Institute and
serves as chair of the Socitm West Midlands regional group – a vibrant, engaging and well-attended
forum for innovation and collaboration.