We’re delighted to introduce you to our four new candidates for this year’s two openings for Socitm Vice President. Take a moment to learn about them, then choose the two people you would like to see become a Socitm Vice President. We will confirm your choices to the email address you provide, so please check your inbox (and spam box) soon after pressing ‘Submit your choice’.
Please note that voting closes at 5pm on 31 March 2017
at Lancaster City Council
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!
Head of ICT Services
at Dudley MBC
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 information governance.
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.