Government Leadership

A talk by Alex Aiken, James Freed, David Holdsworth, Sarah Luxford and David Wilde
Cabinet Office, Health Education England, IPO - Intellectual Property Office, GatenbySanderson and GovX Digital

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How do you lead Civil Service teams in a time of immense disruption to working practices, heightened pressure for delivery, and demands for departments to better reflect the communities they serve?

Alex serves as Head of Profession for the Government Communications Service, which he was responsible for establishing. In a fast-changing media environment, overseeing pan-Government messaging for critical communications campaigns, how do you maintain momentum for reform?

David aims to create the world's best IP organisation in an ambitious five-year transformation programme. They're currently in second place. How do you lead a world-class team, following the challenges of the pandemic, to deliver more?

Sarah talks about the 'hyper-acceleration' of government over the past year - with digital skillsets enabling Government to move with unprecedented speed. But how can today's Civil Service leaders recruit for the technology opportunities of tomorrow?

James has been instrumental in developing a strong talent pool within Health Education England, and reaching out across and beyond his own organisation to support digital literacy across the NHS.

Alex Aiken

Alex is the most senior communications professional in the Civil Service. His role covers government communications strategy, management of the Cabinet Office and No.10 communication teams.

James Freed

James is passionate about digital literacy and the professionalism of health informaticians across the health and care system.

David Holdsworth

David is an experienced leader transforming a traditional paper based organisation in a successful digital services orientated institution

Sarah Luxford

Voted one of the UKs Top 10 Most Influential Women in Tech

David Wilde

A 30-year public sector veteran, having held leadership positions in all tiers of government and the NHS.

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