As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, our annual conference on November 30th promises to be bigger and better than ever before. This year, we are thrilled to present four insightful panel discussions, which have always been a highlight for our attendees. These panels provide a unique format for senior colleagues to engage in dynamic conversations surrounding the most pressing issues in the local public sector.

Our opening panel, led by Phil Swan, our interim chair and Director of Digital at GMCA, features an esteemed line-up of panellists including Alison McKenzie-Folan (Wigan Council), Kathryn Rees (Stockport Council), and Morten Gammelgard (Bullwall). Together, they will delve into the journey of innovation within the public sector over the past two decades.

This insightful discussion will not only celebrate the progress made but also debate the transformative path taken within the local public sector. Through engaging debate, our aim is to shine a light on the evolution and growth it has undergone, while shedding light on pivotal challenges that have been successfully overcome along the way.

Our conference will conclude with another captivating panel, once again chaired by Phil Swan. This time, the panel will explore the exciting yet challenging terrain of digital change and how we can do more with less. Our panellists, Madeline Hoskin (North Yorkshire Council), Sarah Bullock (Cheshire East Council), and our former chair Steven Pleasant MBE (South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority), will offer their valuable insights into this evolving landscape.

In addition to our traditional opening and closing panels, we are excited to introduce two more specialized sessions that address the most current and critical challenges in the local public sector. These panels will follow a similar engaging format to our popular “in the loop” series.

Panel 1: Navigating AI in the local public sector: Security, Trust, Ethics and Information Governance
This session will provide a deep dive into the emergence of AI and the governance-related hurdles that accompany it.

Panel 2: Managing Risks down the Supply Chain
With issues like COVID-19, labour shortages, Brexit, and global conflict, this panel will explore how members can effectively navigate the complex landscape of risk management in the supply chain.

These panel sessions offer a unique opportunity for our members to engage in meaningful conversations about the significant challenges impacting all local public sector organisations.

With our conference just a month away, now is the perfect time to secure your spot among the 150+ members who have already registered to attend in Manchester or online. Our showpiece event is scheduled for November 30th, and it’s an occasion you won’t want to miss. Join us in celebrating two decades of innovation in the local public sector.