Skip to main content

Sprint: Leeds – in partnership with Leeds City Council

Date: Friday 17 May 2019

Venue: The Queens Hotel

Time: 09:00 – 14:00

The word 'Sprint' on a blue background

Sprint: Leeds focused on how the Government Digital Service and local authorities, including Leeds City Council, can work together to make things better for users.

We looked at examples of digital transformation from a number of local authorities and charted the progress of the Local Digital Declaration as it approaches its one-year anniversary.


09.00 – 09.45

Networking and registration

09.45 – 10.30

Host opening address

Keynote: Digital transformation and local authorities, by Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

Lightning talks:

How Wigan Council worked with Bolton to successfully outsource their IT
By Alison Hughes, Assistant Director ICT Strategic Partnerships, Wigan and Bolton Councils

Innovation Labs: Co-creating services with external developers
By Tom Forth, Head of Data, ODI Leeds

GDS Academy in Leeds
By Paul Schagen, Head of Operations, GDS Academy

10.30 – 10.50

Networking break

10.50 – 12.00


Government Digital Service common components
By Jyoti Basuita, Engagement Lead, GDS; Pete Herlihy, Lead Product Manager, GOV.UK Notify GDS and Sacha Zarb, Engagement Lead, GDS

The GovTech challenge
By Nadya Pavlova, GovTech Catalyst Engagement Lead, GDS and Stephen Blackburn, Data and Innovation Manager, Leeds City Council

Digital council, internal transformation
By Joanne Miklo, Head of Digital Efficiencies, Leeds City Council and Angela Conway, Facilitator, GDS Academy, GDS

Digital Inclusion
By Jason Tutin, Digital and Learning Development Manager, Leeds City Council

12.00 – 13.00

Panel Discussion: The Local Digital Declaration (almost) one year on
Panellists: Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Leeds City Council; Ben Cheetham, Head of Technology and Design, Local Digital Collaboration Unit, MHCLG; Helen Wall, National Lead, GDS

Keynote: The future of digital transformation, by Kevin Cunnington, Director General, GDS

13.00 – 14.00

Networking: a chance to talk to fellow delegates, meet new people and build relationships

If you’re interested in attending the London event, you’ll be able to register your interest in the summer.

Subscribe to our blog for updates.