Skills & Talent

From basic digital skills and in-work apprenticeships to executive training and formal education; the digital skills gap is recognised as holding back UK plc. Nearly one in four of us have not kept pace and lack the basic digital skills to manage core tasks such as managing information, communicating online or making a transaction. Supporting the development of these skills is an issue for employers, educators and government if we are to fulfil our potential as one of the most digitally competitive nations.

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Meet our Speakers

We've gathered some of the top experts in the field to discuss this topic. With years of experience between them, they're well-equipped to offer invaluable insights and perspectives.

Somayeh Aghnia

Somayeh Aghnia

Founder and CEO, Geeks Lt

Emily Allison

Emily Allison

Head of User-Centred Design, Opencast

Annette Allmark

Annette Allmark

Director of Learning and Development Product Commercialisation, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Kieran Anson

Kieran Anson

Technical Product Owner, Softcat

Gillian Arnold

Gillian Arnold

Managing Director, Tectre Ltd

Dr. Josie Barnard SFHEA

Dr. Josie Barnard SFHEA

Associate Professor in Creative and Digital Practice, De Montfort University

Gemma Bathurst Whittle

Gemma Bathurst Whittle

Service Manager – Strategy and Intelligence, Wigan MBC

Adam Beaumont

Adam Beaumont

Founder and CEO, aql

Francine Beleyi

Francine Beleyi

founder, nucleus of change

Alan Brown

Alan Brown

Professor in Digital Economy, University of Exeter

Rich Burn

Rich Burn

Digital Skills Partnership Manager, Digital Skills Partnership - Solent & Catalyst South

Isabella Burt-Morris

Isabella Burt-Morris

Design Director, TPXimpact

Coco Chan

Coco Chan

Senior Agile Business Analyst, Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Roni Colling

Roni Colling

Software Engineer, DWP

Nicola Conquer

Nicola Conquer

Solution Consultant, FlyForm

George Cook

George Cook

Chief Executive, Computers 4 Charity

Simon Cowen

Simon Cowen

Service Transition Manager, Leeds City Council

Sinéad Cummings

Sinéad Cummings

Senior Consultant, Software Development, Opencast, Opencast

Leeds Digital

Leeds Digital

Hazel Dixon

Hazel Dixon

Senior Consultant, User Research, Opencast

Kat Dixon

Kat Dixon

Third Sector Lead / Data Poverty Lab fellow, Snook / Data Poverty Lab

Ryan Duce

Ryan Duce

Technical Team Lead, FlyForm

Paul Duffy

Paul Duffy

Director of NICS Enterprise Shared Services, Northern Ireland Civil Service

Sally Dyson

Sally Dyson

Head of Digital and Development, SCVO

Judith Esrome Rosario

Judith Esrome Rosario

Senior Consultant, Agile Delivery Management, Opencast

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The Launch of Digital Leaders Week 2023

19 June 2023, 09:00 AM
Sally Dyson Denis Murphy Paul Duffy Sabby Gill Robin Knowles Richard Lochhead MSP Paul Scully MP

Money, Investment, and Start-up Business Support

19 June 2023, 09:30 AM
Tech NExt

Refurbish, Rebuild & Upgrade or Remanufacture surplus IT equipment for the best ESG?

19 June 2023, 10:00 AM
George Cook

Closing the gap: £19 billion in unclaimed benefits and its impact on social outcomes.

19 June 2023, 11:00 AM
Deven Ghelani Abigail Everett

Small wins, big gains: fostering user-centred design in Government

19 June 2023, 12:00 PM
Coco Chan Jessica Riley

Developing service design skills through apprenticeships

19 June 2023, 01:00 PM
Richard Goodwin

Digital Transformation Defined

19 June 2023, 01:00 PM
Alan Brown

Free Digital Drop in Clinics

19 June 2023, 01:15 PM
Barnet Boost

How to start your inclusive design journey

19 June 2023, 02:00 PM
Natalia Riley Becky Kuang

A Better Connected and Collaborative Digital City

19 June 2023, 02:00 PM
Simon Cowen

How to augment your teams for excellent project delivery - Best Practices

19 June 2023, 02:00 PM
Holly Waite

New ways to conceptualise digital exclusion: The Periodic Table of Internet Elements

19 June 2023, 04:00 PM
Kat Dixon

Inclusive Service design and Accessibility

19 June 2023, 04:00 PM
Daniel Gale

DesignTalks

19 June 2023, 05:00 PM
Tech NExt

Demystifying Diversity with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

20 June 2023, 08:30 AM
Tech NExt

Wigan’s Data Analytics Journey – Transforming Data to Insight

20 June 2023, 09:30 AM
Jeanette Rycroft Gemma Bathurst Whittle

Digital Tools to Boost your Productivity

20 June 2023, 09:30 AM
Tech NExt

From Silos to Synergy: Unifying your IT Operations and Service Management

20 June 2023, 10:00 AM
Kieran Anson Ryan Duce Nicola Conquer

Developing apps to aid culture change.

20 June 2023, 10:00 AM
Scott Patterson

Local Digital Declaration discovery project - update

20 June 2023, 10:00 AM
Pippa Savill

The Digital Skills Pathway for Shared Prosperity: What Works and What Next

20 June 2023, 10:30 AM
Katie Heard

Open Innovation: How corporate-startup collaboration can turbocharge digital transformation

20 June 2023, 11:00 AM
Mohammed Sijelmassi

How to reach the next normal: Sustainable businesses

20 June 2023, 11:00 AM
Orsolya Galantai

How to hire more Women in Tech

20 June 2023, 11:00 AM
Gillian Arnold

Brand Strategy & Product Marketing for B2B Tech Startups

20 June 2023, 12:30 PM
Tech NExt