Plenary Speakers

  • Conference Chair – Phil Gibson, Chairman: PSNGB

    Phil Gibson is a Business Development Director in the Public Sector team at Virgin Media Business. He has been involved with PSN since its inception, chairing the workstream that developed the Operating Model and the challenging governance processes that are needed to make it work. Previous to this he was Head of Strategic Business at Cable and Wireless Worldwide and Head of Local Government at Energis, where he created ‘Government Connect’ as a response to the need for better information sharing in the wake of the Victoria Climbié tragedy. Phil has also held senior positions at NextiraOne, Alcatel and BT where he began his career in engineering.

  • John CT Taylor, Chief Information Officer: Ministry of Defence 
  • Noelle Godfrey, member of CIO Council and CIO: Cambridgeshire County Council
    Noelle Godfrey is Head of IT at Cambridgeshire County Council where she has responsibility for the provision of ICT services to the Council and key partners.  She is a member of the Local CIO Council, representing the East of England and a director of E2BN (East of England Regional Broadband Consortia delivering ICT services to schools in the region). She is also the Project Director for Connecting Cambridgeshire, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Superfast broadband rollout programme.  Noelle has over twenty years experience in public sector IT and previous roles have included IT strategy development, service management and large-scale project management.  

    As part of the drive to achieve greater efficiencies Cambridgeshire County Council have adopted a strategic sourcing approach which includes innovative shared services arrangements to facilitate streamlined public services delivery.   Noelle has been involved in a number of these initiatives, including services to integrated health and social care teams and shared back office services between Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils. She has also led on the establishment of Cambridgeshire Public Services Network (CPSN) to provide IT connectivity and related services to a number of local authorities and fire authorities in the region as well as to the voluntary and community sector in Cambridgeshire.

  • Mark Coleman, PSBA Service Delivery and Assurance Manager: Welsh Government

    Mark has had more than 20 years experience in the ICT industry, working in many sectors including banking, aerospace and telecoms before joining the public sector.

    He has been working in the public sector for 10 years and joined the Welsh Government's Public Sector Broadband Aggregation (PSBA) project during the procurement in 2006.  Post-procurement he has led service management and development of new services on the all-Wales network.

    The PSBA network is a Welsh Government led collaborative national communications service that, in conjunction with other major Welsh public sector organisations, has created a national information & communications platform to enable greater efficiency and collaborative potential, helping to support the delivery of improved services for the people of Wales.

  • Neil Rogers , President Worldwide Government: BT Global Services PSN

    Neil Rogers was appointed President – Global Government at BT Global Services in August 2010. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of BT’s relationships with government departments and the delivery agencies that support them. It’s a challenging role – the portfolio of accounts for which Neil is responsible includes some of the largest and most complex networking and IT projects in the world.
    Prior to taking on his current role, Neil was Global Chief Procurement Officer for BT Group, responsible for procurement, the supply chain and property worldwide. During his three-year tenure, he transformed BT’s procurement processes, helping the company achieve cost savings and performance improvements that had a material impact on its recent turnaround.
    Before this, he was the managing director responsible for the initial stages of BT’s multi-billion-pound network transformation programme, 21CN. One of the largest programmes of its type anywhere in the world, 21CN now impacts almost every aspect of BT’s business, the design of its networks and IT systems, through its business processes, to the way it delivers customer service.
    Earlier highlights from Neil’s career with BT include the growth of BT’s solutions business from £1 billion to £3 billion over five years, negotiation of a $3 billion network outsourcing deal with Reuters (which included the acquisition of financial services extranet company, Radianz) and a period as Director – Global Business Markets, during which he managed the transfer of 2,500 people and several million pounds worth of assets into BT’s joint venture with AT&T, Concert Communications.
    Before joining BT in 1990, Neil worked for the British electronics company, Plessey, and also in the telecoms industry in the Middle East.
    A graduate of Oxford University, he is a passionate Manchester United supporter who enjoys playing golf whenever he has time. 

Work Session Speakers

  • Michael Bowyer, Head of Strategy for Public Sector: Siemens Enterprise Communications and Steering Board Member: PSN
  • Stephen Lawrence, Director, Framework, Sales and Consulting: Cable&Wireless Worldwide
  • Chris Barrow, Advanced Technologies Manager: Avaya
  • Mark Langdale, PSN Programme Director: BT Global Services PSN 
  • Neil Mellor, Business Development Director: PSN
  • Jeff Wallbank, Business/Partnership Development Manager: Kent County Council
  • Neil Bacon, SME and Industry Engagement Director: PSNGB
  • Chris Illman, Head of Network Services: Government Procurement Service
  • John Keegan, CTO Hosting & Networks: Fujitsu
  • Keith Smith: PSNGB Member
  • Jane Stedman, Support, Quality & Security Manager: Hampshire County Council