Cloud, Data & AI – Transforming Public Services 2025

Harnessing the potential of cloud, data and AI to modernise public services

Date: Tuesday 11 March 2025
Venue: University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow
Conference Timings: 08:30 – 16:30

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Public services are going through a rapid period of change. Superlative online experiences are no longer a ‘nice to have’, but an essential component of how we interact with services. Cloud, Data & AI – Transforming Public Services – is the go-to event for public sector officials looking to embrace the potential of technology and innovation to modernise the services they deliver. It brings together government and technology solutions providers to enable transformation to start to take hold, showcasing the latest cloud technologies, public sector data techniques, and stimulating debate on how to harness AI in ways that are trustworthy, ethical and inclusive.

Learning Objectives:

  • Global thought leadership on how cloud, data and AI can make government services more agile, responsive and smarter
  • Turning data into a productive asset for your organisation – bringing harmony and cohesion to disparate, siloed datasets
  • Understand the cloud deployments that are right for your organisation – working with managed service providers on sustainable, economic and scalable solutions 
  • How to get to grips with AI. Once our data is in a good place, how to make the best use of AI in ways that are trustworthy, ethical and inclusive
  • Show and tell: hear from practitioners from within the public sector, academia and industry on lessons learned from cloud, data and AI deployments
  • Securing buy-in: how to make a business case for using technology and innovation to change the way we do things 
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Cloud, Data & AI – Transforming Public Services 2025 is fully accredited by The CPD Group, the largest accreditation body in the UK.

2024 Speakers

2025 SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON


Director
Centre for Data Science & AI, University of Glasgow

Director
Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC)

Innovative Technologies Programme Manager
NatureScot

Lecturer in Cybersecurity
University of Strathclyde

Chief Data Officer
Research Data Scotland

Service Delivery Manager for Data and Analytics
NHS National Services Scotland

Senior Technical Consultant for Data and Analytics
NHS National Services Scotland

Head of Innovation
Scottish Forestry

Chief Strategy Officer
MaidSafe

Deputy Director for Cloud & Digital Services
The Scottish Government

Director
ETMAD Ltd.

Head of Justice Transformation
The Scottish Government

Global Chief of Data & AI
Zühlke Group

Deputy Director - Digital Health and Care
The Scottish Government

Data Programme Manager
Argyll and Bute Council

Service Owner for Cloud First Programme, Digital Directorate
The Scottish Government

Technology Director
Hippo

Chief Technology Officer, Citizen & Devolved Government Services
Sopra Steria

Digital Place Lead
BT Business

Principal Cloud Architect
Zühlke Group

Senior Sales Engineer
SentinelOne

Ethical Hacker
Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland

2024 Agenda

The 2025 agenda is coming soon

21 March 2024 | Session One (2024): Transforming Public Services

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration & networking

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Chair's opening remarks


Alison McLaughlin
ETMAD Ltd.
9:10 AM – 9:25 AM

Maximising the value of data and using cutting-edge data science techniques to help solve global challenges


Professor Ana Basiri
Centre for Data Science & AI, University of Glasgow
9:25 AM – 9:40 AM

Fostering a vibrant ecosystem of data-driven innovation

Supporting collaborative partnerships to build new opportunities in a data-led economy


Professor Mark Parsons
Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC)
9:40 AM – 9:55 AM

Improving Public Services: Users Need Information

Distinguishing between the Information required for organisational decision-making and the measurable Data at hand


Dan Klein
Zühlke Group
9:55 AM – 10:05 AM

Questions from the audience

10:05 AM – 10:45 AM

Expert panel: Digital transformation priorities for Scotland’s public services

How can we harness cloud, data and AI for the benefit of our organisations and wider society?


Jonathan Cameron
The Scottish Government

Kyle Usher
Scottish Forestry

Fiona Cameron
The Scottish Government
10:45 AM – 11:20 AM

Networking & refreshments

21 March 2024 | Session Two (2024): Masterclasses

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

BT’s approach to Cloud - why we're changing and what are the drivers?

BT’s journey to cloud. An insight into what BT is seeing in the market in regards to Cloud, Data & AI, as well as some insights into BT’s own journey to cloud, which has not always been straightforward – learn from what worked and didn’t work for BT. There will also be some unique examples shared around AI intelligence and how BT have used data around Wembley football stadium to help the FA better plan for the movement of people – and how this links to the movement of people in Scotland’s public sector


Simon Haston
BT Business
11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Exercise in a Box

Exercise in a Box is a non-technical workshop which helps organisations find out how resilient they are to cyber attacks and practice their response in a safe environment. It was developed by the National Cyber Security Centre and The Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland team deliver Exercise in a Box to Scottish organisations by conducting practical workshops where we facilitate one of the scenarios


Tristan Verrier
Cyber and Fraud Centre – Scotland
11:50 AM – 12:00 PM

Transition

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

How to Build Cloud, Data & AI Skills in Your Teams

Moving to or transferring cloud providers? Lessons learnt and resources available for self learning


Iain Fielding
Zühlke Group
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Adapting to the Cybersecurity Revolution: Unleashing AI for Effective Defence

As the digital landscape undergoes a seismic transformation, navigating the complexities of the evolving cybersecurity terrain is becoming increasingly difficult. So how do you adapt to the Cybersecurity Revolution unfolding in front of us? Join SentinelOne’s Senior SE, PJ Norris as he explores the indispensable role of artificial intelligence in contemporary defence strategies and why organisations must embrace AI as a linchpin for fortifying their security posture


PJ Norris
SentinelOne
12:30 PM – 1:25 PM

Lunch & networking

21 March 2024 | Session Three (2024): Leadership Sessions on Cloud; Data

1:25 PM – 2:45 PM

Cloud

Designing digital infrastructure to deliver scalable, responsive and sustainable services to citizens


Nia Lewis (Chair)
The Scottish Government

Isaac Smith
The Scottish Government

Jim Collinson
MaidSafe

Neil Anderson
Sopra Steria
1:25 AM – 2:45 PM

Data

Get your organisation’s data in the right place to innovate – building the foundations for a deep, data-led transformation


Alison McLaughlin (Chair)
ETMAD Ltd.

Nora Cooke O'Dowd
Research Data Scotland

Philippa Viganó
NatureScot

David Murdoch
Argyll and Bute Council

Ed Hiley
Hippo
2:45 PM – 3:05 PM

Networking & refreshments

21 March 2024 | Session Four (2024): Leadership Session – AI

3:05 PM – 4:25 PM

AI

Using AI and automation to deliver performance step changes for public sector organisations – supporting human decision-making to enhance service delivery


Alison McLaughlin (Chair)
ETMAD Ltd.

Nils Krichel
NHS National Services Scotland

Simon Rogers
NHS National Services Scotland

Dr Ali Farooq
University of Strathclyde
4:25 PM

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