Digital, Data and Technology Leadership Summit 2024
The Scottish Digital Academy presents a one day summit for Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) professionals on digital leadership. The summit is designed to inspire leaders to become high-impact leaders. The summit experience combines professional learning with human connection, engagement and opportunities to meet new people from across job families.
27 February 2024, 9.00 to 16.00
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow
The summit is the largest gathering of DDaT (Digital, Data and Technology) professionals from across the Scottish Government and agencies.
With speakers from a diverse array of backgrounds, this event is the leading forum to hear about how digital, data and technology is transforming the way our public services operate and fulfil their mission to be modern, responsive and designed around the needs of people.
With a focus on the Scottish Government’s new Digital Programme, and the re-alignment of professions, this is a must-attend for those engaged in designing and delivering the next generation of public services.
This will be a chance for leaders to network and explore the challenges and opportunities of leading others in an increasingly digital world. The day will include interactive discussion, reflective activities and rehearsing new approaches through scenarios to build capability in supporting others to bring about transformation.
Key themes for the day will include:
Public sector transformation
Culture: changing mindsets and ways of working
Building capability across communities of practice
Registration is open for anyone within the DDaT Profession at B3, C1, C2, C3 or SCS and it will close on Friday 16th February, 2024.
This is the first in a planned series of events and it’s our intention to facilitate similar opportunities for other colleagues later in 2024.
Please note that following registration, a non-attendance fee will be applied and charged to your business area.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Welcome address from the Head of the Digital Academy
Lee Dunn, Head of the Digital Academy
Lee is an experienced educator with a background in learning and teaching. For more than 25 years, he’s worked across mixed education and policy settings, beginning his career as a secondary school teacher in 1997. He was previously a Product Manager with Education Scotland, Senior Operations Manager for Education Services and Digital Learning with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS) and a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Technology at the University of Glasgow. Lee is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a recognised expert and moderator for UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab Education and Digital Skills.
Registration opens at 9.00 and we ask that delegates be seated for a 9.30am start. Tea and coffee will be provided in the foyer. Please make sure that you’ve filled out your name badge and that you’re seated on your allocated table.
9.30 Summit opens and welcome address
Our summit will be opened by Lee Dunn, Head of the Scottish Digital Academy, which is part of the People, Strategy and Corporate Services Division, Digital Directorate at the Scottish Government.
*Agenda change* Geoff Huggins, Director Digital can no longer attend the event.
9.50 Summit overview and induction
Tash Wilcocks from TPXImpact will provide delegates with information about the summit and how to get the best outcome by engaging in discussions.
10.00 Workshop 1: public sector transformation
Joy Bramfitt-Wanless,Deputy Director and Head of Transformation Division at the Scottish Government andJen Byrne,Managing Director of Digital Transformation at TPXimpact, will speak through what they see as the big themes for digital transformation delivering more impact and value in 2024. Delegates will have the opportunity to reflect and share their thoughts.
Promote public sector transformation: facilitate discussions and provoke ideas within leadership and discuss what are the big bets for digital transformation delivering more impact and value in 2024.
To prepare for this workshop, you may find it helpful to consider your own role and how you contribute to public sector transformation.
11.00 Comfort break
Please be seated for the next session so that we can start promptly.
11.15 Workshop 2: system leadership
Ben Holliday, Chief Designer at TPXimpact will discuss system leadership by delving into the challenges of institutional change, collaborative efforts across systems and organisations, and leveraging technology. As a group we will think about understanding the broader context, identifying essential stakeholders for digital transformation, and adopting the skills and behaviours needed to break down silos and gain support for systemic change.
Foster system leadership: inspire senior leaders to embrace system leadership principles, encouraging collaboration and coordination across the Scottish Government to achieve effective transformation in the digital era at a systems level.
To prepare for this workshop, you may want to consider current challenges and opportunities to affect positive change or to influence your team or organisation.
12.45 Lunch and networking bingo
Lunch will be provided in the main foyer. Delegates will also be provided with a bingo card and the opportunity to network with peers.
13.45 Workshop 3: culture - changing mindsets and ways of working
Jackie Martin, Service Design Lead at the Scottish Government and Ben Holliday, Chief Designer at TPXimpact will explore our challenges and barriers to mindset shifts needed for digital transformation to deliver impact in 2024. We will focus on the actions you can take as a leader to best support and prepare people in delivering this work, and fostering behaviours that enable this work. We will reflect and discuss in small teams actions you can take as a leader to best support and prepare people in delivering this work, and fostering behaviours that enable this work.
Challenge mindsets and ways of working: create a platform for thought-provoking discussions and workshops that challenge traditional mindsets, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and adaptability in government practices. Focusing on the actions you can take as a leader to best support and prepare people in delivering this work, and fostering behaviours that enable this work.
To prepare for this workshop, you may want to consider the culture and ethos in your team or organisation. What role do you play as a leader to nurture a culture that supports transformation?
14.30 Comfort break
Please be seated for the next session so that we can start promptly.
14.45 Workshop 4: building capability across communities of practice
This workshop will be led by Profession Heads of Community and Heads of Practice. We will wrap up the day pulling our learning together as a single profession team. We really want to hear from you and take into consideration our voice, to inform future development opportunities for our communities.
Enhance capability across communities of practice: surfacing best practice within the group, understanding what works and why in which context.
Facilitate networking opportunities: structured and unstructured networking sessions to facilitate meaningful connections among the senior leaders at the event, fostering a collaborative environment for sharing insights and building relationships that can contribute to future collaborations.
To prepare for this workshop, you may want to consider your experiences of DDaT communities and what works well, or what could be improved or changed.
15.30 Closing address
Our closing address will be provided by Yor Turner, Chief Operating Officer at the Scottish Government Digital Directorate and Interim Head of Profession.
15.40 Summit closes
Delegates are asked to vacate the event space by 16.00.
We wish you a safe onward journey and thanks for attending. Evaluation forms and T&S claim process information will be emailed to you soon.
Closing address from the Interim Head of Profession
Yor Turner, Interim Head of DDaT Profession, Scottish Government
Yor Turner is Chief Operating Officer for Digital and Interim Head of DDaT Profession. Yor has a background in organisation design and development, having worked across a range UK Government departments in technology and change functions. He has been responsible for leading the development of the DDaT Profession across Scottish Government and associated bodies since 2018. During his time in post he has successfully delivered a wide range of interventions to increase the support, capability, and effectiveness of professional support.
Download the summit slide deck to your device (note that there may be last minute changes to the version used in the summit). If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please let a member of our team know.