FEATURED SPEAKERS
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The Rt Hon the Lord Adonis of Camden Town

Former Transport Secretary, Schools Minister, Head of the No.10 Policy Unit, and Chair of the Infrastructure Commission
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Rishi Sunak MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
Local Government
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Dr Emily Andrews

Associate Director
Institute for Government
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Joanna Davinson

Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer
Home Office

The Rt Hon the Lord Adonis of Camden Town


Former Transport Secretary, Schools Minister, Head of the No.10 Policy Unit, and Chair of the Infrastructure Commission

Both as advisor and then minister, Andrew Adonis was a key architect of Tony Blair’s public service reforms in education, health, local government, policing and transport. He has deep
and broad experience of the challenge of leadership, change management and policy implementation in complex organisations – and in difficult conditions.

As Labour Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew prepared the plan for the HS2 rail line which was adopted Conservative/Lib-Dem Government. As Schools Minister he was the driving force behind the Academies programme which led to the creation of 400 ‘independent state schools’ – again it became the model for the incoming government. He also pioneered the controversial introduction of university tuition fees, now broadly accepted by all main parties.

After an early career as Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford and Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times, Andrew spent two years as Head of the No.10 Policy Unit. One of the most ardent modernisers, he became the Prime Minister’s principal advisor on domestic policy and is widely respected by all parts of the political spectrum for his understanding of  policy, implementation and strategy.

Andrew’s experience and knowledge of both policy and infrastructure saw him appointed Chair of the newly created National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission’s role is to make long-term decisions on infrastructure projects in the UK with a view to what is necessary for the economy, what is required to realise it, and its effects.

Lord Adonis is author of books on parliamentary reform, the class system and the infamous poll tax – and was named ‘Peer of the Year’ in Channel Four’s awards. After leaving the Cabinet he became Chairman of a cross-party think tank, working on ways to improve the effectiveness of government.

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Rishi Sunak MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
Local Government

Rishi Sunak was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 9 January 2018. Rishi was elected Conservative MP for Richmond (Yorks) in May 2015 and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from June 2017 until his ministerial appointment.

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Dr Emily Andrews

Associate Director
Institute for Government

Emily Andrews is an Associate Director at the Institute for Government – a non-partisan, independent think tank which works to make government more effective.

She currently leads Performance Tracker, a data-driven analysis of the performance of public services, produced in partnership with CIPFA. She has previously worked on digital transformation in government, and professional skills in Whitehall.

She holds a PhD in the history of dementia from the University of Warwick, and began her career as a secondary school teacher in London.

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Joanna Davinson

Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer
Home Office

Joanna joined the Home Office in November 2017 following a 28 year career with PWC and IBM, where she focussed on delivering large Public Sector ICT programmes, often in the UK but also for governments across Europe and in the US/Canada. Before that Joanna enjoyed 5 years in the Civil Service in the National Audit Office and is delighted to now be back in central Government at the Home Office. She is the department’s Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, leading a team of over 3,000 employees reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary, with a seat at the departmental Board.

As Chief DDaT Officer her role is to provide exceptionally strong leadership and senior-level advocacy, internally within the Home Office and across Government, and externally, for the delivery of digital, data and technology solutions that support the department’s current and future business transformation programmes. In doing so she will bring a deep knowledge of the technology and digital landscape and marketplace to the Home Office, and ensure that the Home Office makes effective use of modern standards and solutions.

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