Public Speaking

In person or online I’ve spoken at events of up to 300 people on a range of subjects across digital and public sector transformation for a range of audiences. I speak on some key themes of storytelling, working in the open and community building.

Storytelling for public sector digital transformation.

I’ve developed a workshop on the theme of storytelling, called Telling the Story of your Project with The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

First delivered at UKGovCamp in January 2020. This interactive workshop helped attendees understand the value and simplicity of storytelling and how it can be used to share knowledge in dispersed organisations.

I was invited to speak about this at UX Bristol in July 2020 and had around 150 attendees to the session.

UX Bristol short talks YouTube video

…and was invited to deliver the workshop again as part of Dorset Council’s Festival of the Future, part of Digital Leaders Week in October 2020. This workshop had over 50 attendees.

How to tell stories so the world listens, Festival of the Future

I was also able to expand on this workshop at Service Design in Government conference in Edinburgh in March 2020 with my talk Pass on the Spark: Spreading the Story of your Project​. ​I brought together Rahma Mohammed, Service Designer at Hackney Council, Katy Armstrong, Head of Digital Delivery and Hattie Kennedy Assurance Manager at MHCLG to offer a range of perspectives on storytelling within the public sector.

All of the workshop is written up in the open and you can find it here.

Ways of working and working in the open.

I’ve been invited to speak at a number of conferences and events about modern ways of working, including How to Have Better Government Meetings – ​Apolitical Online (follow link to access the recording) in February 2020 with Vasant Chari Head of Cabinet Office Policy Lab, Susan Johnston and Gray O’Byrne from the Government of Canada.

I was selected to speak at Ada’s List Conference in November 2019 with my talk Weeknotes for your Personal Development​. An in-person presentation at the annual Ada’s List conference at the Financial Times offices in London

At Service Design in Government March 2019, with Clara Songaila and Steve McCready, I delivered a talk Creating Safe Spaces for Challenge, Being a lead Assessor for Government Service Standard Assessments

Community building and One Team Gov

I’ve been a part of the One Team Government movement since 2018 when I was a part of the organising team for the first ever global unconference, since then I’ve worked to support and build the movement (you can find out more in the One Team Gov section). In October 2019 Apolitical invited me to deliver a Crash Course in Network-Building for Public Servants with Nour Sidawi and Miki Stricker-Talbot from the Government of Edmonton Canada.

I was invited to speak at the Community Leadership Summit, part of TechFestival in Copenhagen September 2019. With James Cattell and Imran Hussain, we spoke about building a worldwide movement of changemakers.

The Community Leadership Summit, Copenhagen.

Invite me to speak at your event

If you’d like to discuss any of these talks or an opportunity to speak at an upcoming event you are running, just get in touch!