Speaking

In person or online I’ve spoken at events of up to 300 people on a range of subjects and for a range of audiences. I speak on the 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 to 150 attendees at UX Bristol in July 2020.

UX Bristol short talks YouTube video

…and to deliver the workshop again to a group of 50 people as part of Dorset Council’s Festival of the Future, part of Digital Leaders Week in October 2020. You can watch this workshop below.

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 this work has been written and published in the open

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 for Apolitical (follow the 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 from over 150 applications 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

Community building

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 community.

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

The Community Leadership Summit, Copenhagen.

In October 2019 Apolitical invited me to deliver a Crash Course in Network-Building for Public Servants with Nour Sidawi from the Ministry of Justice and Miki Stricker-Talbot from the Government of Edmonton Canada.

Professional speaking

I delivered the keynote Championing Digital Transformation across Local Government at Digital Government Conference in September 2020.

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 bringing together my personal experiences with professional standards for the delivery of government services.