The Future of Transparency in Local Government
07 Dec 2010
Held at Westminster Studio, London


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This conference, strategically timed for just before the January 2011 deadline, looked to the future of transparency in local government to assess the opportunities and barriers. Delegates had the opportunity to hear from sector leaders, academics and the Government who will inform on best practice and future policy developments.

Michael Burton, Editor, MJ
Welcome and introduction from conference chair

Glyn Evans, Vice President of Socitm and Corporate Director of Business Change, Birmingham City Council
Combining local information to shape priorities, drive efficiencies and inform local people

Luke Spikes, Chief Executive Officer, Spikes Cavell
To mean anything, transparency must be meaningful: publishing accessible, relevant and valuable data for the general public

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Cllr Ian Adams, Cabinet Member for Social Services, Westminster City Council
The next chapter in transparency

Kirsten Whitfield, Senior Associate, Wragge & Co
Overcoming the legal obstacles: understanding Data Protection, Intellectual Property Rights and the Re-use of Public Information

Chris Taggart, Founder of OpenlyLocal, Member of Local Public Data Panel and Open Knowledge Foundation's Open Government Working Group
Seizing the open data opportunities in local government: staying relevant and increasing budgetary control

Tim Kelsey, Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company
Using transparency to make better local decisions

Panel Debate: Session 2 Overcoming the ‘armchair auditor’: How can local authorities ensure that expenditure is not misunderstood?
Andrew Larner, Managing Director, Improvement and Efficiency South East Simon Rogers, Editor, Data Blog, The Guardian Luke Spikes, Chief Executive Officer, Spikes Cavell Carl Welham, Vice Chairman, LGcommunications Jon Harvey, Organisational change facilitator, blogger, listener and challenger, Jon Harvey Associates)

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Irene Lucas, Director-General, Local Government and Regeneration, Communities and Local Government
Keynote address: The future of transparency

Cllr Keith Prince, Leader of the Council, The London Borough of Redbridge Council
Utilising transparency for community engagement: Redbridge’s toolkit for community engagement

Cllr Harry Phibbs, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement at London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Hammersmith and Fulham’s Transparency Strategy

Cllr David Mackintosh, Cabinet Member for Strategy, Communications and External Relations, Northamptonshire County Council
A reflection on the obstacles, the mistakes and the successes towards the future of transparency: the publication of tender documents and FOI requests

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Key Issue Seminar 1: Managing the impact of transparency on procurement
Nathan Holden, Partner and Head of Local Authority Team, Mills & Reeve LLP

Key Issue Seminar 2: Handling the fall out: the principles of good crisis management
Andrew Fairburn, Director, Regester Larkin

Close of conference