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3 October, 2018 8am-5pm 22-28 Broadway
Westminster
London
SW1H 0BH

This is QA Media's first conference for heads of software quality assurance and software risk management designed for the public sector. We are launching at a time when UK government agencies are reviewing their technology partnerships and considering options for future long-term investment in IT.

About the event

This is QA Media's first conference for heads of software quality assurance and software risk management designed for the public sector. We are launching at a time when UK government agencies are reviewing their technology partnerships and considering options for future long-term investment in IT.

Delegates will enjoy a day of high-level networking and knowledge-sharing on technologies for continuous integration and deployment of apps. The emphasis will be on automation, including test service virtualization and the application of machine learning to quality assurance.

Also on the agenda:

  • the impact of GDPR
  • benchmarking the quality of code
  • critical decisions around testing in the Cloud.

The event is Chatham House Rule, so speakers will be open with their thoughts and experiences. The venue: the Conrad St. James's Hotel, in the heart of London's government district.

Speakers

Louise Tarpy HMRC

Digital Relationship Lead- Software

Bio coming soon.

Lee Hawksworth HMRC

Head of Software Developer Collaboration

Bio coming soon.

Lt Col. Dorian Seabrook The British Army Software House

Head of Operations for Information Application Services

Lieutenant Colonel Dorian Seabrook was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1997, and has served in a wide range of Army and Joint units, with operational experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cyprus and Northern Ireland.  Despite being a Royal Engineer he has spent much of the last 14 years in IT roles.  These roles include working as part of the team delivering Bowman the Land Tactical Communication Information System to Defence and within Army Headquarters delivering applications and a hosting environment.  Prior to his current role he was a lead in Joint Force Command managing networks and the requirements for them across Defence Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability.  Dorian is currently serving as Head of Operations for Information Application Services (The British Army Software House), Lieutenant Colonel Seabrook is responsible for over 200 information services across 3 security domains; he is also the lead for security and technical management. Over the last 4 years he has had the honour of delivering Agile and DevOps across culture, people, process and technology within Information Application Services.

Brigid McBride Ofsted

Programme Director, Digital Change

Brigid leads the Digital team in Ofsted, with responsibility for developing a range of digital services that support Ofsted’s ambition to be a “force for improvement”. Services in development include: a registration service for those who provide childcare, a report site that shares information on inspection findings, and new tools to support collaboration within Ofsted.

Brigid previously led the Digital team in HMRC, where her responsibilities included: overseeing a huge digital portfolio of more than 40 current projects, development of HMRCs Multi-Channel Digital Tax Platform that hosts all of HMRC’s digital services, and HMRC’s suite of 60+ digital services, handling around 1.7 billion online transactions a year.

Whilst at HMRC Brigid launched the bold and ambitious API strategy, kick-starting the Department’s journey from a submissions-only service to increasingly sophisticated interactions with tax and business software packages. 

Brigid joined the Civil Service in 1987. Since then she has been instrumental in delivering significant, high profile transformational projects both in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and in HMRC. Many of these initiatives have been at the forefront of changing how government does business with its customers.

Paul Camille Bentz Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ)

Director of Government and Industry Programs

Paul has been running large international IT organisations for more than 30 years, across various financial institutions and multicultural environments. He spent 20 years at Paribas, the investment Bank, being Group CIO when it merged with BNP in 2000 to become BNP Paribas. He then moved to Allianz, the Insurance giant, as Regional CIO to rationalize the merge of three companies and build a strategy in line with the Group guidelines. He was a member of the Group IT Committee. Paul retired in 2007 at the age of 61 to run his own consulting company. He recently moved to a new position of Director of Government and Industry Programs for the Consortium for IT Software Quality in Europe to promote the standards of CISQ with regulators and governing bodies in various industries, with Finance and Healthcare as priority.

Caron Alexander Government of Northern Ireland

Director of Digital Shared Services

Caron has more than 30 years’ experience in the public sector, and is currently Director of Digital Shared Services for NI Government and Head of the NI Civil Service IT profession.  She is responsible for providing ICT shared services to 25,000 staff, for the NI citizen portal www.nidirect.gov.uk and contact centre services, delivering the NI Digital Transformation Programme and driving forward the NI Open Data agenda. Previously Caron held a number of senior technical, programme and change management roles in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Craig Thomas UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

Head of QA and Test

Craig is originally from a small south Wales village called Aberfan, and has been working within Software QA and Test for the past 29 years, predominantly within Financial Services, holding ‘almost’ all roles from entry level tester to Head of function.

Craig started his QA & Test career as a Data Inputter back in 1989 and moved to Dublin, Ireland in Feb 1999. He spent the next 18 years working in and around Dublin, with a 2 year stint in Cork, for various major financial institutions.

Craig returned to Aberfan in March 2017 to be nearer his family, joined the UK IPO in February 2018 and is very much looking forward to being part of this Government and Public Sector Forum.

Jordan Daniel Bank of England

Head of Testing and Enterprise Release Management

Jordan has nearly 30 years’ experience as a Test and QA professional, across a number of different organisations in both the public and private sectors. More than 20 years of that time have been in leadership roles, with the last 5 spent at the Bank of England. During that time he has built the Test Practice out across all of the Bank’s business areas and expanded its remit to cover Test Enablement and Release Management.

 In 2017, the focus on this work moved to evolving testing towards QA and driving best practice into the area to meet the specific challenges presented by regulatory change and the ever increasing need for more, better and newer data and data analysis.

Agenda

8:45am

Welcome Address and QA Vector Research Presentation

Matthew Crabbe – CEO – QA Financial
9:00am

Keynote Presentation: HMRC

Speakers: Lee Hawksworth: Head of Software Developer Collaboration and Louise Tarpy: Digital Relationship Lead, Software - HMRC

More details coming soon.

9:35am

Digital Transformation and Security in the British Army

Dorian will share details of how the British Army has transformed its digital capabilities, and how stringent security requirements have been embedded throughout the Software Development Life Cycle. He will focus on the automation of security testing and also on the challenges that have been involved in revolutionising the culture and processes of software delivery within the department.

Speaker:  Lt Col. Dorian Seabrook: Head of Operations Army Software House - British Army

10:10am

Panel Discussion: The Changing Role of Third Party Software Vendors and the Public Sector

As public sector organisations are increasingly moving away from working with external partners, what are the key considerations for managing this transition? Our panel of experts will consider new pricing and quality benchmarks for external vendors and SIs, technology strategies for moving towards an in-sourcing model, and how to mitigate software risk through strategic decisions around out-sourcing.

Panellists: 

Brigid McBride - Programme Director, Digital Change - Ofsted

Paul Camille Bentz - Director of Government and Industry Programs - Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ)

Further Panellists TBC

10:45am

Coffee & Networking

11:15am

Presentation Reserved for Gold Sponsor

11:50am

Digital Transformation in Northern Ireland: Becoming a Shared Services Organisation

Caron will share details of the journey over the last 11 years to build an organisation of IT shared services across multiple governmental departments in Northern Ireland. She will explain how the software delivery model has been revolutionised, and how the Dept. of Finance, amongst other departments, has transitioned from relying heavily on private sector vendors to focusing more on in-sourcing and shared services.

Speaker:  Caron Alexander, Director of Digital Shared Services, Northern Ireland Government

12:25pm

Panel Discussion: Embedding Regulatory and Security Requirements in the SDLC

In an environment of ever-increasing regulatory scrutiny, organisations must ensure that compliance is embedded throughout the SDLC. Our panel of experts will explore how IT risk management is being supervised by regulators and the impact and lessons learned from GDPR. The panel will have particular focus on test data and test environment management.

Panellists TBC

13:00pm

Lunch & Networking

14:00pm

Presentation Reserved for Gold Sponsor

14:35pm

Transforming the UK IPO QA and Test Function

The UK IPO is transforming its QA and Test function to become a visible and accountable, service oriented and fully audited IT service. Craig will take you through this journey, including focus on the Test Centre of Excellence and how the IPO is building the foundations for Continuous Improvement and Continuous Delivery.

Speaker: Craig Thomas, Head of QA and Test, UK Intellectual Property Office

15:10pm

Coffee & Networking

15:40pm

Integrated Data Taxonomies and Architecture: How Testing is Changing to Meet the Challenge

Speaker: Jordan Daniel, Head of Testing and Enterprise Release Management, Bank of England

In an environment of increasing regulatory change, financial firms are under mounting pressure to have more, better and newer data and data analysis. In 2017, the focus on this challenge at the Bank of England led to evolving testing and QA, and driving best practice in these areas.  Jordan will detail how RegTech and XBRL are driving changes in the way that data is collected and published, and the changes that testing is having to make to meet the challenges that this presents.

 

16:15pm

Panel Discussion: Embedding Regulatory and Security Requirements in the SDLC

In an environment of ever-increasing regulatory scrutiny, organisations must ensure that compliance is embedded throughout the SDLC. Our panel of experts will explore how IT risk management is being supervised by regulators and the impact and lessons learned from GDPR. The panel will have particular focus on test data and test environment management.

Panellists TBC

16:50pm

Quality Assurance and Machine Learning for the Public Sector

Everyone is talking about AI and machine learning - but how will organisations test machine learning systems as they increasingly become a reality? This session will explore these challenges as well as the potential for Machine Learning within government and public sector organisations.

Speaker TBC

Directions

Conrad London St. James sits on the doorstep of Westminster, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

Tube

St James' Park Station is positioned just opposite the hotel.

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