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Tom Kennedy – ISID

Tom is the Chief Information Officer for the NICS and is also Director of the Information Strategy and Innovation Division in DFP.  In these roles he has responsibility for the NICS Information System and Information Management Strategies, NICS information assurance policies, the Business Consultancy Service, Digital Inclusion, WEB development and the Enterprise Design Authority. Tom is also the Senior Responsible Owner for the programme to improve access to government services - known as NIDirect. He began his career in the Health Service then moved to central government where and has been heavily involved with what was known as the reform programme as Project Director for the RecordsNI, NetworkNI and NIDirect initiatives.

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Deborah Bryant - OSUOSL

Deb BryantDeborah Bryant is Public Sector Communities Manager at Oregon State University's Open Source Lab (OSL), where she advocates and creates collaboration between public, private and academic concerns in pursuit of the successful adoption of open source technology and models. She leads OSL's production of the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON).

Deborah's interest in open source and its implication for government is reflected in her civic involvement; she serves as a Board Director for; on the Board of Advisors for the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation; on the Oregon Statewide Distance Learning Advisory Council.

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Bill McCluggage - Cabinet Office

Bill McCluggage Bill joined the Cabinet Office as Deputy Government CIO in September 2009. He is also Director of ICT Strategy & Policy within the Office of the HM Government CIO and SIRO with overall responsibility for the formulation, development and communication of cross-Government ICT strategies and policies.  On behalf of the Government CIO and CIO Council’s Supply Management Board he leads on driving forward the Government’s ICT Procurement Strategy, including chairing a number of joint Government/Industry teams focused on improving ICT procurement and supplier management.  He joined the Cabinet Office from the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS), where he represented Northern Ireland on the Government’s CIO Council and was the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) for the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

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Iolanda Romano - Avventura Urbana

Iolanda RomanoIolanda Romano Ph.D is a professional consultant for public policies in the territory. Expert in urban renewal, participatory planning, creative management of conflicts, researcher abroad and fellow of the German Marshall Fund’s (GMF) Comparative Domestic Policy (CDP) program in 2009. Founder, chief executive and scientific coordinator of Avventura Urbana, a company based in Turin and Florence, Italy that focuses, since 1992, on public engagement and cross-sector collaborative processes on urban planning, environment, social policies, and related issues.

From 1996 she holds formative activities about participatory planning for public policies in Universities, postgraduate programs and public institutions all over Italy.

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Francesco Molinari – Parterre Project

Francesco Molinari is an independent research and project manager working for several public and private organizations in Europe, since 2009 as Associate to the London based 21C Consultancy Firm. In his career he has been involved in the coordination of (or participation in) about twenty ICT-related projects at European, national and regional level – many of them on the topics of eParticipation and eGovernance. For the European Commission, among others, he wrote in 2008 a study for the assessment of the Living Labs approach in the EU innovation and Future Internet scenario. For the Italian Government, he is now leading a State Region Working Group aimed at the establishment of PCP (Pre Commercial Procurement) in the local public administration practice.

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John Heaven – TuTECH

John Heaven works as a Project Manager for TuTech Innovation GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. TuTech worked with the City of Hamburg to design and implement DEMOS-Plan, an online tool for conducting spatial planning consultations with stakeholder organisations and the public. This system is being implemented in Schleswig-Holstein and is being piloted in several European countries as part of the Parterre project. TuTech co-ordinates PEP-NET, the Pan-European e-Participation Network and has delivered many e-participation projects for large local authorities. Before working for TuTech, John completed the Birmingham Graduate Development Programme at Birmingham City Council, gathering experience in various departments including Digital Birmingham and Business Transformation.

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Gary Loughran – HSCNI

Gary Loughran has worked for 10 years in delivering Health Service IT on a variety of projects such as Health and Care Number, GP Registration Links, Emergency Care Summary Record and for the last 3 years on the implementation and evaluation of the Electronic Care Record (ECR) Proof of Concept at Belfast City Hospital and Ulster Hospital.  More recently Gary has been involved in the Business Case development for a HSC wide ECR.

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Gareth Tolerton – Consilium Technologies

Gareth is CTO for Consilium and TotalMobile.  He joined the company in 1997 after studying degrees in both business studies and computing, doing quite a lot of travelling and working in local government and the private sector.  He is responsible for all product development and technology roadmap; spending time with customers and partners to understand their current and future needs.  Gareth loves science and technology and is interested in finding new ways to use technology to solve real world problems.  He represents the mobile software industry on the board of Momentum, the Northern Ireland ICT industry body.

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Josh Holmes - Microsoft

Josh HolmesJosh Holmes is a passionate soul who gets his kicks solving problems with deep fried awesomeness. He is currently employed by Microsoft Ireland as an Architect Evangelist. Prior to joining Microsoft in October 2006, Josh was a consultant working with a variety of clients ranging from large Fortune 500 firms to smaller sized companies. Josh is a frequent speaker and lead panelist at national and international software development conferences focusing on web technologies on the Microsoft stack such as ASP.NET, PHP, IronRuby, JavaScript and more. Community focused, Josh has founded and/or run many technology organizations from the Great Lakes Area .NET Users Group to the Ann Arbor Computer Society and was on the forming committee for CodeMash. You can contact Josh through his blog at

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Brendan Galbraith - University of Ulster

Brendan Galbraith is an academic in the Ulster Business School, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. He recently guest edited a special issue in the Technology Analysis and Strategic Management Journal “Managing open innovation intermediaries in the technology transfer process” and has published widely in academic journals. He is a partner in two European FP7 innovation projects – ‘MAPEeR SME’ (Making Progress and Economic Enhancement a Reality for SMEs) [FP7-SME-2009] and PARTERRE (Electronic Participation Tools for Spatial Planning and Territorial Development) [ICT-PSP-2009-3bis]. Brendan co-founded two living labs in Northern Ireland and served on the European Network of Living Labs Leadership Portfolio Group. Brendan is experienced in business model development with high-tech companies and within large scale EC ICT projects.

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Tim Willoughby - LGMA

Tim WilloughbyTim is Assistant Director in the Local Government Computer Services Board. He has been with the LGCSB for over 10 years in a number of Technical Roles. He has been working in the Public service for 20 years in a number of engineering, technology and ICT roles. Before joining the LGCSB Tim worked as a Civil Engineer in Kildare County Council Designing and building Roads. From his early days as a computer teacher through the Engineering profession in Kildare County Council and on to his current role in Senior management in LGCSB he has a passion for technology, particularly to understand and harness it for use in government.
Tim is currently responsible for Research and Architecture in the LGCSB and represents Irish Local Authorities on a number of cross government and cross business committees.

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