Laying the groundwork for true digital transformation

Sam Manson, who heads up the public sector team at Newcastle-based digital agency, Orange Bus, has joined techUK’s Local Public Services Committee (LPSC) to help encourage collaboration between the tech industry and local government.

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world we will live in tomorrow. The LPSC’s aim is to improve the engagement between the industry and local government, to provide leadership on critical policy issues related to local public services transformation and promote the transformative role tech can play in it.

As director of public sector activity at Orange Bus, Sam holds a strategic partnership role and has successfully worked with clients including Teachers’ Pensions for the Department for Education, HMRC, Ministry of Justice, the Skills Funding Agency and the NHS.

“I’m delighted to be a part of this committee,” said Sam. “Orange Bus is a key driver behind Newcastle’s dramatic growth as a digital economy and I’m keen to share my experience of overseeing genuine digital transformation in the public sector.”

“From our work with many local authorities, we understand that designing services can be complicated, integrating a diverse melting pot of stakeholders, public/private dynamics, charities and the third sector,” she said.

“As a company, we’ve discovered some very meaningful ways to make this work and are actively looking at place-based/community driven delivery of public service strategy, with our focus being on how the citizen interacts with the public service provider.”

“Being part of this committee allows me to be an advocate for what can be achieved with new technologies, collaborative development approaches and progressive design techniques.”

Rob Driver, head of public sector at techUK said: “We are delighted to have Orange Bus on the Local Public Services Committee, joining other tech leaders from industry, both small and large.

“The Committee will come together to champion transformation at the local level, and working with councils and industry to create the environment that enables innovation to flourish and deliver improved public service outcomes for all citizens. We have the leadership in place to accelerate techUK’s local government activity.”

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