Top public sector influencers on Twitter
Ever wondered who to follow and connect with on social that could help you better understand and engage with the public sector? Well, here’s a good place to start!
A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog on public sector journalists to follow on Twitter that generated some good buzz. So we thought let’s expand on this and provide you a list of top public sector influencers on Twitter. Yet again this is by no means a full list and we welcome your input. Just tweet us at @advicecloud if we missed someone and we will add them.
Without further ado here it is….
Jacky Wright @JackyWrightHMRC – HMRC Chief Digital and Information Officer and Disability Champion
What’s not to love about Jacky! Since starting her CDIO post in 2017 she has led the way to transform HMRC into a forward-thinking digitally enabled department. Under her wing HMRC has successfully trialed several cutting-edge innovative technologies. She is a firm believer in the impact innovation can have in truly transforming services for people and businesses. And, it shows through her leadership. This year the HMRC team has been shortlisted for a whopping 13 categories by the UK IT Industry Awards!
Nicola Graham @nicolag71 – Head of ICT at Aberdeenshire Council
Another female mover and shaker in the world of public sector digital! Nicola has over 25 years commercial and public sector expertise. With her in the driving seat Aberdeenshire Council has become one of the first Scottish local authorities to fully embrace a ‘cloud-based’ service management tool for ICT delivery. Alongside her day job, she is also the President of Socitm, the professional network for digital leaders in the transformation of local public services.
Mayank Prakash @mayankprakash – Chief Digital and Information Officer at Department for Work and Pensions
If you are a regular on Twitter by now you must have noticed all the great work DWP has been doing. The man behind this is Mayank Prakash! Mayank has been faced with the gigantic task of running digital transformation for the largest public sector organisation in the UK. And, he has been doing remarkably well. So well in fact that in 2017 he was named the most influential person in UK information technology by UKtech50.
Emilia Cedeno @EmiliaCedeno82 – Commercial Agreement Manager at Crown Commercial Service
Emilia is one of our favourite people at CCS! Her passion for making the Digital Marketplace work for both buyers and suppliers is really inspiring and shows in her work. This year she launched Digital buying community , aimed at empowering buyers to make the most of the Digital Marketplace and using their combined knowledge and experiences to improve the purchasing platform. Public sector procurement is not always the most exciting or understandable topic but Emilia manages to make it both fun and approachable.
Sarah Wilkinson @ SarahFWilkinson – CEO, NHS Digital
If there ever was a woman faced with a tough task, it must be Sarah Wilkinson. The NHS is not a single organisation, it is a fragmented array of collaborating entities and it is always under immense public scrutiny. Managing the digital transformation under those circumstances certainly isn’t easy. But she is making real strides. This year under her leadership NHS Digital will be launching the first NHS App, designed to provide a simple and secure way to access a range of healthcare services.
Janet Hughes @JanetHughes – Director, Major Projects and Head of Project Delivery Profession at the Department of Education
If you were ever lucky enough to go to UKGovCamp you must have met Janet. Her energy is boundless! She has not only helped the Department of Education in their digital transformation, but has worked with other public sector bodies to make their services better though digital innovation. As one of the founders of GovCamp she is also credited with empowering the public sector to come together once a year and recognise the potential in technology as well as collaborate to tackle the challenges.
James Arthur Cattell – Delivery Manager at DEFRA
The other half of the Hughes-Cattell public sector digital power house, James has been helping public sector organisation tackle the complex task of digital transformation for many years. He has previously worked for the Government Digital Support Service (GDS) and is now the driving force behind DEFRA’s open data movement. Alongside Janet Hughes he facilitates UKGovCamp and is an unconference specialist.
Theo Blackwell @LDN_CDO – Chief Digital Officer at the Mayor of London
In his previous job Theo established Camden as London’s leading digital borough through its use of public data – and this year they received national recognition as Digital Leaders ‘Council of the year’. Today he is London’s first CDO, faced with an ambitious task to make London the worlds smartest city. As an avid advocate of technology and innovation with a real passion for getting all the London boroughs working collaboratively, he might just pull it off!
Emma Jones @emmajones – SME Rep for Crown Commercial Service
Another mover and shaker at CCS, Emma has been looking after something very close to our heart: supporting SME’s and helping them sell to the public sector. We are big fans of her webinars that aim to enable SME’s to engage better with the public sector and procurement. More of these please! Emma is also always ready to hear supplier views and welcomes discussions about how she can be supporting SME’s even more. So Tweet her!
We are very lucky in the UK to have so many inspiring digital leaders working in the public sector. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. Your next job is to connect with them and start following what they Tweeting!