Chief Digital Officer
Greater London Authority
As the capital’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell will play a pivotal role in transforming the way London’s public services are designed and delivered, making them more accessible and efficient – improving the lives of Londoners.
He will ensure London is making the best possible use of new technology and will play a central role in building collaboration across London’s boroughs, and businesses, to drive the digital transformation of public services and better data-sharing.
Theo will also promote the Mayor’s ambitions for pan-London collaboration on connectivity, digital inclusion, cyber-security and open data.
Theo has over 20 years of experience in technology and digital transformation in both the public and private sector.
As cabinet member for finance, technology and growth at Camden Council, 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’.
He’s worked at GovTech accelerator Public Group, advising start-ups on the growing market in local public services, and was previously Head of Policy & Public Affairs for the video games industry’s trade body, Ukie.
10:00 am - 10:30 am
London’s blueprint for a data driven city
Theatre: Hot Seat
Today, cities across the world are having to reconcile the need to keep pace with rapidly emerging disruptive technologies, against the need to provide more integrated and responsive services. Citizens are needed more than ever to drive innovation and improve the experience consumers have with digital services and products. For this session, Theo Blackwell will explain how the Greater London Authority is refining its use of data to enhance its digital capacity, and bringing together local authorities to bridge the fragmentation among public services.