Horizon Scanning: What will Future Government Delivery look like?

Panel discussion

Learn from
David Wilde

Founder, Government Transformation Magazine


A 30-year public sector veteran, having held leadership positions in all tiers of government and the NHS.
Richard Corbridge

Chief Digital & Information Officer


Richard Corbridge (Rich) was appointed Director General, Chief Digital and Information Officer in April 2023. He has extensive experience in leading major digital transformation projects in retail and the public sector.

He was previously Chief Information Officer at Boots & No.7 Beauty Company and held roles at Leeds NHS Trust, eHealth Ireland, and the National Institute for Health Research.

Vidya ShankarNarayan

Assistant Deputy Minister & CIO


Vidya ShankarNarayan is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Information Systems Branch and CIO at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She is a forward-thinking and creative leader implementing the Digital and Data strategy to advance the growth, sustainability and competitiveness of the agriculture and agri-food sector. She plays an active leadership role in championing innovation within the agriculture sector, the Government of Canada and with international associations such as the OECD. 

Over the past 25+ years, Vidya has held multiple positions in both the private and public sectors, where she encouraged experimentation and horizontal collaboration to identify new and innovative ideas, and led multiple high-profile transformation initiatives related to service delivery, digital technologies and modernisation. Previously, Vidya worked at Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Employment and Social Development Canada, where she passionately focused on the digital and data economy, and service delivery, with a vision of designing and implementing simpler, efficient and human-centric services. She has also held executive positions at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and Global Affairs Canada, and in the private sector at Nortel Networks and Tata Consulting Engineers. She holds a Masters degree in Architecture, specialising in Design and Technology from Carleton University. 
Vidya is an active community member, participating on various boards including the World Economic Forum and the Global Blockchain Congress. She is regularly invited to national and international events to express her fresh and avant-guard perspectives on the Digital and Data economy.
In her spare time, Vidya practices yoga and is a champion for diversity and inclusion of under-represented groups.
Joanna Rowland

Director General, Transformation


Jo was appointed as Director General for the new Transformation Group in November 2020 after successfully leading the department’s delivery of the COVID-19 support schemes in her capacity as Director for HMRC’s COVID-19 Response Unit since March 2020. As Head of the Project Delivery Profession for HMRC, Jo has led HMRC’s Transformation Portfolio and a number of critical programmes, including Making Tax Digital for Business, and Individuals.
Before joining HMRC, Jo delivered several Government Major Projects including the Criminal Justice Efficiency Programme at the Ministry of Justice and worked as a Programme Director in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Prior to this Jo enjoyed a successful career in policing, in senior operational and policy roles.
About the session

Our first panel discussion that brings together Whitehall Digital, Data & Transformation leaders with international counterparts to 'horizon scan' the trajectory and interplay of evolving citizen expectations, emergent technical capabilities and pressures on the existing public sector operating model.

  1. What Gets You Out of Bed Each Morning: What is the most exciting work your team is working on - and how will it transform how your organisation operates?
  2. The Algorithmic State: How will AI redefine government operations and services?
  3. What Can the Public Sector Learn from the Private Sector - and Vice Versa? What do we do well - and where can we learn from the experience of other industries?