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Jonathan Goring to Speak at Civil Service Live

4 July 2011

Jonathan Goring Managing Director, Capita Symonds, will be speaking at a Capita Symonds sponsored session at this year’s Civil Service Live which takes place from 5-7 July at London Olympia.

Now in its fourth year, Civil Service Live is the largest gathering of civil servants designed to inspire innovation and promote best practice across all government departments and agencies.

The Capita Symonds session ‘It's not about the costs’ takes place on Tuesday 05 July (1350-1450). Facilitated by Peter Riddell (Senior Fellow, Institute for Government and former Times political commentator), the panel includes Jonathan Goring; Sir Gus O’Donnell (Cabinet Secretary);

Fiona Spencer (Director of Shared Services, Home Office); and Gerry Smith (Director, Shared Services, Finance and Corporate Services, Ministry of Justice). The session summary is below:

Civil servants are rightly focusing on cutting costs, which shines the spotlight on staff cuts as the prime means of achieving targets. There are, however, other ways of closing the gap. Joint Ventures or Partnerships with the private sector will enable Civil Servants to broaden their horizons, by working on non-departmental programmes, possibly across other departments or even with the private sector.

We also look at the large shortfall in revenue collection, which could contribute to targets. In the same way that your TV licence is collected by the private sector, a private sector partner could stem the £billions in lost revenue, through non-collection of rents, licence fees, court fees and other collectable income. The target could be to raise collection rates from 70% in some departments, to over 95%.

Capita will also host a session ‘Service Birmingham: A Case Study in Public-Private Joint Venturing’ which takes place from on Wednesday 06 July (1110–1210).

Speakers are Cllr Paul Tilsley MBE, Deputy Leader, Birmingham City Council; Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council; Glyn Evans, Assistant to the Chief Executive on Transformation, Birmingham City Council; and Roger Metcalfe, Capita. The synopsis is:

Learn about the challenges and opportunities involved in establishing a public-private joint venture. Birmingham City Council teamed up with Capita in 2006 to create Service Birmingham. Five years on explore the benefits for the Council, Birmingham's citizens and the 500 seconded staff involved in creating a new business model for public service delivery, and how it needs to adapt to the new financial circumstances facing the City Council.

Click here to visit the Civil Servive Live website.