Speakers: Education Evolution

Speakers: Education Evolution


Joanna Davinson
Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, The Home Office

Joanna joined the Home Office in November 2017 following a 28 year career with Price Waterhouse Coopers and IBM, where she focussed on delivering large Public Sector ICT programmes, often in the UK but also for governments across Europe and in the US and Canada.

Before that Joanna enjoyed 5 years in the Civil Service in the National Audit Office and is delighted to now be back in central Government at the Home Office. She is the department’s Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, leading a team of over 3,000 employees reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary, with a seat at the departmental Board.

Theo Blackwell MBE
Chief Digital Officer, London

Appointed in 2017 as London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo leads on London-wide digital transformation, data and smart city initiatives at City Hall.

His role involves:

  • Strategic leadership on the digital transformation agenda for London’s public services, across the GLA group and the wider public sector.
  • Convening on behalf of the Mayor, across London local government to support the take-up of innovative, technology, and data-led approaches to service delivery and public engagement.
  • Developing and promoting partnership between the public, private and community sectors to enable and support the development of new public service-oriented technology and innovation

Joysy John
Director of Education, NESTA

Joysy John is the Director of Education at Nesta, bringing together Nesta’s work in education across innovation programmes, research and investment. Joysy is the former Chief Industry Officer of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills where she led the College’s industry engagement and online learning website. Prior to this, she headed up international strategic development for EF Learning Labs, led business development for Emerge Venture Lab, Europe’s first education technology accelerator and advised Level 39, technology incubator based in Canary Wharf.

Joysy is passionate about education, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. She helped launch three non-profits focused on education. She founded Founders Fit to help startup leaders find the right cofounders. Joysy has over a decade of experience in technology, business management, strategy and sales roles with JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley in Singapore, US and UK. She was the youngest person selected into the Future Leader Development Programme at JP Morgan Chase.

 She holds a Computer Engineering (Honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA with Distinction from London Business School where she was the President of the Women in Business Club and a Forte Scholar.

Chris Rothwell
Microsoft UK Director of Education

Chris oversees a team which helps schools, teachers, pupils and others embrace technology to achieve their goals. The team work with schools, colleges, universities, museums and libraries to help them use technology to achieve their goals.

Eddie Copeland
Director, London Office of Technology and Innovation

Eddie is Director of the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI), a public sector start-up that helps London boroughs work together, bringing the best of digital, data and innovation to improve public services for Londoners. Previously he was Director of Government Innovation at Nesta, the innovation foundation. There, he oversaw the organisation’s work helping governments and public sector organisations improve public services, increase citizen engagement and tackle big social challenges.

He is the author of six reports on government use of technology and data, and a book on UK think tanks. He is also a member of the Smart London Board, a group that advises the Mayor of London on how London can harness digital technology and data for the benefit of those who live and work in the capital. In 2018 and 2019 he was on Apolitical’s list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.



When: Wednesday 25 November – 3.00pm to 5.30pm

Where: Online Event

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