Think Digital Identity for Government 2019

Understanding The Policy, Practice and Delivery of Public Sector Identity

Date: Friday 7 June 2019
Venue: One Great George Street, Westminster, UK

Diamond Partners


08:45 - 09:25


09:25 - 09:30

Chair's Welcoming Remarks

  • David Bicknell, Principal Analyst, Technology Thematic Research, GlobalData
09:30 - 09:50

Analyst Keynote

GlobalData’s chief analyst for Technology Thematic Research Gary Barnett examines the landscape for the increased use of identity systems in the delivery of public services.

  • Gary Barnett, Chief Analyst, Technology Thematic Research, GlobalData
09:50 - 10:10

Government Keynote - Digital Identity Future

An update from the Government Digital Service on why digital identity continues to be important, the value of a standards based, interoperable & reusable model and the direction of the Verify programme.

  • Lisa Barrett, Director of Digital Identity, Government Digital Service
10:10 - 10:40

Identity Leaders

In this session Identity leaders from across government discuss the big issues that influence strategy, planning and the drive for innovation in identity across the public sector.

  • Lisa Barrett, Director of Digital identity, Government Digital Service
  • Cheryl Stevens MBE, Deputy Director, Identity & Trust Services, DWP Digital
  • Martin Edwards, Managing Director, Identity Services, Post Office
  • Andrew Elliot, Deputy Director, Digital Identity, DCMS
  • Alastair Treharne, Digital Identity Advisor, Government Digital Service
10:40 - 11:00

Identity in Action

A fireside chat with the UK & I lead for Transmit Security, Minal Russell, who will talk about some of their recent identity projects both inside and outside the UK.

  • David Bicknell, Principal Analyst, Technology Thematic Research, GlobalData
  • Minal Russell, Sales Director, Transmit Security
11:00 - 11:20

How OiX Sees The Future Identity Landscape and Ecosystem

OIX’s members are working together to create the environment for service providers and consumers to leverage the next generation of identity solutions. So OIX has a perhaps unique view of the challenge that dealing with identity creates for both service providers and consumers alike. With that in mind, an OIX executive will discuss what the identity landscape currently looks like in 2019 as well as its role within the identity ecosystem.

  • David Goodman, Executive Director, Open Identity Exchange
  • Frank Joshi, General Member Board Representative, Open Identity Exchange
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Identity in Action

Ubisecure’s Simon Wood will discuss new key identity insights from companies and Government organisations in its home territory of Finland where almost all adults engage in some way with a Ubisecure platform, product or service.

  • Simon Wood, CEO, Ubisecure
12:10 - 12:30

Engendering a Standards based Assurance Mindset for UK Digital Identity in the Private Sector

This session will explore lessons learnt from earlier GDS experience with assurance and potential for improved outcomes going forward.

  • David Black, Consultant, ID Crowd
  • Colin Wallis, Executive Director, Kantara Initiative
12:30 - 13:00

Public-Private Sector Intersections of Identity

This panel will discuss the differences and similarities in digital identity across both the public and private sectors. It will consider what the blockers are to the commercial sector using government IDs and vice versa, considering some of the technical, commercial, user perspective hurdles. It will also draw out the what the lessons are from these differences and similarities and what that means in terms of the drivers for ID.

  • Cheryl Stevens MBE, Deputy Director, Identity & Trust Services, DWP Digital
  • Andy Renshaw, Senior Director, Fraud & Identity, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
  • Susan Morrow, Head of Research & Development, Avoco Secure
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:05

Welcome Back from the Chair

  • David Bicknell, Principal Analyst, Technology Thematic Research, GlobalData
14:05 - 14:25

A Potential Decentralised Solution for a Consistent Staff Identity

Philip Graham and the Consistent Staff Identity project team discuss the locally-led collaboration between Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS England, GMC, NHS Digital and industry which explored solutions to the significant burdens on staff, employers and risks to patient safety arising through current NHS pre-employment processes and the mobility of healthcare professionals due to the unprecedented demand for their services. A decentralised identity solution using Distributed Ledger Technology was examined to enable several components representing professional bodies and employers that allow an employee, such as a Doctor, to share their digital credentials for example, complete digital preemployment checks such as passport details, proof of address, GMC details and immunisation history. This has been become the foundation and basis to enable an employer to provision access to IT systems.

  • Philip Graham, Digital Programme Lead, Lancashire and South Cumbria STP, NHS England
  • Andrew Temple, Health Informatics Project Manager, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr. Manreet Nijjar, Consultant, NHS England
14:25 - 14:45

Case Study: The Passport Office

HM Passport Office discusses how it has transformed its old paper based “countersignature” process to confirm the identity of passport applicants and replaced it with an online authentication system to support the digitisation of applications. This session will discuss how the digital team solved challenges and got the right balance between confirmation of identity and usability of the service.

  • Chirag Agarwal, Lead Product Manager, HM Passport Office, Digital Service
14:45 - 15:05

Reinventing Digital Identity Management at the BBC

You don’t need to go to many Identity Management conferences to realise that Identity and Access Management projects are hard to implement and also that IAM is one of the least “technological” of the Security disciplines, with it being 10% technology and 90% business change. The BBC is currently meeting the challenge of IAM transformation head on. As one of the 90% Ros Smith will explain:

  • The strategic approach being taken.
  • What has been achieved so far.
  • Where they are going next.
  • Ros Smith, Senior Product Manager in Identity and Access Management, BBC
15:05 - 15:30

International Identity

This session will put identity into an international context, discussing areas such as Electronic IDentification Authentication and trust Services (eIDAS) as well as discussing identity developments from countries as far afield as Australia to more local ones such as Scotland.

  • Mike Crockart, Transformation Lead, Scottish Government
  • Colin Wallis, Executive Director, Kantara Initiative
  • Alan Shipman, Chair, ISO Committee
15:30 - 16:05

Futures Panel

Six months ago, our Future of Identity Panel made its mark with a series of bold views about identity services. This time, another group of identity exponents will be encouraged to make the case for identity.

  • Robin Wilton, Technical Director of Outreach, Internet Society
  • Julie Dawson, Director of Regulatory & Policy, Yoti
  • Dr. Robin Pharoah, Director of Global Insight, Future Agenda
16:05 - 16:10

Chair's Closing Remarks

  • David Bicknell, Principal Analyst, Technology Thematic Research, GlobalData
16:10 - 17:00