Public sector IT chiefs head for Tyneside | 17 April 08

TECHNOLOGY companies and procurement advisers will be able to hear from two of the most influential voices on IT projects in the public sector at an event on Tyneside next week.

John Kenyon and Bruce Harmsworth are the special guests at a seminar hosted by leading North law firm Ward Hadaway on Thursday, April 24.

Mr Kenyon is senior policy adviser on the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), which is responsible for procurement policies and standards, especially for information and communication technology.

He currently leads on agreeing the Government’s positions on its commercial approaches to ICT services contracts.

Mr Harmsworth advises the Government on complex IS/IT and IT-enabled projects as ITC operations director for Partnerships UK.

He has advised project teams in a number of Government departments, undertaking roles including the selection of appropriate commercial models and the development and negotiation of contracts.

Tim Toomey, IT partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “This seminar is a rare opportunity for North companies working on and pitching for IT work in the public sector to hear from two of the key people in this area.

“John Kenyon and Bruce Harmsworth have vast experience in the sector and are the real people in the know when it comes to contracts and arrangements between private and public sector partnerships on IT and related projects.

“Their presence in the North-East is a real coup and makes this a real must-attend event for anyone in the region involved in the public sector IT arena.”

The seminar, which has been organised in association with Intellect, the trade association for the UK technology industry, takes place in the boardroom of Ward Hadaway’s offices on Newcastle’s Quayside from 8.30am to 10.30am.

The briefing will start with a light breakfast followed by presentations from the guest speakers. There will be a chance for delegates to network and discuss key points arising from the briefing.

Further details on the seminar are available in the Events Diary section at