Making data sharing in the public sector happen

February 20, 2024
United Kingdom
Data & ID

Webinar looking ahead to Public Service Data Live (September 2024)

Sharing data is one of the key ways that public services can be revolutionized and personalized in the years ahead. Creating systems, policies and cultures where government data can be shared across organizational boundaries can unlock better integration across areas like healthcare, welfare and benefits and education.

Forming part of Global Government Forum’s Public Service Data Live conference, this webinar brought together those involved in making data sharing happen in government to discuss the barriers that still exist – and the steps governments have taken to overcome them.

This session covered:

  • How government can create systems, policies and cultures to share data can be shared across organisational boundaries.
  • How data can be used to improve services in areas like healthcare, welfare and benefits and education.
  • The practical steps individual departments can take make their data easier to use.


Anna Bartlett-Avery, Head of Data Ethics and Data Sharing, Welsh Government

Anna Bartlett-Avery has considerable experience in supporting public authorities to share personal data to deliver public services and to benefit citizens. Most recently, this has included the response to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as supporting the Wales, a Nation of Sanctuary response to the war in Ukraine.

Sue Bateman, Interim Chief Data Officer, Central Digital and Data Office, Cabinet Office

Sue Bateman is the interim Chief Data Officer at CDDO. This includes responsibility for delivering Mission 3 of the DDaT Roadmap and National Data Strategy – working with fora like Chief Officer Council and Data Standards Authority – to drive a step change in the way government uses and shares data to transform our services and decision making capability. This work spans data sharing (including ethics), data architecture, data asset management (including open data and knowledge, information and records management) and data capability.

Sue previously spent a number of years working on IT and data policy and strategy in GDS and other departments, including leading the international collaboration on the G8 Open Data Charter and establishing the UK government data science programme and partnership.

Steven Burgess, Digital & Analytics Director, Public Sector, SAS UK

Over my 23-year career, I have been at the forefront of transforming mission critical environments and systems. In my current role as the Digital Transformation and Analytics Lead for SAS Software in the UKI Defence and National Security sector, my primary objective is to empower our customers with cutting-edge insights and solutions and identify the path to data driven decisions.

I take pride in fostering strong and transparent relationships with our clients, ensuring that every engagement is tailored to meet their specific needs. My role involves not just providing technological solutions but also guiding our customers in leveraging data and analytics to make informed decisions. Whether it’s leading the modernisation of customer environments through Cloud or shaping SAS’s offering portfolio, my focus remains on delivering tangible value through innovative and customer-centric approaches.

My commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond my professional career due to my role as an Advisory Board Member for UK Home Start Trafford, Salford, and Wigan. In this capacity, I contribute to defining and delivering Home Start’s digital strategy and engagement plan, supporting volunteer recruitment, and fostering corporate sponsorship to assist families with young children through challenging times.

Having served in advisory capacities at Accenture and CSC, I bring a wealth of experience to the table. My commitment to customer success goes beyond project milestones; I actively mentor colleagues at SAS, sharing real-life insights to help others achieve their professional goals.

Beyond work, I am a dedicated family person, sports enthusiast, and martial arts expert. These personal facets reflect my commitment to balance and well-being and aligns with my professional dedication to delivering impactful solutions to our valued customers.

Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, Facilitator, Global Government Forum

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of the major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell to lead work on Civil Service reform and strategy. Siobhan left the Civil Service to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.

Public Service Data Live will take place in September 2024. It is free to attend for all public servants. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE.