People and processesJane Hancer, Director of Innovation, CC2i

Jane Hancer, Director of Innovation, CC2i

Jane Hancer, Director of Innovation, CC2i

Jane has been an influential voice and presence in the growing ‘public sector collaboration’ movement, since the launch of CC2i. Driven by a need to instill a new culture within local authorities and other public sector organisations, not only to make better use of limited funding, but showcase and recognise in-house expertise.

Over the past two years Jane has spoken with 300+ public sector bodies about using the crowdfunding model to deliver digital solutions, whilst leveraging their combined expertise to co-design solutions to better meet their shared challenges.

As part of this journey, Jane has encouraged over 50 public sector organisations to co-fund and co-design solutions spanning cyber awareness, adult social care, intelligent content management, as well as sector focused research in emerging arenas such as Blockchain and AI.

Steered and supported by Jane, these organisations repeatedly prove that taking safe, early risks by working as a consortium, delivers significant collaborative and individual rewards. Not only financial rewards, but softer benefits of empowering public sector staff to input into and lead on solution design, and as such build confidence and respect of in-house experts at all levels.

The influence of this work has led to a positive shift in the dynamic between public and private sector engagement, and in the process delivered more relevant and affordable solutions, benefiting the sector as a whole.

Pivotal to the council collaboration around cyber awareness, Jane’s work led to the first and only public sector focused cyber awareness training series, Dojo. Bringing together 10 local authorities to co-fund and co-design focused training answering a critical, emerging sector-wide threat. Match-making them with the BAFTA winning filmmakers behind the BBC’s cyber awareness training, the result is unique public sector focused training, which in less than six months since delivery has been rolled out to over 275,000 public sector staff in 65 organisations.

Leveraging relationships and cementing partnerships with key sector organisations as well as engaging with local, regional and national groups has been critical to success. Indeed Jane’s work at CC2i has been cited as the inspiration behind new local government digital collaboration platforms currently being developed in Wales and elsewhere.

Jane has also led the charge to unearth digital assets developed by the public sector resulting in dormant, local assets enjoying wider public sector take-up as well as mentoring SMEs in how to better engage with public sector and improve solution design.

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