Ann WilliamsCommissioning and Contract Manager of Adult Social Services at Liverpool City Council
I am a Commissioning and Contracts manager of Adult Social services at Liverpool City Council, including being the innovation network lead which looks at innovative ways of delivering care against a decreasing budget and increasing needs. I have led the Liverpool involvement in the EU STOP&GO programme, Where I digitalised Liverpool Domiciliary Care services (value £16M+) introduced a LoRaWAN network and IoT sensors into current services. I led the DCMS Phase 1 5G Test Bed and Trial for Liverpool City Council and now the 5G Create project.
Previously I had been in Citizen Advice Bureau management for 19 years at both local and regional level. Always driven by a strong sense of social justice the current world pandemic has highlighted the issues digital poverty brings. Our 5G Create programme is to help lessen the health inequalities and the digital divide by providing a free independent 5G network run by the local statutory bodies and NHS.
Through my passion about improving the quality and equity of public services I am a member of Food Standards Agency Advisory Committee on Microbiological Safety of Food, Vice Chair of the Liverpool Central Local Research Ethics Committee and a core member of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Public Health Advisory Group.