When was Socitm formed? - 1986

Is membership for the individual or the authority? It is individual but dependant upon employment by an authority

How many authorities/public sector organisations do you represent? - 634

451 authorities

183 other public sector

How many authorities that are eligible to join are not members? 

40 authorities 

How many members do you have? - 1707
Full members 767

Associate members 460

Affiliate members 23

Subscriber members 430

retired members 27

Do you have members not employed by the public sector?  

The Society has five categories of membership: 

Full members are officers directly employed in the public sector (non-profit making) and who have a major influence within their organisation on matters of ICT strategy, policy and/or delivery functions. Any organisation can have more than one full member provided the above requirements are met. 

Associate members are officers directly employed by public sector organisations who are in a management role and wish to contribute to the work of the Society.

Affiliate members are people who no longer qualify as full members but who previously made a significant contribution to the Society whilst at that level.

Subscriber members are individuals who do not work for public sector organisations but who are of sufficient standing to convince the Membership Committee that the aims of the Society would be enhanced by their contributions. (This category can include consultants and managers of commercial organisations that supply the public sector). Subscriber members should note that Society events should not be regarded as sales opportunities unless this is specifically arranged.

Retired members are people who were previously members (of any type) and do not undertake paid work to a value of more than £5000 per annum.

Do you have any mission/objectives/scope for Socitm?

Socitm’s overall objective is to promote the effective and efficient use of Information Technology in local public services. To do this the Society:

• provides a forum in which Members of the Society can discuss and confer on all aspects of the application of information technology in Local Government and the Public Sector;

• co-operates with appropriate other bodies to encourage and promote recognised professional standards among those engaged in the information technology management function in local public services;

• provides a source of professional advice on the application of information technology in local public services;

• confers and liaises with and, where appropriate, advises other bodies on matters concerning the information technology management function in local public services;

• circulates literature and information and holds meetings relating to the objects and affairs of the Society.

Strategy Themes 2005-2009


The Society will continue to encourage and support innovation in the use of technology to facilitate transformation of public services for the continuous improvement of the ‘customer experience’ of local government.


We aim to maximise our influence with public service stakeholders through the promotion of ICT as a key enabler of accessible modern public services and by using the resources of the Society and the knowledge and skills of our Members.

Member development

We will continue to grow and support members’ development and skills in ICT management through an expanding ‘Centre of Excellence’ for learning experiences and resources.

Operational excellence

We intend to maintain our position as the leading authority on the provision of best practice in ICT strategy and operations for local government and the public sector enabling strategic and operational excellence.

Do you have any staff or is the Society run by volunteers? Socitm employs staff


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