A week after Mike Bracken announced that he was leaving his post as the head of GDS to join the board of the Co-Op group as Chief Digital Officer, GDS’ current Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Foreshew-Cain announced on the GDS blog: “I’ve been running GDS for a year, now I’m stepping up to lead it.” Foreshew-Cain’s post also brought news that four members of the Government Digital Service’s leadership team would follow Bracken out the door. Deputy Director Tom Loosemore, Strategy Director Russell Davies, Design Director Ben Terrett and Head of User Research Leisa Reichelt are all due to leave the organisation in the autumn, for reasons they outline on their personal blogs (Reichelt is taking up a similar role with the Australian Government, the others are looking for new opportunities). The reshuffle at GDS comes at an important time for the government’s digital transformation agenda. Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock delivered his first speech here in May, outlining his vision for how digital services could lead to the “biggest revolution of our times”. He continued by calling for a civil service that is more “open, innovative, collaborative”, all areas in which digital transformation could unleash potentially enormous gains. While […]

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