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List of government digital leaders revealed

‘The Digital Leaders’ network aims to promote the government’s digital strategy

A list of digital leaders from across government has been published by the Government Digital Service (GDS), who will collectively be known as the Digital Leaders Network.

The Network was first unveiled in March of this year and is headed up by Mike Bracken, the director of digital at GDS.

The objective of the 'leaders', each of which represent a government department or devolved administration, is to ensure the online user experience of government is consistent and high quality, as well as to establish a clear digital strategy and then oversee its implementation.

It is understood that each of the leaders will be delivering a departmental digital strategy by the end of the year.

The government recently published its overarching digital strategy, which outlined plans to save the public sector £1.7 billion a year after 2015 by digitising hundreds of thousands of transactions.

Here is a full list of the names on the Digital Leaders Network:

Attorney General's Office - Roger HillBusiness, Innovation and Skills - Stephen LovegroveCabinet Office - Ed WelshDepartment for Communities and Local Government - Sue HigginsDepartment for Culture Media and Sport - Jon ZeffDepartment for Energy and Climate Change - Wendy BarnesDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Ian TrenholmDepartment for Education - Tim WrightDepartment for International Development - Richard CalvertDepartment for Transport - Brian EtheridgeDepartment of Health - Rachel NeamanDepartment for Work and Pensions - Philip LangsdaleForeign and Commonwealth Office - Adam ByeHer Majesty's Revenue and Customs - Linda AllenHer Majesty's Treasury - Jonathan BlackHome Office - Justin HollidayMinistry of Defence - Dr Roger HuttonMinistry of Justice - Antonia RomeoNorthern Ireland Executive - Nigel McVittieScottish Government - Mike NeilsonWelsh Government - Janine Pepworth

In other news, Rohan Silva, senior policy officer to Prime Minister David Cameron, has said that the government can take £10 billion out of public sector IT spending in the years ahead, whilst also improving digital services for citizens.

To put Silva's bold claims into context, the government spends between £15 billion and £20 billion a year on public sector IT (depending on which estimates you follow).


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