Our governance

Details of governing and steering groups.


The Government Digital Service (GDS) is governed by the Ministerial Group on Government Digital Technology, and the digital, data and technology leaders of the central government departments and devolved administrations.

GDS is guided by the GDS Advisory Board, Data Steering Group and Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group.

Digital Leaders Network

The Digital Leaders Network was established in early 2012 to drive forward the digital agenda across government.

The Digital Leaders Network meets monthly.


The departmental digital leaders are:

  • Replacement being sought, Attorney General’s Office
  • Replacement being sought, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Conall Bullock, Cabinet Office
  • Jon Sell, Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Matthew Gould, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Richard Ney, Department for Exiting the EU
  • John Seglias, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
  • Alan Parnum, Department for Education (DfE)
  • Nick Dyer, Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Adrian Blundell, DFID
  • Jonathan Neffgen, Department for Transport (DfT)
  • Katie Farrington, Department of Health (DH)
  • Michelle Thorp, Department for International Trade
  • Mayank Prakash, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Alison Daniels, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Brigid McBride, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Kylie Clark (temporary), Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT)
  • Peter Rose, Home Office (HO)
  • Ivan Hopper, Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • Matthew Coats, Ministry of Justice (MOJ)
  • Caron Alexander, Northern Ireland Executive
  • Colin Cook, Scottish Government
  • Caren Fullerton, Welsh Government
  • David Best, Office for National Statistics (ONS)
  • Alison Whitney, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
  • Chris Hamilton, Number 10
  • Stephen Cave, Government Legal Department
  • Oliver Morley, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Technology Leaders Network

The Technology Leaders Network was established in 2013 to lead technology across government by making sure it’s equipped with the right technology to deliver great digital services.

The Technology Leaders Network meets monthly.


The departmental technology leaders are:

  • John Strudwick, Government Digital Service (chair)
  • Conall Bullock, Cabinet Office
  • Ian Hammond, Crown Commercial Service
  • Nicola Holderness, BEIS
  • Steve O’Connor, DCMS
  • Chris Howes, Defra
  • Adrian Blundell, DFID +Jonathan Neffgen, DfT
  • Bob Armstrong, DH
  • Colin Martin-Reynolds, FCO
  • Stephen Robbins, FCO
  • Niel Kempson, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
  • Gaven Smith, GCHQ
  • Jacky Wright, HMRC
  • Peter Rose, HO
  • Steve Latchem, MOD
  • Caron Alexander, Northern Ireland Executive
  • Anne Moises, Scottish Government
  • Crispin O’Connell, Welsh Government
  • Mark Gray, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Nic Harrison, Government Digital Service
  • Heather Savory, ONS
  • Simon Taylor, ONS

Data Leaders Network

The Data Leaders Network was established in 2015 to ensure that departments’ approach to the use and management of data properly enables the delivery of government policy and operational objectives.

The Data Leaders Network meets monthly.

Download the Data Leaders Network: Terms of Reference. (PDF, 78.3KB, 2 pages)


The departmental data leaders are:

  • Sue Bateman, Government Digital Service (Chair)
  • Gavin Dollin, BEIS
  • Philip Rycroft, Cabinet Office
  • Stephen Aldridge, DCLG
  • Mike Jones, DfE
  • John Seglias, Defra
  • Neil Jackson, DFID
  • Claire Boldly, DFID
  • Julie Lennard, DVLA
  • Nic Cary, DfT
  • Charlie Boundy, DWP
  • Katie Farrington, DH
  • Alison Daniels, FCO
  • Veronica Povey, HMT
  • Simon Bond, HO
  • Tom Knight, MOD
  • Osama Rahman, MOJ
  • Roger Halliday, Scottish Government
  • Caren Fullerton, Welsh Government
  • Geraint Lewis, National Health Service
  • Kevin Fletcher, HMRC
  • John Sheridan, The National Archives
  • Tomas Sanchez-Lopez, ONS
  • Ciara Willis, Companies House
  • Alan Spence, Health and Safety Executives
  • Pedro Wrobel, Valuation Office Authority