New head of GDS announced

Kevin Cunnington has been named as the new head of the Government Digital Service (GDS).

Cunnington previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Vodafone and, most recently, was director general for business transformation in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Among other things at DWP, Cunnington set up the award-winning Digital Academy, training more than 3,000 civil servants in digital project management.

Commenting on the appointment Ben Gummer, minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “My predecessor in the Cabinet Office, Matt Hancock, had with foresight and energy pursued an acceleration of the delivery of digital public services. I am determined to complete the work that he began.

“That is why I am confirming the appointment of Kevin Cunnington as the new, and first, director general of the Government Digital Service. I have asked him to build on the outstanding legacy of Mike Bracken and Stephen Foreshew-Cain, to work with governments departments to continue the transformation of government services so that we can better serve the public, and to continue the global leadership in digital transformation that GDS is rightly famed for here and abroad.

Cunnington added: “I am delighted to be joining the Government Digital Service, working across government to continue to improve digital services and increase value for money for taxpayers.”

GDS has just announced that digital notifications have started to be utilised by its GOV.UK Notify project.

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