Another director departs GDS

Janet Hughes, GOV.UK Verify’s programme director has announced that she is to leave the organisation.

The departure of Hughes follows hot on the heels of the exit of GDS boss Stephen Foreshew-Cain earlier this month, which prompted speculation that the service is to be broken up.

Jess McEvoy will be taking over as programme director on an acting basis. McEvoy has been part of the team for three years, most recently as head of policy and engagement, leading a team of analysts who work with services to help them adopt GOV.UK Verify.

Commenting on her departure, Hughes said: “I’m very proud of everything we’ve achieved so far, and grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the first few years of GOV.UK Verify’s development. We’ve been fortunate to receive a huge amount of help and support from colleagues across government, in industry and among privacy and consumer groups, and I’m also very grateful for all of the support I’ve received personally in my role as Programme Director. Thank you all, I’ve learned a huge amount and it’s been an incredible privilege.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how GOV.UK Verify develops over the next few years, and delighted to be handing over to a fantastic team for the next phase.”

Hughes added in a blog post that GOV.UK Verify is stepping up its work with local authorities, looking at how it can make the initiative available for use in local authority services, to make it easier for people to do the things they need to do online and easier for local authorities to transform their services without having to reinvent the identity assurance wheel each time.

“We’re also continuing to work closely with the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, whose work has been fundamental to building privacy into every aspect of GOV.UK Verify,” concluded Hughes.

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