Today, the Digital Advisory Board was announced by Francis Maude. Martha Lane Fox explains the Boards remit and introduces the other members of the Board.
It's been an exciting week for me so far. My rollercoaster role as UK Digital Champion will now see me Chair two new boards. The Digital Advisory Board announced by Francis Maude today will challenge the Government to deliver better services for users and is the next step on the journey to achieving Digital by Default services and information provision across government. I will also Chair the Go ON UK Board – a radical new cross-sector partnership bringing the benefits of the internet to every individual, organisation and community across the UK.
I am very pleased that the Digital Advisory Board has such a wide range of participants from across the retail, digital and academic sector and many of them bear the scars of delivering successful services on a very large scale. This experience is going to be invaluable for our colleagues in government.
We hope to meet on a formal basis at least twice a year, but will also be taking part in ad-hoc events and bilateral pieces of work with Government as required. Whether that's sharing our experiences with Ministers or giving our advice and feedback on Departmental Digital Strategies.
We will have a relentless focus on making sure that the user experience of Government is of the highest quality possible as well as sharing our experience and knowledge of developing and maintaining digital provision.
Government Digital Service is leading and delivering a significant digital change programme across Government and GDS recognises that it needs support and challenge from external experts in the digital field to help with this challenging agenda. I think we are privileged to have so many of these external experts represented on the Digital Advisory Board.
Membership of the Digital Advisory Board is as follows:
Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE
Richard Allan (Facebook)
Alex Balfour (LOCOG)
James Bilefield (Conde Naste International)
Tim Brooks (The Knowledge Engineers)
Brent Hoberman (PROfounders Capital)
Tim Jackson (Lean Investments LP)
Ashley Machin (Lloyds Banking Group)
Professor Helen Margetts (Oxford Internet Institute)
Brian McBride (ASOS)
Doug McCallum (eBay)
Kevin McQuillan (British Airways)
Kip Meek (Everything Everywhere)
Sue Unerman (MediaCom)
Laura Wade-Gery (Marks & Spencer)
Trevor Mather (Trader Media Group)
Ashley Friedlein (Centaur Marketing and Econsultancy)