Digital Leaders Network

The Digital Leaders network was established in early 2012 to drive forward the digital agenda across Government. The network is run by the Government Digital Service and is made up of a Departmental Digital Leader from each main Government department, plus Digital Leaders from each of the Devolved Administrations.


The objectives of the Digital Leaders Network include:

  • To ensure the online user experience of Government is consistent and high quality
  • To establish a clear digital strategy for UK Government, and then to oversee its implementation
  • To promote the ‘Digital by Default’ concept to stakeholders and customers (UK Government departments only)
  • To promote new ways of working across government
  • To look for and support opportunities for joint working across government on the digital agenda
  • To provide strategic governance for the GOV.UK single domain
  • To share learning and good practice in the delivery of the digital agenda across government
  • To champion improvements to digital literacy across government, drawing on external expertise where appropriate.

Here is a list of Departmental Digital Leaders (as accurate of 11 Nov 2013):

Attorney Generals Office - Roger Hill

Business, Innovation and Skills - Ceri Smith

Cabinet Office – Paul Maltby

Department for Communities and Local Government - Helen Edwards

Department for Culture Media and Sport - Jon Zeff

Department for Energy and Climate Change – Jeremy Boss

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Ian Trenholm

Department for Education – Annette Sweeney

Department for International Development - Richard Calvert

Department for Transport - Brian Etheridge

Department of Health - Rachel Neaman

Department for Work and Pensions – Kevin Cunnington

Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Adam Bye

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – Mark Dearnley

Her Majesty’s Treasury - Jonathan Black

Home Office – Mike Parsons

Ministry of Defence - Dr Roger Hutton

Ministry of Justice - Matthew Coats

Northern Ireland Executive - Caron Alexander

Scottish Government - Mike Neilson

Welsh Government - Janine Pepworth


The Digital Leaders Network holds regular meetings, chaired by Mike Bracken, Executive Director