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Government launches GDS Advisory Board

Board of industry experts will advise the government on how to deliver digital public services

Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock has launched a Government Digital Service (GDS) Advisory Board, which will advise the government on new technologies to be used in public services.

The government said the advisory board comprises “UK experts from retail digital data and technology sectors”, and all have experience in delivering digital products and services at scale.

Hancock launched the advisory board at Sprint, the government’s annual digital conference, where he said group members would include Martha Lane Fox, the Open Data Institute’s Nigel Shadbolt, ASOS chairman Brian McBride and LoveFilm’s Saul Klein.

The board, which will be chaired by GDS chief executive Stephen Foreshew-Cain, will meet quarterly to advise and challenge the government to deliver “better services for users and evaluate how emerging digital technology trends can be applied to public services”.

Hancock said he was “thrilled” to have the experts on board and looked forward to working with them to “discover and built the new digital infrastructure”.

“We are recasting the relationship between the citizen and the state – all with the goal of making people’s lives better,” he said.

Other members of the advisory board include Facebook’s director of European policy, Richard Alan; Aviva group CIO Monique Shivanandan; Wendy Tan White, general partner at Entrepreneur First; Vanessa Vellely, managing director of; and Joanne Hannaford, global co-head of enterprise platforms at Goldman Sachs.

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Last November, Hancock launched a ministerial group on government digital technology to push digital public services reform.

He also previously established a steering group of digital and data visionaries, which includes Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian for health and care, and Mustafa Suleyman from Google DeepMind.

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