Matthew Gould was appointed director general for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) in October 2016. He leads the department’s digital and media policy brief and its work to improve the digital and technology skills of the general public. His role also includes working on improving connectivity and infrastructure, building digital ecosystems and reducing the skills gap across the country. Prior to joining DCMS, Gould was the UK’s ambassador to Israel where he launched the . He has previously led the cyber security unit at the Cabinet Office.