Editorial

‘For me personally, it’s mission accomplished’

As he moves out of the door marked ‘Exit’, departing GDS head Kevin Cunnington reflects in three years heading up the Government Digital Service

Posted 1 July 2019 by

Government Digital Service (GDS) has helped HMG realise more than a billion pounds worth of of benefits through scrutinising technology spending, its common components are now used in more than 660 services across the public sector – and thanks to the work of GDS, the UK is consistently ranked as a world-leading digital government.

The claims come in a GDS blog post Cunnington uploaded last week to mark almost three years in post and as he prepares to depart the Service, having taken a new challenge as Director General of the new International Government Service – with the organisation’s current Director of Transformation and EU Exit, Alison Pritchard, set to step in as his replacement pro tem (at least for now).

‘Refuse’ by Olivier on Flickr

For Cunnington, that three years have included other accomplishments, too – like the claim of building, in not just the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Profession, “one of the most digitally skilled populations of civil servants in the world”, the building of a diverse workforce and outreach, like the now-regular Sprints.

Summing up, for Cunnington, “GDS has always had ambitious aims. Achieving those aims has been challenging, exciting and rewarding. I’m grateful for this. It has prepared me well for this next chapter.

“I hope that GDS continues to show what good looks like, do the hardest things, reflect the society we serve and continue to help government transform.”