Editorial

GDS’s new Interim Leader takes up her post

Alison Pritchard, currently the organisation’s Director for EU Exit and Transformation, this week takes over as Director General of the Service on an interim basis while a recruitment exercise takes place to fill the role on a permanent basis

Posted 7 August 2019 by

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has a new leader this week, as Alison Pritchard begins her first week in post now that the organisation’s previous head, Kevin Cunnington, begins his new role as the Director General of the new International Government Service (IGS) – a joint initiative between the Foreign Office, Cabinet Office and the Department for International Trade. 

Pritchard currently was serving as the department’s Director for EU Exit and Transformation, and Cunnington has stated something about the route of travel for GDS: My successor will lead the integration of the digital function across Cabinet Office as well as GDS.”

‘Screen Shot’ by gdsteam on Flickr

Her promotion, temporary or not as it may end up being, was flagged in June when the Cabinet Office announced Cunnington was moving on.

Commenting on her new responsibilities on the GDS Twitter account, Pritchard noted that she expected to be in the thick of it quite soon: “No honeymoon period for me. Too much to do and excited about doing it during my time as DG.”

Think Digital Partners wishes Ms Pritchard good luck in her new role.