Yesterday diginomica attended the Chief Digital Officer Summit in London, a splendidly content-rich event to which we will be returning over the next few days as we get our heads round all the great stuff that came out of the day.
But we do want to pause and offer our congratulations to Mike Bracken, Executive Director of Government Digital Service (GDS) and the man on the frontline when transforming UK government services to digital, for being named as the first-ever UK. Chief Digital Officer of the Year by The CDO Club.
The Award was presented by CDO Club founder David Mathison, who commented:
Mike is an inspiration to all digital leaders tasked with transformation, regardless of sector. The work by his team at GDS provides a case study for the rest of the world on how to transform public sector services to a "digital by default" model, by building and championing a digital culture that puts the user first and delivers the best, low-cost public services possible.
A thoroughly well deserved recognition for someone who's spearheading the push to reform government service delivery, a thankless task that all too often meets with cultural resistance from the very audience that stands to benefit. GDS stands as a template to other governments of how to 'do digital'.