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Podcast: Kevin Cunnington on the past, present and future of GDS

Blog posted by: , 30 April 2019 – Categories: PodcastTransformation

Angus Montgomery (GDS Senior Creative Writer) and Kevin Cunnington (GDS Director General) in the recording studio

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In the latest episode of the Government Digital Service Podcast, GDS Director General Kevin Cunnington talks about his time so far in tech and digital government and discusses GDS’s plans for the future.

In an interview with GDS Senior Writer Angus Montgomery, Kevin talks about his background studying computer science and artificial intelligence and his career before he joined government.

He discusses his time at both the Department for Work and Pensions and GDS and looks at GDS’s priorities for the next 12 months.

Kevin highlighted the following 4 core values when asked to summarise the role of GDS and how it will develop over the coming years:

  • Show what good looks like… ‘from the early days of user research right through to now.’
  • Do the hardest things …’GDS should be prototyping things today that departments will want to explore in 2 years time. Good example of that would be voice activation on GOV.UK’.
  • Reflect the society we serve... ‘We talked a lot about diversity but we also need to encourage SMEs (small-to-medium enterprises) across the UK to work with us. We also need, as GDS, to have a more regional footprint’.
  • Help government transform…’that for me, is the one I want to tweak going forward. I think our role is not to help but to lead’.

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