Tom has done a lot of Internet, with over 20 years experience of leading digital transformation.
He’s a recent convert to Manchester, having joined Co-operative Group as Director of Digital Services late last year.
In 2010 Tom founded the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS), and served as its deputy director until 2015.
GDS was established to make sure that the UK government offers world-class digital services that meet people’s needs. GDS is now recognised as a world-leader in digital transformation, and has been cited as a model by the US, Australian and Singapore governments who have since established their own digital departments.
Prior to joining the UK Government, Tom was senior digital advisor to OFCOM, the UK communications regulator, and ran Channel 4’s digital innovation fund.
In 2010/11 he was an advisor to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property.
Between 2001 and 2007 he lead the BBC’s Internet strategy, having launched the BBC’s first sport websites in the late 1990s.
In his spare time he was a driving force behind a raft of innovative e-democracy websites including TheyWorkForYou.com, and later helped found mySociety, a global civic-tech charity.
From 1995 to 1997 Tom was an editor on the UK edition of Wired Magazine, after which he ran Capital Radio’s websites and founded local information startup UpMyStreet.com
NPC Ignites conference session:
Our speaker will draw lessons from another sector and suggest how charities and social enterprises can make the most of them. Previous speakers in this spot have included: Baroness Martha Lane Fox, founder of lastminute.com and Which? Executive Director Richard Lloyd.