Digital transformation consultant and former Deputy CTO, UK government
James is a technology leader with extensive hands-on experience building capability, setting direction, developing and operating digital services, and leading organisations through substantial change. As an independent consultant, he works right across organisations from board-level to operations teams to help accelerate delivery, enable digital transformation, embed modern delivery and security practices, and evolve strategy.
Previously, as a co-founder of the UK Government Digital Service, James played a wide variety of roles in the digital transformation of the the UK government, from hands-on technology lead through to Deputy CTO for Government. He led the work of hiring the initial development team and setting the architectural and practical direction for the first phase of building GOV.UK. Subsequently he's put in place management, development and support for a technology team of over 150 and worked to embed agile architectural approaches and support delivery across government. James was responsible for cloud, hosting and networking policy, and was heavily involved in the formation of the National Cyber Security Centre.
His team's work was described by O'Reilly Radar as "the default for how government should approach their online efforts in the 21st century."