Bracken explains reasons for GDS departure

Written by Matt Foster on 14 August 2015 in News
News

The case for a digital team at the centre of government needs to be made "again and again", Mike Bracken has said, as the Government Digital Service chief gave his first interview since announcing his departure.

Bracken – who will leave his post as executive director of GDS to join the Co-Operative in September – told IT trade title ComputerWeekly of the "stresses and strains" of the post and said he had considered whether he wanted to "go around the block again" for another stint as head of the central digital team whose creation he oversaw.

"I asked myself that question and I thought if we can get the model set up and the business plan and business cases and the team to do it, does it need my leadership to take it round that block again? I don't think it does. 


Related articles

Bracken to join Co-op amid rumours of GDS downsizing
Sophos State of the Nation: An inside view of current IT security policy and future changes in local government and police


"I think it needs my leadership to take it to the spending round and to constantly re-win the argument that we need a digital centre of government – that argument needs to be won again and again."

Bracken also denied reports that the business case for GDS's ambitious Government as a Platform (Gaap) project – which aims to implement a shared digital infrastructure across government departments – had been rejected.

The outgoing GDS chief said the GaaP case was still being considered ahead of the Autumn spending review, but he warned against reverting to what he called the "mandarin-led lands of authority" represented by a move away from a centralised digital function.

"I think that would be an incredibly regressive decision, and it would be disappointing," he said.

Earlier this week it emerged that four more senior GDS leaders, including deputy director Tom Loosemore, would be leaving the almost 700-strong cross-government unit later in the year.

Current GDS chief operating officer Stephen Foreshew-Cain will now lead the unit, and the Cabinet Office has said Bracken will work with civil service chief executive John Manzoni to identify "the best structure for the next phase of digital transformation" before leaving Whitehall.

Share this page

Tags

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Truss: ‘There are some circumstances where working from home makes sense’
6 October 2022

PM says she will not impose ‘blanket rule’ on government officials

UK 5G networks: Ministers ‘taking time to consider all representations – including from Huawei’
4 October 2022

Minister claims government has already had ‘a number of follow-up conversations’ with vendors and is mulling final decision

PM ‘raised concerns’ over UK’s e-Visa exclusion on last visit to India
16 September 2022

Minister says government is aware of problems being experienced by British nationals

PM must address UK’s poor energy efficiency, report finds
14 September 2022

Think tank the Institute for Government claims that country cannot properly deal with spiralling prices without addressing underlying issues

Related Sponsored Articles

Keeping tabs on work-issued mobile activity with Antenna
7 September 2022

How can public sector organisations keep track of calls, texts and instant messages in the world of ultra-flexi, hybrid working? Stuart Williams, CTO at FourNet, and Andrew Bale, EVP at Tango...

Rewiring government: improving outcome management
6 September 2022

Paul Pick-Aluas, Strategy & Transformation, Public Sector at Salesforce, explains how governments can use technology innovation to improve how it can analyse outcomes