Former GDS staffer Mark O’Neill named chief digital officer at Department for Education
Mark O’Neill, one of the founders of the Government Digital Service, has been appointed chief digital officer at the Department for Education.
Mark O'Neill is to join the Department for Education as chief digital officer - Photo credit: PA
O’Neill, who was head of delivery and innovation at GDS between May 2011 and November 2015, will take up his new role next month.
At GDS, O’Neill was responsible for delivering the Individual Electoral Registration Service for the UK in 2014 and the UK’s ePetition system in 2011, and he has also worked on service design programmes for the criminal justice system and on trade, security and duty at the border.
Government Digital Service bags MoJ chief digital officer and No 10 policy adviser
Ministry of Justice pledges to update 'creaking PCs and snail-paced connections'
Andy Beale latest GDS senior leader to quit
According to his LinkedIn profile, he also built the world’s first government accelerator, the UK Government skunkworks, with a team of eight in just 18 months.
O’Neill’s profile said he had recently been focusing on developing new digital services for grants funding and apprenticeships, which he indicated he would be taking through into his new role.
Announcing the news of his move on Twitter on Monday, O’Neill said he was “looking forward to continuing the development of apprenticeships and skills more generally” at the DfE.
The news was met with widespread congratulations from current and former digital civil servants, including former GDS boss Stephen Foreshew-Cain and departing chief technology officer Andy Beale.
The DfE had not responded to a request for confirmation and further details of the appointment at the time this article went to press.
Businesses urged to prepare for 24 September
Cabinet Office awards £300k short-term deal to tech specialist
Tool launched following chancellor’s speech in which he warned that people may need to retrain
Julia Lopez wants to improve system for citizens to identify themselves
SAP Concur says it's time for the public sector to embrace more efficient invoice management technology
Steve Blow, tech evangelist at Zerto, explains why digital transformation efforts could be futile if local authorities don’t address and improve their IT resilience
Studies have shown that an engaged employee is happier, more productive, and more committed to their job. So how can we encourage employee engagement? Trickle suggests innovative solutions ...
2020 has been a year of unprecedented change for the UK public sector. Today’s agile working technology enables you to meet citizen needs in this challenging operating environment by empower your...