Our Advisory Panel

An Advisory Panel has been put in place to help steer the direction of the CDPS. The Panel will work with us; to support and challenge and to ensure that user needs remain at the forefront of strategy and delivery. Selected to share their experience and knowledge, the panel will be a supportive public voice on government transformation, raising awareness of progress and issues.

Panel members

Andy Adams

Andy is a former Chief Superintendent with Gwent Police who has led on many technology solutions to support law enforcement across the UK and Europe. He is passionate about ensuring that true digital success is assessing/capturing the customer/end user experience first and using the technology as the enabler. He is well networked with the emergency service community and has over twenty-five years programme/project management experience. He has led on turnaround, change and joint ventures in both private and public sector and continues to act as a critical friend to senior leaders.

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Ashley Bale

Ashley is the developer of the first supported living SMART housing for adults with disabilities in the UK, Ashley also runs Tech4Good Cardiff providing free events bringing together volunteers, community groups, non-profit organisations, programmers, technologists and changemakers.

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Esther Barrett

As a specialist in learning technology and digital practice, Esther has been closely involved with the digital literacy movement and the development of the national digital delivery strategy for the post 16 education sectors in Wales. She delivers consultancy and inspirational workshops covering many digital themes including leadership, employability, blended and hybrid learning and assessment, and staff capability. Her PhD explores online language and education.

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Anne Collis

Anne is co-founder of Barod Community Interest Company, and is currently completing a doctorate in Bangor Business School. She is passionate about public life being as accessible as possible by design, rather than as an afterthought. Her trademark is helping different communities and social groups to communicate and work together to achieve this.

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Professor Tom Crick

Professor Tom Crick MBE is Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University. His academic interests sit at the research/policy interface, from data science and intelligent systems through to science/innovation policy and digital public services. Tom chaired the Welsh Government’s review of the ICT curriculum in 2013 and has recently led the major reforms of science and technology education in the new Curriculum for Wales. Tom is a non-executive director of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Swansea Bay University Health Board, as well as a Commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.

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Heledd Evans

Heledd is the Digital Services Manager at Natural Resources Wales, leading a team of translators, design and digital experts. She has over 14 years of working in public sector communications and digital teams. Passionate about all thing’s user-centred design and product, Heledd has an insatiable appetite to learn and help create better services for the people of Wales.

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Ross Ferguson

Ross Ferguson is the Deputy Director, Portfolio Delivery with the UK Government Digital Service.  He previously worked with the Border Protocol Delivery Group as Deputy Director of Product Delivery and was involved in establishing the Canadian Digital Service as its Director of Platform. He also served as Head of the Product Management community for the UK Government. 

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Daniel Fyfield

Daniel is the ‘Drive in a Clean Air Zone’ Service Owner at the Joint Air Quality Unit. He has worked in the public sector for 14 years starting at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea and more recently, heading up the redesign and launch of the UK Blue Badge Parking service. Daniel is focused on leading and supporting others to deliver and embed change across the UK.

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Joanna Goodwin

Jo is passionate about inclusive design, digital accessibility, and building flexible digital public services. Joanna is an award winning digital leader and has worked in the public sector for the past 16 years.

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Dr Hushneara Miah

Dr Miah, Director of the company ‘Centre for Sustainability’, is a leading subject matter expert in sustainable procurement and supply chain management with an especial focus on low carbon. Dr Miah established ‘Centre for Sustainability’ to lead and support the catalyst in areas such as sustainable procurement, supply chain management, the circular economy, net zero and carbon literary. At present Dr Miah sits as a representative on the Transport for Wales’ (TfW) sustainable development advisory panel and is a non-executive director for Welsh Government’s subsidiary ‘Industry Wales’. Dr Miah offers a wealth of knowledge and experience at the forefront of governmental, industrial and societal change.

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Chris Owen

Chris has over 22 years’ experience in the successful delivery of public digital services at both a local and national level. After spending 14 years delivering digital services across the Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning directorate within Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. (NPTCBC), Chris joined the Welsh Government in 2012 to lead the construction and delivery of the high-profile Hwb programme. In July 2021, Chris re-joined NPTCBC as their Chief Digital Officer to lead the transformation of the Council’s digital services. Chris is championing the innovative use of Digital, Data & Technology to transform the Neath Port Talbot experience for all citizens, businesses, staff and visitors. 

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Louise Pierpoint

Louise is currently Technical Product Manager for Cloud Engineering at DVLA. With over 15 years’ experience in business and IT delivery, Louise has a passion for delivering services customers can easily use and consume. Mad sports and fitness fan.

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Alun Shurmer

Alun is Customer Strategy and Engagement Director at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water having initially joined the company as Director of Communications in 2012. Alun has previously led communications teams at BBC Cymru Wales, Plaid Cymru and Transport for London. Originally from Rhymney, he studied at Aberystwyth University, now lives in Cardiff and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

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Jenni Taylor

Jenni Taylor is Head of Publishing Operations at the Office for National Statistics. She’s responsible for shaping and delivery of digital publishing for ONS. Before joining the civil service she worked in higher education digital teams for 14 years, most recently leading a team of content designers at Cardiff University. She has extensive experience in content design and digital publishing. 

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Yorath Turner

Yorath is Head of Digital Capability and Talent in Scottish Government. He leads the development of the Digital, Data and Technology profession as well as initiatives responsible for building digital skills, capability, talent, and diversity across the public sector in Scotland. He is also the programme director for the Scottish Digital Academy, delivering skill development programmes available to all public sector staff in Scotland and beyond. Yorath will be working closely with Trish Quinn, Head of Product and Commercial in Scottish Government as panel members.

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Dafydd Vaughan

Dafydd is a digital technology specialist with extensive experience helping governments and companies adapt to the internet era. He was a co-founder of the UK Government Digital Service and has supported the creation of digital services units around the world. He’s helped organisations manage the growing problem of unsustainable and complex legacy technology and understand how to build strong digital teams.

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