Who we are
Chair and Board Members
Jessica Leigh Jones
Jessica is a multi-award-winning Engineer and Astrophysicist. Having spent her career-to-date in the manufacturing industry, she is now Co-Founder and CEO of iungo, a CareerTech Company democratising access to excellent careers for everyone. Jessica is also a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s, where she is leading the flagship Enterprising Engineers Programme for engineering students and apprentices.
Jessica is passionate about public service delivery and how digital can improve the lives of people in Wales.
Ruth is Vice Chair of Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW), and has a non-executive career focusing on organisations that have social purpose. With a background in financial services, regulation and governance, Ruth also has significant board experience as an independent member and chairperson of local government audit and standards boards. As well as her work with DHCW, Ruth is a non-executive director of Coastal Housing, is a member of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales and chairs the board of Greenstream Flooring CIC. Outside of work Ruth can be found at the Gnoll supporting the Welsh All Blacks, walking her dog on Aberavon beach and negotiating the school run.
Darius Pocha is an entrepreneur and senior government adviser on the use of digital in education, health, justice and environment. He’s currently advising UCL on the application of AI to public policy and has worked globally with the UN, Amnesty and Red Cross on campaigning and advocacy.
Darius is co-founder of GovTech company Create/Change.
Elected as an Independent in May 2017, Neil is the Cabinet Member for Transformation at Pembrokeshire County Council, providing political leadership for the council’s ambitious improvement and modernisation plans. In addition to this role, Neil is a Member Peer and Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association’s Improvement and Innovation Board, the Welsh Local Government Association’s Deputy Spokesperson for Improvement, Digital and Innovation, holds Non-Executive Director roles with Pobl Group and Data Cymru, and is a Community Councillor and a School Governor. An advocate for people, technology and community, he is proud to be a public servant.
Derek Walker is CEO of the Wales Co-operative Centre, a leading development agency for the social economy. The organisation promotes digital across civil society and delivers Welsh Government’s digital inclusion programme, Digital Communities Wales. Derek is a board member of Cadwyn Housing Association and Banc Cambria, the organisation setting up a new community bank in Wales.
Derek has worked as Head of External Affairs at the Big Lottery Fund (Wales), as Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Wales TUC and was the first employee of Stonewall Cymru.
Sally has held senior digital transformation roles in the public, private and third sector for over 15 years. Recent roles include; COO Cabinet Office/Government Digital Service, Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Crown Commercial Service, Digital Advisor Essex County Council and Chief Digital Advisor at Defra.
She has delivered a number of highly successful digital inclusion programmes over the past 15 years and is passionate and proactive about getting more inclusion and diversity into the digital, data and technology profession.
Head of Delivery
Ann is an experienced digital leader with a strong track record of delivering complex programmes of business improvement and change. She has over 15 year’s experience across the public and charity sectors and has delivered digital transformation programmes for a range of UK central government departments, agencies and arms-length bodies. Recognising that people are key to successful technology change, Ann brings a sharp focus on the human elements of transformation, including skills, culture and communication. Ann has a keen interest in procurement and its role as an enabler in digital transformation.
Simon is a career civil servant with many years policy and project experience related to ICT and the digital economy. He was programme manager at Broadband Wales and portfolio manager of Digital Wales, the Welsh Government’s strategy to ensure that everyone could enjoy the benefits of digital technologies.
Working on secondment at Innovation Point Ltd. Simon led the Welsh Government’s collaboration in establishing the National Software Academy with Cardiff University and the National Cyber Security Academy with University of South Wales. On his return to Welsh Government Simon was part of the Discovery team identifying the need for a digital public services hub and setting up the Centre for Digital Public Service.
Head of Communications and Engagement
Edwina has over 10 years’ senior level experience in communications and engagement, has led award winning communication teams and set up and grown a network of communication professionals across the housing sector in Wales.
She is experienced in delivering communications in a change environment and has delivered a number of high profile campaigns including ‘Homes for Wales’. She has successfully developed and delivered Community Housing Cymru’s member engagement strategy – providing practical support and guidance for members. Edwina is an accredited PR practitioner with a diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and an MSc in PR and Communications from the University of Ulster.
Head of Digital Skills and Capability
Peter is an experienced digital leader with a strong background in education and skills. He has worked in all phases of education in Wales, from Primary through to Higher Education, and in industry delivering skills programmes and mentor training. He has spent the last 9 years working on the Hwb digital transformation programme for the Welsh Government, providing all maintained schools in Wales with the skills to make use of a wide range of digital infrastructure, services and resources. Peter led the team delivering the training programme that fundamentally challenged and changed the digital landscape for schools.
Peter is keen to create training programmes that meet user needs by working collaboratively with stakeholders.
Working in collaboration
We will be working closely with the Chief Digital Officers (CDO) for Welsh Government, Local Authorities and Health to embed our standards and approaches into the services they provide.
CDO Local Authorities
CDO Welsh Government
Director Technology, Digital & Transformation
Health & Social Services Group Welsh Government
Our Advisory Panel
An Advisory Panel has been put in place to help steer the direction of the Centre. The Panel will work with our CEO, Sally Meecham, to support and challenge CDPS 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.
MBE MBA CinstLM FCMI
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eddie is Director of the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI), which helps boroughs work together, bringing the best of digital, data and innovation to improve public services for Londoners. He is also a member of the Smart London Board, a group that advises the Mayor of London. In 2018 and 2019 he was on Apolitical’s list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.
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.
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 things user-centred design and product, Heledd has an insatiable appetite to learn and help create better services for the people of Wales.
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.
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.
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.
Karen is the Chief Executive at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. She leads the Council’s work to harness the potential of data and technology to deliver the council’s ambition to improve the wellbeing of all its residents. With a masters degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management, Karen is passionate about tackling the digital divide. Addressing digital literacy in the workplace was the focus of her MA in HRM.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.