CDPS leadership team

Harriet Green
Chief Executive Officer

Harriet began her career as a journalist at the BBC in Wales, before moving to the BBC World Service. She travelled extensively as a radio producer and held positions as editor and then commissioning editor, leading on digital production. Alongside Myra Hunt, Harriet led global digital transformation at the British Council between 2010 and 2017, before moving to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as Chief Digital Officer, with a focus on service transformation. As a trustee and adviser, Harriet seeks to support small organisations with environmental, development and arts access goals. 



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Myra Hunt
Chief Executive Officer

Myra has more than 20 years’ experience in leading digital transformation. She started her career at the BBC and specialised in multilingual digital news services and global partnerships. In 2010, she joined the British Council with Harriet Green, where they led global digital transformation of education services. In 2017, they moved to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as Chief Digital Officer, with responsibility for improving digital public services and modernising legacy technology. During this time Myra has also served as a non-executive director in the NHS and university sector. 


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Ann Kempster
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 years’ experience across the public and charity sectors and has delivered digital transformation programmes for a range of UK central government departments, agencies and arm’s 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.


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Simon Renault
Business Director

Simon is a career civil servant with many years of policy and project experience related to information and communication technology 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 enjoys the benefits of digital technology. Working on secondment at Innovation Point. 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 Services.

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Edwina O’Hart
Head of Communications and Engagement

Edwina has over 10 years’ senior experience in communications and engagement, has led award winning communications teams and established 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 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.

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Peter Thomas
Head of Skills and Capability

Peter is a 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 use digital infrastructure, services and resources. Peter led the team delivering the training programme that fundamentally changed the digital landscape for schools. Peter wants to create training that meets user needs by working alongside stakeholders.

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Rhiannon Lawson
Interim Head of Standards

Rhiannon has worked in technology across government and the wider public sector for 6 years. She has worked on large projects, leading teams responsible for digital service standards, cloud strategy, cyber security and sensitive identity protection. Before joining CDPS, she was Deputy Director for Technology Modernisation, Service Design and Technology Standards at the Government Digital Service and Central Digital and Data Office.


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