Introducing the CDPS senior leadership team – by interim CEO Sally Meecham
I have been the interim CEO for the last 12 months and we are now in the process of recruiting for a permanent Chief Executive Officer. We now have 4 of our leadership team in place.
These are the people that will develop and deliver the strategy, build teams and partnerships, champion CDPS and communicate how it can support the delivery of better public services in Wales.
Below they share a few words with us about their roles and backgrounds:
Business Director – Simon Renault
I’ve been a civil servant for over 30 years, the last 21 in Welsh Government. I was part of the small team of three that ran the discovery into whether there was a need for an organisation to exist to help kick-start transformation in Wales.
Since then, I’ve been working at CDPS, making sure we have the appropriate governance and systems in place, that we spend taxpayer’s money appropriately and that they recruit excellent people.
I feel strongly about stripping out the non-value added processes to make things better, and have always worked in teams that can make a difference and deliver better outcomes for citizens.
I’m passionate about the need for an organisation to exist in Wales to support digital transformation. I believe that we are doing the right thing by establishing the Centre to help deliver better public services for the people of Wales. The time is right and the opportunity to help is immense.
Head of Delivery – Ann Kempster
I have two degrees in politics (including an MA in Environmental Politics). I accidentally got into public sector communications and press work after my masters degree. It’s not been a straightforward career path! And I still don’t really know what I want to be when I grow up.
I eventually found my home in delivery management at the time that the Government Digital Service was created. I’ve been a consultant for the last seven years. I’ve loved working across a wide range of UK government departments and arms length bodies. I’ve led large transformation programmes as well as helping teams with hands-on service delivery.
As Head of Delivery at CDPS, I’ll be building teams that will work closely with our partners across the public and third sectors. I’ll be supporting those teams to deliver our portfolio of products and services for this year. I’ll be working with the Landscape Review team and leaders across the public sector to look at what our delivery pipeline looks like for the next few years. And I’ll be starting to look at building a strong community of agile practitioners across Wales.
I deeply believe in the CDPS mission, nothing has come close to tempting me to leave the consultant life until this role came along. I’ve developed a deep love of Wales – the place, the people and the culture – it’s hard not to when you’re married to a deeply proud Welshman.
Head of Communications – Edwina O’Hart
I’m joining CDPS on secondment from Community Housing Cymru where I lead the member service team. One of the most defining moments of my career was the Homes for Wales campaign for the 2016 Welsh Assembly election, I’m so proud of the collaboration and inclusivity that were vital to the success of the campaign.
As a leader, I feel that it’s important to nurture staff, invest in the mental health and wellbeing of the team and always show fairness and respect.
I will be leading the communications and engagement activity across the organisation. A hugely important role given its scale and ambition.
Language and accessibility is going to be really important as well as telling the story about the work of the teams, the people and bodies we’re supporting – and the difference that’s making. It’s really exciting!
I’ve been following the work of the Centre for some time and love that I get to shape the role, lead an amazing team and helping to deliver the digital strategy for Wales.
Head of Digital Skills and Capability – Peter Thomas
I’ve been working on the Hwb digital platform in Welsh Government for the last ten years. Before that, I was a teacher with a passion for using digital approaches to make things better.
When Covid hit, everyone began teaching online or needed to work virtually, and as the Senior Online Engagement Manager for Hwb, things became very busy. But having the platform in place made the transition for parents, teachers and learners more straightforward.
My new role will not only help build digital transformation skills and confidence of existing staff, but will also support those who want to move to digital within the public sector.
I am joining CDPS to help make public services better. Having been on the inside of a national digital transformation programme, I know it’s going to be a big challenge but it’s worth the effort needed as it means huge benefits for all citizens in Wales.”
More roles to come…
This is a fantastic senior leadership team, with a variety of excellent skills and experience and all very passionate about supporting better public services in Wales.
There will be further opportunities to join CDPS – keep an eye on our website and our social channels.