Old attitudes still dominate the thinking of many public sector leaders, who fail to grasp the revolutionary potential of technology in public services, according to one of the former leaders of the government’s transformation campaign.
Chris Chant says that too many leaders see initiatives such as the G-Cloud, which he set up during his time at the Cabinet Office, in isolation rather than as parts of a broad transformation. If they don’t get the broader vision it’s going to hold back their organisations undermine public trust. They have to wake up to the revolution now.
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Chris Chant works with niche consultancy Rainmaker Solutions. Previously he served in a number of roles in central government including Ex-Executive Director of the G-Cloud Programme; Interim Executive Director of Government Digital Service (GDS); and Executive Director of Direct Gov and Digital Engagement in the Cabinet Office. He was responsible for the implementation of the Martha Lane-Fox report ‘Revolution not Evolution’ and launched the Alpha version of the GOV.UK website.