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Alison Pritchard

Chief Operating Officer
Government Digital Service (Invited)

Alison was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of the Government Digital Service in August 2017. Alison Pritchard began her Civil Service career in 1987 working on overseas Defence Policy and has enjoyed a varied and interesting range of roles, including leading the independent review of royal family and ministerial air travel and spending five years in Saudi Arabia with a UK defence programme. She has worked across a broad range of Departments including the Ministry of Defence, Treasury, Cabinet Office, Home Office and more recently the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where she had responsibility for Gambling and the National Lottery and was Director of the Government Equalities Office until April 2016. Alison also has experience outside Government as Head of Operations for an IT engineering business and on secondment to the third sector as Director of Programmes for a multi-faith research body supporting counter-radicalisation. Alison Pritchard was appointed as the Director of Transformational Change at the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs from April 2016.

  • Delivering joined up end to end services by embedding good use of open standards, interoperable technology, shared platforms and reusable business capabilities
  • Supporting the EU exit by building a strong cross government Digital, Data, and Technology (DDaT) workforce
  • Regionalising GDS across the UK to enable technological developments at a local level
  • Looking at how emerging technologies are being widely implemented and updates on future developments for government ICT professionals
  • Engaging with the SME market post-Brexit for flexible contracts and more bespoke services