InsightsBracken reveals reasons for leaving GDS

Bracken reveals reasons for leaving GDS

Mike Bracken, director of the Government Digital Service (GDS), has spoken about his reasons for leaving Whitehall.

Mike Bracken, director of the Government Digital Service (GDS), has spoken about his reasons for leaving Whitehall.

In an interview with Computer Weekly , Bracken reveals that his commitment to digital public services is still very much intact. “I’m still completely bought into what we’re trying to achieve,” he said. “My commitment to digital public services hasn’t changed.” However, he added that he is tired from the “stresses and strains” of the job.  

Bracken talked about the need for government to make key changes in order to grow and develop digitally, saying: “If government continues to not look at institutional reform as a necessity to enable better digital services, then it is destined to repeat the failures of the past.”

Upon asking himself whether he wanted to “go around the block again” for another five years of parliament, Bracken’s answer was no. “I asked myself that question and I thought if we can get the model set up and the business plan and business cases and the team to do it, does it need my leadership to take it round that block again? I don’t think it does.

I think it needs my leadership to take it to the spending round and to constantly re-win the argument that we need a digital centre of government – that argument needs to be won again and again.”

Since Bracken announced that he is leaving government, four senior leaders at the GDS have also revealed they are exiting Whitehall.

Head of user research Leisa Reichelt, director of strategy Russell Davies, design director Ben Terrett and deputy director Tom Loosemore have all revealed they are following in Bracken’s footsteps.

Related Articles

Legacy IT – the biggest barrier to transformation?

Change Management Legacy IT – the biggest barrier to transformation?

6m Austin Clark
Q&A: Using digital communication platforms to work smarter – part 2

Digital Customer Service Q&A: Using digital communication platforms to work smarter – part 2

8m Austin Clark
Generating and protecting real estate revenues through technology

Insights Generating and protecting real estate revenues through technology

8m Guest Writer
Saving millions, maintaining services (case study)

Cloud Computing Saving millions, maintaining services (case study)

8m Austin Clark
Seven digital government trends to look out for in 2018

Adult Social Care Seven digital government trends to look out for in 2018

8m Austin Clark
Four lessons to learn from early AI projects

Digital Customer Service Four lessons to learn from early AI projects

8m Austin Clark
Automation, AI and machine learning in the public sector

Digital Transformation Automation, AI and machine learning in the public sector

8m Austin Clark
Council boosts revenue by gearing up for electric vehicles (case study)

Digital Transformation Council boosts revenue by gearing up for electric vehicles (case study)

8m Austin Clark