People and processesLesley Cowley, Chair, DVLA, Companies House & National Archives

Lesley Cowley, Chair, DVLA, Companies House & National Archives

Lesley Cowley, Chair, DVLA, Companies House & National Archives

Lesley leads three high profile public sector Boards who all have major IT and digital transformation challenges.

Since 2014, as the first ever DVLA Chair, she has played a key role in leading the digital transformation of the Agency. For example, she provided support and challenge to plans to exit the outsourced IT contract. This complex and lengthy project involved 500 staff potentially subject to TUPE, 300 contracts, 600 technical tools, procurement savings of £70m and ongoing savings of £30m per annum.

As Companies House Chair, she led the appointment of a new CEO in 2017. Together, they are now leading the development of plans and business cases for a major transformation of services and people. In particular, she has made the strategic case for the transformation of internal IT systems and services to support the work of Companies House staff teams.

As Lead Non-Executive of The National Archives, she personally helped draft and support the first ever Digital Strategy, which is now being implemented with Board support. Digital is the biggest challenge for The National Archives, particularly as it receives Government records that are “Born Digital”.

She is a leading commentator on public sector digital nationally. For example, in her recent speech at The Institute for Government responding to the “Better Public Services: A Manifesto” she highlighted that: “Digital is much more than simply moving paper online, providing opportunities for complete process re-design, starting with the user……(but) there is much more work to be done on the IT that the frontline workers and administrators use to actually perform their roles.”

Lesley is well known for her support of Women in IT, mentoring and championing diversity and inclusion.

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