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Ash Smith

Deputy Director for Digital Identity - Government Digital Service (GDS)

Ash joined the UK Government Digital Service in early 2020, where he is the Deputy Director
responsible for driving the use across government of joined-up digital identity solutions –
including GOV.UK Verify and its successor – that make it easier for people to access services
online. Ash has extensive Civil Service experience, having previously enjoyed a variety of
strategy, policy and technology roles in the fields of defence and security, international
cooperation and EU exit.