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David Dilley

Deputy Director of Capability - Digital, Data and Technology Profession
Government Digital Service (Confirmed)

David is Deputy Director for the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Profession at the Government Digital Service (GDS), leading the cross-government strategy to help government organisations attract, develop and retain the right people and skills needed to transform public services. David has previously held a variety of roles at GDS and a number of government departments. He was part of the team that set up GDS in the Cabinet Office. From 2012 to 2015 he was Deputy Director for the GDS Digital Transformation Programme, supporting digital transformation across 25 significant exemplar government services. In 2015 he was loaned as Chief Digital Officer at the Ministry of Justice, where he managed 180 people covering digital and service delivery projects, as well as business operations. David returned to GDS in 2016 to develop the organisation’s operating model for service delivery and support. Prior to joining the public sector David worked in advertising and law. He is now focusing on the development and implementation of a Capability Framework for the DDaT Profession which comprises of around 17,000 professionals across government.

  • Building the first national framework of digital, data and technology roles
  • Refining learning and development opportunities through the GDS Academy
  • Representing over 17,000 digital, data and technology specialists across government