In 2010 Tom founded the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS), and served as its deputy director until 2015.
GDS was established to make sure that the UK government offers world-class digital services that meet people’s needs. GDS is now recognised as a world-leader in digital transformation, and has been cited as a model by the US, Australian and Singapore governments who have since established their own digital departments.
Tom led the project to create GOV.UK, the single website for UK Government, which has now received over 3 billion visits, and won the UK’s top design award in 2013. He also led the digital transformation of several other public services, and wrote the UK Government Digital Strategy gov.uk/digitalstrategy.
Prior to joining the UK Government, Tom was senior digital advisor to OFCOM, the UK communications regulator, and ran Channel 4’s digital innovation fund.
Between 2001 and 2007 he was responsible for the BBC’s Internet strategy, after launching the BBC’s first sport websites in the late 1990s.
Since the late 1990s he has advised politicians, governments and other large institutions on how to make the most of digital technology and the resultant changes in people expectations.
He was the driving force behind a raft of innovative e-democracy websites including TheyWorkForYou.com, and later helped found mySociety, a global civic-tech charity.
From 1995 to 1997 Tom was an editor on the UK edition of Wired Magazine, after which he ran Capital Radio’s websites and founded local information startup UpMyStreet.com.