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Christine Bellamy to lead Government Digital Service


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Christine Bellamy has been named as the interim chief executive officer of the Government Digital Service (GDS).

She takes over from Tom Read, who announced in May that he was stepping down after three and a half years in the role.

Bellamy moves into the position from being director of GOV.UK, operating within GDS, since 2022. She previously had senior roles in digital transformation at the BBC and Johnston Media.

In a statement on LinkedIn, she said: “It’s a privilege to be appointed to lead the Government Digital Service. GDS is right at the heart of delivering truly user centric, trusted digital services that are simple, clear and fast. Exciting times ahead.”

The move has become public along with the post-election announcement that GDS – which develops digital products and services for central government – is moving from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. The Central Digital and Data Office and Incubator for AI are also making the move.


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