New digital panel for public services in Wales

A new expert panel has been set up by the Welsh Government to advise on how technology can improve public services throughout the country

Led by Digital Minister Julie James and Lee Walters AM, the government said it’s aimed at “helping improve the delivery of public services in Wales through better use of digital technologies”.

Over the next few years, the panel will not only explore ways that digital tech can be utilised by the government but will provide advice on challenges faced by the Welsh public sector.

The panel consists of the following experts:

  • Lee Waters AM – Assembly Member for Llanelli. He’s particularly interested in the potential of technology across the public sector and Wales more generally.
  • Anne Marie Cunningham – GP and associate medical director.  She campaigns for social justice, sustainable healthcare and digital transformation.
  • Victoria Ford – director at Perago and an expert in change, communications and engagement.
  • Paul Matthews – CEO of Monmouthshire Council and visiting professor at Cardiff University.
  • Mark Wardle – consultant neurologist and clinical informatician. He’s also chair of NHS Wales Technical Standards Board.
  • Dominic Campbell – interim CDO of Homes England and founder of FutureGov, and a digital government specialist.
  • Sally Meecham – a digital, data and technology expert at UK Research and Innovation. She’s previously worked as CDO at Defra and COO at GDS.

Julie James said: “The last two decades have seen huge changes in the way digital technology has touched our lives.

“From online banking to the provision of news; from the growth of social media to shopping and healthcare, the way we work and play continues to be transformed.

“As a Welsh Government it is crucial we are using our devolved powers to support our communities, our businesses and our public services to react, to adapt and to take advantage of newopportunities..I am pleased to establish this panel which will provide advice and challenge public services”