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James Stewart

Co-Founder of the UK Government Digital Service

James Stewart advises governments and companies on how to thrive in the digital world. A technologist by background, he helps organisations understand the opportunities available to them, and how to take effective steps to harness those changes.

As a co-founder of the groundbreaking UK Government Digital Service, James led the technical delivery of GOV.UK, the single website for UK Government, which has now received over 2 billion visits, and won the UK’s top design award in 2013. Having built the acclaimed team behind GOV.UK, he moved on to support the delivery of dozens of transformational projects across government.

James Stewart was instrumental in the move toward a more user-centric and platform-based architecture for government services, in the wide adoption of public cloud for government services, and in pioneering new approaches to cybersecurity.

Now working as an independent consultant, James works globally splitting his time between established organisations and startups. He’s a mentor with the GovStart programme, an advisor to Ada College and Made Tech. He has previously been a member of GitHub‘s Customer Advisory Board and represented the UK government at the W3C.

Prior to joining government James Stewart built a successful practice developing product strategies and online tools for a range of clients in the arts, medical and charity sectors. He cut his teeth working online at scale in 1999-2000 with the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel third world debt, where his work culminated in a then unprecedented online event linking presidents and celebrities with campaigners in around 70 countries.

James’ focus is encouraging people to take a broad view of what they’re doing, both in terms of building cross-disciplinary collaboration and working through the responsibility that comes with building products that are changing the world. Across both of these areas, there are recurring themes around becoming more adaptive organisations, building the capability to more rapidly respond to changing circumstances (from new security threats to market opportunities), taking an experimental/lean approach to test ideas quickly, and utilising more open leadership styles.

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Becoming a cloud native organisation

Cloud computing has been the hot topic in technology circles for a decade or more. It promises an entirely different way of providing technology for staff and customers, but all too often cloud plans become all about new infrastructure, or large software migrations. If we get them right, cloud tools have the potential to transform how everyone interacts with their work, but how do we make that so?

Digital Leadership

As digital culture and technologies change every organisation, the way that leadership and management work needs to change. What are effective approaches to shape and lead a digital organisation? And when it comes to technology, how do technologists break out of their corner, and how do other leaders embrace the potential?


How an effective approach to cybersecurity can make your whole organisation better; why we need to move beyond defence and think about resilience; building an effective security culture, and engaging whole teams in cybersecurity.

GDPR as an opportunity for transformation

GDPR - How such a wide-ranging change can be an opportunity to drive wider business and product transformation.

I just wanted to say thank you again for presenting at GitHub Universe. Your session was perfect, and I know there are already teams within GitHub planning to use the video as part of some larger campaigns. Hope we can do more things together in the future.


Thanks again for coming on Thursday. Your talk was absolutely perfect for the audience. It would be great to hear more and see if there’s anything we could work with you on.


Thank you so much for joining us at the Data Security in the Cloud Summit last week. All the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive about the event and I am deeply grateful to you for your input.

Business Reporter

Your talk was particularly well-received and the audience found the programme engaging and interesting.


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    Up to £3k

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    £3k to £7k

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    £7k to £15k

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    £7k to £15k

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