Jeremy Gould, one of the few civil servants who “gets” the internet, is leaving to spend more time with his family.
I’ve been scouting around for a new challenge in Whitehall for a long time now but the truth is that beyond building and managing corporate websites, those roles don’t exist. There’s been a lot of talk over the last four years of how more senior strategic web roles are inevitable, but in that time its been just talk. So there was no next move for me.
It isn’t a good sign that people leave the civil service partly because it is so frustrating to be an advocate of change. On the positive side, things are starting to change – mainly in local government rather than central government – but the UK Government is miles behind where we could be. Jeremy also describes the way that he was discouraged from blogging, which is worrying.