About the Speakers
Steve is a senior technology advisor at GDS. Senior technology advisors (or STAs) assure requests to spend government money on digital and technology services and solutions, providing a challenge and approval function for government.
Steve is a relatively new civil servant and lead assessor, having previously spent 12 years working in various senior technology roles at IBM.
Sam is also a senior technology advisor at GDS and a very experienced lead assessor.
Sam previously worked in the Cabinet Office in a role that focused on engagement, assurance and strategy. She advised Cabinet Office teams on how to build and run digital services, as well as coaching in aspects of product management and agile, aligned with GDS Service Design principles.
Clara is a Digital Engagement Manager (DEM) at GDS and is also relatively new to the civil service having gained experience in digital and technology roles at Adobe and luxury leather company, Osprey London.
As a DEM, Clara is the key organiser and guide through the assessment process for government departments building digital services. She engages with teams during discovery, alpha, beta and live to ensure service teams are ready for assessment, making it easier for those working on services to develop them in line with the Digital Service Standard.