"This is a great moment to bring together all that we have done, to celebrate what we have achieved, but also to look forward to the challenges that we have got to rise to. We’ve got a great team now in government pushing the digital agenda. We’ve got growing acceptance in all parts of the public sector that this is mission critical. We increasingly know how to do it and today we’re bringing all those things together to take the next step.
Digital is changing how we deliver every part of government so let’s understand how it works and make sure that everything we do harnesses the best that technology can offer.
The Civil Service itself uses technology all the time and we’ve got to make sure that technology is cutting edge. We need more people who have got digital and technology skills coming into the Civil Service to play a part in the mission that we have to improve the country. But we also need to make sure that everybody in the Civil Service understands the power of digital transformation. So there is a big training exercise to do, there’s a lot of best practice we’ve got to spread and we’ve got to get people in who have seen this first hand elsewhere. We’re quite a long way down the track that is all moving in the right direction and now we need to push it to a new level."