James Stewart

Co-founder, UK government digital service

Speaker Themes

  • Digital transformation
  • Building innovative teams
  • User experience
  • Cyber security
  • Big data
  • Privacy

Travels from

London, UK


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 (GDS), 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 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 cyber security. The GDS saved the UK government £3.56 billion over three years.

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 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.


As the brains behind the award-winning GOV.UK, James has developed a reputation as one of the world’s leading experts on digital transformation.

He draws on his wealth of experience to answer questions such as:

  • What digital strategy should your firm be implementing?
  • How can you build the best teams to achieve it?
  • How can you use digital tech to better engage with customers and employees?
  • What security, data and privacy issues should you be thinking about?

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