I’m leaving my job at DWP Digital in August.
It feels like the right time for a change and the right time to move on.
In particular, my role at DWP has been an amazing opportunity, both a brilliant and equally frustrating experience at times. The last year has been particularly challenging but the design community here has never been in a stronger position.
Designers are making a huge difference to how government is delivering better services designed around the needs of users.
We’ve now worked with around 70 design specialists in 3 years. I’m fortunate to have been able to bring in so many brilliant people and I’m grateful that they’ve all invested at least a few months (and sometimes a few years) of their time and energy into the civil service.
Design leadership is being taken seriously in government. I’m now covering the role of Deputy Director, Head of User Centred Design at DWP Digital. We’ll be working to make this a permanent role and will be looking to start recruitment for the position before I leave in 3 months time.
There are too many people to thank
Thanks to Leisa for tempting me to come and work on stuff that matters in the first place and to everyone I’ve worked with since.
I’ve had so many people support and encourage me from both inside and outside of government. You should all know who you are. Thank you.
I’m very excited about what’s next. I’ll be joining FutureGov as Design Director in August.
This means I’ll still be investing my time and energy in designing better public services. I’ll be doing plenty more speaking and writing, and I’m looking forward to working with the great team they’ve been building.
I’ll share more about my new role in a few months time.
Ben Holliday is an experienced design leader, writer and speaker. This is his blog (started in 2005). You can follow all of Ben's blog posts by subscribing to the RSS feed, or follow him on Twitter for more regular updates.