Posted on June 28, 2017 by staff

Former GDS head Mike Bracken leaves Co-op digital role


Mike Bracken, the former head of the Government Digital Service, has announced he will be leaving his role as digital officer at the Co-op.

After two years with the organisation, he will now focus on three new non-executive positions, and also has plans for a book, Redesigning Digital Public Services: The Strategy is Delivery.

In a statement on his blog, he looked back on an ‘amazing’ time with toe Co-op, which he described as a ‘fantastic organisation’.

He said: “When I joined, my focus was to create a Co-op fit for the digital age, based on an open, agile culture and excellent digital services.

“I had intended initially to only work three days a week for the Co-op but found myself so engaged with the organisation, I had less time than I would have liked to continue my Non-Executive work.

“But as I said when I left the Government Digital Service, I wanted to continue to help other government colleagues globally.

“In addition to Public Digital work with government and conglomerates in Peru, Canada and Uruguay and several other countries, I’m delighted to be named as a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London by Mariana Mazzucato.”

Bracken has agreed to become an advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Centre for Public Impact, two institutions ‘which do a great deal to improve public outcomes’.

He also hopes to find more time to be part of the Independent Review Group at Google Deepmind.

He added: “I leave the Co-op digital strategy in the capable hands of the Co-op Digital Team who have worked incredibly hard over the past two years.

“Almost a year ago we relaunched our membership platform and, as of today, have hundreds of thousands of new members, and over 4.5 million active members.

“Those members have given more than £9 million to support local causes. That’s part of what makes the Co-op such an amazing place to work – their emphasis on the local community and always giving back.”