Tom Loosemore is a founder of the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS), and is now its deputy director.
GDS was established in 2011 to ensure the UK government offers world-class digital products that meet people’s needs.
Since 2012 GOV.UK has replaced hundreds of websites, winning Design of the Year and saving £60m in the process. It has also digitally transformed 25 of the most significant transactional public services.
Prior to GDS, Tom ran the digital innovation arm of Channel 4. He was responsible for the BBC’s internet strategy between 2001 and 2007, after launching its first sport websites in the late 1990s.
From the late 1990s he was the driving force behind a raft innovative e-democracy sites including TheyWorkForYou.com, and later helped found mySociety, the world’s leading e-democracy charity.
Earlier in his career Tom was an editor on the UK edition of Wired Magazine, and founded local information startup UpMyStreet.com