Liam Maxwell

Liam Maxwell (UK)

Presentation: Smart Cities: Technologies and implementations in the UK

Liam Maxwell, Chief Technology Officer, HM Government Liam Maxwell is the Chief Technology Officer for Her Majesty’s Government. His team within the
Government Digital Service (GDS) is responsible for making sure government has the right technology and capability to deliver great digital services.

Liam leads the spend control process for technology, part of the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group programme which works with government departments and helped to saved £18.6bn in 2014 /15.

Liam is Visiting Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. As well as academic roles, he has a background as an IT Director in FTSE and Fortune 500 business service companies.

Liam is also the founder of Holyport College, an allability coeducational day and boarding school for students aged 11 – 19 years. It opened in September 2014 as a brand new state funded school in Holyport, Berkshire – one of the new ‘free schools’.

Before becoming CTO, Liam was Exec Director, IT Reform, Deputy Government CIO for the Cabinet Office.

Liam graduated from Oxford University in 1991 with a MA in Human Sciences.


Government Digital Service

  • GDS is a team within the Cabinet Office tasked with helping departments to transform public services using digital technology. Our responsibilities include:
  • GOV.UK , the single website for government, designed to make information and services clear and accessible
  • working with departments to build new digital services so good people prefer using them instead of the old paper versions they replace
  • making sure people can sign into government services online safely and easily
  • choosing the right technology for government , focused on shorter, more flexible contracts with a wider range suppliers of all sizes
  • improving the way government buys digital and technology services
  • the roll out of better technology for civil servants

We’re open and transparent about what we do. We share our code, data and approaches on the GDS blog and GOV.UK so that everyone can benefit from them.

20 world class services are now available to the UK public with more on the way.

The current scale of digital transformation in the UK has been possible because, for the first time, we have taken a joinedup approach to three areas:

  1. Digital – usercentred service design has quickly delivered better quality services at a lower cost, while building capability across government
  2. Technology – making sure civil servants have the right tools and stopping inflexible, multiyear contracts through crossgovernment decisions while meeting the needs of staff
  3. Data – operationalising the data at the heart of public services, ending the siloed, duplicative approach that has cost millions and stifled innovation

Our current focus is around building Government as a Platform. That means sharing technology solutions across government so we solve problems once, not over and over again, whether it’s signing in or making payments.