Mike Bracken

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Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken speaking at Wikimania in 2014
Known forGovernment Digital Service

Mike Bracken CBE is a public sector technology leader who was a founder and executive director of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS). Under his leadership, the UK became a world leader in digital government, with the US Digital Service, the Australian Digital Transformation Office and numerous others modelling themselves on GDS,[1] as a founder nation of the Digital 5.


Bracken was director of digital development at Guardian News & Media. He was headhunted by the UK Government[2] and joined the Government Digital Service in July 2011.[3] He became chief data officer in 2014.[4] He left GDS in September 2015.[5][1]

From August 2015 until 2017 he was part-time chief digital officer at The Co-operative Group.[6]

He is a visiting professor of practice at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.[7]


  • Digital Transformation at Scale: Why the Strategy Is Delivery (2018, London Publishing Partnership; ISBN 978-1907994784 / 2021, London Publishing Partnership; ISBN 978-1913019396)

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  1. ^ a b "Mike Bracken set to move on from GDS". GOV.UK. Cabinet Office. 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ "New Year's Honour for Hackney resident Mike Bracken". Hackney Citizen. January 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Marrs, Colin (4 December 2015). "Ex-GDS boss Mike Bracken sets up global digital government consultancy". Civil Service World.
  4. ^ Qualtrough, Edward (25 March 2015). "Mike Bracken made Government Chief Data Officer". CIO.
  5. ^ Bracken, Mike (13 June 2016). "Meet Whitehall's digital wizard: Mike Bracken". Centre For Public Impact (CPI) (Interview).
  6. ^ Hall, Kat (27 June 2017). "Former GDS head Mike Bracken quits Co-op". The Register.
  7. ^ "Mike Bracken". University College London. 25 May 2017.

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