Rachel Neaman

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Rachel Neaman

Rachel Neaman (born 30 August 1965) is a specialist in digital transformation, strategy, healthtech, skills and inclusion. She has extensive senior leadership experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and internationally.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of the late violinist Professor Yfrah Neaman OBE and Dr Gill Neaman, Rachel was born in London and educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.


After an early career in publishing and publications management, Neaman joined the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction in Lisbon, Portugal, where she created the agency's first multilingual website, and then Flextech Television in London before joining the UK Department of Health (DH). Following the formation of the Government Digital Service in 2011, Neaman became the Department's first Digital Leader[1] and developed the first DH digital strategy.[2][3]

In 2014, she moved from DH to become CEO of Go ON UK, the organisation set up by Baroness Martha Lane Fox to ensure everyone had the basic digital skills they needed in the digital age.[4][5] On 1 April 2016, Go ON UK merged with Doteveryone, Martha Lane Fox's latest initiative.[6] Neaman led on digital skills and transformation, as well as managing Doteveryone's strategic partnerships with organisations including the BBC, BT, Google, Lloyds Banking Group and Sage Group.

In 2017 she became the first CEO of the Corsham Institute(Ci), a not-for-profit organisation helping to build people’s trust and confidence in technology.[7]. She now runs her own consultancy, Neaman Consulting, working with a range of clients across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors looking at the impact the speed of technological change is having socially, economically and politically. Neaman is also a mentor for PUBLIC's GovStart programme, helping technology startups transform public services, and Strategy Advisor to DigitalAgenda.

Neaman holds a number of non-executive roles. From 2013 to 2016, she was Chair of Digital Leaders, a global initiative that has created a platform for expert opinion and networking on digital transformation for senior leaders from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She now serves as a non-executive member of the Advisory Board. She is on the Board of the Campaign for Social Science[8], and a non-executive member of the Digital.Health London and UKCloud Health Advisory Boards.[9]

Neaman is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, a frequent judge of digital awards and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).


Neaman was a finalist for Digital Leader of the Year at the Women in IT Awards 2018.[10]

Neaman was awarded the inaugural Founder's Award at the Digital Leaders 100 Awards 2017.[11]

Neaman was featured in Computer Weekly's list of Most Influential Women in IT 2016, 2017 and 2018.


  1. ^ "First Digital Leaders' meeting – Rachel Neaman, Digital Leader, Department of Health – Government Digital Service".
  2. ^ Foundation, Internet Memory. "DH Digital Strategy [ARCHIVED CONTENT] UK Government Web Archive – The National Archives". webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Neaman, Rachel (6 December 2012). "Digital by default requires a concerted culture change". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
  4. ^ "Go ON UK appoints Rachel Neaman as CEO".
  5. ^ "Lane-Fox charity aims to help people develop digital abilities".
  6. ^ "It's Official! Go ON UK is joining Doteveryone – Blog – Doteveryone".
  7. ^ "Ci's first CEO is Rachel Neaman – Corsham Institute".
  8. ^ "New Board appointments strengthen Campaign for Social Science - Campaign for Social Science". Campaign for Social Science. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ "UKCloud Replicates Public Sector Success with New Healthcare Division=". 10 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Women in IT Awards 2018 – finalists revealed". Information Age. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Ci CEO honoured with Founder's Award". Corsham Institute. Retrieved 8 January 2018.

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