The Digital Skills Partnership: working together to build a future economy that works for everyone
Businesses and society are being transformed by digital technologies. This digitisation is not only creating new, specialist roles, but is reshaping how every one of us will work and live in the 21st century. Addressing this question of ‘What Skills are required for the UK Digital Economy?’ is imperative. Doing so will challenge organisations and individuals to come together and think innovatively in a fast-changing landscape.
The Digital Skills Partnership (DSP) is helping the country to meet this challenge and seize on the opportunities. The DSP brings together partners from business, charity, public sector, and across Government to help boost the digital skills of organisations and individuals at every level of capability.
- Matthew Gould, Director General, Digital and Media Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
- Christine Gaskell, Chair of the LEP network and a DSP Board member
They will share insights on how organisations and regional stakeholders can help to further this pioneering collaboration and shape a vibrant digital economy that works for everyone.
About the speakers
Matthew Gould is the Government’s first Director-General for Digital and Media Policy, based at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. His goal is to make Britain the most connected, tech-friendly, innovation-driven, digital-skilled and cyber-secure country in the world.
From 2010-15, Matthew was Ambassador to Israel, where he set up the UK-Israel Tech Hub to forge a tech partnership between the two countries and to position the UK as Israel’s tech partner of choice.
On his return to the UK in 2015, Matthew led the Cabinet Office’s cyber security unit as its Director of Cyber Security, focussed on keeping Britain safe from cyber attack.
Matthew’s previous roles include Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister, (Tony Blair and Gordon Brown), and Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (David Miliband and William Hague).
Matthew studied at Peterhouse, Cambridge and joined the FCO in 1993. As well as Israel, he has done postings in Tehran, Islamabad, Washington and Manila (as well as a stint as a teacher in Zimbabwe). In Manila, Matthew launched a programme of cooperation between Britain and the Philippines to combat child abuse, for which he was awarded the MBE in 1997. He was awarded the CMG in 2015 for promoting cooperation in tech and science between Britain and Israel.
Christine Gaskell has spent most of her career in the Motor industry and from 1995 until 2012 she was a Member of the Board at Bentley Motors Limited with responsibility for 4,000 employees worldwide. She was also Chair of the Rolls Royce and Bentley Pension Fund. Under Christine, Bentley invested significantly in improving the skills and capability of its workforce, winning regional and national recognition for its programmes.
Christine has been actively involved in promoting learning and skills and in 2012 she was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to training and apprenticeships.
Christine was appointed as the first Chair of the Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership in March 2011.
Amongst her other appointments, Christine holds a number of other non-executive roles and is also Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire.