Rosalie Marshall

Rosalie Marshall | Government Digital Service

Rosalie Marshall

For the last five years I have been working in government technology.

During this time I have focussed on how we can use technology to make government delivery more effective.

To try and make government tech products easier to consume, I grew the technical writing community in government and with their help, brought standards to documentation (releasing them on GOV.UK), and guidance to the Cloud First policy. Cooperating with departments, I was responsible for the Government API Standards to try to encourage more interoperability and efficiencies when data is being shared. I have also been responsible for the launch of the Government API Catalogue and data exchange standards.

An interest of mine while working in government has been working on technology job descriptions to try and make them gender neutral to attract more women to the sector.

Prior to joining government, I was a technology journalist, reporting on a lot of government failure from trying to implement large-scale IT products. When GDS was founded and shone the light on areas like agile, micro services, APIs and shorter-term supplier contracts, I was incentivised to join government to try and make things better.

 


Laura Flannery

Laura Flannery | Government Digital Service (GDS)

Laura Flannery

I am a senior product manager at the Government Digital Service (GDS) with eight years of international experience working across several industries in the public and private sectors.

I’m at my best when leading multi-disciplinary teams using insights gained from user research and data analysis and making informed decisions that solve complex problems. I believe that user-centred design has the power to transform industries.

My career in technology began when I worked on the SEO team for Twenga, a price comparison website in Paris. After that I worked for a public affairs company in London before moving to Dubai where I worked on the user experience team at Emirates. From there I moved back to London and started working at GDS.

I am also a chair of the GDS Women’s Network and as such I am an advocate for gender equality and endeavour to influence change at the most senior levels of the organisation. I lead and work with a network of colleagues who strive to create a community of people committed to tackling inequality, where women can thrive in their working environment, reach their career potential by having access to the right training and support, and are paid fairly for the contribution they make.