Stephen Dodson Biography in About us
Stephen is currently the National Director for the DC10plus Network and an adviser to Community and Local Governments Digital Inclusion Policy Team. This is seeking to demonstrate how digital inclusion good practice is at the heart of service transformation, economic sustainability, improving people’s life chances and ensure that these issues are at the heart of policy making.
Previously Stephen has worked within Government for twenty years in a variety of capacities. He has been responsible for several large scale Economic & Community Regeneration Programmes working across all sectors before becoming e-Programme Manager at Kirklees MBC. Here he saw the crucial role ICT can and should play in social and economic regeneration.
In addition Stephen programme managed two of the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s (ODPM’s) National Projects - Digital Interactive Television and the Mobile Text Project – both of which were innovative uses of technology in contributing to tackling the digital divide and encouraging social inclusion and are now used by over 80 local authorities.
Stephen moved to Communities and Local Government as the National e-Innovations & Digital Challenge Programme Director in September 2004 and was responsible for delivering the local government e-innovations programme, consisting of 45 innovative projects, including the highly regarded MySociety, Slivers of Time, and Significant projects.
Stephen has also been actively involved as an adviser to cross-government and departmental policy on innovation and social inclusion, including the Social Exclusion Unit’s “Inclusion through Innovation” and the Audit Commissions review of innovation in Local Government, “Seeing the light”.
In addition Stephen led on the successful Number 10 cross government and industry Digital Challenge initiative as part of the UK digital strategy.