Regeneration: You were expecting someone else?


Twenty-Twenty-Two is Twenty-Twenty-NEW. Yup - time for me to regenerate into a new job.
Colin Baker's regeneration as Doctor Who.
To recap - five years ago, I started at GDS in the Open Standards Team. Two-and-a-bit years later, I took a 6 months secondment to NHSX to do Open Standards. Eighteen months later, they finally let me go. I joined the Data Standards Authority to do - you guessed it - Open Standards!

I've been banging on about Open Standards for what feels like forever. I've worked with a vast array of vastly talented people. Written some well received policies and guidance. Presented to Ministers - and anyone else who'll listen. Travelled the world. All in service of Open Standards. I've had occasional forays into Open Data and Open Source. But the majority of time has been me saying "have you considered using an open standard?"1

I'm incredibly proud of all that I've achieved - both in the Civil Service and NHS - but I am a little tired. I'm weary of getting stereotyped, I'm conscious that I haven't succeed at everything I wanted2. I'm also acutely aware that it is probably time for someone else to have a go. I know I need to expand my horizons and get stuck in to something different.

So, now it is time to move on. I'm not moving very far. Still in CDDO - which is part of Cabinet Office3.

Am I part of "The Great Resignation"? I don't think so. I'm staying at the same firm. I'm staying on the same grade and salary4. I'm certainly staying in the same home-office!

My new job title? The somewhat-cumbersome "Senior Technical Architect for Domains". Basically, if it ends with .gov.uk - I'm interested. It is time for me to get my hands dirty helping people build, maintain, and protect the UK Government's domain names.

Perhaps I should have titled this blog post: "Stay calm. Just one question: Do you happen to know how to fly this thing?"

2022 is going to be different!


  1. OK, it is a bit more complicated than that. 
  2. Buy me a drink some time… 
  3. This is a personal blog etc. etc. 
  4. OK, if we're being technical, last year I was re-graded as a G7 Specialist Technical Architect at the top of the DDaT band - so I'm keeping that allowance. 

11 thoughts on “Regeneration: You were expecting someone else?

  1. says:

    Congrats! Also the Peter Davison/Colin Baker regeneration is the first I ever saw, on a BBC2 repeat when I was 11 or 12 probably. Blew. My. Mind. Had Caves of Androzani and Twin Dilemma on VHS shortly after that


  2. Massive congratulations! This is a really important job, and I'm sure it'll be fascinating. Excited to see what you make of it. 🎊


  3. “This is a fascinating area of work because it brings together the need for technical and cyber
    expertise”. It’s got to be a great job when it has “cyber” in the role description! Congratulations on the new endeavor! 🎈


  4. Congrats sir. Were you the one that, years ago, scanned a huge list of .gov.uk websites and found that a load of old ones had been taken over by scammers and people selling fake Rolexs? If so, did that come up in the interview 😂.


  5. James Body says:

    It gives me great pleasure to see you filling this position - to have someone who is clearly so passionate and knowledgeable as you in this role is very reassuring.

    Does this mean that we can now refer to you as ‘The .gov-ner’?

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