Media Release, 13 Nov 2014: Digital pioneer returns to NZ – on a mission

Media Release, 13 Nov 2014: Digital pioneer returns to NZ – on a mission

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13 November 2014 • Written by

Ben Hayman has joined Assurity Consulting as Transformation Lead to deliver transformation and digital strategy projects across its New Zealand government clients.

Based in the UK for 25 years Ben founded his own technology ventures with backing from leading venture funds and joins Assurity fresh from his work at The Cabinet Office's Government Digital Service (GDS). 

As Head of Digital Operations for GDS and the Partnerships Lead for GOV.UK Ben has been at the heart of transforming how the UK Government delivers services for its citizens.

The award-winning GOV.UK project has been widely recognised for delivering a world-class digital platform that enhances the relationship between public and government and saves the British tax payer billions of pounds. More importantly, it also proved that a government civil service could deliver ambitious, world-class digital projects at scale.

“I'm really looking forward to bringing my experience of digital transformation in the UK back home to New Zealand,” says Ben. “As we have seen in the UK, there's a lot that can be done to improve the way that government services get devised and operated. New Zealand has a great opportunity to develop sustainable job and income growth through technical and digital innovation and I'm looking forward to getting involved.  

“Returning to Wellington after 25 years working in the UK, Europe and USA is a big thing for me both personally and professionally. It's also great to be joining Assurity at a time that they are supporting both government and private sector clients to get the most from their digital innovation.”

Ben draws on Lean methods, open standards, open source and open thinking plus the creative energy of his teams to get digital services to market in very short timescales. His appointment will strengthen Assurity’s reputation at the forefront of digital service transformation in New Zealand.

In addition to joining Assurity, Ben is one of seven people appointed to Inland Revenue's new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Reference Group – an independent voice and sounding board for the Business Transformation programme.

Group members were selected for their extensive ICT and business expertise and experience, strategic insight and ability to bring a sector-wide perspective on infrastructure and technology issues.

"I'm pleased to be able to offer whatever help I can as a member of the ICT Reference Group as they seek to transform their services toward a 'digital by default' operation" Ben says.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ben back to New Zealand and to the Assurity team. His experience and knowledge will be vital in continually refining our offering for government and further positioning Assurity at the forefront of digital service transformation in NZ” says Garth Hamilton, Assurity Consulting CEO.

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