The Dgen Constellation includes five policy experts who have extensive experience at international, national and local government levels. We have a specific focus on how to shorten the path between innovation and policy delivered though
- National Data Infrastructure
- City Data Infrastructure
- Data, Science and Evidence
Gavin Starks, International and National Policy
Gavin has worked with the UK Cabinet Office and internationally at the highest levels: from government ministers across countries to World Bank leaders.
On behalf of HM Treasury, he co-chaired the Open Banking Standard, leading banks, trade associations, startups, regulators and consumer rights organisations to help create new regulation.
His advice has been sought across the public sector: from individual departments (e.g. Defra, DfE); from local authorities CEOs to individual MPs; from country presidents to to individual party leaders. He sat on the GLA Smart London board for three years and provided evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee on ‘Big Data”.
This work has led to his recognition as one of the most influential people in data, and awards for innovation and expertise, and regular international talks on innovation, the web of data and its impact on society.
He currently sits on the Ministry of Justice Data, Science and Evidence board.
Bianca Wylie, Public Sector Technology Policy, Canada
Bianca has designed, developed, and run public consultation processes for all levels of Canadian government and has extensive experience at the city level.
She has worked on a range of policy topics, including: transportation, environmental assessments, open data, urban planning, social service provision, libraries, parks and public realm, and real estate development.
She has expertise in creating programs that enable a broad set of stakeholders to participate in open, defensible, and effective joint decision-making.
In 2017 she was part of a task force coordinated by the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance to improve municipal governance for the City of Toronto, providing advice on data and digital. She sat on the advisory committee for the Ontario International Open Data Charter Working Group and the selection committee for the federal Treasury Board’s civil society network, part of its open government plan.
Bianca currently sits on the Toronto Public Library’s Innovation Council. She works with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada on events to support learning on technology policy within government. She is a guest lecturer at the Schulich Centre for Executive Education, teaching a course on open government. She is also a columnist and speaker on issues relating to civic technology, digital governance, and smart cities.
Prior to working on public sector policy, Bianca worked for over ten years in the technology sector.