Our Team

Our Senior Leadership Team (SLT) bring a diverse array of skills and experiences, ranging from technology and cybersecurity to policy development and user-centric design. Each member is committed to leveraging digital technology to improve efficiency, accessibility, and transparency in government operations. Their collaborative approach ensures that the Cabinet Office remains a leader in digital governance, setting standards for others to follow. Find out more below:

Michael Hill - CDIO

Michael Hill

Chief Digital and Information Officer

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Mike joined the Civil Service in January 2020 as the Home Office Director for Police & Public Protection Technology (PPPT), responsible for the development, sustainment and running of national data systems (such as the police national computer) on behalf of police and public protection agencies.

Prior to 2020 Mike had a background in the forces (joining as a Royal Signals apprentice in 1987); on leaving the forces in 2000, Mike took on roles as a programme director, account director and business leader for IT & Telecoms organisations such as Vodafone, Cisco, HP and BAE Systems.

Mike became the Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) for the Cabinet Office in June 2022 and is responsible for all Digital, Data and Technology products and services that enable and transform the Cabinet Office.

John Owen

Chief Technology Officer

Melville Carrie

Chief Product Officer

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Melville (Mel) joined Cabinet Office as the Chief Product Officer, having spent 25+ years in a very diverse set of organisations, from tiny start-ups (five in total) to scale-ups, through to huge international consultancies like Capgemini and Genpact, as well as much loved British brands like Royal Mail.

Mel has delivered over 150 digital solutions to over 120 global clients, and has worked all over the world. His belief in putting the person – the user – at the centre of designing systems, services and products, has resulted in many award winning products, engaged users, and delighted clients.

Claire Ellis

Portfolio Delivery

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Claire is the Deputy Director of Portfolio Delivery, and the Head of PPM Profession for CO Digital.  As an experienced project and programme professional, Claire is passionate about maturing the Portfolio Delivery function within CO Digital, and delivering successful outcomes for stakeholders.  Claire joined the Cabinet Office in June this year, from the Home Office where she has previously held the roles of Delivery Director and Programme Director for national policing programmes.  Claire lives by the sea in Eastbourne with her husband and two children, and enjoys walking and pretending that she knows how to use a ‘proper’ camera to take photos!

Paul Collman

Deputy Director, Enterprise Services

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Paul is the Deputy Director of Enterprise Services for CO Digital. He is a highly experienced digital professional whose career began in computer vision research and software engineering, progressing into technical architecture and service management.

Early in his career, Paul jointly started and ran a company which for many years provided business critical digital and technology products and services to blue chip clients. He has an extensive record leading teams to deliver world class digital and IT services for organisations in the financial services, legal, engineering and central government sectors. Two of the services he has developed won industry awards. Paul began working for the Cabinet Office on a contract basis in the Government Digital Service before becoming a Civil Servant.

Paul lives in Wimbledon with his wife and two children. His other interests include cycling and hiking

Julia Plant

Chief Data Officer

Philip Orr

Falcon Programme Director

Gabriel Currie

Gabriel Currie

Head of Cyber and Information Security

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Gabe is the Head of Cyber and Information Security, and leads the teams that secure the Cabinet Office against cyber threats. He’s responsible for ensuring that the department understands its cyber risks and can take informed decisions about them, setting cyber security policies and standards for cyber security, and delivering operational cyber security capabilities that help to manage risk.

Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Gabe worked in the private sector as a cyber security consultant. Most of this time was spent working in digital forensics and incident response, where he led the response to targeted and sophisticated cyber attacks against major UK organisations.

In his spare time, he enjoys being beaten by his friends at tennis, cooking unnecessarily complicated dinners, and rewatching Friends for the hundredth time.