Andrew Stott was the UK’s first Director for Transparency and Digital Engagement. He led the work to open government data and create “data.gov.uk“; and after the 2010 Election he led the policy development and implementation of the new Government’s commitments on Transparency of central and local government. His role also included responsibility for increasing the UK Government’s capability to use the internet to communicate and collaborate with the public, including the crowd-sourcing of ideas for spending reductions and legal & regulatory reform, and the greater use of social media.
Following his formal retirement in December 2010 he was appointed to the UK Transparency Board to continue to advise UK Ministers on open data and e-government policy. He also advises other governments both bilaterally and as a senior consultant to the World Bank, and is an expert adviser on Open Data strategy to the EU Citadel On The Move programme. He continues to contribute to the international development of the Open Data and Open Government agendas through public speaking and writing, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation and of Open Corporates, the The Open Database Of The Corporate World.