My name is Stephen Hale.
I used to be a head of digital for a government department. Now I’m doing similar work as a freelancer.
If you were thinking of employing me, these are some of the things that I like doing, have done before, and am quite good at:
- Delivering training, talking to people and groups of people, running workshops (for example here’s me addressing a conference at King’s College Hospital)
- Helping organisations adapt policy making work, or communications work, to internet culture (for example here’s me and Susy talking about the lessons we learned from running digital consultations)
- Assessing the capability of teams and organisations (for example, here’s a communications capability review I did for for the Arts and Humanities Research Council [pdf])
- Developing programmes to drive up digital capability and confidence of staff (for example here’s a blog about my digital capability programme at the Department of Health)
- Developing plans, strategies and tactics for digital teams (for example here’s my “6 ways to confidence and empowerment” talk at the government content design conference)
- Helping organisations to find ways to address internal digital transformation, alongside the transformation of their external services (for example I was part of the team that led the recent Cabinet Office work on making use of collaborative tools easy)
- Helping people and organisations make sense of new or emerging opportunities provided by the internet (for example, here’s a session I ran about using data to predict pressures on the NHS)
I have about 17 years experience working in government. I’ve worked as head of digital for the UK Department of Health, head of digital engagement for the Foreign Office, and I’ve done digital things in a few other bits of government too.
Also, I am a qualified children’s cricket coach, I have a personal interest in finding better ways to support autistic people and their families, and I have a thing about some of the more remote parts of Scotland. My ideal job would be coaching a cricket team of autistic children on Iona. If you know of any openings for people to do that, please let me know.
I think of myself as someone who blogs all the time. The evidence disputes this, but here are some examples of blogs by me:
- What you need to know to be technology literate
- The end of pat-on-the-head digital engagement
- Foreign Office blogs: a short history of UK government digital engagement
- A wonky gene and the web – my son and my job
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