INTERVIEW WITH HANNA JOHNSON, COO, PUBLIC

Francisca Jorge

08 August 2018

Hanna Johnson, former N.10 advisor, joins PUBLIC as our new COO. Hanna talks about her experience and GovTech. 

Before coming to PUBLIC, I’ve had a varied career – starting out in management consultancy with Accenture, then spending several years in the charity sector, before moving into Government to spend six years across DCMS and (most recently) Number 10, as an advisor to the PM. The common thread across all of my roles has been trying to make things work better; whether it’s a business process, a donor-charity relationship, or a public policy.

PUBLIC is, to me, the next step in that journey. The team have already done huge amounts in uncovering opportunities through the research programme, investing in and developing some of the best emerging players through the GovStart accelerator, and beginning to build the public service providers of the future in companies like Panopticon and Free Up. But there is so much more to do. I think it’s clear that some sectors – notably health – have been quicker adopters of new tech than others. And there are other areas, for example policing, where there is still a long way to go. What I think is a great opportunity though is that we now have Secretaries of State in the Foreign Office, the Home Office and in the Department for Health who have previously been in charge of digital issues and the digital economy. So, now more than ever, we have people in Government who know the value and abilities of the tech sector to deliver, and I hope that that will carry forward in what we see over the next few years. The opportunity for improvement is enormous – and the benefits for the public sector and the UK economy as a whole is so obvious – that it seemed like a no-brainer to me to come and join the PUBLIC team.

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