The government has provided more information on the appointment of Joanna Shields as the David Cameron adviser on the Digital Economy following her appointment last month during the London Technology Week.
The appointment was made public two weeks ago but no specific information on her role was made public. However, now Tech City has provided more insight on how Shields will work with the government.
Her position will involve advising David Cameron on policy matters that concern the digital industry with an emphasis on digital entrepreneurship. Shields will continue to work as executive chairman of Tech City UK as well, having stepped down earlier this year as CEO.
Further to confirming Shields new adviser role, it was also announced that she will join the Prime Minister's Digital Taskforce, led by Francis Maude MP, in order to bring her digital expertise and experience to the taskforce.
Along with expressing delight at her latest appointment, Shields also declared that it is important for Britain to continue to maintain the lead its digital growth has over other G20 countries, such as the US and China.
"We must continue our leadership position and create the building blocks to ensure Britain becomes the most capable and competitive nation in the digital economy," stated Shields.
With a CV that lists Google, Bebo and Facebook as previous employers, Shields has a solid background in the digital technology sector, which was likely to have caught David Cameron's eye when he came to selecting a Digital Economy adviser.
The appointment of Shields serves to emphasise the government's increased involvement in the technology sector.
Much of this involvement to date has come in the form of investment including putting millions in digital technologies and allocating funds to help develop ICT skills in schools and improve broadband in rural areas.
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