Jessica Adkins

Head of Digital and Technology Policy at Home Office

Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Jessica Adkins is the Head of Digital and Technology Policy in police reform at the Home Office. Her remit includes leadership of the department's Spending Review bid for digital, tech and data in policing; oversight of a portfolio of police tech and digital transformation programmes; and policy areas such as emergency public contact with the police, intelligence gathering and crime investigation in an increasingly digital world and the use of future technologies in policing.

She previously held roles in the Department for Education and HMRC. She started her Whitehall career in the Cabinet Office, where she led the development of data sharing policy and legislation (Digital Economy Act 2017).

Jessica started her career as a fast streamer in local government, where she led strategic projects for the Chief Executive, including transforming the provision of services for children with disabilities. She spent time working in international development, leading on delivery of employment and social care programming in post-Soviet countries, before joining the Cabinet Office.

Jessica read Russian at Bristol University. She holds an MA in the Management and Resolution of Conflict from the Swiss Institute for Conflict Resolution and an MSc in Public Management from Warwick Business School.