Alastair is an expert advisor on digital identity with a background in business, political and security risk, working on UK and international initiatives across the humanitarian, development, public and private sector. Alastair work has recently focused on digital identity, biometrics, identity fraud and cybersecurity advising the UK Government, United Nations and World Bank; US federal agencies including the US Treasury, the United States Digital Service, Department for Homeland Security; the Canadian Treasury Department; the Australian Government’s digital service; European Commission eID activities.
Alastair is presently an expert digital identity advisor to the UK Government’s Cabinet Office. He is a senior adviser to the UK’s Minister responsible for digital identity, the Director responsible for digital identity, the national digital identity initiative GOV.UK Verify, and the NHS’s flagship digital identity service. His roles include responsibility for the identity standards for the UK Government, and the UK Government’s trust framework for digital identity, which has included working with a broad section of UK and international financial services companies, institutions, and regulators. He has lead the work with HM Treasury, JMLSG and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that has reflected digital identity best practice in global and national financial services guidance and legislation.
Alastair sits on a number of digital identity expert groups including as the UK Governments digital identity representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Union eID/KYC expert group, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Biometrics Institute; and industry groups at the FIDO Alliance, Open Identity Exchange and Open Identity Foundation. He is also presently a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on digital identity.