Will Cavendish

Will Cavendish


  • Global Digital Services Leader

As Arup’s Global Digital Services Leader, I draw together the very best in technology, design and engineering to redefine the built environment with our clients.  

Previously I was Strategy Lead, Applied at DeepMind, responsible for understanding the ground-breaking developments taking place in Artificial Intelligence, and working with key partners to apply them for public good in areas such as health and energy. Prior to this I was the Director General for Innovation, Growth and Technology at the Department of Health; Director General, International Energy and Climate Change at DECC, and Head of the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit, working directly with David Cameron and Nick Clegg. 

I have wide-ranging experience achieving change in areas such as digital, health, education, international energy and climate change, cybersecurity, growth and innovation. When in government, I led the creation of the world's first network of What Works Centres, set up to provide proper evidence on effective uses of public money, and pioneered the use of transparency and crowdsourcing in policy making. 

I also served as a World Bank Economist; lectured at Oxford University and Imperial College; have a Doctorate in Economics; and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by the Queen in 2015.