Directgov loses its CTO to the Open University


Directgov loses its CTO to the Open University

Rebecca Thomson

David Matthewman has left his role as chief technology officer at and moved to a new position at the Open University.

Matthewman started as chief information officer at the university this month, after leaving the government site and working on the G-Cloud project.

During his time at Directgov visitors to the site grew from six million to 30 million a month, and Matthewman's work at the organisation included launching a flu pandemic information service.

Before the government role, Matthewman worked in the financial sector as group IT director at BGL group, at owner of He was also general manager, IT and change at Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.

He said of his new job, "The Open University is widely regarded as a leader in technology, and I will seize the opportunity to build on this reputation. My role is to assess the OU's systems capability and drive forward the IT strategy to ensure the university's excellence in supported distance learning is further strengthened and developed into new markets."

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