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Council IT directors get first chief executive

Kate Mountain, former head of IT at Liverpool City Council, has been appointed the first chief executive of the Society of IT Management (Socitm).

Socitm decided to appoint a chief executive on the back of rapid membership growth. It is an expanding role, promoting the local government IT director's agenda within prime minister Tony Blair's drive for e-government.

Mountain was head of ICT at Liverpool City Council between 1993 and 2000. She helped drive through the creation of Liverpool Direct, country's only 24/7 council contact centre.

She now works for Socitm Consulting and has been a director of SSL, Socitm's commercial arm since its formation.

"As an ICT manager, I have found the society an endless source of support," said Mountain. "E-government offers unparalleled opportunities for local government but, equally, significant challenges for ICT managers. Socitm must manage its growth to deliver even more for members."
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