Deputy CIO at Whitehall lands new digital role


Deputy CIO at Whitehall lands new digital role

David Binning

The government has appointed its deputy CIO Andrew Stott to the new role of director of digital engagement.

Stott will be based in Government Communications at the Cabinet Office and will work with all government departments to develop polices for improving and expanding the use of digital technology in communicating with citizens.

Stott will oversee implementation of the recommendations of the Power of Information taskforce and will also chair the cross-government Knowledge Council, formed in 2007 to help the government develop strategies for managing knowledge and information.

Minister for digital engagement Tom Watson said Stott's direct involvement in the development of the strategy and his experience at Whitehall will be complemented by a new external advisory panel that will replace the Taskforce.

"Together we will transform the way that government engages with citizens through the internet and free up government data so that people can use public services more effectively," Watson said.

Deputy CIO since September 2004, Stott has charted the direction of Transformational Government and related strategies, including policy on government web services, information and knowledge management strategy and on Power of Information matters.

Stott has held IT, policy, finance and business delivery roles in public bodies including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Post Office, and HM Prison Service.

He has a degree in law and mathematics from Cambridge University.

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