John Suffolk has been appointed the government’s new chief information officer.
Suffolk is moving up from his current position as director general of criminal justice IT, and will lead the work of the CIO Council in delivering the government’s strategy for using technology to tranform public services.
Suffolk worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years before taking up the director general role for criminal justice IT back in February 2004.
He is stepping into the post left vacant by Ian Watmore, who became head of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in January this year.
Under the structure of government IT, Suffolk will report to Watmore in his new role.
“I am very pleased to welcome Suffolk in this role,” said Watmore. "His combination of public and provate sector experience makes him ideally equipped to lead the implementation of the transformational government strategy to enable the delivery of better public services.”