Andy Nelson has been named the government CIO, following the departure of incumbent Joe Harley at the end of March 2012.
Nelson is to hold the role alongside his current position as CIO at the Ministry of Justice. Nelson had been tipped as next CIO due to his work on the government's ICT strategy and position as senior responsible owner for ICT capability and the G-Cloud.
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Ian Watmore, permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office, was responsible for appointing Nelson. He said: “It is fantastic to be able to assign the role of government CIO to someone who has held major CIO roles in private sector and has been involved in the ICT strategy since the very beginning. Andy has worked closely with Joe over the past months and will continue to do so – ensuring that we continue to deliver ICT services fit for a modern civil service.”
The government CIO Council received an invitation to submit expression of interest for the post of Government CIO in December following Harley’s resignation in November.
A key part of Nelson’s role as CIO will be to implement the government’s ICT strategy.
Nelson has been CIO of the MoJ since September 2009, prior to that he was group director for strategic change and at Royal Sun Alliance, director of computer services at ASDA and management consultant at Accenture.
The Cabinet Office is also seeking a replacement for the position of deputy CIO, following the departure of Bill McCluggage in January.