Liam Maxwell, director of ICT Futures at the Cabinet Office, is to become the deputy government CIO.
Maxwell will receive £120,000 in his new role, a 30% increase on previous incumbent Bill McCluggage and will work alongside newly appointed government CIO Andy Nelson.
Nelson said: “I am delighted that Liam Maxwell will be taking on the role of Deputy Government Chief Information Officer, this is an important step in delivering ICT services that are fit for a modern Civil Service. Liam has a strong track record of delivering success in government ICT and he also brings significant experience of turning the theory into practice”.
Ian Watmore, Cabinet Office permanent secretary, said: “I am very pleased about this appointment, Andy and Liam will make a great team as they bring a wealth of experience that will be hugely beneficial in driving this important agenda forward.”
Maxwell was appointed to his current position in September last year and is responsible for approving all central government ICT spend above £5m and has played a key part in renegotiating existing IT contracts.
He had been widely tipped to take the post of deputy government CIO, as many in Whitehall now regard him as a key player in government IT transformation.
Previously Maxwell was a Tory councillor at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. He also worked as head of computing at Eton College; head of IT at Capita Resourcing; and at IT services company Accenture.
Maxwell was also instrumental in drafting the Conservative technology policy before the general election and has worked closely with technology thinktank, the Network for the Post-Bureaucratic Age.