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Former Olympics CIO Gerry Pennell to take up Manchester University job

Gerry Pennell, the former CIO for the London 2012 Olympics, has a new job – he starts as director of IT at Manchester University on 29 July

Gerry Pennell, the former CIO for the London 2012 Olympics, has a new job – he starts as director of IT at Manchester University on 29 July.

Pennell left his role at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog) in November last year, and was subsequently rewarded with an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

“Gerry will be responsible for leading the university’s IT function to ensure it supports all aspects of the university’s activities and enables the delivery of its ambitious Manchester 2020 vision,” said a statement from the university.

Pennell lives in the north-west and used to commute to London’s Canary Wharf for his Olympics job. He studied mathematics as a student at Manchester University.

The new role adds to a CV that has included roles as director of technology for the Manchester Commonwealth Games and CIO at Cooperative Financial Services, before taking up his role running the Olympics IT in 2008.

In an interview with Computer Weekly shortly before he left Locog, Pennell said his next job would be “something different”.

"I won't try to follow this. I'll probably do something slightly different,” he said at the time.

“You can be certain it needs to be quite challenging, otherwise I'm not going to be interested. In many ways, running a project in this context is no different from in a corporate context – until you get to the Games itself, when it is entirely and completely different."

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