Home Office seeks new CTO and CDO as G-Cloud pioneer Denise McDonagh prepares to retire

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Home Office seeks new CTO and CDO as G-Cloud pioneer Denise McDonagh prepares to retire

Bryan Glick

The Home Office is recruiting a new chief technology officer (CTO) and a chief digital officer (CDO) as it prepares for the retirement of its current CTO, Denise McDonagh, later this year.

McDonagh is stepping down after 37 years in government IT, and most recently after being one of the main champions of reform in public sector technology as one of the pioneers and former director of the G-Cloud programme.

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Just last week, she announced the new Home Office technology programme, Reset4, which aims to move away from the department’s old outsourcing mega-deals and procure future IT services through G-Cloud.

McDonagh has regularly featured in Computer Weekly’s UKtech50 list of the most influential people in UK IT, and in 2013 was awarded a CBE for services to government IT (pictured).

Her successor and the successful applicant for the newly created CDO role will both report to the Home Office chief operating officer, Mike Parsons. 

The CTO is responsible for a team of 1,000 technology professionals with an annual spend of £254m in resources and £71m in capital, said the job advert.

Among the key responsibilities listed for the new CTO are to: “Design, develop and deliver a technology strategy aligned with the department’s overall strategy; demonstrably meet business and customer needs; incorporate best practice and enable the delivery of the government’s digital by default agenda”, and “lead the development of a clear strategy for technology investment to deliver the department’s overall strategy and goals”.

The CDO will be responsible for a team of 300 digital professionals with an annual spend of £29m, said the advert

The job holder will be expected to provide “first class, visionary leadership and act as a strong advocate for the digital transformation of the Home Office, developing and delivering an ambitious digital strategy, including the use of data analytics and the delivery of digital by default public services”, it said.

The chief digital officer will also be expected to “lead the drive to create a data-driven, digital Home Office, including police, borders and immigration”.

Watch Denise McDonagh talking about G-Cloud

At Computer Weekly’s annual UKtech50 event, Denise McDonagh, CTO of the Home Office, discussed the G-Cloud and how it is changing government IT purchasing. 

Both jobs are being advertised with a salary of £85,000 to £140,000 and a closing date for applications of 18 August. The selection process for both jobs will take place during August and September.

The combination of a CTO and CDO reflects the preferred structure put in place by the Government Digital Service, which has largely done away with the former CIO role in Whitehall.


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