7. Liam Maxwell - Deputy government CIO

Despite the "deputy" in his job title, Maxwell is the driving force behind a major overhaul of government IT. He believes that Whitehall spends far too much on IT, and is championing policies to introduce open standards and open source, to use more small IT suppliers, and to reduce the influence of the oligopoly of major systems integrators that dominate government IT projects. In the process, he is changing the relationship between government and the IT industry, and if successful will bring huge changes in how IT is delivered in the public sector.

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