IT director outsources himself out of a job

One of Britain's leading public sector IT directors has outsourced himself out of a job

One of Britain's leading public sector IT directors has outsourced himself out of a job.

John Serle, a key figure in the Society of IT Management (Socitm), will leave Lincolnshire County Council this month.

Serle spearheaded a £250m 10-year outsourcing contract which saw his own department, as well as the council's finance, personnel, property and catering services, transferred to IT services company Hyder.

"I stayed to see the contract bedded in, and it is working well," said Serle, "but there was no IT left, and so I didn't have a job to do."

The council offered Serle the chance to lead other projects but after 13 years he decided it was time for a change.

"Lincolnshire has been very generous over the years allowing me time to do Socitm work," said Serle.

He now hopes to use his experience in consultancy.

Serle's future role in Socitm is not yet clear. "I would like to remain chair of the best value steering group," he told Computer Weekly, "but as I will no longer be a public sector IT director, we will have to discuss my future role."

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