Coup for DWP as top private sector IT chief joins

The Department for Work and Pensions has poached the top IT professional at ICI Paints to become its chief information officer...

The Department for Work and Pensions has poached the top IT professional at ICI Paints to become its chief information officer and head up its systems delivery group.

Joe Harley, currently global CIO at ICI Paints, will take up his role in July, with responsibility for a £3bn IT programme underpinning the DWP’s modernisation.

The move comes a week after the government advertised for a chief infomation officer of a merged Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise. It is also looking for a government-wide chief information officer, a role it described as “one of the most influential” in the UK.

Harley, who was formerly global vice-president for IT at oil giant BP, will report directly to DWP permanent secretary Richard Mottram

Mottram said, “We are delivering a major modernisation programme and information technology is crucial to its success. [Harley’s] role will be at the forefront of this world class change programme that will help us deliver a better service to our customers.

“I am very excited to be joining the department which has such a progressive change programme. I am looking forward to getting started and to working with the team to deliver success,” Harley said.

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