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.