The UK managing director of consultancy firm Accenture has been unveiled as the head of e-government, a new role that replaces e-envoy Andrew Pinder.
Ian Watmore, who has been at Accenture since 1980, will take up the position in September, in a role he described on Tuesday as “one of the biggest and most challenging IT positions in the UK today”.
Watmore, who will be accountable to Douglas Alexander, minister for the Cabinet Office, and report to Sir Andrew Turnbull, Cabinet Secretary, said he faces a “formidable” challenge in driving up use of government services online and driving change, reform and efficiencies throughout the public sector by using IT.
He needs to build on the achievements the Office of the e-envoy has made over the past four years, according to Pinder.
“A lot has been achieved, but there are still huge opportunities for further progress, particularly in the effective use of ICT by the public sector,” he said.
The major part of the Office of the e-Envoy will start its transition into the e-government Unit from Wednesday 2 June in preparation for Watmore taking up the post in September. Specific responsibilities of the e-government Unit will be:
Strategy: developing policy and planning for ICT within government and providing an element of programme management for implementation, to support the government's objectives for public service delivery and administrative efficiency.
Architecture: providing policy, design, standards, governance, advice and guidance for ICT in central government; commissioning government-wide infrastructure and services; and addressing issues of systems integration with other levels of government (eg EU, Devolved and Local).
Innovation: providing high-level advice to government bodies on innovative opportunities arising from ICT to improve efficiency.
IT Finance: in partnership with OGC, monitoring major IT projects in government and advising on major investment decisions.
IT HR: head of the IT profession in government and leading its professional development.
Projects: undertaking ad hoc policy and strategy studies as necessary to support ministers, the Prime Minister's Office, Cabinet Office or the Treasury.
Research: Identifying and communicating key technology trends, opportunities, threats and risks for government.
Security: overseeing government IT security policy, standards, monitoring and assurance, and contingency planning for the critical national infrastructure (the functions of the Central Sponsor for Information Assurance, a responsibility of the existing e-Envoy).
Supplier management: in partnership with OGC, managing the top-level relationship with strategic suppliers to government and conducting supplier analysis.