He will be responsible for developing policy and planning for IT in government and contribute to managing programmes for implementation.
Watmore will also help to define the IT architecture of central government, providing policy, design, standards, governance and advice. He will commission government-wide infrastructure and services and oversee the integration of central government IT systems with local and European government organisations.
Working with the Office of Government Commerce, he will handle supplier relationships and monitor large IT projects in government and advise on major IT investment decisions.
He will oversee government IT security policy, standards, monitoring and assurance, and contingency planning for the critical national infrastructure.
It is a wide-ranging brief, that has been drawn up in large part by outgoing e-envoy Andrew Pinder, who held the post for three years.