Rose Crozier, head of IS at Belfast City Council, has been appointed as the new president of the Society of IT Management (Socitm).
Crozier’s council has played a key role in plans to share services between all 27 councils in Northern Ireland.
The appointment comes just months before local authority IT directors learn how much money they will get over the next three years.
This summer, the Treasury will announce the budgets for every local authority in the three-yearly Comprehensive Spending Review.
Council leaders expect that the Treasury will ask for further year-on-year efficiency gains. IT departments will be involved in most major projects to cut local authority costs.
Crozier will lead Socitm’s response when the Treasury reveals its plans to consolidate public sector contact centres. Whitehall watchers expect the Treasury to announce these plans at the same time as the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Earlier this year, a Socitm survey of nearly 3,000 senior council officers found that only a third of councils shared contact centres.
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