Jos Creese, CIO at Hampshire County Council, is Socitm's new president after being voted in at the AGM this week.
Creese replaces Steve Palmer, CIO at the London Borough of Hillingdon, in the one-year post. Before becoming president he was one of three vice-presidents at the society, which is the professional association for IT managers.
He is also a member of central government's CIO council, as well as chairing the local government CIO council.
Creese joined Hampshire County Council in 2002 and has more than 20 years' experience in IT management.
Socitm said he is a well-known advocate for a different approach to IT leadership that "reflects the changing role of IT demanded by private and public sectors alike".
He has also spoken about the increased pressure IT managers in the public sector will face after the election as public spending is cut.
During his time as president Creese says he wants Socitm to continue broadening its membership beyond the traditional heads of IT in local government, increase links with other organisations such as the BCS, and widening membership involvement in the society's work.
He said, "We know that technology holds the key to modernisation and dealing with the financial pressures facing public services. It is central to nearly all transformation, process improvement and workforce efficiency.
"But get any of this wrong and IT professionals will be quickly blamed for failing to deliver - CIOs and their teams will, in the next two years, become saviours or scapegoats. This is where Socitm must help our members by providing the right armoury of services and support".