Westminster City Council chief information officer David Wilde is leaving at the end of this week to take up the equivalent role at Essex County Council.
At Essex County Council, Wilde's initial brief will be to modernise IT and build confidence with "the business" while establishing effective information governance and developing new collaborations across the public sector.
According to Wilde, the decision to move jobs was due to its proximity to home (he lives in Essex) and a bulging portfolio of projects to get busy with.
"[I will face] new challenges around shared services in a two-tier council structure with an urban-rural mix, a much bigger landscape and moving IT on from legacy to an infrastructure-free set-up," Wilde told Computer Weekly.
Over the past three years as CIO at Westminster, one of the highest-profile councils in the UK, Wilde was accountable for all its IT service provision, commissioning and compliance, as well as the development and delivery of the council's information architecture.
The most interesting part of the Westminster job has involved "establishing new commercial frameworks for London alongside moving to cloud and managed services", according to the CIO. He has led a number of shared services initiatives, including a £190m London-wide framework agreement for networking services with Virgin Media Business.