The Cabinet Office has appointed Conall Bullock as its new chief digital officer (CDO), responsible for technology, information and digital issues.
The job will incorporate three roles that were previously separate – chief technology officer, chief information officer and chief digital officer.
Previously, Bullock offered IT consultancy and contracting services through his firm XcIT, acting as an interim IT manager for companies that needed IT transformation.
When the Cabinet Office job was advertised previously, it was claimed that the potential salary would be about £90,000.
The Cabinet Office began its search for a CDO early this year to head up a new department focused on digital and technology. It said the team will develop “flexible and responsive digital and technology services” for business-critical users.
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In a blog post, the Cabinet Office said the digital and technology team would focus on matters such as digital engagement, agile delivery of digital technology, architecture, service operations and business operations.
It said the creation of the new role and team was part of the Cabinet Office’s mission to use innovation and reform to make government more efficient and effective.
Bullock’s appointment was announced via Twitter, where the government’s digital chief, Mike Bracken, congratulated the new CDO.
Bracken is head of the Government Digital Service (GDS), which has implemented a number of initiatives over the past three years, including the launch of public services website Gov.uk and the digital marketplace, a procurement service for government departments to buy IT services from participating suppliers, which includes G-Cloud.