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Andy Beale takes over as government’s deputy CTO

Government Digital Service appoints new deputy chief technology officer following Magnus Falk’s departure last year

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has appointed former deputy director of government technology Andy Beale as its deputy chief technology officer (CTO).

Beale’s role will bring together several GDS teams, including architecture, policy and standards, service assurance and controls, and strategic change.

He will work with the Technology Leaders Network, which was set up by GDS in October 2013 to  lead technology across government, ensuring that staff have “the right technology to deliver great digital services”.

Government CTO Liam Maxwell said in a blog post that Beale would join forces with staff working in commercial and cyber functions “to ensure technology leaders gain the support they need across these disciplines and can focus on delivery”.

He said Beale had already been “pivotal” to much of the reform in government technology.

Beale described his appointment as a “fantastic opportunity to better support CTOs by joining up IT reform efforts and the great teams we have across the Cabinet Office”.

The appointment comes after former deputy CTO Magnus Falk, who joined GDS on a fixed-term contract in August 2014, announced his departure last October.

This coincided with the launch of the recruitment process for a director to lead the Common Technology Services (CTS) programme, which prompted Falk to leave after deciding not to apply for the position, Computer Weekly understands. 

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CTS aims to help government departments provide their staff with technology that meets user needs and improves cross-government collaboration, as well as providing better value for money.

Beale, who started up CTS, has been running the programme while the recruitment process has progressed.

In December last year, GDS announced that former Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) CTO Iain Patterson had been appointed the new director of CTS.

Beale said he was “incredibly proud of the transformation of civil service technology”, which started with the Cabinet Office Technology Project between 2013 and January 2015 and continued with the creation of CTS.

“I am delighted that Iain Patterson is taking the reins to make CTS the industrial strength function that government needs,” he added. ............

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