Andy Beale takes on new government deputy CTO role
Appointment announced ahead of next week's GDS Sprint 16 event; Beale's replacement at Common Technology Services already named as Iain Patterson
With the Government Digital Service (GDS) and the Cabinet Office set to outline the new GDS strategy next week, now would be a good time to highlight some new appointments.
And the first announcement ahead of Sprint 16 is the confirmation of Andy Beale as the new deputy government chief technology officer.
In a blog, chief technology officer Liam Maxwell said Beale's role is intended to harness together a number of government technology teams within GDS for the first time: architecture; policy and standards; service assurance and controls; and strategic change.
Maxwell said Beale's role is to ensure that government technology is "even better placed to support the technology leader community across government." Beale will join forces with colleagues in government commercial and cyber functions to ensure that technology leaders gain the support they need across these disciplines and can focus on delivery.
Beale began working in government in late 2012. He started the Common Technology Services (CTS) offering, which he has now handed over to Iain Patterson - while providing advice and strategic direction to departments and projects across Whitehall.
Beale said, "This is a fantastic opportunity to better support CTOs by joining up IT reform efforts and the great teams we have across the Cabinet Office.
"I'm incredibly proud of the transformation of civil service technology, starting with the Cabinet Office Technology Project and continuing with the creation of Common Technology Services (CTS). And I'm delighted that Iain Patterson now takes over the reins to make CTS the industrial strength function that government needs."