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BCS pays tribute to DWP's Philip Langsdale

David Bicknell Published 03 January 2013

Department for Work and Pensions ponders who should replace its 'inspirational' CIO who passed away before Christmas


BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has paid tribute to the work of Philip Langsdale, CIO at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) who passed away in December.

Langsdale, BCS said, had a distinguished career, was a BCS Fellow, and was well respected within the IT industry. Prior to joining the DWP last August, Langsdale was CIO at airport operator BAA.

Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism at the BCS said: "We are greatly saddened to hear of the loss of Philip. He was not only a fine CIO, but also a talented board level operative, possessed of a fine technical background which he brought to bear at the highest business levels.

"He was a success in a variety of sectors, from retail to aviation and infrastructure, and whilst his public sector experience has been cut short, there is no doubt that his contribution was already significant. The IT profession has lost an inspirational character."

DWP said it would give details of how it plans to replace Langsdale as CIO in due course. With the demands of the flagship Universal Credit to take on board, and given the length of time needed to undertake a formal recruitment process and for a preferred candidate to work their notice, the DWP's immediate recruitment options appear more likely to come from promoting internally, utilising the CIO expertise already resident within government, or within a foreign government, or hiring an interim CIO with a transformation track record.

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