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Home Office appoints IBM's Joanna Davinson as CDDTO

David Bicknell Published 20 October 2017

Davinson currently leads IBM's cognitive consulting, process consulting and business process outsourcing businesses in Europe; choice mirrors HMRC’s appointment of Jacky Wright from Microsoft; Davinson starts role on November 20


The Home Office has appointed a new chief digital, data technology officer to replace Sarah Wilkinson.

And in its choice of Joanna Davinson, it has matched HM Revenue & Customs' (HMRC) recent selection of a digital and technology leader, appointing a woman who currently works for a global IT vendor. In the Home Office's case, however, it is IBM, not Microsoft. 

Davinson leads IBM's cognitive consulting, process consulting and business process outsourcing businesses in Europe. She is a member of IBM's Global Business Services European Management Board and prior to that she was General Manager of IBM's Public Sector GBS business in Europe.

Davinson said, “I am delighted to be joining the Home Office and to have this opportunity to lead Home Office Digital, Data and Technology (DDat). I look forward to working with colleagues across the Home Office, in wider Government and in our supplier community to build on the great work that has already been done and to ensure that DDaT continues to brings forward the best in technology innovation and to deliver digital, data and technology services that support and enable the Home Office to achieves its mission and priorities.”

According to her LinkedIn profile , Davinson began her career in the Civil Service at the National Audit Office (NAO) where she qualified as a public sector accountant. She then joined Coopers & Lybrand (C&L) in the UK as a management consultant focused on government and health clients before moving with C&L to Tanzania to work as a consultant on a variety of World Bank and Donor funded transformation programmes

She has been an IBM executive since 2007 and vice president since 2012. Prior to her current role she held a number of positions with IBM Global Business Services including government Industry Leader for Europe, Defence and Intelligence Industry Leader for UK and Ireland and senior client partner for a number of large UK government client accounts.

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