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Home Office begins belated search for Sarah Wilkinson’s successor

David Bicknell Published 03 July 2017

Final interviews of selection process expected in early Oct, suggesting new replacement chief digital, data and technology officer may not be in place until late autumn, or early 2018


The Home Office has begun advertising for a new chief digital, data and technology officer (CDDTO) to replace Sarah Wilkinson who is leaving to join NHS Digital as chief executive next month.

But what seems to be a delay in recruiting could mean that Wilkinson’s replacement is not in place until late autumn, despite an announcement of her leaving for NHS Digital emerging back in mid-April.

The timeline for the recruitment process indicates that final panel interviews will not be held until the week commencing October 2, meaning that it is possible a replacement will not be in place until early November.  This is if the chosen candidate only has to give one month’s notice.  If it is three months’ notice, Wilkinson’s replacement may not actually be in place until January 2018.

The CDDTO will report to the Home Office’s director general of capabilities & resources, Mike Parsons, who is a member of the department’s executive committee and on the departmental board.

Parsons will be on the final selection panel, to be chaired by Kevin Woods from the Civil Service Commission, as well as GDS director general Kevin Cunnington and Sue Langley, the lead Home Office non-executive director.

The salary for the role has not been specified, but will be the range of SCS Pay Band 2. The CDDTO will be responsible for an annual spend of £227m in terms of resources and £31m in capital.

According to the job specification, the post holder will be expected to provide “exceptionally strong leadership and senior-level advocacy, internally within the Home Office and across government, and externally for the delivery of digital, data and technology solutions that support the department’s current and future business transformation programmes.  They will also be expected to bring a deep knowledge of the technology and digital landscape and marketplace to the department; and ensure that it makes effective use of modern standards and solutions.”

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