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Home Office to begin search for Wilkinson replacement shortly

David Bicknell Published 19 April 2017

Home Office CDTO Wilkinson is to join NHS Digital as chief executive in the summer; departure opens up another top Whitehall IT and digital role to competition


The Home Office has indicated that it will begin the recruitment of a replacement for its chief digital, data and technology officer (CDTO) Sarah Wilkinson shortly.

Sarah Wilkinson is to leave the Home Office in the summer to join NHS Digital as its chief executive officer. She has been at the Home Office since February 2015, joining from Credit Suisse.

Speaking about her departure, Wilkinson said, “Leading the Digital, Data and Technology Directorate at the Home Office has been an absolute privilege. The business agenda of the department is hugely important and constantly fascinating.

“Over the past two years we have delivered some fantastic new services and systems. In doing so, we have demonstrated an ability to provide reliable, secure, adaptable systems for Home Office businesses through design leadership, sophisticated sourcing approaches and maximising leverage of the technology marketplace.

“I am sure the organisation will go from strength to strength over the coming years.”

The Home Office CDTO role is the second major Whitehall digital and IT position to become vacant in the last couple of weeks. Former HMRC CDIO Mark Dearnley’s role has only just been advertised by HMRC.

It means neither of two of the highest profile Whitehall departments have been unable to keep their top CIO talent longer than three years in the role.

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