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Iain Patterson joins UKCloud

David Bicknell Published 10 July 2017

Departure of former director of Common Technology Services within GDS was confirmed in May


It’s understood that Iain Patterson, former director of Common Technology Services at the Government Digital Service (GDS) is to join UKCloud.

He is believed to be joining as chief digital officer, helping with a broad review of the UKCloud technical platform and operations, its product propositions and also its external messages.

UKCloud chief executive Simon Hansford said, “Iain joining UKCloud is a natural and logical step change and a great validation of our platform and the opportunity that an ex senior civil servant from GDS sees in what we are doing, we look forward to working with Iain to help drive our strategy and services. Since Iain left GDS at the end of May we have been very keen to bring him here.”

Patterson will initially be helping with a review of UKCloud’s technical platform and operations, its product propositions and then external messaging.

Patterson said, “I am extremely excited about being part of the future direction of UKCloud, whilst the increased use of hyper-scale cloud companies is set to happen, never has there been a greater need for UKCloud to be part of any secure hybrid cloud solution. Organisations, either public or private sector require security, reliability and compliance, especially now with GDPR and of course the impact of Brexit. Simon has put together a very strong and dynamic leadership team, I look forward to working with them.”

Patterson rejoined GDS in January 2016, having been seconded to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in 2013 where he was chief technology officer, leading its digital transformation. In his Common Technology Services role, Patterson was responsible for enabling the provision of consistent, high quality workplace IT for civil servants across government.

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