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Maxwell takes on government CTO role

Charlotte Jee Published 14 December 2012

Paul Maltby also appointed to transparency and open data role


Liam Maxwell has been appointed government Chief Technology Officer (CTO), having held the role of deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) since April 2012.

As part of his responsibilities in the newly-created role, Maxwell will support the new departmental Digital Leaders , who were established by the Government Digital Service (GDS) in November 2012 and are in charge of departments' digital strategies and driving the 'digital by default' agenda of creating new digitally-delivered public services. Individual departments' strategies are due to be published this month.

Maxwell was appointed as an adviser to the Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group in June 2011. According to the Cabinet Office, "the IT reform group will become part of GDS and Liam Maxwell will report to GDS Executive Director Mike Bracken, who is leading the government's digital transformation agenda."

Commenting on the appointment, Government Chief Operating Officer (COO) Stephen Kelly said, "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Liam Maxwell as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for HM Government.

"Each department already has its own CTO or someone approximating to that role. Working together, Liam, Government CIO Andy Nelson, the CTOs and Digital Leaders will form a powerful combination to achieve the transition to Digital by Default."

In a separate development, Paul Maltby is to take up a new role as the Cabinet Office's Director for Transparency and Open Data in January 2013.

According to the Cabinet Office, Maltby "will lead the strategic implementation of the government's transparency and open data agenda. He will be responsible for delivering the UK's commitments to openness, including as current lead chair of the Open Government Partnership."

Previously, Maltby has held posts at the Cabinet Office and the Home Office. In his latest role, taken up in June 2011, he was Leicestershire County Council's programme director for commissioning and academies.

Regarding Maltby's appointment, Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary Richard Heaton said, "It is great that Paul is joining us. Putting government data into the public domain is potentially ground-breaking, and Paul will bring energy and ideas to this important role."

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