Andy Beale has been named as the government’s new deputy chief technology officer (CTO).
Beale started working in government in late 2012 and before then he was the CIO of the Guardian News and Media Group. He will move from his current role as director of common technology services at the Government Digital Service (GDS) to become deputy to government CTO Liam Maxwell.
A blog post on the Government Technology website says that the role brings together a number of government technology teams within GDS for the first time. These include:
- policy and standards
- service assurance and controls
- strategic change
The blog continued to say that the role will ensure government technology is even better placed to support the Technology Leader community across government. Andy will also join forces with colleagues in our commercial and cyber functions to ensure Technology Leaders gain the support they need across these disciplines and can focus on delivery.
Build on experience
Beale is credited with starting the Common Technology Services offering, which he has now handed over to Iain Patterson, while providing hands-on advice and strategic direction to a huge number of departmental colleagues and projects across Whitehall and delivering £3.5bn in savings.
Beale said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to better support CTOs by joining up IT reform efforts and the great teams we have across the Cabinet Office.
“I’m incredibly proud of the transformation of civil service technology, starting with the Cabinet Office Technology Project and continuing with the creation of Common Technology Services (CTS). And I’m delighted that Iain Patterson now takes over the reins to make CTS the industrial strength function that government needs.”
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