Kingston and Sutton appoint MHCLG tech chief to lead IT shared services
London boroughs make senior appointment
The London boroughs of Kingston and Sutton have recruited Steve O’Connor to lead digital and IT across the two authorities’ shared service.
O’Connor (pictured above) has been appointed as the boroughs’ assistant director for digital and IT. He joins from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, where he is group technology officer. Prior to joining MHCLG, he spent 10 years working in IT and digital roles at the Houses of Parliament – most recently serving as chief technology officer for the Parliamentary Digital Service. Earlier in his career he worked for STA Travel.
- Kingston upon Thames plans digital platform to connect citizens to community groups and activities
- Sutton seeks ‘innovative solutions’ to air-quality and independent-living challenges
- Central London boroughs to set joint IT strategy
In addition to overseeing tech for the two councils, O’Connor will also do so for Achieving for Children – a social enterprise jointly owned by Kingston council with the local authorities for fellow London borough Richmond, as well as the local authority for Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire.
O’Connor said: “I am excited by the ambitious plans for both boroughs and the central role that digital technology can have in achieving them. I’m looking forward to meeting the team and getting fully involved in the digital transformation work across both councils and leading a strong IT service, not only for Kingston and Sutton but also Achieving for Children."
According to the job ad published this summer, the IT and digital director will be tasked with “ensuring a continued fit-for-purpose IT infrastructure… whilst also helping to shape future digital strategies”.
Having long suffered from a scarcity of funding, councils could be forgiven for deprioritising investments in new tech. But public and private and sector leaders tell PublicTechnology...
Council CEO claims use of tech platforms has enabled local residents to stay connected
Matt Warman tells PublicTechnology event that government wants products and services to be secure ‘from the ground up’ – reducing burden on consumers and businesses
County council seeks leader to work with suppliers, staff and elected members
The remote-first world has seen email being relied on more than ever as a core communication mechanism - but with 93% of IT leaders acknowledging a risk to sensitive data, what steps should be...
2020 was a cyber security wake up call for many organisations. Attempting to provide secure remote access and device flexibility quickly exposed the flaws in legacy systems and processes. As we...
In 2020 public sector organisations have been tested to a degree never experienced before. According to CrowdStrike, increasing cybersecurity attacks are an additional complication they must...