He will be accountable to Douglas Alexander, minister for
the Cabinet Office, and report to Andrew Turnbull, cabinet
Office, will work with departments to deliver efficiency savings
while improving the delivery of public services by joining up
electronic government services around the needs of customers. It
will also provide sponsorship of Information Assurance.
Prime minister Tony Blair said:
'Ian Watmore will be playing a pivotal role ensuring that IT supports the business
transformation of government itself so that we can provide better, more efficient, public services.'
Mr Watmore said:
'The head of e-government is one of the biggest and most challenging
IT positions in the UK today. Douglas Alexander and Sir Andrew
have set a formidable challenge in not only driving up use
of government services online but also driving change, reform and
efficiencies throughout the public sector by using IT. I'm looking
forward to starting in the position and supporting all the work that
departments are delivering.'
Mr Alexander said:
'Ian has the task of leading the work of the e-Government Unit, whose
remit we are also announcing today. The achievements the government
has made so far have been notable. Already 71% of government services
are available online. Indeed, only last month we launched Directgov
which has the potential to transform the way that citizens interact
electronically with government. The change to e-Government Unit
represents a development from the original e-envoy's task of 'getting
the UK online', to ensuring that the government capitalises on the
potential of ICT to both transform service delivery and achieve a
step change in operational efficiency across the public sector.'
Andrew Pinder the outgoing e-envoy said:
'Over the last four years the O ffice of the e-Envoy has worked in
partnership with other government departments, the private and
voluntary sectors in helping to make the UK one of the world's
foremost knowledge economies. A lot has been achieved, but there are
still huge opportunities for further progress, particularly in the
effective use of ICT by the public sector. I am delighted that Ian
has been asked to take on the job of leading this major strand of
The major part of the Office of the e-Envoy will start its transition
into the e-Government Unit from June in preparation for
Mr Watmore taking up the post in September. Specific
responsibilities of the e-Government Unit will be:
* strategy: developing policy and planning for ICT within government
and providing an element of programme management for implementation,
to support the government's objectives for public service delivery
and administrative efficiency.
* architecture: providing policy, design, standards, governance,
advice and guidance for ICT in central government; commissioning
Government-wide infrastructure and services; and addressing issues of
systems integration with other levels of government (eg local, EU and devolved).
* innovation: providing high-level advice to government bodies on
innovative opportunities arising from ICT to improve efficiency.
* IT finance: in partnership with OGC, monitoring major IT projects
in government and advising on major investment decisions.
* IT HR: head of the IT profession in government and leading its
* projects: undertaking ad hoc policy and strategy studies as
necessary to support ministers, the prime minister's office, Cabinet
Office or the Treasury.
* research: identifying and communicating key technology trends,
opportunities, threats and risks for government.
* security: overseeing government IT security policy, standards,
monitoring and assurance, and contingency planning for the critical
nat ional infrastructure (the functions of the Central Sponsor for
Information Assurance, a responsibility of the current e-envoy).
* supplier management: in partnership with OGC, managing the
top-level relationship with strategic suppliers to government and
conducting supplier analysis.
Ian Watmore is UK managing director of the global management
consultants and technology services company Accenture Having joined
Accenture in 1980, Mr Watmore became a partner in 1990 and was elected UK
managing director in 2000.
He has worked in both the public and private sectors, mainly in the
UK and Ireland but with spells in South Africa, New Zealand, United
States and mainland Europe.
Mr Watmore is a past president of the Management Consultants Association,
Chairs the IT Industry Board of eSkills UK (the Sector Skills Council
for IT and Telecommunications) and represents Accenture on various
external bodies such as the Council for Industry and Higher Education
and Business in the Community.
In a personal capacity he is on the Board of the English Institute
for Sport, a Lottery funded institute focused on serving high
performance athletes in preparation for Olympic and other major
Users of the present e-envoy website should note that from 2 June the
unit's URL will be www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/e-government. The
e-Government Unit's address and telephone numbers remain the same.