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Ian Watmore has been appointed head of e-government. ...
Ian Watmore has been appointed head of e-government.

He will be accountable to Douglas Alexander, minister for

the Cabinet Office, and report to Andrew Turnbull, cabinet

secretary. The e-Government Unit, which will be based in the 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

professional development.

* 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

sporting events.

Users of the present e-envoy website should note that from 2 June the

unit's URL will be The

e-Government Unit's address and telephone numbers remain the same.

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