departmental 'champions' to drive forward the information age agenda
across government. The announcement fulfils a commitment set out in
the Modernising Government White Paper.
'The White Paper, published on 30 March, outlined our plans for a
corporate IT strategy for government. This will maximise the benefits
to both central and local government of a more coherent and
co-ordinated approach to the procurement and use of IT. The aim is
more effective communication within government to support better
services to the citizen.
'The nomination of board level Information Age 'champions' to
progress both the strategy and other information age commitments
within 26 departments, agencies and the Local Government Association
is a major step forward in the government's Modernising Government
programme. Information technology is the driver that will help
transform our public services to improve life for business and the
1. The departmental information age champions are: James Purnell,
No.10 Policy Unit; Nicky Oppenheimer, Cabinet Office; Bob Assirati,
Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency; Richard Walton, CESG;
Lonny Carey, Crown Prosecution Service; Alex Stewart, Department for
Culture Media and Sport; Richard Dudding, Department of the
Environment Transport and the Regions; Hilary Douglas, Department for
Education and Employment; Richard Manning, Department for
International Development; Alasdair Liddell, Department of Health;
Steve Heminsley and George McCorkill, Department for Social Security;
Alistair Macdonald, Department of Trade and Industry; Eric Walsby,
Export Credits Guarantee Department; Peter Collis, Employment
Service; Roy Dibble, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Mike Granatt,
Government Information and Communication Service; Alan Paynter,
HM Customs & Excise; Margaret O'Mara and Brian Rigby, HM Treasury;
David Pepper, Home Office; Tim Flesher, Inland Revenue; Ian Magee,
Lord Chancellor's Department; Roger Saunderson, Ministry of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Alexa Walker, Ministry of Defence;
Des Vincent, Northern Ireland Office; Julian Calder, Office for
National Statistics; Peter Moore, Parliamentary Counsel; John
Burnett, Treasury Solicitor's Office; George Craig, Welsh Office.
2. The champions are all at board level of their organisations.
3. The name of the local government officer who will represent the
Local Government Association has yet to be announced.
4. The Central IT Unit of the Cabinet Office will provide support for
the group of champions and will promote work on the components of the
corporate IT strategy in partnership with departments and local