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The Cabinet Office has announced the names of over 30 senior level ...
The Cabinet Office has announced the names of over 30 senior level

departmental 'champions' to drive forward the information age agenda

across government. The announcement fulfils a commitment set out in

the Modernising Government White Paper.

Public service minister Peter Kilfoyle said:

'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


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