He will lead the work of the CIO Council* in delivering the government's strategy for the transformation of public services, enabled by technology.
Cabinet Office minister Jim Murphy said:
'The government CIO is a high profile post at the centre of government.
'I am delighted to announce John Suffolk has been appointed to this post as I believe he has the necessary drive, experience and leadership qualities to fill this pivotal role - a role in which he will be expected to play an important part in realising the government's vision for public service reform.'
Mr Suffolk will move up from his current position as director general of Criminal Justice IT (CJIT). He was appointed to this post in February 2004. He has a background of over 25 years' experience in IT and major transformation programmes. Mr Suffolk has worked in the financial service industries and has extensive experience in delivering IT-enabled change.
Mr Suffolk will report to Ian Watmore, the head of the prime minister's delivery unit and former government CIO.
Mr Watmore added: 'I am very pleased to welcome John into this role.
After a successful career in the financial services sector, he has been an influential member of the CIO council from its inception, through his leadership role on Criminal Justice IT. This combination of public and private sector experience makes him ideally equipped to lead the implementation of the Transformational Government strategy to enable the delivery of better, more efficient, public services.'
The Transformational Government Strategy was launched in November 2005. It sets out the government's vision for a long-term transformation of public services to provide efficient, effective services designed around the needs of citizens and businesses.
1. The Transformational Government Strategy is available at www.cio.gov.uk
2. The Implementation Plan setting out how the Strategy will be realised was published on 29 March 2006 and is also available at www.cio.gov.uk
3. The CIO Council acts as a focus for partnership between IT professionals across government and the wider public sector and is charged with creating and delivering a government-wide CIO agenda. The government CIO is chair of the Council. www.cio.gov.uk