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Patterson back at GDS as director of Common Technology Services

David Bicknell Published 09 December 2015

Former DVLA CTO to be responsible for enabling provision of "consistent, high quality workplace IT for civil servants across government"


Former Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) chief technology officer Iain Patterson is to take up a new role within the Government Digital Service (GDS) improving the delivery of consistent, high quality workplace IT for civil servants across Whitehall.

Patterson will become director of Common Technology Services (CTS) in the New Year, according to a blog from chief technology officer Liam Maxwell.

Patterson was seconded to DVLA in 2013 to lead its digital transformation.

He said, "When I arrived at DVLA, it was the same standard model as most organisations where it was outsourced to a large SI. This gave us issues around how much we could do in what periods of time because of commercial constraints and obviously those had been signed some ten or twelve years ago. I think the intention is that we can be rapid in our delivery, agile, and we can move quickly with the business.

"To do that we had to look at the ... obviously the commercial landscaping changed that. We had to look at our own IT skills and we had to look at the organisation operating model. Those were key to making sure we can actually be a flexible organisation, digital organisation in the future. We've started working closely with the universities, trying to create and understand the capabilities that we do need for the future and the ability to train people locally. That means that we should be growing our people, developing our people and creating the capability the business needs for the future."

Maxwell said, "In his new role at GDS Iain will be responsible for enabling the provision of consistent, high quality workplace IT for civil servants across government. This will deliver benefits through better, more secure IT, more joined-up working across government, and the ability to implement changes faster and at a lower cost.

He added, "I'd like to extend thanks to Andy Beale for not just starting this project, but for taking it back on over the summer, listening to customers, building strong relationships and driving it towards the successful spending review result. Andy, as Deputy CTO, remain on the CTS board."

Executive director of GDS, Stephen Foreshew-Cain, said: "I'm thrilled to welcome Iain back to GDS. As our leadership team grows, it's great to have people with as much expertise and experience as Iain continuing to help us transform government."


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