New Socitm president confirms change programme

London Borough of Newham CIO Richard Steel has been confirmed as president of the SOCITM ̵1; the Society of Information Technology Management. His formal election took place at the Society̵7;s AGM held at The British Library on 24 April (2008).

Steel started his IT career in merchant banking, and became an assistant director of Morgan Grenfell (now Deutch Bank). He moved to Newham Council in 1989, where he has undertaken a number of ICT management roles before becoming the CIO responsible for ICT and Information Governance strategy, infrastructure and systems. He won the Public Sector CIO of the Year award at the 2005 UK Technology, Innovation & Growth awards.

The incoming president is also a member of the LG CIO Council, established by SOCITM in April 2008 at the behest of the Government CIO John Suffolk. Other SOCITM involvements prior to becoming president include chairing SOCITM London, where he remains a member of the committee, and membership of the Socitm Information Age Government group. Immediately before becoming President he was one of the Society̵7;s three vice Presidents.

Among Steel̵7;s declared goals for his presidency are consolidating its role as the professional body for all who work in ICT in the public and ̵6;third̵7; sectors that is ̶0;consulted as a matter of course by the Government and other stakeholders̶1;.

̶0;If we are to achieve these goals, the Society faces some bold and tough decisions in the short-term,̶1; says Steel. ̶0;We need to modernise and revitalise the Society so that we are well-positioned to deliver them, and enable a modern, inclusive and efficient professional society for all who work in public and third sector ICT.̶1;

Steel succeeds Rose Crozier, head of information services at Belfast City Council.

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Image: New SOCITM president Richard Steel - ready to make bold and tough decisions

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