In this publication just 2 weeks ago, we reported on the departure of the SA Government's Chief Information Officer (CIO), Grantly Mailes. This week, it was announced that another GCIO was leaving his post. Peter Grant, Queensland Government Chief Information Officer, has resigned to take up a role with Microsoft, reportedly as head of Microsoft’s team in Queensland.
In the previous article, we identified Peter Grant as the longest servicing GCIO in Australia. Although formally appointed only recently to the CIO position, Grant had been in a quasi-GCIO role for some time, having been appointed Assistant Director-General of the Office of Government ICT, in June 2005.
In his role as GCIO, Peter Grant was responsible for overseeing ICT initiatives across the Queensland public sector, including whole-of-government purchasing directives. He also played a fundamental role in driving and implementing the action items of the Smart Directions Statement, a key government planning tool to guide Queensland Government investment in projects and services with a major ICT component.
He was also in the process of implementing recommendations from a review of the state's use of ICT by the Service Delivery and Performance Commission in October 2006. As a result of this review, Queensland centralised much of its ICT policy and purchasing.
Grant’s resignation was not an isolated occurrence. In fact, it was another in a long line across state and federal jurisdictions, commencing with Andy McDonald at the federal level in early 1998.
Grant’s resignation brought to three, the number of state government CIO’s that have resigned this year. NSW’s first CIO, Paul Edgecumbe, resigned suddenly in April 2007, claiming ‘his job was done’. Then Grantly Miles resigned last month to return to his home state of Victoria after almost three years in the job in SA.