These are tumultuous times for Queensland Government ICT, in leadership terms as much as policy.
The resignation of former Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts Ros Bates in February was the first in a series of changes that have rippled down the executive ranks of her Department.
Ian Walker’s appointment as Bates’ replacement a few days later was followed by a change of leadership in the Department of Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA). Director-General Phillip Reed, who had also headed a department under the Bligh Labor Government, was moved to a role in the Public Service Commission.
Former Queensland Government lead at Ernst & Young Andrew Garner took over DISITIA in April.
Earlier this month it became apparent that the leaders of the Queensland Government’s landmark audit of ICT had also moved on from the roles they filled at the commencement of the year.
Alan Chapman, who headed the Queensland Government Chief Information Office (within DSITIA) as Executive Director, left the role and the State’s public service earlier this month according to his Linked In profile.
His departure has been confirmed by a spokesperson for Minister Walker.
“On 24 April 2013, Alan announced to staff his personal decision to not renew his contract, and left the Office on 7 June 2013,” she said.
The Executive Director role is now vacant.
In the role he “provided leadership and executive management for the Queensland Government Chief Information Office,” and “delivered expert advice and guidance for all Queensland Government departments on how to drive their business using ICT and how to maximise value from ICT investment,” says Chapman on Linked In. Chapman’s exit follows the May announcement that Queensland Government Chief Information Officer Peter Grant was moved from this role to lead the Government’s 'One Network' program for a period of six months.
Andrew Garner immediately stepped into the duties of Government CIO, in a manner reminiscent of NSW’s ICT Governance restructure which saw Michael Coutts-Trotter, Director General of the NSW Department of Finance and Services, take on the added responsibilities of NSW GCIO in April 2011.
Minister Walker has previously indicated that permanent recruitment to the GCIO role will only occur when the Queensland Government has had time to fully assess the nature of the position and whether or not it is one it wants to keep.
However Garner has already embraced the role, addressing a Partners in Technology briefing on the future of Queensland ICT on 12 June.
Those who have and will fill key DSITIA roles will oversee a process to thoroughly transform ICT in Queensland, starting with the divestment of major ICT assets, the introduction of contestability into shared services arrangements, and the adoption of a ‘cloud-first’ approach to procurement.
A Queensland ICT Strategy and implementation roadmap is due to Cabinet by 30 June 2013, and should be made public sometime after this date.
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