Chris Chant has worked in government since 1976, and in IT roles for the last 13 years.
At the end of this week Chant will retire, bringing his current role as the leader of the government's new cloud services programme to an end.
Throughout his career, Chant has held a maverick role in the government, speaking out against the status quo and inspiring change.
Chant has held positions that include the executive director of Direct Government and digital engagement, the chief information officer (CIO) within the Government Olympic Executive, the CIO for Defra, and as the operational manager for the (then) Inland Revenue, where he led the delivery of the online system for self assessment PAYE and corporation tax.
Chant is the sixth IT leader to take to the Hot Seat, following on from the likes of Intel UK manager Graham Palmer, and Bletchley Park chief executive Iain Standen, as part of V3's weekly insight into what makes those in the IT industry tick.
V3: What would be your dream job?
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
The iPhone 4S and iPad2.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
The retired Inland Revenue director, Barry Glassberg, who doggedly drove through a customer-centric self assessment online solution 10 years ago despite massive departmental opposition in every aspect. He was never properly recognised for establishing the foundation for, by far, the best government online solution today.
And also any woman in IT. Men are truly at their very worst in this space.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
Now - in getting G-Gloud up and running. Also, previously running the delivery of self assessment online.
What was your first job?
My first part-time job was as a general dogsbody at a fishmonger/greengrocer/grocer. My first full time job was as a bank cashier with Lloyds Bank, before I became an admin assistant with the Inland Revenue.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
Making stuff happen that people say can't, exposing snake oil salesmen, and then moving on.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
Making crap stuff work properly.
What keeps you awake at night?
Very little since a marvellous friend introduced me to God a few years ago.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields by Dith Pran. I hold the human race in low regard and seek evidence to support that view.
Do you prefer e-readers or real books?
An e-reader is a real book and real handy for us dyslexics.
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
All three, though Facebook only to track friends from Ambue Ari.
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