The government has confirmed that current head of IT at the Home Office, Denise McDonagh, is to take on the role of head of its G-Cloud project from Chris Chant, who announced his retirement last week.
McDonagh will pick up the reins on 30 April, as the government is set to launch the next iteration of the G-Cloud framework.
“We’re delighted that Denise McDonagh has agreed to take the lead on G-Cloud,” wrote Eleanor Steward, engagement manager for the G-Cloud programme in a blog post.
Chant revealed he was leaving the G-Cloud project last week, launching a broadside at the Whitehall's track record in IT over the past three decades, claiming that "unacceptable IT is pervasive,” within Whitehall.
McDonagh has worked in government IT for those three decades, taking high-profile roles at the the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as well as more recently, the Home Office.
But she is widely recognised as a change agent, and has promised to continue pushing Chant's radical agenda.
“Got a lot to live up to. I am up for the challenge,” she wrote on Twitter.
McDonagh will take on the G-Cloud responsibilities in addition to her job at the Home Office.
The G-Cloud programme has formed the cornerstone of government efforts to reduce the cost of its IT procurement, making it easier for smaller suppliers to win business and ensure that public sector contracts are kept short.
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