The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has appointed a new chief digital and information officer in the middle of a major IT overhaul at the department.
The post will be taken over by Tom Read, current digital technology director and CTO of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, who announced the appointment on Twitter. Read replaces Arif Harbott.
Thrilled to announce I'm moving to the Ministry of Justice as Chief Digital and Information Officer. @harbott will be a hard act to follow!— Tom Read (@thommeread) September 16, 2016
The change comes amid a major IT overhaul at the MoJ that was instigated by Harbott to replace the "creaking PCs and snail-paced connections in the office”.
“It can take a long time just to log on, involving layers of encryption and multiple passwords. Desktops are well past their prime and heavily locked down, so staff can't take advantage of the latest browsers, software and apps,” he said in August.
The change is just one of several to have taken place in government this year, such as the Government Digital Service appointing Kevin Cunnington as executive director, replacing Stephen Foreshew-Cain.
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