Edinburgh is looking for a new CIO. The City of Edinburgh Council is advertising for a new head of technology, reporting to the Chief Executive as CIO Claudette Jones, is leaving the public sector organisation.
FWB Park Brown are carrying out the search for council and describe the role as “setting the strategic direction of IT services aligned to the overall Council strategic direction”. The CIO selected will also be responsible for remaining within budget, setting quality standards, meeting compliance, security and sadly lists innovation and “future management” as the last of the four priorities of the role.
Based in Scotland’s capital city, the Council provides a range of public services to over 487,500 citizens and promotes the city worldwide.
Jones has been CIO for the City of Edinburgh Council since 2012 having been CTO for six months prior to taking the CIO job title. Prior to that Jones had been commercial manager for over five and half years with the council, joining in September 2006. Jones joined the City of Edinburgh from the NHS where she spent over three years in IT service management. She joined the public sector in May 2003 having been in the private sector with Motorola and SMG an organisation that measures customer and employee experiences.
In 2015 Jones told this author: that Edinburgh had “transformed our ICT service …We delivered five times as many projects as previously in order to catch up, then overtake similar organisations. Our main achievement was delivering a responsive customer-designed website with full end to end transaction capability, which has significantly reduced lead times for services and the organisation is now looking at channel shift as one way of meeting cost saving objectives while improving customer service.”