Nuclear defence specialists AWE has recruited the former CIO of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Tony Mather.
Mather was CIO for just over three years at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, leaving Whitehall in June 2010.
AWE, headquartered at the famous Aldermaston research centre in Berkshire, describes itself as “a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence” and counts the British government as its leading customer for the development of nuclear services, security and counter-terrorism. AWE stands for Atomic Weapons Establishment, formerly state owned the plc is today a consortium with owners including US defence giants Lockheed Martin and public sector outsourcing services provider Serco as well as Jacobs Engineering.
Mather was tasked with trying to change the way the Foreign & Commonwealth worked and told editor Martin Veitch in an interview that on joining the civil service his productive declined massively.
From the palaces of Whitehall Mather returned to the private sector in 2010 to be CIO of outside advertising giants Clear Channel until 2012 and has spent the last two years with Irish retailer Musgrave as transformation director. Musgrave Group operates a range of budget supermarkets in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Spain.
Prior to the Foreign & Commonwealth Mather had held senior technology leadership roles at gases organisation BOC, supermarket Safeway and FMCG Pepsico.