Business association the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has appointed a CTO to its Innovation Council. The Innovation Council is one of 14 standing committees that mandate policy for the CBI.
Jon Wrennall is a former public sector CIO having been CTO for taxation body HMRC from 2005 to 2008 before becoming CIO for The Valuation Office, a government body that defines the values for taxes like business rates. Since leaving the public sector in 2011 Wrennall has been vendor side as CTO for major outsourcing provider Fujitsu in the UK and then AppDynamics until he joined software house Advanced a year ago.
The Innovation Council is one of the five pillars towards prosperity that the CBI aims to develop. Wrennall will be on the CBI Innovation Council for a three year term and will be involved in policy campaigns, consultations and reports.
“Technology innovation is at the heart of the future prosperity of Britain as organisations change and adapt to succeed in this disruptive digital era,” Wrennall said in a statement. “Sitting on the Innovation Council means we can provide a voice on the role of technology in creating an internationally competitive economy for the UK. It will also allow us to lead the conversation when it comes to the ethical and moral impact of tech innovations, such as Artificial Intelligence.
“As a business at the cutting edge of digital transformation, I’m looking forward to working with senior colleagues to challenge policies and reports to ensure the vital work that the CBI does continues to represent Britain’s diverse business community and retains the UK’s position as a major global player.”