Technology leader Mark Adams-Wright (pictured left) has returned to the frontline of the public sector taking on the role of Director of Digital and ICT in his home county of Buckinghamshire. Adams-Wright was CIO for Suffolk County Council for three years between 2010 and 2013.
Adams-Wright joins Buckinghamshire County Council as CDIO following three years with global telecommunications services provider Telefonica where the CIO was Managing Partner for the Spanish firms public sector, local government and education arm in the UK.
At Suffolk County Council between 2010 and 2013 Adams-Wright was an early public sector adopter of hackathons and in a partnership with Leicestershire UK services provider Jadu created a hackathon that gave a young local a career into technology. Ipswich lad Thomas O’Brien won the initial hackathon and went on via the University of Warwick to follow in his father’s footsteps and join BT in its security operation. Suffolk County Council also gave Adams-Wright some major challenges as CIO, he had to revise an outsourcing deal with BT that was far from cost effective for the authority and its community and he had to educate the organisation’s board on the potential of technology with help from Gartner. Jadu sponsored the Suffolk County Council hackathon as a supplier to the authority.
Adams-Wright has interspersed his technology leadership career with stints on the vendor side, as many of the most transformational business leaders do. Prior to joining Suffolk County Council he spent three years at Dell as head of its Global Standards and Compliance operation, a role he took after three years Head of IT Service Control with financial services provider Abbey, which at the time was a top six consumer banking provider. Adams-Wright’s joined Abbey having been Global Programmes Manager at logistics suppliers DHL for five and a half years.