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Home Office CTO strengthens team with key HP hire

Operational leader will give CTO ability to focus on much needed new operating models

Sarah Wilkinson, CTO of the Home Office has hired Pete Rose to be head of Live Services as she drives a major transformation programme at the department which is responsible for policing, borders, detention and inquests.

Rose joins the Home Office as of March 7. During his career at HP Rose has been closely involved in major government contracts. Rose will be responsible for the management of all live technology platforms and services in his role as Director of Live Services.

“We are committed to strengthening the resilience, reliability and performance of systems in operational usage, through more sophisticated monitoring and analysis of performance, investment in timely platform improvements and updates, and increased industrialisation of production processes,” Wilkinson said. “We will continue to work with a broad family of supplier partners, leveraging their skills and capabilities to facilitate this agenda.”

Wilkinson described Rose’s appointment as part of a strategy to bring new talent into the Whitehall department. The CTO won huge praise from the CIO community for her frank, honest and passionate presentation at the 2015 CIO Summit.

Rose is currently with HP Enterprises Services and has been transforming the infrastructure of a major financial services client to HP. He has also been closely involved in the delivery of services to the security and defence parts of the UK government. “He has deep and broad experience in the delivery of mission-critical IT programmes, services, technology and business change, and sector expertise in national security, defence and public safety,” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson told me in the autumn of 2015 that she was building a new team and new structures.

“We need core platforms in place, so we are thinking out data centres, hosting, security, middleware and databases,”

she told me in an interview for CIO UK. “The capability is in bringing these in and how we integrate them,” the CTO revealed of the way her department’s role is about joining up the Home Office, and using technology to improve the way it operates as unit of government.

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