The Student Loans Company has recruited Adrian Tucker as its CIO and Executive Director of Technology. Tucker joins the Glasgow headquartered organisation following three years as CTO for the Department of Education (DFE).
Tucker confirmed the role to the Horizon CIO podcast two weeks ago and started last week, saying he had a “good first week”.
Tucker joined the Whitehall based Department for Education in August 2014 and said he quickly realised that the public sector is undergoing and driving as much change as the private sector.
In a recent interview with the Horizon CIO podcast Tucker explained how the DFE has adopted flexible IT, with large scale adoption of the cloud, software-as-a-service and the Microsoft Surface mobile device. The whole stack is from the Redmond firm with Office 365 and Azure.
“It was the most aggressive transformation I have done and it was very ambitious,” he says of the two year time frame. A major part of the change programme at the DFE was the partnership model with Microsoft and other suppliers.
“We had to share the issues and the first six months of that relationship was a big change for my team and for them. It was breaking through traditional ways of what a contract relationship is.”
Earlier this month the Student Loans Company announced an IT apprenticeship, lasting 12 months, the scheme combines classroom training and working for the organisation and those apprentices that complete the first year can progress to a SQA Modern Apprenticeship Diploma in ICT and Telecommunications.
Tucker joined DFE from sibling organisation the Education Funding Agency where he’d spent a year. During Tucker’s fixed term tenure at the DFE the Education Funding Agency merged with the Skills Funding Agency and in March of 2017 became a single funding agency within the Department for Education. Tucker joined the civil service in May 2013 from telecoms giant Vodafone, in the autumn of 2013 HMRC would also pick a Vodafone CIO to lead its business technology as Mark Dearnely took over from Phil Pavitt.
The bulk of Tucker’s career has been in the retail technology arm of major household brands such as Alliance Boots the pharmaceutical leader, telco T-Mobile and Arcadia the fashion stores group.
Tucker is following in the footsteps of South London and Maudsley NHS Trust CIO Stephen Docherty who was an interim programme director for the Student Loans Company.