The demand for chief information officers (CIO) continues to be strong as September 2018’s pace of role changes remained as vibrant as the summer of 2018, which as the Horizon CIO Podcast reported, was unusually high – like the heat.
Demand is in fact so strong one of the UK’s leading search agents told the Horizon CIO Podcast editor that they are seeing unprecedented levels of demand and have found some search placements hard to complete.
On the interim circuit Tim Bridgland has joined the venerable London Review of Books to lead the high brow publishing organisations digital transformation. Bridgland joins from marketing services business Williams Lea Tag, where he spent two and half years having joined from TV production leaders and creators of the hit spy series Spooks Shine, where Bridgland was Group CIO for five years.
Also in publishing Sharon Cooper (above), formerly Chief Digital Officer of the British Medical Journal has joined the market and business research arm of the international newspaper The Economist. Cooper joins the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as CDO and will bring her experience of modernising the business processes of a high end publishing organisation to the role.
Housing associations and rent based property organisations are undergoing some of the most interesting transformations at present. A number of members of the Horizon CIO Network are actively involved in major customer focused transformations of this sector. In the west of London Thames Valley and Metropolitan Housing are merging, Martin Medlycott, CIO for Thames Valley Housing Association has been given the Group CIO role at the new Metropolitan Thames Valley organisation having been CIO of Thames Valley.
In financial services John Finch has moved to be CIO of Refinitiv. Finch, a former CIO of the Bank of England (2013 to 2016) has been with Thomson Reuters since 2016. Refinitiv is being spun out of Thomson Reuters and has a major investment plan to take on market giant Bloomberg.
Telecoms CTO Bryn Jones has joined renewable energy firm Pure Planet as CTO. The App only business was founded by fellow telecoms veteran Stephen Day who founded Virgin Media with Richard Branson. Pure Planet aims to be a completely technology enabled energy firm. Jones joins the energy firm from six years as CTO with Three the mobile network and he himself is a veteran of Virgin Media.
In the rapidly changing higher education sector the University and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) has hired former CIO of the NHS Blood and Transplant service Aaron Powell as its CTO.
“The Chief Technology Officer post at UCAS is a new role, and will give a real boost to the delivery of its Future Focus strategy. Powell will be leading digital transformation, accelerating programme delivery, and contributing to creating a stronger and more sustainable digital business, delivering real value to customers,” UCAS said in a statement.