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Arriva appoint CIO Claire Hamon

Rail and bus transport company Arriva has appointed Claire Hamon as Group CIO. This is the first time Arriva has appointed a CIO in the UK. Hamon joins the business from the legal sector. Arriva, part of the German Deutsche Bahn rail business is one of largest rail and bus operating businesses in the UK, operating bus services in Kent, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the North East. Welsh rail is also an Arriva operation. Hamon, who started work with Arriva Read

CIO jobs update – 2018 a summer of change

Talk to marketeers and sales teams and they’ll tell you that although the summer of 2018 was highly enjoyable, it has created a severe drag on business activity. Clearly the benefits of flexible working are not fully realised when the heat is on and the beach calls potential customers. Talk to the recruitment and search sector and they’ll tell you there is a real lack of available talent, from DevOps experts right up to CIOs and CTOs. Certainly the level Read

Banking CIOs, your customers are the CEO

Banks need only to look at the high street to see their future in black and white, or rather black or red. BHS, Toys R Us and House of Fraser are just some of the great British brands leaving empty shop fronts up and down the country. And if the banks don’t watch out, it’s looking likely that they will be next. Just like department stores, who thought their customers would never switch to Amazon or ASOS, the banks laughed Read

Ofcom recruit EE and BT CTO

Telecoms, online and media regulator Ofcom has appointed a new Chief Technology Officer, hiring Mansoor Hanif from telecoms firm BT. Hanif follows in the footsteps of David Doherty who was Director of ICT at Ofcom from 2013 to 2016 and led the organisation’s move to Office 365 and a range of other technologies and more recently CTO Steve Unger who left Ofcom in June, 2018. Doherty and Unger also joined Ofcom from careers in telecoms business technology leadership.   Hanif Read

Engineers WSP appoint Cabinet Office COO as CIO

The UK arm of Canadian engineering firm WSP has hired the COO of the Cabinet Office to be its UK CIO.  Lesley Hume joins the Toronto headquartered business as CIO for both the UK and South Africa and will report jointly to the UK CEO Mark Naysmith and the WSP Global CIO Gino Poulin. WSP has been on a major acquisition spree since 2014, when it acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff from UK construction giant Balfour Beatty in 2014. That $1.24 billion Read

Nationwide Building Society recruit CIO as COO

Financial services organisation the Nationwide Building Society has appointed the CIO of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as COO.   Australian Patrick Eltridge joins Nationwide from a three year stint with RBS, which he joined from Australia’s largest telecoms provider Telstra where he was CIO for over four years having joined the Sydney headquartered firm from global bankers Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to his career with the Hong Kong headquartered Standard Chartered Bank Eltridge was CIO with major Australian Read

CIOs, don’t create Frankenstein’s monster

Mary Shelley’s dark and chilling novel Frankenstein is more than a thrilling read, for the CIO community it remains a stark and timely warning. “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change,” Shelley’s protagonist states and in the wide ranging discussions we have with the CIO Network it is clear that cultural change continues to be the greatest problem organisations face. But it is not just our organisations that are changing, technology is reshaping Read

CIO interview: Tony England on Wolseley becoming Ferguson

Tony England gives an insight into how Wolesley salvaged itself and became a leading US based business. Moving an organisation to focus the majority of its trading efforts into another geography is on the radar of a number business leaders in the UK at present. But back in 2008 this was not a common scenario. CIO Tony England has been on this journey and joined the Horizon CIO Network to discuss how he re-plumbed the Wolseley business and took part Read

Ti Media appoint CIO Lisa Gannon

Specialist consumer media business Ti Media has appointed Lisa Gannon as CIO as part of the organisation’s new strategy. Gannon joins the London and Surrey based business from technology analyst house Gartner. Ti Media came into being under this name in June following the acquisition of the business by private equity business Epiris LLP in March. The Ti brand hints at the businesses past as part of the Time Inc media empire and before that the business was known as Read

Cox Automotive hire CIO with IoT experience

Vehicle auctioneers Cox Automotive has appointed Glenn Fishwick as CIO. Cox Automotive says it is increasing its focus on “connected technology”. Fishwick joins Cox Automotive from MDS Global, a technology services business focused on the Internet of Things and virtual networks. Cox Automotive provides auction and wholesale services, financial services, media, and software, and operates internationally. The business employs over 2,300 people in the UK providing solutions to its clients through businesses that include Manheim, Movex, Motors.co.uk, Modix, Dealer Auction Read

CIOs discuss the importance of health and well being

Horizon CIO Podcast season review – we saw in the Horizon CIO Podcast community was the support, care and enthusiasm for those CIOs working in healthcare and for bravery and passion of Avril Chester and Paul Heywood Being healthy, returning to health and working in health are key to being a successful CIO. The Horizon CIO Podcast season of January to July 2018 featured two stories from our community that bring it home just how important health and well being Read

So fellow CIO – here is the challenge!

  In this, my twelfth column for the Horizon CIO Podcast, I am describing just how extensive the landscape of change is that we all now face, and then scoping how you, the contemporary CIO, can best set out routes of transformational change genuinely relevant to your business. In earlier columns I have written about the diversity of new capabilities (from Artificial Intelligence to Blockchain) spawned by the new undercroft of computing power we can all now access. But that Read

CIO interview: Stuart Birrell’s tech modernisation at Heathrow Airport

In part 2 of the Horizon CIO Podcast interview with Stuart Birrell explains how you modernise the IT and team, but retain heritage and valuable experience Stuart Birrell has been CIO for Heathrow Airport since June 2015. Heathrow is his second CIO role in the congested flight space around the UK’s capital, he was CIO of Gatwick airport from 2008 to 2011 and led the technology split from BAA, the organisation that at the time owned and operated Gatwick and Read

WhatsApp proving to be a powerful tool for CIOs

CIO Editorial: Community groups come together over a range of topics and discover opportunities On the 29th of July, 2018 a WhatsApp group was formed. This group was formed to fulfil a purpose, that purpose was to Enduro mountain bike ride the many passes of the Mont Blanc region of the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland. For the following seven days the WhatsApp group informed and entertained a group of six individuals from China, France, the UK and Australia, Read

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