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DECC CIO Rigby set for Home Office promotion

David Bicknell Published 31 January 2013

Expected departure from DECC is the latest in series of possible changes among Whitehall CIOs


Jennifer Rigby, CIO at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is believed to be returning to the Home Office in a senior position.

DECC officials confirmed today that Rigby, who had been 'on loan' to DECC from the Home Office, would be leaving the department, though they were unable to confirm her new role or the date of her departure. Although the Home Office said it was not its policy to discuss any appointments until they are made, it has been suggested that she could be in line to head up a senior Home Office unit.

The move is the latest in a series of moves involving government CIOs. There continues to be speculation that Andy Nelson, CIO at the Ministry of Justice, is heading to the Department for Work and Pensions as CIO to fill the hole left by the death of the highly regarded Philip Langsdale late last year.

Other departments where there are believed to have been discussions over future IT and transformation roles include HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Rigby has long been regarded as a rising star within Whitehall, having started life as a librarian at the BBC. Before moving to the Home Office in 2008, she was also Head of IT Strategy at The National Archives.

As Head of Information for the Home Office, she led the team responsible for a range of information topics, setting strategy, policy and providing guidance to the diverse businesses within the Home Office.

She became CIO at DECC in January 2011 with responsibility for IT, sustainability, estates, security and knowledge and information management. In January 2012, she also became the Chair of the Green Delivery Unit responsible for leading the delivery of the Government Green ICT strategy.

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