Public Services

MoJ makes Ramsey interim CIO

David Bicknell Published 07 February 2013

Deputy steps up following Andy Nelson's departure to DWP


The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it has appointed Andy Nelson's deputy Nick Ramsey as interim chief information officer (CIO) following Nelson's departure to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as its replacement for Philip Langsdale.

The Department for Work and Pensions yesterday confirmed that Nelson will take responsibility for implementing wide-ranging changes to the welfare system, a move that was approved by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith with Prime Ministerial agreement.

The knock-on effect of Nelson's departure sees Ramsay take up the MoJ reins, initially in an interim role.

An MoJ spokesperson said:

"We would like to thank Andy Nelson for all his hard work over the past four years in helping to modernise our IT services while ensuring we delivered value for money.

"The department has appointed Nick Ramsay as our interim chief information officer and we will be seeking a permanent replacement in due course."

The focus will now be on Nelson at DWP in what steps he takes in implementing Universal Credit, as Permanent Secretary at the DWP, Robert Devereux pointed out, welcoming Nelson's appointment yesterday.

"I am delighted to welcome Andy Nelson to the Department as we make our welfare reforms a reality, including the imminent start of Universal Credit, the Personal Independence Payment and the Benefit Cap. Mr Nelson's wealth of experience prior to him joining the Civil Service, together with his recent role in the Ministry of Justice and as Government CIO place him in a unique position to help us as we enter a critical period in the transformation of the welfare system," he said.

A recent McKinsey article pointed out that new CIOs in key posts, like Nelson at DWP, must hit the ground running as soon as they are confirmed in the role. As well as tackling Universal Credit, Nelson will also have to consider the longer-term transformation of the DWP estate.

It argued: "The early months of a CIO's tenure are an extremely important time to learn about a company's culture and critical issues, shape an agenda for change, build relations with peers and senior leaders, and make decisions -- on people, funding, and other matters -- that will provide a solid foundation for the future."

The article went on: "In the first 100 days, you have to make your mark. In that period, you also need to formulate a compelling vision, because if you want to lead, as opposed to executing the visions of others, you do need to come out quickly with a story that everybody can align around."






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