Philip Langsdale, DWP CIO, passes away aged 56

Philip Langsdale, DWP CIO, passes away aged 56

Lansgdale was an influential IT leader and previously served as BAA’s CIO for four years

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Department for Work and Pension’s CIO, Philip Langsdale, has passed away at the age of 56.

Langsdale, who is understood to have died a few days before Christmas, was deeply respected in the industry for his impressive management of difficult IT projects.

Prior to joining DWP in May to oversee the troubled Universal Credit programme, Langsdale served four years at BAA where he led a multi-billion project at Heathrow to improve its real-time systems.

BAA’s new CIO Neil Clark emailed employees on the morning of the 24th December saying:

“It is with deep sadness that I have to bring you the news that Philip Langsdale passed away on Saturday 22nd December, the day before before his 57th birthday.He will be remembered fondly by us all.”

He added: “I will of course pass our condolences to Philip’s wife and daughters.”

Malcolm Lowe, chief technology officer at DWP, also tweeted: “So sad to hear Philip Langsdale – CIO at DWP – has passed away. A clever, charming, inspirational man gone too soon.”

A spokesperson for the DWP confirmed Langsdale’s passing and said that no decision had yet been made as to who was going to take over his role as CIO at the department.



  • elaine_2_stewart To Philips wife and daughters I was so sad and shocked to hear the news today about Philip taking his next journey so soon He has been so inspirational passionate and challenging and made such a difference to all who know him and has rejuvenated the world in whatever he turned his focus to I had wondered why I hadnt heard from him recently The last time I saw him he spoke so brilliantly about all of you and I was wondering how to get in touch to pass on sadness for your loss and also express a celebration at having the privilege to have worked with him I was always moved by his progressive approach dreams ideas and the way his mind could span many subjects whether creative pragmatic or scientificThinking of you lots at this challenging timeElaine Stewart at Atos
  • Philip Langsdale Philip was passionate about his job at DWP and believed in the reforms that are needed to make engaging in work worthwhile We hope his successors will help to make his dreams a reality Thank you to those who are taking this forward - he would have liked to be there with you stillPhilips wife and daughters
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