Friends of Bill McCluggage, the departing Deputy government CIO, have praised his work as an advocate for change, and his courage in telling it like it is, despite the Cabinet Office's restrictive communications policy.
He is said by friends to have steered the Government's ICT strategy through a change of government CIO and big cuts in his own team. Said one friend: "To get the ICT strategy out and into delivery underlines Bill's credentials as a deliverer not just a strategist; and he regularly held his ground with those who sought to maintain the status quo."
McCluggage announced this week he is leaving government to join storage supplier EMC.
He said on Twitter that it's "sad to leave excellent team that have delivered real change but time to move on and address new challenge". He said he counted himself "lucky to have been part of the vanguard of new GovtIT".
Mike Bracken, Executive Director of Digital, Efficiency and Reform Group, Cabinet Office, said that Whitehall will be poorer in McCluggage's absence.
McCluggage joined the Cabinet Office as Deputy Government CIO in September 2009. He has been Director of ICT Strategy & Policy and Senior Information Risk Owner with overall responsibility for the formulation, development and communication of cross-Government ICT strategies and policies.
He was IT Director at Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries in Belfast and was an engineering officer in the RAF. He is a chartered engineer and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
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