Department for Education's interim CIO steps down

The Department for Education has lost its CIO Rachel Murphy-Cooper after just 10 months.

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The Department for Education has lost its CIO Rachel Murphy-Cooper after just 10 months.

Murphy-Cooper joined the department in November 2013 as the interim CIO on a transformation agenda and was closely linked to government CTO Liam Maxwell.

According to her LinkedIn profile, in her role at the Department for Education, she was responsible for stabilising the core infrastructure, transforming the leadership team, implementing a technical design authority, developing and implementing a new, cost-saving IT strategy. She also helped to establish a clear, business engagement channel with end to end processes.

Murphy-Cooper has worked in the private, as well as public, sector, with experience at construction firm Keir, May Gurney and roles as Head of IT at Central Bedfordshire Council and Harrow and Tower Hamlets local authorities.

This is the latest in a round of changes of senior CIO roles in Whitehall at departments. Others include those at the Ministry of Defence, HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions.

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