Microsoft has created a new senior UK role bringing together its businesses supplying central and local government.
Graham Harrop, who previously led Microsoft’s UK enterprise services sales team, has been appointed as the software giant’s director of government. In the new role, Harrop will bring together Microsoft’s activity in local and regional government with its work in the central government, criminal justice and defence sectors.
Microsoft hopes the new role will help to better position the company as the government rolls out its Transformational Government strategy for improving public services delivery through technology.
Last September, the number of licences issued by Microsoft to UK public sector organisations passed the 1.5m mark, triggering a £1m a year discount under the terms of a memorandum of understanding signed with government procurement agency OGCbuying.solutions. The agency has similar agreements with other major software suppliers.
Graham Harrop has 23 years’ experience in sales, services and business management with Honeywell, Oracle and GEC as well as Microsoft.
Nigel Bates, currently head of regional and local government at Microsoft, will leave the company this month to join one of its partner firms.