The United Kingdom plans to breathe new life into its open source policies with the appointment of Liam Maxwell as the technology advisor to the Cabinet Office.
Maxwell, an open source enthusiast, was the technology advisor to the Conservative Party and has worked towards urging the government to improve its open source strategy.
The open source guru has also previously worked as the IT manager at the Eton school and was a Tory councillor for Windsor and Maidenhead before accepting the offer with the Cabinet Office eWeek Europe reveals.
Maxwell is expected to start his role in September and will advise the Efficiency and Reform division in the Cabinet Office. His role will involve advising the office on how technology can be used to enhance the quality and lower the costs of public services.
His role will involve pitching open source technology across government departments and helping small companies to make a bid for government IT contracts.
“He has a strong track record of delivering success in government ICT and he also brings significant experience of turning the theory into practice,” said Ian Watmore, the government’s chief operating officer.