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Liam Maxwell named as UK's first ever chief technology officer

Liam Maxwell, the UK's former chief information officer, has been appointed the country's first ever chief technology officer, the Cabinet Office has announced.

The move is part of an IT shake-up, which will see Maxwell work with Digital Leaders, an IT reform group created by the Government Digital Service (GDS).

Maxwell will work with the group to identify technologies to create an updated way for digitally delivering public services - a Whitehall strategy known as "digital by default" which could save the UK government £1.8 billion per year. He will report to GDS executive director Mike Bracken, who is in charge of leading the strategy.

"I am delighted to announce the appointment of Liam Maxwell as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for HM Government," said Cabinet Office spokesperson and chief operating officer Stephen Kelly.

"Each department already has its own CTO or someone approximating to that role. Working together, Liam, Government CIO Andy Nelson, the CTOs and Digital Leaders will form a powerful combination to achieve the transition to Digital by Default," he added.

Earlier this year, Maxwell was appointed the chief information officer in charge of implementing the government's ICT Futures strategy. In February, he announced that the UK would eventually adopt an open source platform in a bid to standardise hardware on which government servers are built.