MoD confirms Ivan Hooper as “interim successor” for Mike Stone
Current ISS Director Service Operations may form leadership team as Information Systems and Services' chief executive, working with a still to be recruited MoD CIO
With Ministry of Defence (MoD) chief data and information officer Mike Stone due to leave his post as chief digital and information officer (CDIO) at the end of next month, the department is deciding how best to replace his experience and influence.
The ministry yesterday confirmed to Government Computing that Major General Ivan Hooper, ISS Director Service Operations would be replacing Stone on an interim basis, and deliberately used the word “successor”.
A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said, “Maj Gen Ivan Hooper, ISS Director Service Operations, has been appointed as interim successor. Further announcements will be made in due course.”
The department declined to add to its statement when asked if Major General Hooper was currently working alongside Stone, or whether the “successor” role would cover the chief digital and information officer roles.
However, Government Computing understands that the ministry may now be weighing up a novel plan under which Hooper would become the chief executive of MoD Information Systems and Services (ISS), a cluster within the Joint Forces Command Top Level Budget of the UK Ministry of Defence. ISS’ task is communications support for MoD operations and business.
Hooper is currently responsible for the operation and defence of the MOD’s global communications network. He has been an instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the College of Management and Technology and the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is also an alumnus of the Major Projects Leadership Academy.
Hooper may become part of a unique leadership team which would see him work closely with a chief information officer (CIO) for the MoD, who has yet to be recruited. Defence specialists familiar with the discussions over replacing Stone say the situation is fluid and has yet to be formally confirmed.
It is likely that were a new MoD CIO to be eventually recruited, he or she would come from “industry.” However, two senior information specialists within the MoD could still be in line for more senior roles.
Martin Elliott, the ISS director of Service Design, was the director of transformation for the IT function within BP and managed a programme of change required to transform the organisation and the function's operating model. Prior to that, he was BP’s CIO for Strategy and Operational Excellence for five years, where he was responsible for IT strategy, enterprise architecture and cyber security, as well as the development of professional capabilities across the IT organisation.
British Army CIO Major General Richard Semple was appointed Army CIO in April 2015 and established the board level role to drive improved information exploitation across the land domain. Prior to his appointment he was director general logistics, support and equipment for the Army.