MoD decides hole left by departing Stone needs new foundations
Management shake-up will see MOD establish two roles to replace CDIO: a new CIO and a CEO of Information Systems & Services (ISS); Stone leaves with praise for contribution
Mike Stone will today end his term as chief digital and information officer (CDIO) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) with praise from industry and suppliers for his role.
He will be replaced by a novel arrangement as first reported by Government Computing last month and now confirmed by the MoD in which Stone will be replaced by two newly created roles.
A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: “Following the departure of CDIO Mike Stone on 31st March, MOD will establish two roles – chief information officer and chief executive officer of Information Systems & Services (ISS).
"Major General Ivan Hooper will be Mike Stone’s interim successor with the title of chief executive of ISS, albeit covering the full breadth of the CDIO brief. Recruitment for the position of CIO will begin shortly."
Looking back on Stone’s contribution, Andy Johnston, head of defence programme at techUK, said, “In his role as CDIO Mike Stone has been a visionary and disruptive force in MOD. techUK members have benefitted from his and his team’s open and proactive approach to industry engagement and he has a fostered a vastly improved relationship with industry.
“Mike’s approach to integrating digital technologies and capabilities across MOD have challenged industry to work differently and approach existing problems in innovative ways, ultimately for the betterment of the end-user. ISS’ influence throughout the rest of the Department has also vastly improved and we are very happy to see digital technologies being prioritised throughout the Front Line Commands and elsewhere in MOD. We wish him all the best for the future, and look forward to continuing these initiatives and working to improve UK Defence’s digital capabilities with Maj Gen Ivan Hooper.”
Stone has also had the backing of small and medium sized enterprises, which have benefitted from his approach.
John Glover, sales & marketing director for Kahootz said, “As part of his vision for more agile cloud and mobile technologies, Mike Stone was instrumental in creating the environment and conditions that allowed us, a SME, to become an ICT supplier to the UK MOD.
“Under his direction, we have been very impressed with how his team moved away from more traditional bespoke system development to adopt an off-the-shelf secure cloud collaboration service to innovate new ways of working across MOD’s supply chain and partner agencies. Mike will be missed and we would like to thank him for his support and we look forward to working with him again on his next challenge.”