MoD’s Stone said to have signalled his departure last week
MoD has yet to confirm Stone’s planned departure; Ivan Hooper, Defence ISS director of operations speculated as potential future interim replacement
Yesterday there were question marks over the long-term future of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) chief digital and information officer (CDIO) Mike Stone.
Today, there is an unconfirmed rumour that Stone announced late last week that he would leaving. The new interim CDIO is understood to be Ivan Hooper, who is Defence ISS director of operations. It should be stressed, however, that the information has yet to be confirmed by the MoD.
Hooper, a major general, is currently responsible for the operation and defence of the MoD’s global communications network.
According to his Linkedin profile, his command and operational experience includes: infantry platoon command with 1 KOSB; 16 Air Assault Signal Squadron in Kosovo; and 21st (Air Support) Signal Regiment in Iraq. He commanded 1st (UK) Signal Brigade as the Brigade generated the Theatre CIS Regiment to Afghanistan, provided High Readiness CIS support to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) and managed the move of HQ ARRC from Germany to the UK.
He has also been an instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the College of Management and Technology and the Joint Services Command and Staff College.
His staff posts in acquisition have included roles in the MoD Capability Directorate and Defence Equipment and Support. In his previous post he was responsible for the support and provision of land tactical CIS including the MORPHEUS programme. He is also an alumnus of the Major Projects Leadership Academy and has participated in reviews of a number of major Government projects outside the MoD.
One vendor, learning of the possibility of Stone’s possible departure, suggested the rumours of his departure need to be stemmed quickly as it creates uncertainty over projects. "If he did move on, however, would that that slow things down?" he asked.