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West Midlands Combined Authority looks for chief digital officer

David Bicknell Published 10 February 2018

Role, created as part of new Mayor Andy Street’s digital strategy, will be responsible for bringing West Midlands digital revolution to fruition

 

The West Midlands Combined Authority is hunting for a chief digital officer to lead the organisation’s digital strategy.

The role will report to the new West Midlands mayor, Andy Street, with the goal of  developing the region as a tech hub.

The digital strategy is intended to improve prosperity across the West Midlands region by driving and supporting digital innovation and deployment across the region’s 18 local authorities and four local enterprise partnerships.

The successful applicant for the role will be responsible for bringing the West Midlands digital revolution to fruition, delivering on four key areas.

  • Digital Strategy: Working with Street and the WMCA Digital Board to create and deliver the digital strategy for the region and act as senior digital advisor to the Mayor.
  • Digital Government: Driving and enabling innovation and digital delivery through leveraging data, innovation challenges, and collaboration.
  • Digital Infrastructure: Increasing coverage, performance and innovation to build a super connected region.
  • Digital Funding: Securing significant investment from both the private and public sector, including devolved government funds for region to enable digital strategy 

Street, the former chief executive of the John Lewis Partnership, where he navigated the impact of digital technology at the retail organisation said, “We’re looking for someone who is as passionate about the success of the region and digital as we are. Someone who is driven by the opportunity to bring about real change and positively impact the lives of millions of people.

“We believe digital is vital to the success of our economy. It is the golden thread across all industries, from construction and manufacturing to life science and professional services, which will provide jobs in the 21st century. If you share this view and have the skills to get the job done, then we want to hear from you.”

The successful candidate will be expected to keep ahead of technology trends, and clearly demonstrate an ability to develop influential relationships, collaborative partnerships and lead projects to successful completion. They will ideally bring experience gained within the private and public sector, whether working directly with a company in a forward thinking industry, or a consulting role interfacing with that industry.

Potential applicants should contact natalie.whittlesey@harveynash.com or rajeda.rahman@harveynash.com 








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