West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has put digital at the forefront of his agenda, from having a dedicated digital manifesto during his campaign to securing a second devolution deal committing to a number of key digital initiatives to help transform public services and strengthen the digital eco-system. To deliver his vision of bringing the West Midlands digital revolution to fruition, the Mayor is seeking to appoint a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for the city region.
The appointment of a CDO who reports directly to the Mayor is a welcome move and something techUK called for in its ‘Digital Devolution: A Guide for Mayors.’
The new role has been created as part of the Mayor’s Digital Strategy. The purpose of this strategy is to deliver prosperity across the West Midlands, by driving and supporting digital innovation and deployment that will impact all sectors and institutions across the region’s 18 local authorities and 4 local enterprise partnerships.
The CDO will be tasked with leading digitisation and technology initiatives across four key areas.
1. Digital Strategy: Work with Andy 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.
2. Digital Government: Drive and enable innovation and digital delivery through leveraging data, innovation challenges, and collaboration.
3. Digital Infrastructure: Increase coverage, performance and innovation to build a super connected region.
4. Digital Funding: Secure significant investment from both the private and public sector, including devolved government funds for our region, to enable this digital strategy.
The notice states that the successful candidate will keep ahead of technology trends, and clearly demonstrate an ability to develop influential relationships, collaborative partnerships and lead projects to successful completion. More details can be found here.