techUK would like to congratulate Charles Forte for his appointment to the role of MOD Chief Information Officer. Charles has 36 years industry experience gained from leading Information Technology companies globally. He has previously had the role of CIO at British Petroleum and in an interim position at Thameswater. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Global IT Service at Prudential.
Lieutenant General Ivan Hooper, who has been acting both as the Chief Executive Officer of Information Systems & Services (ISS) and the Defence CIO will hand over the latter role to Charles when he joins the Department. Charles is expected to start in post towards the end of January 2018.
As part of his new role, Charles will be responsible for the development of MOD strategy and policy on the operation and protection of all MOD Information and Communications Technology, including cybersecurity.
techUK looks forward to working with Charles, the senior leadership team within ISS, and the wider information systems and services network across the Department. The appointment of a CIO that sits outside of ISS Corsham could lend itself very well towards even greater integration between the digital elements around the MOD. There is a real impetus within UK Defence to adopt information technologies and utilise data as a force multiplier, the appointment of Charles Forte is a big step towards delivering the digital vision for Defence.