At Last! London Gets Its Chief Digital Officer -- Theo Blackwell
London, finally, has its first ever Chief Digital Officer.
announcement made on Friday morning, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appointed Theo Blackwell, currently a cabinet member at Camden Council, to the post, which was first announced in May. (See Wanted! Chief Digital Officer for London.)
According to the Mayor's office, the Chief Digital Officer will oversee London's transformation into the world's first smart city. He will also have a crucial role in "building collaboration across London’s boroughs, and businesses, to drive the digital transformation of public services and better data-sharing."
Critically, Blackwell will be responsible for London's cybersecurity, data and digital inclusion strategies.
Theo Blackwell, London's first Chief Digital Officer.
Blackwell, whose cabinet member position at Camden Council has him in charge of finance, technology and growth, has more than 20 years of experience in the digital space. He's currently a Policy Fellow at Public.io, helping startups to transform the public sector and advising them on growth practices.
Previously, he was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at
The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie), the trade body for the video games industry, lobbying the European Commission on Digital Single Market proposals.
It has not been disclosed when Blackwell will start in his new role, but the appointment is a positive step for the capital as Khan endeavours to transform London into a technology-first city.
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