City University has appointed the former BBC head of business systems as director of its new CIO centre.

David Chan will head the London university’s Centre for Information Leadership, which is focused on providing training for IT staff planning to become chief information officers.

The new centre was announced in June, and plans to offer a Masters degree from next year, as well as short courses, doctorates research and consultancy. It will also draw on expertise from the university’s Cass Business School and City Law School, and was formed “in recognition of [CIOs’] growing influence in business and policy-making”, the university said.

Chan has a “wide array of expertise”, the university said. After working at the CIO 100 ranked BBC, he was also chief information officer at mortgage lender GMAC-RFC. During his career, he has worked at interactive advertising agency Razorfish, which Microsoft yesterday sold to French advertising firm Publicis Groupe, as well as financial firms Coopers & Lybrand and Provident Financial.

He has also carried out consultancy work for insurance market Lloyd’s of London, for finance firms Prudential and Barclays, and for the civil service.

Between 1992 and 1995, Chan was an Honorary Fellow in Information Management at Bradford University, where he was “instrumental” in creating the IT element of an MBA business course.

“I have always had a strong interest in educating and developing the next generation of CIOs,” said Chan. “Until now, there has not been a centre to address the interdisciplinary nature of the CIO’s responsibilities, nor to define the important role that CIOs must play in shaping enterprise strategy and government policy, both now and in the future.”

The new centre will offer “an independent, authoritative and relevant voice for CIOs” and build “stronger links between academia and business”, he said.

In separate news, City University announced yesterday that is was to receive £135,000 of government funding to develop anti fraud systems for mobile banking.