Deloitte has hired Sheila Doyle as its new UK Chief Information Officer to "drive digital innovation" which the firm said demonstrated its "focus on the strategic role of technology".

Doyle will join the UK multinational professional services firm in January, moving from Norton Rose Fulbright where she has been the law firm's Global CIO since May 2011. Deloitte's Global CIO Larry Quinlan is based at the company's headquarters in New York.

She said: "I am looking forward to bringing my experience to Deloitte and delivering innovative IT services that support client and business needs. Deloitte has a relentless focus on providing excellent client services.

"My role will support that ambition by delivering customer facing solutions and ensuring our technology can drive digital innovation."

With over 30 years' experience, former Gartner consultant Doyle has been CIO at BP and the Royal Mail's IT director. She will lead a Deloitte UK IT department of 300 when she starts in 2016.

David Gill, managing partner of internal client services at Deloitte, said: "We are delighted that Sheila has joined Deloitte in this crucial position of CIO. This appointment demonstrates Deloitte's continued focus on the strategic role of technology within the firm.

"Her wealth of experience from roles at other leading organisations will be of enormous benefit to Deloitte and will prove invaluable in realising Deloitte's innovative IT strategy."