The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) - the government body responsible for driving tests and overseeing MOTs - has appointed James Munson as its Director of Digital Services and Technology.

Previously the Director of IT at universities applications organisation UCAS, Munson will now work as the IT Director at the 4,000 strong agency which was formed in April 2014 following the merger of the Driving Standards Avency and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, and which also makes sure buses and lorries meet roadworthiness standards and road safety regulations.

The former GE, Hitachi and PwC IT professional will also oversee the organisation's IT transformation programme. The DVSA said that under Munson's leadership, a new MOT IT system will be rolled-out to over 20,000 garages this year.

He said: "I am very pleased to be taking up this role, particularly at this time. The agency has been through a significant period of change and has reached an exciting phase in its development. IT transformation is pivotal to that progression, and I look forward to the challenges of our ambitious IT agenda."

The DVSA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Transport, whose Technology Leader James Findlay recently spoke to CIO UK about his role as CIO for high speed rail project HS2.