Automaker Jaguar Land Rover's CTO and head of strategy and planning Gordon McMullan has ditched the private sector in favour of the CTO's role at Land Registry.

The appointment, while effective immediately, is on an interim basis with McMullan holding a six month contract. During the period, he would work closely with Land Registry's director of IT Rowland Coombs.

A spokesperson told CIO UK that the post has been created afresh, with McMullan delivering the IT component of new digital services as envisaged by the government agency.

McMullan was at JLR for over two years and also officiated as the automaker's acting CTO between March 2012 and July 2013.

Prior to joining JLR, he was a global practice leader at CSC between 2009 and 2011. He began his career at IBM in 1996, before going on to the position of senior technical architect at ATOS, a company he stayed with for over nine years.

McMullan has also worked for global advisory firm Deloitte. He actively provides industry insight and has written in the past for CIO UK. In October last year, McMullan argued that technology heads need to escape the treadmill of routine maintenance, so that they can drive businesses through next phase of evolution.