Tunde Coker has left his role as director of corporate IT at the Ministry of Justice to become Group CIO of growing African banking group Access Bank. Coker leaves the UK this week to take on the new global role and completed his fixed term contract with the Ministry of Justice just before Christmas.

Coker had been with the government since October 2006, firstly as CTO of Criminal Justice IT, and latterly as Director of Corporate IT for the Ministry of Justice. Coker told CIO that he was on a fixed term contract which was coming to an end when the offer to work with a growing bank in Lagos, Nigeria arrived. Coker’s career in the public sector was a success, having overseen the successful development and deployment of a cross departmental platform for the management of offender information. His last project was a virtual courtroom that has been trialled in London and will be considered nationwide. Virtual courtrooms could save the judiciary considerable amounts of money as it reduces the need for offender transportation.

Coker said he is joining Access Bank at an exciting time and that the bank has an excellent leadership team with global ambitions. Access is Nigeria’s fastest growing bank with two million customers and a significant presence in the UK, as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Zambia. Access is headquartered in Lagos, the financial capital of Nigeria.

Coker, who was born in Lagos, has had a varied career on his route to CIO, including a stint as the Director of Digital Services at online bank Egg, management roles with Capgemini and Agency.com and advertising agency Saatchi. Coker joined the public sector from oil giants BP where he was Global Applications Director.

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