Rachel Murphy-Cooper will become interim CTO for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in April having completed interim technology leadership roles at The National Archives and the Department for Education in the last 16 months.  

The NMC is the regulator for nursing and midwifery in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it sets the standards for education and training, as well as the guidelines for care and conduct and also carries out investigations should standards fall or fail.

Murphy-Cooper will be reporting to head of the NMC Jackie Smith who has been at the organisation since November 2012 and has been driving a great deal of change.

CTO Murphy-Cooper has been with The National Archives in West London since September 2014 and helped the organisation by creating a “technology reboot for both its technology and digital operations” the CTO told CIO UK.

“My role was about pulling the team together to enable them to transform and have a target operating model. As an organisation they have a very robust business planning and engagement level, it was awesome. I had a brilliant time, it was good fun,” she says of her time at the National Archives.  

Prior to The National Archives Murphy-Cooper was interim CIO for the Department for Education in Whitehall, working closely with the Government Digital Service. Murphy-Cooper told CIO UK she enjoyed working with the GDS and its CTO Liam Maxwell and she is enthused by the level of change the organisation is capable of.

Murphy-Cooper’s career has been as an interim CIO and she says it’s her preferred role for the diversity of organisations and business challenges you get to witness and be involved in. Her interim career has included roles in local government, technology suppliers, construction and utility providers as well as government agencies.