Andy Nelson has been appointed as the new CIO at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Nelson currently serves as Government CIO and CIO at the Ministry of Justice, and will succeed Philip Langsdale, who died in December last year.

The Cabinet Office is currently unwilling to reveal what will happen to the Government CIO position, amidst reports that Nelson might not be replaced at all.

"I am delighted to welcome Andy Nelson to the Department as we make our welfare reforms a reality, including the imminent start of Universal Credit, the Personal Independence Payment and the Benefit Cap,” said Permanent Secretary for Work and Pensions Robert Devereux.

"Mr Nelson's wealth of experience prior to him joining the Civil Service, together with his recent role in the Ministry of Justice and as Government CIO place him in a unique position to help us as we enter a critical period in the transformation of the welfare system."

Nelson joined the Ministry of Justice in September 2009 and has since been responsible for the development of the G-Cloud framework under his role as Government CIO. Prior to joining the Civil Service he held a number of IT and business change posts at RSA Insurance, GE Capital and Asda.

"I am delighted to be taking on the role of DWP CIO and look forward to working with the Secretary of State, Robert Devereux and the team at DWP in delivering the transformation of the welfare system," said Nelson.