The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is a British government department created on 3 October 2008 by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to take over some of the functions related to energy of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and those relating to climate change of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It is led by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, currently the Rt Hon Ed Davey MP.

The majority of DECC's spending is on managing the UK's historic nuclear sites, 69% of DECC budget goes to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and this is expected to increase when the last of the UK's Magnox reactors are shut down and no longer produce an income.

When did you start your current role?
April 2013

Have you completed an MBA?
No but I am a Fellow of Instiute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Order the following sources of advice/information by value to you:
1.    Peer Group
2.    In-house
3.    Vendors
4.    Consultant
5.    Analyst

Technology strategy and spending

What is the major transformational IT project that has been recently completed, or is underway at your organisation?
iTECC (IT for Energy & Climate Change)

What impact will it/does it have on the organisation?
It will transform the provision of IT for the department.  Moving from an exisiting long-standing outsource contract to a modern, flexible tower based IT model with greater SIAM in house.  Also in line with emerging HM Government Strategy and the government cloud.

What new strategic technology deals has your organisation struck and with whom?
Service Integration with CGI
Public Service Nework with Level 3
Collaboration and document management with Automated Intelligence (and FCO Services)
Open source application development with Vivium (an SME)

Name your strategic technology suppliers?
Currently Fujitsu
Moving to Level 3, CGI
The wider department and energy policy implementation involves a range of suppliers

IT operational spend compared to the revenue or company turnover as a percentage?
5% of Administration expenditure

What is the strategic aim of the CIO and IT operations for the next financial year?
To transform IT services for the users through the implemtation of a SIAM and Tower based model.  Having a more agile, proactive service all delivered with significant cost savings.  Also to further the digital by default delivery of government services.  All this needs to support a modern civil service work place and meet the highest sustainability objectives.

Transformation achievements

Would you describe the CIO role as a transformation leader in your organisation?
As CIO I am also the departments digital leader focussed on introduction of digital by default to improve public services

Beyond technology, can you describe a business transformation programme that you own or contribute to?
Improving the way we work, bringing together IT, accommodation and HR / culture to improve working across the organisation and with partners
Digital by default delivery of public services

What key technologies are being considered to enable transformation?
Mobile technology
Cloud based services
Open source (using Fox Open a open source product invented by DECC)
Next Level of voice / video / data integration

What percentage of your applications / infrastructure is run from the Cloud?
In next three months will be 50%

How is the use by employees of their own technology, use of mobiles and social networking impacting operations, customer experiences or the organisation at present?
We are intoducing a more flexible range of devices for users to choose from but which still meet our rigourous secuirty requirements

Do you have a plan in place for how to deal with shadow IT and BYOD. How do you influence and engage executives, place the right controls around employee choice and engage with the organisation on this issue?
Yes.  Although we are not operating BYOD within central governemnt at the moment.  Setting a clear guidance and accountability for the information we hold and use supported by appropriate technical controls.  We expect to revisit as product offers for secure BYOD mature.

Where do you seek transformational inspiration from?
Copying with pride, learning and sharing within the government network, innovative ideas from the best of the IT sector suppliers

The CIO role in the business

Do they report to the: FD

Does the CIO have a seat on the board? No

How often do you meet with the CEO?

Does your organisation have a digital leader and what is the difference in their responsibilities to yours?
I am both the Digital Leader and CIO

The IT department

How many staff make up the IT team?
18 but mostly outsourced but difficult to ascribe to heads

How many log-in accounts do you issue across you organisation?

What is the primary technology platform?
Digital public services (including, Office productivity systems, Shared service (ERP)