Socitm, the public sector IT managers’ organisation, has announced plans for a major shake-up.

The organisation has informed members of a series of proposed changes agreed by a special national council meeting that was called to consider findings from the first phase of a Corporate Services review conducted by KPMG.

"I believe the changes we are making mark a major step in the transformation of Socitm from a local government IT managers' association to something that fits with the central status of IT in a modern public sector organisation,” said Richard Steel, chief information officer at Newham and the incoming president of Socitm.

The details of the overhaul follows last week’s announcement that Kate Mountain, Socitm chief executive, who helped initiate the review, is stepping down.

The first stage of the review found substantial support for the organisation and recognition of its achievements by the membership, but also identified “key areas for improvement”. These are:

  • clarity of vision
  • strategy and future direction
  • leadership and governance
  • activity and resource planning

Socitm leaders have already agreed that the organisation will in future represent all IT professionals who work in the public sector.

There will be an emphasis on fully supporting the government’s IT professionalism agenda and, according to Richard Steel, the organisation will further develop as a standards and qualifications body.

The membership model is also likely to change, with Steel favouring organisational rather than individual membership.

Immediate priorities for the second phase of the review are a focus on strategic direction, which will be led by Richard Steel and governance, which will be led by Rose Crozier.

More details will be released to the membership next month.

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