I attended a meeting with a number of peers at the DCLG to discuss setting-up a Local Government CIO/ CTO Council Advisory/ Liaison Group. The name has yet to be decided! The productive meeting was arranged and very ably chaired by Paul Davidson, the Director of Standards at the Local Government Advisory Board.
Paul will be attending a meeting of the CTO Council, next week, and has a 15 minute slot to brief it on our deliberations. I will report on our full proposals after Paul has circulated his notes of the meeting, but the drivers for our coming together were the overwhelming domination of the CIO/ CTO Councils by central government, our perceptions of the lack of any strategic vision and the desire to ensure broader local government representation and engagement with the ICT transformation agenda