The leading CIOs writing on CIO UK

As well as our leading columnists, many of whom are former CIOs, we have been privileged and grateful to have a number of guest articles written by active CIOs in recent years. Here we present some of the great guest articles penned by CIOs for CIO UK. Of course, if you have opinions and insight you'd like to share with us then we'd love to hear from you.

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Leading CIOs writing on CIO UK

Leading CIOs writing on CIO UK

As well as our leading columnists, many of whom are former CIOs, we have been privileged and grateful to have a number of guest articles written by active CIOs in recent years. He we present some of the great guest articles penned by CIOs. Of course, if you have opinions and insight you'd like to share with the CIO community then we'd love to hear from you.

Michael Voegele on his new role as CTO at Philip Morris International

Michael Voegele on his new role as CTO at Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International CTO, Michael Voegele, wrote exclusively for CIO UK in January 2020 about leaving his role as CIO at Adidas to be part of PMI's transformation to becoming a company focused on replacing cigarettes with smoke-free products.

'Why I traded in my Adidas to help get to a smoke-free future, faster'

David Henderson on diversity, Wimbledon, and becoming a COO

David Henderson on diversity, Wimbledon, and becoming a COO

Global Radio's Director of Technology & Operations wrote about 10 things CIOs can do to broaden diversity in the technology sector and IT departments in October 2016 following a discussion on the subject at the 2016 CIO Summit.

The former CIO of Daily Mail & General Trust, who became the chief operating officer of Evenbase, previously wrote an article in June 2013 about gender inequality in the tech industry and in February 2014 he argued why the COO role is the natural next step for the ambitious CIO.

Henderson has also indulged his passion for sport and investigated the lessons CIOs could learn from Wimbledon's technology experience and its partnership with IBM.

Fatima Zada on challenges and opportunities for CIOs in retail

Fatima Zada on challenges and opportunities for CIOs in retail

Harvey Nichols Director of Technology and Innovation Fatima Zada wrote about the opportunities and challenges for CIOs in the retail sector in April 2017. While technology has had a disruptive influence on retail, Zada noted that the core retail proposition of removing barriers between consumers and things they might want to purchase has never changed.

The more things change the more they stay the same she said - or in Zada's first language French: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose."

Richard Corbridge on CIO succession planning, suppliers, prioritising, and new roles
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Richard Corbridge on CIO succession planning, suppliers, prioritising, and new roles

Chief Digital and Information Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Richard Corbridge, has penned numerous articles for CIO UK. In November 2017 he wrote about succession planning and the CIO handover process as he passed on the baton in his previous role at the Irish Health Service, and in November 2019 he wrote about Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee's keynote at the Gartner Symposium in Barcelona.

Richard Corbridge had previously discussed the first 100 days in a new CIO role in February 2015 covering the start of his new position as the CIO of the Health Service Executive in Ireland, and in April 2015 about the importance of being a social CIO.

Corbridge was CIO of the National Institute of Health Research's Clinical Research Network when he wrote about getting into bed with suppliers in March 2014.

He has also penned a post 2014 CIO 100 follow-up about a mythical job swap between CIOs and what skills they would need to excel in each other's field, how CIOS should be prioritisating their workload, and the importance of educating everyone in the organisation about cybersecurity.

Vodafone CTO Scott Petty on digital transformation

Vodafone CTO Scott Petty on digital transformation

Vodafone CTO Scott Petty wrote an article exclusively for CIO UK in January 2019 about how empowering people is key to digital transformation.

The Chief Technology Officer outlined the new engineering culture that had been developed at Vodafone, and how they had built a digital talent pool working in partnership with the Makers Academy, to help facilitate innovation.

Barclays Group Security Function CIO Elena Kvochko on building more secure products and Big Data analytics in security

Barclays Group Security Function CIO Elena Kvochko on building more secure products and Big Data analytics in security

CIO of the Barclays Group Security Function, Elena Kvochko, wrote about the need for more embedded security by design in November 2017. After all, if you were purchasing a new car - self-driving or otherwise - you would not expect the seat belts or air bags to be sold separately, she wrote.

Kvochko also discussed security analytics in an April 2017 article. Having joined the bank in 2015 as Head of Global Information Security Strategy and Implementation, Kvochko outlined for CIOs the traits technologies should provide for when their organisations are under cyber attack.

A new approach to IT strategy for 2016
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A new approach to IT strategy for 2016

Now CEO at NHS Digital, Sarah Wilkinson was Home Office CTO when she wrote exclusively for CIO UK in February 2016 about adopting a new approach to IT strategy.

Wilkinson argued that in complex and more turbulent times, too much effort is put into developing three-year strategies which quickly become out of date, and that a new agile and fluid approach to strategy was needed.

Burberry CIO Fumbi Chima on women in STEM

Burberry CIO Fumbi Chima on women in STEM

In October 2016 Fumbi Chima, global CIO at London Stock Exchange-listed UK megabrand Burberry, wrote exclusively for CIO UK about the steps companies can take to retain top female talent in STEM roles in here article Three Innovative Ways to Keep Women in STEM.

DWP\'s Mayank Prakash on delivering digital services

DWP's Mayank Prakash on delivering digital services

Mayank Prakash, Director General of Digital Technology at the Department for Work and Pensions, wrote about improving people's lives through digital technology in July 2016.

Discussing Universal Credit and launching the digital pensions' service, Prakash said that DWP needed to build on these achievements and sustain high levels of performance.

The Chief Information Officer job descrption and role for 2015
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The Chief Information Officer job descrption and role for 2015

Andy Caddy was CIO at Virgin Active when he ran through the new responsibilities for the CIO in September 2015.

Beginning with the outlook on the IT industry and technology departments when he started his career as a graduate in 1986, Caddy explains how the major changes have come about in less than a decade. IT and the CIO role has reached an inflection point which recognises new skills and ways of working so succeed, even though Caddy says that the goal - business change - remains the same.

Deriving value of Big Data and mandating APIs, by Collinson Group CIO Chris Lord

Deriving value of Big Data and mandating APIs, by Collinson Group CIO Chris Lord

In October 2016 Collinson Group CIO Chris Lord argued that Shared Knowledge is Power in his guide to delivering the multiples of value promised by Big Data.

Lord believes that data analytics success boils down to company culture, strucure and policies, and asked if your organisation could afford not to mandate the sharing of data to unlock the potential in your clients and market?

In November 2017 Lord wrote that now was the time for start building APIs for your data, in the same way Amazon CEO Jess Bezos mandate APIs, in order to harness the incoming wave of artificial intelligence.

Rachel Murphy on IT and business alignment

Rachel Murphy on IT and business alignment

Nursing and Midwifery Council CTO Rachel Murphy penned an article in April 2015 on bridging the gap between IT and your business.

The former National Archives CTO and Department for Education CIO discussed her experiences and use of Value Chain Mapping and situational awareness concepts devised by Simon Wardley on methods that can help IT and business colleagues start to speak the same language, and eventually get to a situation in government which "sounds dangerously like Government as a Platform".

Bradford NHS CIO Cindy Fedell on innovation

Bradford NHS CIO Cindy Fedell on innovation

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Director of Informatics, Cindy Fedell, wrote an article about innovating in the face of austerity in July 2015.

Fedell discussed the unique challenges that CIOs in the NHS face, and described the Tory cuts as an the opportunity for CIOs in the NHS and wider health sector to make small, strategic steps to improve data management accessibility to applications so that patients for generations to come will benefit from joined up and improved services, at a reduced cost - with the goal of future-proofing the National Health Service.

Arif Harbott on skills to be a digital business leader

Arif Harbott on skills to be a digital business leader

Arif Harbott was the Ministry of Justice Chief Digital and Information Officer in July 2016 when he wrote exclusively for CIO UK and covered an important checklist for CIOs and digital and technology leaders of areas to focus on during the first 100 days in a new role.

Previously Harbott covered the eight most important skills for the best CIOs and digital business technology leaders in March 2016, and at the end of May 2016 he followed up his popular article on CIO skills with a piece where he proposed taking some the concepts from product ownership in software development and translating them over to the management of IT infrastructure and end-user computing.

Cape CIO Dave Jones on the Gartner Symposium

Cape CIO Dave Jones on the Gartner Symposium

Cape CIO Dave Jones shared his reflections from the 2017 Gartner Symposium in Barcelona in November 2017. Discussing the sessions, analyst sessions, exhibition and CIO networking opportunities, Jones gives a CIO perspective on getting the most out of a trip to Gartner's annual European gathering.

Martin Britton on wearables, the Rise of the Machines, and learning to switch off
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Martin Britton on wearables, the Rise of the Machines, and learning to switch off

Interim CIO of the Welsh Government Martin Britton was CIO of Natural Resources Wales when he discussed trials with wearable technology, a future where humans are so reliant on technology they have deferred all decisions to machines and artificial intelligence, and kicking on with "the difficult second album" to complete your vision after first iterations of projects and the CIO agenda have been completed successfully in 2015 articles.

In September 2014 Britton also outlined the importance of taking a break as executives from all departments face a bombardment of communications and connectivity, with the best managers having built the structures, processes and colloaborative culture that means it should be business as usual when the CIO is not around.

Anthony Watson on data science and cyber security
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Anthony Watson on data science and cyber security

In April 2013 Barclays CIO Anthony Watson wrote for CIO on the appliance on data science the hype around Big Data. "Everyone seems to have a Big Data opinion lately, and most of those opinions imply that I should spend my budget on Big Data," Watson said.

"Candidly I hate the term Big Data. It is marketing verbiage coined by Gartner," he added.

At the start of 2014, Watson got itchy fingers again and wrote about cyber security following the Target hack in the US.

Yvonne Goff, Chief Clinical Information Officer at eHealth Ireland

Yvonne Goff, Chief Clinical Information Officer at eHealth Ireland

Yvonne Goff is Chief Clinical Information Officer at eHealth Ireland and the Irish Health Service Executive and wrote a progress report in February 2016 looking at what eHealth Ireland has achieved in the year since its launch.

Elaine Naughton is a another colleague of Irish health service CIO Richard Corbridge, and together they wrote an article in September 2016 looking at the how the CIO role was moving from that of an orchestra conductor to becoming a superstar DJ or dynamic band leader.

Kingston University CIO Simon Harrison on digitising higher education

Kingston University CIO Simon Harrison on digitising higher education

University of Kingston CIO Simon Harrison discussed the digitisation of higher education in a February 2016 article for CIO UK, predicting that the disruptive moment for their sector was not far off.

While undergoing its own digital transformation, Harrison said that the goal was to future proof the institution and prepare the University of Kingston for a period of perpetual change and raise the bar of expectation in the world of education.

Finance and insurnace CIO Richard Williams on risk and innovation

Finance and insurnace CIO Richard Williams on risk and innovation

Richard Williams, CIO of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance's London and European operations, wrote for CIO UK in March 2013 about how, in an extremely risk averse industry like insurance, technology innovation can offer an organisation a competitive advantage.

Kanban for CIOs, by Shaun Mundy
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Kanban for CIOs, by Shaun Mundy

Shaun Mundy, the Oxford Instruments CIO who was previously IT chief at Buro Happold, wrote about Kanban techniques and the Lean Kanban University in November 2013.

"Kanban is a technique which focuses on delivering increased customer value and is derived from the lean techniques used in manufacturing," Mundy explained. "Many of you may be thinking it sounds like Agile methods used by IT development teams, and you would be right."

Mundy went on to explain the differences, and how Kanban can be adopted into all IT services and business proceses, vouching for its wider flexibility as both an Agile and Kanban advocate.

Winter is Coming, and tackling the IT skills gap

Winter is Coming, and tackling the IT skills gap

IT director at Radiology Reporting Online, Martin Carpenter, warned some of the established technology vendors that they needed to change or adapt their ways in a July 2015 Game of Thrones-inspired article "Brace Yourselves, Winter is Coming".

Carpenter was CIO of the Peabody Trust when he wrote in July 2014 that organisations and technology leaders were in for a rough ride due to a shortage of skilled IT staff, which he followed up with a lighthearted piece on changing IT salaries in "Top of the IT Talent Pops".

Reed.co.uk CIO Mark Ridley on embracing change

Reed.co.uk CIO Mark Ridley on embracing change

Mark Ridley, Reed.co.uk CIO, wrote in December 2015 about creating a culture where failure is both accepted and encouraged to truly embrace change.

Change is the only thing we can predcit, Ridley explained, saying there had never been a better or easier time to try something different and transform your business.

Enterprise social for legal eagles
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Enterprise social for legal eagles

Richard Hodkinson is the CTO of DWF LLP, an organisation which has made a number of acquisitions in recent years and has aspirations to be a top 20 global law firm.

The Yorkshireman wrote an article in February 2013 about enterprise social networking, and how new collaboration tools helped improve processes and culture at DWF.

In 2011 Hodkinson also discussed the unique challenges of being a technology executive in the legal profession, and in a separate piece the impact of the proliferation of Big Data in professional services.

Chily Fachler on multichannel retail and digital transformation

Chily Fachler on multichannel retail and digital transformation

Chily Fachler was Executive Vice President of Technology at Green Man Gaming in March 2015 when he wrote about The Transformation of the CIO role.

Fachler was Group CIO of Encore Tickets when he scribed two guest articles in May 2013. Fachler said that the term 'multichannel' - which emerged as a buzzword in 2005 - had now become the norm and was necessary for retailers to satisfy their customer base.

He also wrote about consumer-driven demand and how putting the customer first was the only way any CIO or organisation would achieve a successful digital transformation.

Becoming a CIO in the private sector, by Mark Dundon
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Becoming a CIO in the private sector, by Mark Dundon

Mark Dundon was CIO of Yorkshire-based telco Plusnet when he first wrote for us about the challenges the telecoms sector faces and how the CIO can enable the organisation to navigate these.

When Dundon announced he would be leaving the private secotor to start a new role with an NHS Commissioning Support Unit, the Sheffield resident described his transition from private sector board member to NHS CIO.

Gordon McMullan on escaping the treadmill of maintenance

Gordon McMullan on escaping the treadmill of maintenance

Gordon McMullan was CTO of Jaguar Land Rover when he wrote an article in October 2013 about the strategic CIO and the next wave of convergence.

The ex-JLR CTO said that it was imporant to escape the treadmill of maintenance so CIOs can drive businesses through next phase of evolution.

Pete Coleman, on searching for a new CIO job

Pete Coleman, on searching for a new CIO job

"I haven't got a job," opened the outoing Co-operative Bank CIO Pete Coleman when he wrote a guest piece for CIO UK in April 2014.

Coleman wrote candidly about working at the troubled bank "during the last tumultuous year", and about why he was excited by upcoming adventures.

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