Doug Drinkwater

UK Editor

Doug Drinkwater is an experienced technology and security journalist, whose work has appeared on CIO, CSO, InfoWorld, Internet Business Times, Macworld, Mashable, PCWorld, SC Magazine and The Week, among other publications. He is the CIO UK editor at IDG.

MAG’s CIO Nicholas Woods prepares for takeoff after pandemic disruption

NHSX and NHS Digital merger shakes up healthcare, IT leadership

NHSX and NHS Digital merger shakes up healthcare, IT leadership

The two bodies responsible for NHS IT strategy and delivery, NHS Digital and NHSX, will merge into NHS England & NHS Improvement in a bid to accelerate digital transformation of the UK healthcare sector. What that means for IT...

UK tech spending ramps up, but CIOs face budget challenges

UK tech spending ramps up, but CIOs face budget challenges

UK IT spending is forecast to grow faster than other EMEA markets, owing to remote work and education, telehealth and a dependency on consultancies, but CIOs face a shift in responsibilities, according to new research from Gartner.

UK tech leaders struggle for talent, diversity, says Harvey Nash report

UK tech leaders struggle for talent, diversity, says Harvey Nash report

The constant pace of change means that technology leaders are struggling to find tech talent, close the diversity and inclusion (D&I) gap and meet sustainability goals, according to a new report from recruitment agency Harvey Nash.

How WPP CIO Rachel Higham is simplifying IT and rethinking diversity

How WPP CIO Rachel Higham is simplifying IT and rethinking diversity

WPP’s new CIO, Rachel Higham, is consolidating IT and rethinking vendor partnerships to support the ad behemoth’s business transformation, as well as hit lofty diversity and inclusion (D&I) and sustainability goals.

UK movers and shakers: New CIO and IT executive appointments

UK movers and shakers: New CIO and IT executive appointments

Keep up-to-date with the latest UK CIO and senior IT executive appointments with our revamped and relaunched UK Movers and Shakers noticeboard.

How CIOs can achieve work-life balance — and avoid burnout

How CIOs can achieve work-life balance — and avoid burnout

CIOs are struggling for work-life balance now more than ever, but it’s harder than it sounds.

How Boohoo's CIO manages innovation, supply chain woes and M&A

How Boohoo's CIO manages innovation, supply chain woes and M&A

From consolidating the tech stack, to supporting M&A and leading an internal change programme in the wake of supply chain controversy, Boohoo CIO Jo Graham sees innovation as part of the day job.

Bupa CTO goes all-in on public cloud, startups, and sustainability

Bupa CTO goes all-in on public cloud, startups, and sustainability

UK-based Diana Kennedy is crafting a global public cloud strategy with Microsoft Azure, partnering with startups, and focused on sustainability. All in the hope of building a more customer-centric healthcare organisation.

Planning an IT strategy: The first 100 days for DS Smith’s new CIO

Planning an IT strategy: The first 100 days for DS Smith’s new CIO

Six strategic themes focused on ensuring that IT adds to the bottom line, and women in tech are front of mind for Claire Dickson, as the new DS Smith CIO works through her 100-day plan.

Accelerating digital transformation for customer experience: A UK CIO's workout

Accelerating digital transformation for customer experience: A UK CIO's workout

On-off gym closures, cancelled memberships and furloughed staff have given the Gym Group’s Jasper McIntosh a taxing workout. Now, he’s plotting a recovery as he pivots his digital transformation strategy, improves agility in the cloud...

UK debt charity CIO banks on low code for scale amid uncertain future

UK debt charity CIO banks on low code for scale amid uncertain future

StepChange CIO Lorna Allan has the unenviable task of scaling to future market demand, facilitating omni-channel experiences and supporting a changing workplace — all while the charity faces its own economic uncertainty.

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