London’s Deputy Mayor for Business Rajesh Agrawal used his speech at the opening of London Fintech Week to confirm a new CTO position for City Hall.
Many different interest groups, including Tech London Advocates, London First and the Greater London Authority, have over the last few months, and even years, called for someone to manage digital change at the city level.
The popular choice, most recently flagged in the latter’s Future of Smart, suggested a ‘chief digital officer’ was the preferred option for managing data and innovation at City Hall.
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The new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had already expressed his intention to make such an appointment.
We’ve contacted the Mayor’s office to get more detail on the announcement and will update when we hear back.
Update: City Hall got back in touch to say this was merely a restatement of the Mayor’s manifesto pledge to appoint a chief digital officer.
Not quite the bold commitment it appeared Agrawal was making after all…