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UK government appoints national technology advisor

The UK government has appointed Liam Maxwell to the new role of national technology advisor. Formerly government chief technology advisor, Maxwell’s brief is to expand the government’s digital interaction with its citizens.

There will also be a new council of experts and the role will include promotion of British interests overseas.

In the announcement of his appointment, Maxwell said:

“Four years ago I was asked to come in to government and reshape the technology landscape. To move from silos to common technology, to introduce the concept of common infrastructure and open standards, and to save money.

“We’ve injected a huge amount of talent into the tech leadership of government – the government is now one of the most exciting places to work in tech. With a strong team, and a great deputy in place, the work of fixing the problem is well underway. And we’ve saved £3.5 billion, money that has gone from admin costs into the delivery of frontline services.

“I’m really excited by this new challenge and the opportunity to further embed the work that is making the UK the number one place to invest in Europe. We have the skills, the infrastructure and the know-how to make our economy the most connected, the most attractive and the most digital in the world. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey said:

“With a digital sector contributing an estimated £118.3 billion to the UK economy, the role of National Technology Adviser is vital in harnessing homegrown talent to expand our digital capability. As an ambassador for government, Liam will make sure we’re attracting the right investment and innovation to secure our position as a global leader.”