CIO 50 2012: Andy Nelson

CIO 50

Job Title : CIO

Organization : UK government and Ministry of Justice

Andy Nelson took up one of the highest-profile IT posts in the country in April this year when he was appointed CIO of the UK government following the departure of former incumbent Joe Harley, who retired.

Nelson takes over responsibility for driving the Government ICT strategy, the plan set out in 2011 to overhaul the nature of public-sector IT by reducing waste, enabling a common IT infrastructure and using IT to deliver change.

As well as his responsibilities as UK government CIO, Nelson is also still CIO at the Ministry of Justice. He has held this position for the past three years of his career in IT and change management, which spans almost three decades.

Nelson is currently spearheading a revamp of IT procurement at the department, as it moves to a new model known as Future ICT Sourcing, or FITS.

Before his two public-sector CIO roles, Nelson worked in a number of private-sector positions, including group director for strategic change and IS at Royal Sun Alliance. He has also worked as CIO for GE Capital Global Consumer Finance UK and director of computer services at Asda.

He spent more than a decade in the field of consultancy, working for both Andersen Consulting and Price Waterhouse's management consultancy division.


Toby Wolpe is a senior reporter at TechRepublic in London. He started in technology journalism when the Apple II was state of the art.

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