Job Title : CIO and head of IT
Organization : Hampshire County Council
Jos Creese, CIO for Hampshire County Council, has appeared on the CIO50 list in five of the six years it's been running, taking the top spot as most influential CIO last year.
Creese has held his current role for over a decade, providing leadership for an IT department of over 450 staff and a budget of about £50m.
Creese's priorities at Hampshire include supporting the change programmes at the council through the use of IT, and delivering shared services - the council provides shared services to several hundred other public-sector organisations in the area, including Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Among the area's notable collaborative projects is the Hampshire Public Service Network 2, or HPSN2, a shared high-speed network, whose users include 99 per cent of the region's schools.
Creese has over 25 years of IT management experience and has worked for central government, district and unitary councils.
Before joining Hampshire, Creese was head of IT at Southampton City Council. He also spent several years at the Department of Health, working in statistics.
Creese takes an active role in the public sector's IT community, founding and chairing the Local CIO Council, a grouping of local government IT chiefs which represents local public services in the development and implementation of national IT strategy, policy and programmes. Creese is also a National Government CIO Council member and a non-executive director of Socitm, the Society of IT Management.
Toby Wolpe is a senior reporter at TechRepublic in London. He started in technology journalism when the Apple II was state of the art.