Hampshire County Council CIO Jos Creese has been named the most influential IT chief in the UK in this year’s silicon.com CIO50.

Creese has over 25 years of IT management experience and his position in this year’s CIO50 list reflects both the increasing importance of local government in delivering services to the public, and also Creese’s own conviction that IT should be a source of innovation and an agent of change, not just a back-office function.

Hampshire County Council CIO Jos Creese at the CIO50 2011 launch event

Jos Creese at the CIO50 launch event in LondonPhoto: Chris Beaumont/CBS Interactive

silicon.com’s CIO50 list – now in its fifth year – celebrates the most influential and innovative tech chiefs in the UK, from organisations both large and small, public and private.

The list is compiled from the votes of UK CIOs, who assess the performance of their peers over the last 12 months, taking into account their leadership ability, delivery and execution record, innovation and influence.

This year’s CIO50 was unveiled on Wednesday 15 June at an exclusive reception attended by members of this year’s CIO50, plus tech leaders who have made the list in previous years.

Joining Creese in the top 10 of this year’s silicon.com CIO 50 are:

  • Paul Coby, IT director, John Lewis
  • Joe Harley, CIO, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Darrell Stein, director of IT and Logistics, Marks & Spencer
  • Ailsa Beaton, director of information and CIO, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Dylan Roberts, chief officer (ICT), Leeds City Council
  • Rob Fraser, IT director, Sainsbury’s
  • Pete Connor, group IS director, Home Retail Group
  • Simon Post, group operations director, Best Buy Europe
  • David Lister, CIO, National Grid

silicon.com editor Steve Ranger said: “The CIO is an absolutely core member of the executive team of any organisation that wants to be smarter, more efficient and more effective. The CIOs on this year’s silicon.com CIO50 list are all great examples of business leaders who understand the power of technology to underpin the success of their organisation.”

“And congratulations in particular to Jos Creese who was voted top of the list by his CIO peers.”

In silicon.com’s CIO50 special report you can read profiles of each of the CIOs on this year’s list, as well as read exclusive analysis and features on how the role of the CIO has changed and where it is going next.