UK government CIO John Suffolk has been rated the most influential head of IT in the UK according to the votes of his CIO peers.

Suffolk has taken the number one spot in the CIO50 2010 list, unveiled on Wednesday night at an exclusive CIO-only networking event.

UK government CIO John Suffolk

UK government CIO, John Suffolk, at the CIO50 launch event on 9 June
(Photo credit: Chris Beaumont/CBS Interactive)

Every year the CIO50 list celebrates the most influential and innovative tech chiefs in the UK across all industries and organisations, both large and small, public and private.

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

Suffolk heads the list this year thanks to his influence in the public sector, where he leads the work of the government CIO Council in delivering its strategy of transforming public services using technology. He is also head of the IT Professionalism programme, aimed at creating an IT profession and career ladder in the public sector.

On top of this, he has overseen the creation of the Government ICT Strategy, a far-reaching plan to save £3.2bn annually from 2013/14 using new approaches to public sector IT.

Suffolk was joined in the top five by:

  • Jos Creese, Head of IT, Hampshire County Council
  • Ben Wishart, COO International & Group CIO, Whitbread
  • Neil Cameron, Former Global CIO, Unilever
  • Joe Harley, Director General of Corporate IT and CIO, Department for Work and Pensions

“Intelligent investment in technology is the key to making any organisation more effective and more efficient. Especially in these tough times it is vital that both the public and private sector seize the benefits of using technology wisely,” said Steve Ranger, editor of

“We are delighted to announce John Suffolk has been voted the most influential CIO in the UK, reflecting his enormous importance to the technology strategy of the public sector.”

To find out more about the CIO50, check out the CIO50 2010 special report where you can view the full list of 50 CIO profiles, and navigate to see the top 10 CIOs, the top female CIOs, and breakdowns by financial services and public sector.