Interview with Ian Watmore

Ian Watmore’s career is diverse, spanning private, public, sports, university, church and third sectors. After studying mathematics and management at Trinity College Cambridge, Ian spent 24 years in the private sector culminating as Accenture UK CEO from 2000 to 2004. He then worked for 7 years in the Civil Service, holding three different Permanent Secretary posts under three Prime Ministers, first at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in No 10, then at the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, and latterly at the Cabinet Office. Today he took time out of his busy schedule to talk with Richard Sharpe at the BCS office in London about his life and career.

The three achievements that Ian Watmore is proudest of in chronological order are:

“the work I did in the 80’s and 90’s on the department of social security and in the revenue systems of NI and Tax”

“helping democracy take route in South Africa by implementing the new independent electoral commissions system to allow general elections to occur that involved all of the population voting”

” launching the transformational gov strategy that set the direction of travel toward the user centred systems in gov, through the first direct.gov which got 25M people using it and progressing that to create the gov.co.uk website that is used today. This achievement was validated by my personal award of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to IT’ by the Computer Institute Awards in 2005″


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