Liam Maxwell was the UK’s first National Technology Adviser, from April 2016 to August 2018, having been the UK’s first Chief Technology Officer, as part of the Government Digital Service.
He spent seven years in the heart of central government working to get value for money from government’s massive IT investments. He had contributed to the Conservative Manifesto advocating better services for lower costs in the 2010 general election. He served in four posts in the Cameron/Clegg coalition then in the Cameron government.
His achievements included breaking the oligopoly of large vendors and insisting on open standards.
Leading social and business entrepreneur and founder of Capita Group
In 1987 Sir Rod Aldridge OBE created Capita as an independent firm (breaking away from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) running contracts for local authorities and central government. It is now the largest business process outsourcing and professional services company in the UK.
On retirement from Capita in 2006, Rod established the Aldridge Foundation and became one of the first sponsors of the government’s Academy Programme.
The Foundation works in challenging communities and has so far unlocked £300m government funding to build new academies.