The demands on local government have been intense over the last twelve months and as both the Chief Technology Officer for the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government and the Chief Digital Officer for Glasgow City Council I have had the privilege of being involved in innovation and digital transformation that has delivered real outcomes for people at a local and national level at a pace I have never witnessed before.
The effort of my colleagues at Glasgow, across local government in Scotland, and indeed the whole of the public sector in Scotland has been nothing short of heroic.
The collaboration across the digital profession within the Scottish public sector has been incredible and although it is hard to think about the future during these challenging times we do need to look to what lies ahead and so I am delighted to be working with colleagues in COSLA and Scottish Government to jointly renew the Digital Strategy for Scotland.
Anybody who knows me though will know that although the term engineer isn’t widely used in the IT sector, I am a proud engineer.
From my graduate days to now, I have always been inspired by the IET.
In fact, I would go as far as saying that my name would not be on this list if it wasn’t for the inspiration and support I get from the IET.”
Colin Birchenall, Chief Technology Officer, Scottish Local Government Digital Office