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Our Digital Panel member Colin Birchenall listed as one of the top 100 most influential people in IT in the UK

In the top 100 nominees, we are proud to see Colin Birchenall, CTO, Scottish Local Government Digital Office and member of our Digital Panel included. We asked Colin to share his thoughts on being nominated.

“I’m completely overwhelmed by being included in Computer Weekly’s top 100 most influential people in IT in the UK. There are a lot of great names on the list and so it is a real honour to be included, particularly in the year where digital technology has had to play such a key role in underpinning society, the economy and public services during the pandemic.

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