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Government CTO Liam Maxwell commits to GDS until 2018

Computer Weekly - Government chief technology officer (CTO) Liam Maxwell has committed to the government's digital reform programme beyond the general election after extending his contract to 2018.

Maxwell joined the Government Digital Service (GDS) as CTO in December 2012, reporting to executive director Mike Bracken. He has been part of the government IT team since June 2011, when he joined the Cabinet Office as an IT advisor. He was subsequently made deputy government CIO in April 2012.

Maxwell’s role as CTO involves setting out the technology standards and governance principles across government, and he heads the technology leadership function across Whitehall. 

He has been widely credited as one of the main architects of government IT reform. In the run-up to the 2010 general election, he helped draft Conservative technology policy, having been involved in a technology think tank, the Network for the Post-Bureaucratic Age, that proposed dismantling the IT systems and business ecosystem established by Labour.