Government chief digital officer and DIA boss quits

Colin MacDonald is leaving as GCDO and head of the DIA.

Colin MacDonald, the government chief digital officer (CDO) and chief executive of the Department of Internal Affairs, will leave at the end of September.

ICT industry watchers are wondering if Mr MacDonald will slot into the new government chief technology officer role, which Communications Minister Clare Curran has had difficulty filling. If so, he would probably be seen as a safe pair of hands – although it's notable that some commentators have been scratching their heads over why the Crown needs both a chief digital officer and chief technology officer.

There has been no official word on a possible transition to GCTO. Meantime, Paul James, currently the head of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (which oversees broadcasting policy), has been named as Mr MacDonald's replacement for his GCDO and DIA roles.

The ICT czar's career move was announced along with a slew of other departure and appointment notices.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) outgoing chief executive Martyn Dunne will be replaced by Ray Smith, the head of Corrections. Mr Smyth will take up his new role in November. The MPI has recently been under fire for its initial handling of the M Bovis outbreak.

Secretary for foreign affairs Brook Barrington has been made chief executive for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for five years, from February next year. 

Andrew Kibblewhite, who heads the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, has been appointed chief executive of the Justice Ministry, also from February next year.

And Andrew Bridgman, who heads Justice now, will become the chief executive of the Ministry of Defence from July next year.



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