David Wilde
Director for Digital
Essex County Council (Confirmed)
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David was appointed Director for Digital from April 2017, responsible for driving our ambitious agenda to be the national leader in embracing digital to improve peoples lives, reshape public services and increase prosperity, working with colleagues across the Board to maximise the potential digital offers our residents and businesses. Previously David was responsible for Place Operations, Commercial Development and the Housing Growth Strategy as well as CIO for Essex County Council where he established the Commercial, Housing Growth and Heritage, Culture and Arts strategies for the Council whilst embedding a more successful commercial culture across country  parks, adult community learning and  place based services.

In the technology and information worlds he has established a strategy and delivery programme based on cloud adoption, supporting economic growth, shared services through collaboration and self service through digital engagement including take-up of social media. Cost reductions of almost £15million have been achieved whilst transforming ICT services, in turn supporting the achievement of over £100million in wider efficiencies. The county council is a recognised national exemplar in information sharing through the Whole Essex Information Sharing Framework (WEISF).

David was previously CIO for Westminster City Council where he set up and implemented an exciting new ICT strategy based on the principles of customer centric service delivery, a zero infrastructure technology environment and transformational change, resulting in cost reductions of over 30% and dramatically improved customer satisfaction levels.Prior to that David was CIO at the London Borough of Waltham Forest, with responsibility for the Council’s access to services strategy, transforming service delivery, all ICT and the Project and Programme management profession.

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