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Westminster Council CIO moving to Essex County Council

David Wilde will fill a gap left by former Essex County Council CIO Mark Briggs

Westminster City Council CIO David Wilde is leaving on Friday to head the IT team at Essex County Council.

He will be filling a gap left by former Essex County Council CIO Mark Briggs, who was confirmed to be on indefinite leave from September 2010, amid the council's ongoing transformation programme with IBM. Gillian Furlong has been holding the post of interim CIO according to the council, and her LinkedIn profile shows that she has been head of IS business delivery at Essex since February 2011, and is also the council's IS sourcing and finance manager.

A spokesperson for Westminster confirmed that Wilde is leaving after a standard 12-week notice period, and that a replacement for Wilde had not yet been found.

The vacancy will be affected by the Tri-Borough strategic plan that Westminster has with partners Hammersmith & Fulham Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to merge their IT function and consolidate staff.

"We're looking at how the post can be filled bearing in mind the [Tri-Borough] changes," the spokesperson added.

Wilde joined Westminster in July 2008 from Waltham Forest Council, where he was CIO and head of information and customer services for four years.

At Westminster, Wilde was responsible for an annual budget of £24.5 million and directly managed 50 staff. He also managed the council's outsourcing contracts with a number of ICT technology providers, and established the council's strategy to become infrastructure-free by 2014.

Most recently, Westminster signed a £190 million, five-year framework contract with Virgin Media Business to launch a new public sector network dedicated to Greater London. Wilde said that the contract will help to deliver significant savings through reduced network infrastructure costs and shared services.

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