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CIO 100: Recognising A Pioneer of Scotland’s Digital Transformation

Ross Kelly


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Martyn Wallace, the Chief Digital Officer for Scottish Local Government has made the shortlist of the UK’s CIO 100; joining two fellow Scots in the top 100 list.

The CIO 100 is a list of the most transformative and disruptive Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the UK; recognising technology and business leaders driving change in successful organisations.

Launched at a reception held in London on Thursday 19th of April, Wallace joined the top 100 (at No. 62) alongside fellow Scots, Claudette Jones from the University of the West of Scotland (at No. 71) and Adrian Tucker from the Student Loans Company (at No. 66).

GDPR Readiness

Martyn Wallace has been previously recognised for his work in leading the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government; formed in 2016 after 30 of Scotland’s local authorities combined to drive digital transformation. In 2017 alone, Martyn initiated an incredible 53 projects under 18 key programmes of work.

The recent GDPR Readiness Project spearheaded by Wallace has seen Glasgow City Council and Fife Council produce and share a toolkit on the EU’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This project has enabled local councils to comply with GDPR regulations and avoid potentially hefty costs of over £1 million.

From the 25th of May, local authorities will face stricter guidelines on how the collect, store, record and share personal data. Through the GDPR Readiness Project, councils will be able to work collaboratively to produce key resources which have been shared throughout 30 local authorities.

Notable Projects

Another key project has seen Wallace conduct a series of digital maturity assessments with the Digital Office’s council partners to help identify gaps in their own programmes and identify new challenges to collaborate on. This project will enable local authorities to use a range of tools to conduct their own assessment each year to benchmark their performance.

IoT-based telecare projects led by Wallace are also helping to revolutionise elderly-support programmes; offering older people a better quality of life and increased day-to-day support. There is huge potential in this project as the pooling of collected data could help with predictive interventions in areas such as fall prevention.

Wallace thanked the CIO for their recognition and hailed fellow nominees, stating: “It’s great to be recognised amongst some great CIO’s from very large, well known and in some cases global businesses.”

He was also keen to praise his colleagues at the Digital Partnership for their tireless efforts in a number of challenging projects. He said: “I can’t take all the credit as I couldn’t do the role without my dedicated team and the cohorts on the programme in the Digital Partnership.”


Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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