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The University of Southampton

Government Chief Technology Officer appointed Visiting Professor

Published: 11 June 2014

The University of Southampton has appointed Liam Maxwell, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for HM Government, as a Visiting Professor.

He will be a Visiting Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. Liam will also be taking part in a panel-led discussion at the launch of the University’s Web Science Institute on Thursday 12 June at the Royal Society.

Liam says: “I’m delighted to be taking up this Visiting Professor role at the University of Southampton. It's one of the country's top institutions for computer science, turning out the web scientists of tomorrow. Having such a direct connection to the innovation and creativity of the web sciences function can only help us identify better ways of delivering a digital government based on user needs. This role will complement my work as Chief Technology Officer for HM Government.”

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Head of the University’s Web and Internet Science Group, says: “As CTO to the UK Government, Liam Maxwell occupies one of the most significant positions in UK IT and computing. He is leading a transformation of how systems are procured within the Public Sector and the nature of such systems. He is a supporter of Open Standards, Open Source and Open Data.

“He is an enthusiastic advocate of Web Science and of Electronics and Computer Science and is supportive of both our curriculum and students. He was voted number one influential leader in Computer Weekly’s “UKtech50” and it is fantastic to have him associated with the University.”

Liam Maxwell’s team within the Government Digital Service (GDS) is responsible for equipping government with the right technology to deliver great digital services

He supports the adoption of open standards and leads the spend control process for IT which is part of the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group programme to save multiple billions across government.

Notes for editors

  1. The role of Visiting Professor is not entirely honorific; it involves some teaching and also some collaborative work with the University students and teaching body. The time commitment has been agreed by the Cabinet Office and the University of Southampton.



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