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New Chief Digital and Information Officer for three North London boroughs

The London boroughs of Camden, Haringey, and Islington have appointed a single head of a new shared ICT and Digital service after a highly competitive process involving almost 100 applicants.  
 
Ed Garcez will move from leading the ICT shared service for Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – and brings a wealth of shared service experience to his new role.

Ed Garcez said: “I am delighted to be joining Camden, Haringey, and Islington at this exciting time and in such an innovative role.
 
“The three councils have a reputation for delivering the best, value for money, services. I am looking forward to being part of the new shared Digital and ICT service and the exciting journey of service transformation, to make connecting with the councils easier for residents."
 
Islington Council’s executive member for finance and performance, Cllr Andy Hull, said: “I’m delighted at Ed’s appointment to the team. He has the expertise and the experience to set up and drive forwards this shared service, enhancing our digital offer to 700,000 residents.” 
 
Cllr Ali Demirci, Haringey cabinet member for corporate resources said: “Ed will play an important role in giving our residents access to local services and information easily at a time that pleases them, not us, with everything available online.

"I welcome Ed to his new role and look forward to working with him on our shared digital services partnership with Islington and Camden.”
 
Cllr Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance, technology and growth at Camden Council, said: “Our new Chief Digital and Information Officer will help transform the way 700,000 residents in North London digitally connect with us. Our digital capability is increasingly important in underpinning many of the services we provide to our residents and Ed Garcez’s experience of leading a tri-borough shared ICT and Digital Service in his previous role will give us a great platform to continue to improve this.” 
  
All three boroughs already use a wide range of technologies to work with increasing efficiency and to deliver enhanced digital services for their residents. 
 
These range from websites and apps to assistive technology, as well as newer platforms that enable staff to work on the move, saving time and money.
 
A start date will soon be agreed. 

For more information contact:

Eugene Grant
Senior Media Officer
0207 527 2530
eugene.grant@islington.gov.uk