Becoming London’s first Chief Digital Officer (CDO)

27 March @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

CDO Theo Blackwell MBE

Join the Open Data Institute’s Friday lecture to hear Theo Blackwell MBE talk about his new role at City Hall. Theo is London’s first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

A big role, indeed – but what’s it actually like to be dropped into a role which carries with it so many city-wide expectations? What challenges did he face, and why did London need him in the first place?

Theo will talk about opportunities, challenges and where he came from. He’ll also have some handy advice for new CDOs taking on big new responsibilities.

About the speaker

Appointed in 2017, as CDO Theo leads on London-wide digital transformation, data and smart city initiatives at City Hall.

His role involves:

  • Strategic leadership on the digital transformation agenda for London’s public services, across the GLA group and the wider public sector.
  • Convening on behalf of the Mayor, across London local government to support the take-up of innovative, technology, and data-led approaches to service delivery and public engagement.
  • Developing and promoting partnership between the public, private and community sectors to enable and support the development of new public service-oriented technology and innovation.

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