Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer

Reacting to an urgent requirement

Our client, a trade union and professional association based in central London, was looking for an interim Chief Information Officer on a short-term basis to cover for the absence of the permanent CIO due to illness. The role was to manage the support team, which was critical to ensure ongoing service delivery, and the development team, which was running a number of important new projects.

As well as needing an experienced interim to start immediately, the key challenge was that the client was only able to offer a contract on a three day per week basis and the assignment was short term (between four and eight weeks). Despite this, Wickland Westcott was able to identify two experienced interims within 24 hours, one of whom was interviewed, offered and started the following week. Along with excellent technical experience, the interim was a strong leader who could act as an effective figurehead whilst the permanent CIO was off work.

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