Ashley Mudford has been appointed chief information officer at the Department of Conservation. He took up the role on January 16. Mudford was a previously employed as the CIO at Food Safety. He replaces Trudy Rankin ,who has relocated to Australia. He reports to the deputy-director general for business services. DOC says the appoinment has been made as a result of a vacancy, not as a result of the recent organisational review at the department.