Following the Digital Future Summit, the government has made two senior ICT-related appointments.
Doug Martin has been selected by the Ministry of Economic Development to lead engagement with the industry on the formation of the new representative industry body, which will be partly government-funded.
Communications and IT minister David Cunliffe, in a media release announcing the appointments, says “Doug’s appointment and work programme is a concrete step in progressing further collaboration in the sector and the goodwill demonstrated at the Digital Summit.
“Strong engagement with the sector will be critical to ensuring any new entity is robust, effective and enduring.”
Martin is a director of management consultancy MartinJenkins and has advised widely in both the public and private sectors, including with IT clients.
The other appointment is Tony van Horik, who will support and facilitate the rollout of community-based broadband network initiatives.
Cunliffe says “Working with Local Government New Zealand and the Ministry of Economic Development, Tony will lead work to develop a ‘Know How Guide’ for local government and community groups to use to develop a business case for broadband connectivity in their local areas.
“He will also work on development of a ‘broadband-friendly protocol” to assist local governments in managing the processes around the rollout of broadband infrastructure,” Cunliffe says.
Van Horik is managing director of Advanced Technology Solutions and was director of Project Probe, the initiative to bring broadband to schools and local communities, from 2002 to 2005.