E-govt unit gets permanent head

After a false start last year, the State Services Commission's e-government unit has appointed a permanent new head.

After a false start last year, the State Services Commission’s e-government unit has appointed a permanent new head.

He is Laurence Millar (pictured), who has “extensive experience in technology leadership, business transformation and the application of electronic service delivery to the business of government”, according to State Services Commissioner Michael Wintringham.

Millar’s background includes a role as a senior manager and consultant for Azimuth Consulting, later Seranova.

His work there included the development and launch of the first all-of-government web portal, a predecessor to the current www.govt.nz.

His most recent permanent position was as chief operating officer of Hong Kong-centred supply chain specialist InFrontier, a company he created.

Millar has done strategic consulting and program management work for a range of government agencies and the private sector. He has recently completed a project for the Department of Internal Affairs relating to their involvement in the establishment of a whole-of-government authentication agency.

Millar, through SSC spokeswoman Karen Jones, declined to speak to Computerworld last week.

He does not want to speak to the media until he has settled into his role, Jones says.

He is scheduled to start as director of the unit on March 22.

Founding director Brendan Boyle left the unit last year to head Land Information NZ, and Bethia Gibson has since been acting director.

The first round of recruitment for the position was terminated and advertisements withdrawn and reworded, having understated the long-term strategic aspects of the job and attracted no suitable applicants.

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