Chief Technology Officer for the Home Office to keynote #Croydon #TechCity 2017 launch

By - Monday 16th January, 2017

The new year starts with a bang for #Croydon #TechCity

Sarah Wilkinson.
Photo by Simon Bond, used with permission.

It is my great pleasure to announce that Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer at the Home Office, and the woman charged with driving the government’s technology strategy, will keynote the Croydon Tech City 2017 launch on Thursday 26th January, 7pm at TMRW Hub.

The woman at the centre of the government’s tech strategy

Wilkinson joined the Home Office in July 2015, at which she is responsible for many of the most critical IT systems supporting UK borders and policing.

In April 2016 she was named number 26 in the CIO 100, CIO Magazine’s ranking of the most transformative and disruptive CIOs in the UK. In December 2016, Wilkinson was voted number 3 in the TechUK 50, Computer Weekly’s poll of the top 50 most influential leaders in the UK IT industry. Prior to joining the Home Office, Wilkinson spent 23 years in financial services and held CIO roles at Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.

Wilkinson’s appointment to the Home Office comes at a crucial time for the organisation – which centralised its operations in Croydon last year – bringing nearly a thousand IT developers and contractors working on government biometrics, analytics and web services to the borough. The Home Office’s move to the area continues to cement the borough’s position as an epicentre for UK technology development.

Croydon Tech City growth continues into 2017

In 2017, Croydon now stands as the UK’s fastest-growing economy driven by its reputation as the “Silicon Valley of South London”.

Wilkinson’s acceptance to keynote our 2017 launch is a great coup for the Croydon Tech City movement which – as it enters its fifth year – has made considerable impact on Croydon’s economy (The Financial Times), property market (The Times), education (the Croydon Advertiser), inward investment (the Evening Standard) and reputation (Metro).

On Thursday 26th January at 7pm at TMRW Hub, the Croydon Tech City management team will also unveil their plans for 2017, and there will be presentations from local tech startups.

This event is sure to be oversubscribed. To secure your place, please register now.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He owns a lead generation company. He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training and a Linkedin lead generation service. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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