A Chief Digital Officer for All Londoners

Following the publication of London’s Digital Future and the commitment made by Sadiq Khan to appoint a Chief Digital Officer, this report, produced in conjunction with London First, sets out the main requirements of the role.

Working closely with Bloomberg Associates and in consultation with a range of business and policy leaders, we argue that the role of Chief Digital Officer should be focused on three themes: providing policy advice and digital expertise, championing a digital transformation across London government, and seeking out and sharing best practice.

Key recommendations for the first Chief Digital Officer

Provide policy advice and digital expertise

  • Conduct an innovation review to help identify the services and facilities most liable to technological disruption in line with the Government’s Innovation Audit.

Champion digital transformation across London government

  • Establish a network of digital leads from London’s key delivery bodies.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of London’s current approach by working closely with existing individuals, activities and organisations working on digital transformation in London.
  • Focus on benchmarking London’s current performance on the provision of open data and connectivity.

Seek out best practice

  • Work collaboratively with boroughs and other global cities to share best practices.