Press Release

A Chief Digital Officer to Drive London’s Digital Transformation

Today, Sadiq Khan has announced that Theo Blackwell has been appointed as London’s first Chief Digital Officer. Responding to the announcement Richard Brown, Research Director at Centre for London, said:

“London now joins a cohort of cities – such as New York, Barcelona, Amsterdam – with a dedicated Chief Digital Officer to lead city-wide digital strategies and visions. The CDO’s appointment comes at a time when the strength of London’s tech sector is once most needed, and most vulnerable. It will be through embedding digital strategies across City Hall, and capital as a whole, that the CDO can help London succeed as a fair and prosperous global city.”

In 2016 Centre for London, the capital’s dedicated think tank, published a short report ‘A Chief Digital Officer for all Londoners‘. Produced in partnership with London First, the report set out the main requirements for the role.

Read our report