The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan appoints first ever Chief Digital Officer

29 August 2017

On the 25th of August, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has appointed Theo Blackwell as London’s first ever Chief Digital Officer. 

As London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo will play a leading role in realising the Mayor’s ambition to make London the world’s smartest city, ensuring that the capital’s status as a global tech hub helps transform the way public services are designed and delivered, making them more accessible, efficient and responsive to the needs of Londoners

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am determined to make London the world’s leading ‘smart city’ with digital technology and data at the heart of making our capital a better place to live, work and visit. We already lead in digital technology, data science and innovation and I want us to make full use of this in transforming our public services for Londoners and the millions of visitors to our great city.

Theo Blackwell progresses in to the role of Chief Digital Officer after working at GovTech accelerator Public Group, advising start-ups on the growing market in local public services.  In his role as cabinet member for finance, technology and growth at Camden Council, Theo has established Camden as London’s leading digital borough through its use of public data – and this year they received national recognition as Digital Leaders ‘Council of the year’. Theo also sits on the Advisory Board of Digital Leaders, a global initiative that has created a shared professional space for senior leadership from different sectors promoting effective, long-term digital transformation. He is also a director of Camden Town Unlimited, the Business Improvement District which pioneered new start-up incubation in ‘meanwhile’ space, and is led by LEAP member and Champion for Small Business Simon Pitkeathley.

Councillor Claire Kober, LEAP Member and Chair of London Councils, said: "The appointment of London's first Chief Digital Officer fills an important role providing needed digital leadership for London's public services.  Theo will bring his longstanding experience working with other borough leaders, which I think is critical as we develop new approaches to developing, procuring and scaling the best digital solutions across the capital."

The work being led by Theo will play a significant role in supporting LEAP’s priorities around connectivity and supporting small business.