Andy Nelson has been announced as the new chief information officer (CIO) of central government.

Replacing Joe Harley, who is due to retire from the civil service at the end of March, Nelson will hold the role alongside his existing position at the Ministry of Justice, where he oversees the effort to computerise courts, according to Nelson will also be the senior responsible owner of the government cloud programme, a project he has been heavily involved with.

Nelson has been at the MoJ since September 2009, when he joined from the private sector.

Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions has published an advertisement for a new CIO and IT director-general.

Also, according to the Guardian, deputy government CIO Bill McCluggage will officially leave his post in the Cabinet Office at the end of January. A successor to McCluggage has yet to be appointed, and his responsibilities will be covered by members of the ICT team in the department until a replacement is found. McCluggage will be taking up a new post with EMC from February.