Government ends search for e-envoy

A former director of the Inland Revenue’s IT division, Andrew Pinder becomes the UK’s second e-envoy after working in a temporary capacity following the resignation of Alex Allan in September.

Pinder, 53, had worked at the Inland Revenue for 17 years where he started as an inspector of taxes. On leaving he became director of systems and business operations at insurance company Prudential before becoming an IT consultant.

The appointment of Pinder came as a surprise after it was initially thought the position would go to either Ann Steward, currently director of the e-government group within the e-envoy’s office; chairman at the Institute of Directors Jim Norton; or Peter Gershon, chief executive of the office of government commerce.

It was understood prime minister Tony Blair approved Pinder’s immediate appointment into the Pounds 127,432 a-year role after beating off over one hundred initial hopefuls.

Previous e-envoy Alex Allan left the role due to family illness. A cabinet office statement said the envoy’s reasons for leaving were ‘purely personal’. It added that Allan’s wife has been ill and that he wished to spend time with her.

Allan said at the time: ‘I have found the job hugely stimulating and it has not been an easy decision. I am sure my team and my successor will carry the government’s programme forward with vigour.’


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