Richard HowellMeet Richard Howells our Director of Technology Office. Richard‘s career has covered a range of technology roles in both the private and public sector, across industries including manufacturing, a tech start-up, finance and government.

Richard was Programme CTO at the Home Office - delivering on the department's digital strategy. Richard's other roles include; Delivery Director, leading on the digital transformation of a major operational command, Technical Director for a programme in the Governments Major Projects Portfolio.

Richard has worked in the Cabinet Office, HSBC, Rolfe&Nolan and started his career as a design engineer at Racal Electronics.

Richard holds a MEng (hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He is a Chartered Engineer and both a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Richard lives in Battersea with his wife and two daughters.  Outside of work he enjoys sailing and tries to keep fit with some running!

Objectives for the Technology Office

  • Responsible for the strategy and technology governance across ICT. The strategy is drafted collaboratively with stakeholders across ICT, signed off by the CIO and sponsored by the Technical Design Authority (TDA).
  • Support all aspects of ICT and provide leadership across security, integration and data domains whilst providing enterprise support across all product lines in the form of Technology Product Specialists and Product Technology Specialists.
  • Works in conjunction with product lines and domain specialisms to deliver blueprints, patterns and designs whilst owning and managing strategy, standards, and principles.

The Technology Office team believes in transparency and inclusivity. They want to bring stakeholders from each Faculty and the Business School into that environment, so they can see the ICT strategy develop while also being able to input into it.

They aspire to having the Professional Services Transformation (PST) team in the stakeholder map as well as having representation from the research community.

See the the Technology Strategy for the Technology Office's strategic objectives.