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Hi, I’m Steve Halliday.

I am a CIO consultant and interim Change Programme Director, working largely in the public sector with complex IT enabled transformations. I have recently worked with Birmingham City University, the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Welsh Government.

I am also a qualified leadership coach. I think IT leadership is like all leadership. You need to create the space for great people to believe they are supported in doing great things – and then they will.

I was previously CIO for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, one of the Local Government authorities of the UK. I was also President of Socitm (, the Society of ICT Leaders in the UK’s public services.

With KPMG, Serco and ITNET I have a private sector background in the consulting and outsourcing business. I’ve been a transition manager, business sector partner and programme manager for many household brands, like Coca Cola, Esso and Cadbury.

And way back, I ran the IT Department in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London. That’s where I studied social anthropology – which has provided great insights for me in understanding culture and change.

When I’m not musing on the transformational impact of digital, I’ll be on a tennis court, in the kitchen, up a mountain or travelling somewhere. And my wonderful daughters and wife will be explaining to me how much more there is to life – they are usually right (and always wonderful)!


Hand feeding elephants is a lot like providing IT services

– its about mutual respect & trust!

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