Claire Fry was appointed Director Functional Integration for the Ministry of Defence Digital Function in February 2021. Her role covers pan Defence providing leadership across the Digital function, including being the Digital Head of Profession. Her aim is to drive functional impact, working closely with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) community across Defence to ensure cohesion and integration. Amongst other things her key responsibilities include the £4.4bn Portfolio Digital spend, the Digital governance that reports into the Defence Board and is leading the Digital Skills for Defence Programme, working across Defence and industry to develop ground-breaking Digital skills uplift. Starting off in the private sector, Claire has now worked in Defence for over 20 years, primarily in Digital roles, including working as a Head of CIO in a TLB (setting the Information strategy, driving IT efficiency and delivering business value), leading Digital Programmes and as the IT Head of Profession being responsible for setting up the first Digital Apprenticeship and Graduate programmes and for the professional development of up to 14000 Digital Professionals. She has driven Portfolio development of up to £26Bn and is grounded in ITIL based processes such as Configuration Management, Business Change and driving value from Technology in the business. As a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), running the internal consultancy team for Defence the team was awarded the Institute of Business Consultancy (IBC) premier practice status, delivering business process engineering, organisational development, and team building.
14-Sep-2023Strategic Command & Keynote ForumHow can we address the war for talent in data, digital, technology and cyber security to ensure Defence has the skills it needs for the future?