Headlines: October 10th, 2000

The search has started to find someone to replace Alex Allan, the e-envoy who has resigned for personal reasons and is returning to Australia. The job advert in the Sunday Times describes the role as pivotal in e-government, offering a unique opportunity to develop and influence policy. The salary is 120,000 pounds, but this could be topped up for an exceptional candidate.Candidates will have to demonstrate a rare blend of experience and competence. They will need Board level experience in the public or private sector, the ability to operate within government and be commercially oriented.

The E-envoy heads three teams with a total of some 60 people. The E-Government group helps to ensure that all services are on line by 2005. This was formerly the Central IT Unit. The E-commerce group works across Government to make Britain a leading e-commerce nation and also ensures that everyone has the skills and opportunities to benefit from the information age. The E-communications group co-ordinates action to improve government websites. A principal task is to develop the UK Online portal which is currently undergoing trial