Government’s Computer Services Dept. gets new director

Simon Spiers, new director of the Computer Services Department
Simon Spiers, new director of the Computer Services Department

Simon Spiers has been hired by the Ministry of Home Affairs as director of the government’s Computer Services Department.

Mr. Spiers is described in a government press release announcing his appointment as a chief information officer “with broad experience in public service environments as well as financial services, logistics, and the leisure industry.”

Mr. Spiers said in the release, “Information is the beating heart of government, and efficient use of information by knowledgeable civil servants is the hallmark of an effective secretariat and well supported executive.”

Mr. Spiers has worked in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom, and holds a master’s degree in design of information systems from Cranfield University in the U.K., according to the press release.

Wesley Howell, chief officer of the Ministry of Home Affairs, said in the release, “Simon has tremendous leadership experience, and he fully understands the mechanics by which CSD contributes to Cayman’s competitiveness as a jurisdiction.”

The Computer Services Department provides information technology solutions and services in support of public service operations.

According to the release, under Mr. Spiers the department will “target resources to better manage customer relationships, strengthen organizational governance, and streamline key business processes.”

Mr. Spiers will also be responsible for “the development and deployment of a robust succession plan to ensure that personnel are equipped with relevant core competencies and specialist skills in order to effectively respond to evolving security risks and customer service standards,” the release states.