"As CTO to the UK Government, Liam Maxwell occupies one of the most significant positions in UK IT and computing," said Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Head of the University’s Web and Internet Science Group. "He is leading a transformation of how systems are procured within the Public Sector and the nature of such systems. He is a supporter of Open Standards, Open Source and Open Data."
"He is an enthusiastic advocate of Web Science and of Electronics and Computer Science and is supportive of both our curriculum and students. He was voted number one influential leader in Computer Weekly’s 'UKtech50' and it is fantastic to have him associated with the University."
For his part, Liam Maxwell says:
"I’m delighted to be taking up this Visiting Professor role at the University of Southampton. It's one of the country's top institutions for computer science, turning out the web scientists of tomorrow. Having such a direct connection to the innovation and creativity of the web sciences function can only help us identify better ways of delivering a digital government based on user needs. This role will complement my work as Chief Technology Officer for HM Government."
The university says he will also be taking part in a panel-led discussion at the launch of the University's Web Science Institute, tomorrow, at the Royal Society.
Liam Maxwell was appointed as government Chief Technology Officer in December 2012.
As "CTO" he supports "the network of departmental Digital Leaders created by the Government Digital Service in identifying the technologies required to drive the creation of new digitally delivered public services" said the government announcement at the time.
He supports the adoption of open standards, states the university, and leads the spend control process for IT which is part of the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group programme.