Martin Chalmers

Chief Digital and Information Officer, Reading Borough Council

Martin Chalmers is the Chief Digital and Information Officer at Reading Borough Council, a unitary authority serving the 150,000 residents of the borough, which is widely acknowledged as a thriving “tech hub” but which also includes areas challenged by serious inequality.

He joined the organisation at the start of 2020, with the aim of applying his experience ‒ gained through a career of over 30 years in technology, management consulting and corporate leadership ‒ for the benefit of the community in which he has lived for the whole of that career.

Having now restructured the delivery of core ICT services (in parallel with responding to the pandemic) Martin is now leading a digital transformation portfolio focused on customer experience, corporate efficiency, the application of innovative technologies to support vulnerable residents, and digital inclusion.