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By | Paul Kunert 18th June 2013 09:34

G-Cloud overlord McDonagh gets CBE nod from Queen

'How long have you worked here? What do you do? Have a medal'

Former G-Cloud supremo Denise McDonagh was handed a CBE in Her Maj's birthday honours list at the weekend for services to the IT services industry.

McDonagh climbed onto the cloudy bandwagon roughly 14 months ago as programme director for the G-Cloud framework, replacing her rather more outspoken predecessor Chris Chant, who headed for the French countryside with his family.

The aim of G-Cloud was to save taxpayers £340m over its three-year lifespan, but as of the start of this month just £20m had been purchased on the programme by public sector tech buyers.

The responsibility of this likely resides with the Cabinet Office, which tried to do G-Cloud on the cheap from the moment online supplier catalogue CloudStore was constructed.

McDonagh recognised the lack of awareness toward G-Cloud and pushed for a "cloud-first" procurement policy in central government, which was mandated last month.

Departments now have to justify why they are not using G-Cloud when splashing taxpayers' cash.

McDonagh juggled the G-Cloud role with her existing position as CIO for the Home Office until the end of May, when the project, as expected, moved under the control of Gov Digital Services.

In her valedictory blog last month, McDonagh patted herself on the back, saying the work the small G-Cloud team had done was "truly groundbreaking".

She wrote: "This has been the most enjoyable rollercoaster ride ever!" Presumably she felt sick at points, exhilarated at others and it was all over in a flash.

During her 33-year stretch in government IT, McDonagh has also been a CIO at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. ®

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