Crown Hosting appoints Charles Forte as a Non-Executive Director

Press Release 1st June 2021


Crown Hosting appoints Charles Forte, Chief Information Officer of The Ministry of Defence as a Non-Executive Director.

Charles Forte, who was appointed Chief Information Officer for the Ministry of Defence in January 2018 joins Crown Hosting Data Centres Limited as a non-executive board member alongside Joanna Davinson, Executive Director at the Central Digital and Data Office, and Sir Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive of the Financial Reporting Council.

Charles is the primary advisor to the Defence Board on Information and Digital and is responsible for strategy and policy on the operation, interoperability and protection of all MOD ICT, including cyber security and resilience; the promotion of new ways of working and information technology-enabled innovation; and the delivery of Information Systems and Services.

Prior to joining the Ministry of Defence, Charles gained 36 years industry experience from leading IT globally as Deputy Group Global CIO at BP, as CEO of Global IT Services at Prudential and as Interim CIO at Thames Water. He has worked as an independent consultant helping businesses create and deliver change to transform their ability to exploit technology and to build internal capability enabling sustainable and lasting value from IT and business operations.

Charles also has significant experience in leading business innovation, driving business change programs and designing and leading IT delivery at very large scale in complex, multi-stakeholder business environments.

Said Sir Jonathan Thompson, Chair of Crown Hosting Data Centres Limited “I am delighted that Charlie is joining the Board and bringing his vast experience to further develop Crown Hosting and our excellent offer to existing and new customers”.

Charles’ appointment with Crown Hosting begins on 1st June 2021.


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Crown Hosting Data Centres Limited is a joint venture between the Cabinet Office and Ark Data Centres that delivers increased efficiency, improved value, and transparency of data centre hosting utilisation across the entire UK Public Sector.


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