CTOs Roundtable: Interoperability with Karl Hoods, CDIO, BEIS

This event is intended specifically for CTOs and equivalent roles. Numbers are strictly limited to ensure everyone is able to contribute to the conversation.

Attendance is by invitation; the invitees are carefully selected in line with The Whitehall & Industry Group’s charitable purpose, representing organisations from a variety of sectors, to bring a range of views and perspectives.

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As reliance on technology has increased, the importance of interoperability has been heightened for both internal and external systems to allow seamless collaboration between organisations from across the sectors. In the latest of our CTO Roundtable series, Karl Hoods, Chief Digital and Information Officer at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will open the session, before an open conversation involving all.


  • Karl Hoods

    Chief Digital and Information Officer


    Karl is an experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) and has worked in the private, public and third sectors. He is currently Chief Digital and Information Officer at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) where he is responsible for the delivery of core services, digital transformation, innovation, knowledge management and shared services. In addition he is SRO for the cross government technology interoperability agenda. Prior to joining BEIS Karl was CIO for Save the Children where he was responsible for the delivery of technology and digital services to support humanitarian, policy, advocacy and fundraising activities. He has also held business technology leadership roles with web and sports media startups and led major change programmes for publishing leaders TSO.  His career in startups fostered his interest in how emerging technology can be applied to business problems.  Outside of work Karl is interested in education and sits on the board of the Harris Federation and Bournemouth University. He is also a keen runner and has completed a number of marathons.