Chief Information Officer

Charlie Forte


Charles has 38 years industry experience gained 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 transform their ability to exploit digital technology.

Charles Forte was appointed the Chief Information Officer for the Ministry of Defence in January 2018. He is the primary advisor to the Defence Board on Information and Digital and is responsible for strategy and policy on the exploitation, operation, interoperability and protection of information and digital technology across the Ministry of Defence. This includes cyber security and resilience; the promotion of new ways of working, information technology-enabled innovation; and the delivery of effective IT services. Charles is a member of the Defence Executive Committee and the Strategic Command Executive Committee.

Chief Information Officer

The Chief Information Officer’s responsibilities include:

  • lead the creation and maintenance of the Digital Strategy for defence and lead the Defence Digital organisation at the heart of the function
  • ensure Defence maximises the opportunity from the adoption of innovative digital capability
  • ensure the overall cohesion of all Information Technology activity across Defence
  • lead Cyber defence and risk management
  • develop the Defence Digital Data and Technology profession and ensure access to the right skills and capability across the organisation

Ministry of Defence and Strategic Command