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Tech entrepreneur, Kate Craig-Wood recognized for her considerable experience and pivotal role in the technical development of the G-Cloud project has been invited to join a new EU Cloud Computing Board, The Steering Board. 

The Steering Board of the new European Cloud Partnership (ECP) aims at leveraging the public sector's buying power to shape the growing and maturing market for cloud computing services.

Chaired by Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, the board brings together tech Chief Executive Officers and government representatives with responsibility for IT procurement. Kate Craig-Wood joins the board with the CEOs of major European businesses including; ATOS, SAP, Accenture,, Telefonica Digital.

The board will work to raise public awareness and map out practical solutions to barriers to cloud computing adoption in the public sector whilst dispelling imaginary ones. It aims at making cloud readiness and adoption a political priority.

Cloud computing is one of the key enabling information technologies that can help European businesses to drastically reduce IT costs, help governments supply services at a lower cost to citizens and make computing much more energy efficient. The promotion of cloud computing in Europe is a crucial objective of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset said: “I’m honoured to have been invited to join The Steering Group. My two foci will be championing the cause of British cloud SMEs at a European level and bringing the excellent example of the UK's G-Cloud to the Partnership in pursuit of a pan-European approach to public sector cloud. Security accreditations are especially ripe for harmonisation across the Union.”

The board, the Chairperson and members of the Steering Board were appointed by Vice-President Kroes. It will meet two or three times per year and may consult with industrial, academic and governmental bodies and experts.