Tech City deputy chief to leave in latest blow to government plans

DAVID Cameron’s Tech City project received its latest blow yesterday when the organisation’s second in command stepped down.

Benjamin Southworth will leave his position as deputy chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) in August, when his contract expires, to pursue personal projects.

Southworth, who was a prominent member of London’s technology scene before joining TCIO last year, follows former chief executive Eric Van der Kleij and Downing Street technology adviser Rohan Silva out the door. Both Van der Kleij and Silva have left public roles to re-enter the entrepreneur community.

Joanna Shields, the former Facebook executive who took the reins at TCIO in January, paid tribute to Southworth. “His ideas and passion have made him a great asset to Tech City and we are most grateful to him. I have no doubt Ben will continue to be a powerful catalyst for the continued success and growth of Tech City in his new pursuits,” she said.

The organisation did not comment on a replacement, but said it was focused on finding someone who can attract foreign investment.