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SOCITM appoints new president

Kay Brown, head of IT at South Lanarkshire Council, took up the post of president of SOCITM at the IT organisation’s spring conference in London on Wednesday.

She took over from Glyn Evans, telling attendees: “This is the time for IT.”

She said she was “honoured and proud” to be the first female president, and the first Scottish woman to take up the role. She told attendees that growing the membership would be a “fundamental challenge” in the year ahead. 

Brown is also a Fellow of Socitm (FSITM), the BCS and a CITP. She has worked in local government since 1991, following an earlier career in a range of IT roles in the private sector, with CERN, BOC, Alexander Stenhouse, and Honeywell Bull.

She represents Scotland on the Local CIO Council, is a member of the Local Government Delivery Council, and was a Top50 CIO in 2009.

Other speakers on the day includedChrisChant, outgoing programme director for G-Cloud at the Cabinet Office; Graeme McDonald of SOLACE; Rhys Sharp of SCC and Dr Rick Robinson of IBM; Neville Cannon, programme director for ICT Shared Services at Plymouth City Council; Catherine Vaughan of SE7 ICT Joint Working, Brighton & Hove City Council, and Jim Dillon, chief executive of Scarborough Borough Council.

The organisation has been keen to establish itself among third sector organisations, and has appointed Lynette Ground of Action for Children as a new vice-president, joining Nadira Hussain of Tower Hamlets and Steve Halliday ofSolihull.

For a full report from the conference, and an interview with immediate past president Glyn Evans on the role of IT professionals in driving transformational change in public sector organisation, see the May/June 2012 edition of PSE. Public sector professionals can subscribe for free at:

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