A seasoned professional and hands-on practitioner, with almost 30 years industry experience gained in both the UK and Australia. Since migration in 2017, I've worked for Monash University, Yarra Ranges Shire and Mornington Peninsula Shire. I have since been snapped up and am now 'on the books' with Votar Partners, a business management consultancy based in Melbourne.
My work for Votar has been varied, and straddles all things records management from RM101 up to Executive Engagement and Strategies, and everything in between. I also have carried out numerous PDSP audits for agencies to help them with compliance towards the VPDSF here in Victoria, as well as carrying out program and business system level audits against recordkeeping, privacy, information security, hosted technologies, copyright, etc. My work seems to be more of a mix of information governance, data archiving and information security these days!
My first love is Archives about which I am a total nerd, closely followed by wider ecologies of information management (particularly relating to information architectures, mapping against PROV standards, and intersections with our data and digital friends), with particular geeky interests in ethics around data and information, and how archives can be appropriated to serve all kinds of socio-cultural purposes. I am the perpetual student, always learning new things about all things information!!
I will be speaking at CyberCon, Melbourne, 16-19 October 2023 and COSAC APAC, Melbourne, February 2024.
I am currently a local Ambassador for RIMPA, and historically served as Vic Branch VP and Local Government Chapter Lead.
I am also a sessional academic within Curtin University's School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, where I have carried out assessments of Masters theses as well as practical teaching and marking. I have, in the past, both written and delivered many training courses for RIMPA in Records Management, Digitisation, Archiving, Sentencing, and Digital Preservation. I have also served as both Vice Chair and Secretary to the Local Government Information Governance Committee at the Municipal Association of Victoria and was RIMPA Vic's Vice President and Local Gov Chapter Lead in 2019/2020.
Beyond the office, I enjoy writing fiction and I'm a member of the Australian Society of Authors, Writers Victoria and a graduate of the Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin in Melbourne. I also enjoy rock painting (look up #VicRocks on Facebook) and spending time with friends and family in my beautiful home district of the Dandenong Ranges, just outside Melbourne.