Challenges of hiring an Enterprise Architect

Monday 25 April 2016
6.00pm - 8.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Map


6.00pm - 6.30pm - Registration
6.30pm - 7.45pm - Presentation / Panel Discussion
7.45pm - 8.30pm - Networking opportunity

Event description

The talk will look at the challenges faced by IT Executives in hiring Enterprise Architects.


Laura Dawson is Chief Information Office at the British Council. She has been in the charity sector for over 9 years working first in RSPB and then at Save the Children, UK. Prior to that she had 20 years in various central Government Departments including NESTA, Oftel and the MOD.

Laura is currently the Chair person for Charity IT Leaders, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation to help to professionalise the information technology services within the not for profit sector and widen its charitable objectives.

Her main specialisms in the IT world, centre around data integration and governance and in helping organisations derive real value from IT. She is actively pushing organisations to recognise which bits of technology are now pure utility and which actually are supporting the 'USP' of the organisation, and add true value. Another area of focus is in supporting organisations as they recognise the emergence of devolved IT within the business, helping it flourish within the right frameworks and become truly effective whilst still keeping a wary eye on risk and control. Finally, she is a strong advocate of ensuring that Leaders in technology become more rounded members of the senior management teams of organisations and that other senior managers can gain a better understanding of how data is an asset to be managed as rigorously as finance and people

Note - Pictures and video shall be taken during the event which may be published on various public facing websites such as BCS and Youtube.