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ROS Director Tom Meade Named CIO of the Year

Brian Baglow

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The prestigious UK IT industry award was given for work on Registers of Scotland’s digital transformation process.

Tom Meade Registers Of ScotlandTom Meade, the digital director of RoS was named Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the year at the 35th annual UK IT Awards in central London on November 15 2017.

Meade received the award for his work in delivering Registers of Scotland’s comprehensive digital transformation across the organisation.

Meade has introduced transformations including a truly digital-first approach, combined with agile working practices and improved customer focus. He also created an initiative to move the organisation to open source systems, which has so far saved RoS £750,000 in licensing fees, and £1.5 million on outsourced support contracts.

These systems have in turn delivered additional savings of £1.5 million in lost operation time. In addition, thanks to Meades’ digital ‘big picture’ approach, these improvements are likely to grow over 2018, thanks to new online services, digital case and document management systems, and improvements to digital integration through application programme interfaces (APIs).

As well as cost saving, Meade has also led a number of new digital projects, including the creation and launch of ScotLIS – an online, map-based land information service, which allows citizens, communities, professionals and businesses to access comprehensive information about any piece of land or property in Scotland.

The UK IT Industry Awards is one of the country’s longest-running and most prestigious awards. Awarded by Computing and BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, the awards recognise the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT over the previous 12 months.

Sheenagh Adams, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, told DIGIT: “I am delighted to congratulate Tom on his success. His contribution to our digital transformation has been pivotal. In just a short time, his vision for RoS has changed how we think across the organisation.

“It has been a pleasure to watch as he has improved our capability, brought a previously unknown confidence in digital delivery to our working practices, and improved services to deliver real improvements for our customers, savings for our organisation, and a better working environment for our hard working staff.

“His work is paving the way for RoS’ future, as we continue on modernise, innovate and take bold steps towards becoming a fully digital business by 2020.”

The full list of winners in the 2017 UK IT Awards can be found here.

Congratulations to Tom and the RoS team on a well-deserved win.

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