Kay Brown, SEEMiS Group Chief Executive

Written by Alan Robertson on 15 October 2015 in Feature

For 100 days, Connect is running through our Tech 100 for 2015, profiling the key figures driving the digital agenda in Scotland

Kay Brown

Job Title/Organisation: Chief Executive, SEEMiS Group LLP

What does your role involve?

Responsibility for the strategy, business planning, development, governance and BAU of the SEEMiS Group that delivers IT solutions to all local authority schools and nurseries in Scotland. This is a unique organisation offering a shared service on hosted platforms to its 32 member councils.

Also involved in the Local Government Digital Board, Futures Programme Board, Technical and Design Board and the LCIO Council and an active Socitm member. Sponsor of the Top Talent programme for aspiring Digital leaders.

What do you consider to be the most imminent challenge in your line of work?

Delivering a solution for education in relation to the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) legislation across all involved in the agenda. The solution will mean negotiating a single solution for 32 councils and securely exchanging sensitive information that relates to children with police, health and others. Also continuing to raise the profile of SEEMiS and its recovery.

What has been the most rewarding piece of work you've undertaken?

Recovering this organisation from the potential brink of disaster and stabilising it with governance and good processes, proving that all the years of experience were still able to deliver a good outcome.

How can Scotland bridge the digital skills gap?

We need to engage with organisational leaders to lead from the top and to establish the skills within their organisations. Opportunities should be grasped with apprentices, bright graduates – not necessarily ICT – and showcase the roles that make a difference to our society.

Which new technology excites you the most?

The Internet of Things and place.

What's your favourite app and why?

Navigation apps – I have no sense of direction!

What, for you, will 2016 be the year of from a technology/digital standpoint?

A good cross public sector solution that embraces smart technology and makes a difference to citizens.

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