Published: 7 September 2009 at 13:36
University’s Director of Information Systems is shortlisted for national title
Anglia Ruskin University’s Director of Information Systems and Media Services has been shortlisted for the UK IT Leader of the Year 2009 award organised by Computing magazine and the British Computer Society, the professional body for IT.
Ajay Burlingham-Böhr MBA FBCS CITP FRSA, who has been with Anglia Ruskin since 2006, is the only finalist in the UK IT Leader of the Year category of these national awards representing higher education. Other finalists from the public sector include candidates from Yorkshire Water Services, the Highways Agency, Transport for London and Fife Council.
During her time with Anglia Ruskin, Ajay has overseen a transformational change to the IT systems and processes, including a major turnaround of the IT function, the replacement of an aging IT infrastructure, the creation and implementation of a new support service, and the implementation of over 50 major projects to help achieve organisational objectives.
Ajay joined Anglia Ruskin from the RSPB, Europe’s largest conservation charity, where she worked as Head of Information Systems. During her last year at the RSPB, the Information Systems department that Ajay led was winner of the Computer Weekly UK Public Sector 2006 Best Place to Work in IT Award.
Ajay, who is from Cambridge, originally qualified through the British Computer Society as a Chartered Information Technology Practitioner and has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. In 2004, she completed a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Ajay was nominated by Professor Helen Valentine, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Anglia Ruskin University, for her contribution to the University. Speaking about Ajay’s success, she explains:
Commenting on the shortlisting, Ajay said:
Over 400 entries were received for the annual awards. There are six ‘Individual Excellence’ categories for awards for outstanding employees.The winners of the awards will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at the Battersea Park Event Arena in London on Thursday 12 November.