Anglia Ruskin appoints Director of IT Strategy

Published: 16 January 2006 at 15:50

Anglia Ruskin University has made a new addition to its corporate development team with the appointment of a Director of Information Technology (IT) Strategy and Systems.

The new position, created to enhance and expand the capability of Anglia Ruskin's Information Systems (IS), has been filled by Ajay Burlingham-Böhr MBA MBCS CITP FRSA FZSL who joins the University from the RSPB, Europe's largest conservation charity, where she has worked since 1999 as the Head of Information Systems.

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 and is particularly interested in the strategic role that IT plays in organisations and the critical bridging role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) between IT and business strategy.

Her early career was as a systems analyst and later IT project manager in a variety of industries including insurance and manufacturing. After five years as an independent IT consultant she moved into the not-for-profit sector as a senior IT manager, first with the Zoological Society of London and most recently with the RSPB.

Anglia Ruskin's Pro Vice Chancellor Peter Creamer said of the appointment:

"Ajay will be leading Anglia Ruskin on its future IT strategy by implementing and delivering an infrastructure that will support the continuing development of the University. She will have special responsibility for realising the potential of our Information Systems while managing and developing the people that make up our fast-expanding IT team. This is a pivotal role within the University. Ajay's exemplary track record shows us that she has exactly the right credentials for the job."

Ajay said:

"I am looking forward to joining Anglia Ruskin's highly proactive corporate development team at a time when the University is facing unprecedented expansion and change. I hope to be able to help to strengthen the existing IT infrastructure and align it with the University's objectives, through the development of an effective IS strategy, leading to the implementation of new and exciting capital projects. The IS strategy needs to ensure that investments in IT are actually delivering real benefits for students, businesses, public sector organisations and the wider community."

Ajay is also a visiting lecturer on the Cranfield University Management School's short course 'Organisational Politics for IT Managers' and is the founding chair of the Charities Consortium IT Directors Group, a benchmarking and networking forum of CIOs from more than 50 large UK charities.

Ajay will take up her new post on 20 March. She will be based on the Cambridge campus.

Anglia Ruskin University has over 30,000 students studying higher education courses at its dual campus locations at Cambridge and Chelmsford, and its regional partnership colleges spread across the Eastern region.