Socitm has announced its new president is Nadira Hussain, who runs the 'One Oracle' shared service for seven London councils.
Hussain has two decades experience in operational and strategic ICT and corporate services roles within London councils and has been vice-chair of Socitm's London group since 2008.
At Socitm's spring conference today Hussain said the “number one priority” during her one-year presidency will be to advance the prospects of women in IT, encouraging more women into leadership roles.
“Socitm is a great platform for creating a network through which the interests and visibility of women can be advanced in both public and private sectors. I will be reaching out to a range of groups to explore what we can do to drive this forward. It is vital to the future of our profession and will benefit everyone,” she said.
Hussain added that another major theme of her presidency will be encouraging local authorities to improve service delivery and value for money through sharing tools and expertise.
She said local government has for too long been repeating common activity and customising its services for the needs of local people, instead of sharing to achieve “long overdue” economies of scale.
Hussain is currently One Oracle programme manager at 'OneSource', the shared service created by the London Boroughs of Newham and Havering, a role she has held since July 2013.
She joined the public sector in 1994 as policy development and research officer for London Borough of Redbridge, before moving into the council's corporate team.
Following this, Hussain moved to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as head of customer services ICT in 2006, taking over the council's future ICT sourcing programme in 2010.
She will take over the presidency from Nick Roberts, who is currently head of ICT at Croydon Council having left his former role as head of partnerships IT at Surrey County Council in July 2014.
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