Belfast IT director Crozier takes the helm at Socitm

Rose Crozier, the head of information services at Belfast city council has been elected president of the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm).

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Rose Crozier, the head of information services at Belfast city council has been elected president of the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm).

Crozier has taken up office following Socitm’s AGM, replacing Peter Ryder, who is IT director at Preston council.

The new president has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT profession, starting out as a Cobol programmer at Belfast in 1981. She progressed through systems analysis and project management roles to become deputy head of Information Services in 1999 before being appointed to head the department in 2004.

Crozier is particularly interested in the contribution of IT to local authority performance and effectiveness and is studying for a PhD in business and management at the University of Ulster.

“There is a sense of mounting pressure and urgency about delivering efficiencies, arising from the spending review, the Varney report, customer expectations and many other issues we’ve heard about today,” Crozier told the AGM.

But she added: “I see many opportunities ahead for ICT to shine - providing we, as IT managers, deploy the right skills and leadership within our organisations.”

Crozier has chaired Socitm’s Northern Ireland branch since its formation in 2005 and has been vice president of the organisation for the past two years.

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