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Nicola Cooke, Information Services Officer, tells us more about her role.

I joined Colchester Borough Council in 2017, prior to this I worked for Essex County Council for a number of years in various IT roles.

Being an Information Services Manager is a really interesting and varied role which includes:

  • Providing advice and guidance to the business regarding compliance with data protection legislation
  • Providing advice on data standards and the best use of information
  • Ensuring the accuracy of our Local Land and Property Gazeteer (LLPG)
  • Managing our geographic information
  • Managing our unstructured data through the rollout and use of Sharepoint
  • Ensuring fit for purpose digital and physical data security

The role provides lots of opportunity for me to get involved in a number of projects happening right across the Council, and to work closely with people from all areas of the organisation.  It's an especially busy time for me at the moment with new data protection legislation due to come into force on the 25 May, so I'm fast getting to know a lot about what other service areas do so that I can advise them. 

I am really enjoying my role here, everyone has been so welcoming and I feel like I've been here a lot longer than 8 months (in a good way).  Working with an enthusiastic and energetic team ready to take on the challenges that the ever changing IT environment presents is a real privilege.