The winner of the 2016 Information Manager of the Year is Marlize Palmer.
Marlize is a standout champion of Information Management in Welsh Government as its Head of Library and Archive Services. One of the criteria for winning is demonstrating excellence in the use of Information Management techniques throughout the workplace, and her nomination clearly showed that this applies to Marlize: adopting a proactive stance on information management, her stewardship has resulted in the Welsh Government Library & Archive Services Team being commended four times by The National Archives' review of good practice in information management.
A quick response to a Cabinet Office review conducted by Sir Alex Allen into Government digital record keeping resulted in the use of an eDiscovery tool to identify, analyse, sort and retain valuable information currently hidden within Welsh Government’s shared drives, backup tapes, email vaults as well as within their current Electronic Document & Records Management System. In four weeks in Spring 2016 her team indexed over 22 million items and providing nearly 70,000 items for solicitors to review for national enquiries, using the Nuix eDiscovery tool for which Marlize had made the business case. She has also ensured that the Welsh Government was an early adopter in regards to the transfer of born-digital records to The National Archive. Her team was involved in the development of innovative new digital practices to prepare UK government departments for the transition from paper to born-digital records, and in identifying the minimum skills needed to provide a smooth transition into the born-digital archive of the future.
As the nomination noted, these projects would not have been possible without Marlize’s considerable skills and abilities: she has displayed political nous, pragmatism and a collaborative style of the highest order. Marlize’s careful stewardship of these projects has allowed members of the Library & Archive Services Team (and probably many other Welsh Government colleagues) to develop and grow, to achieve excellent outcomes, to learn and share many valued lessons along the way. Marlize is a very worthy winner of UKeiG Information Manager of the Year award for 2016.