On 3rd January John Leary joined the Department as the new Director of IT Services.

John says: “I’m excited to be working for the University of Reading and looking forward to meeting as many colleagues as possible over the next few weeks. It’s a privilege to be working for such a highly-regarded department as IT Services, and I’ve been very impressed by the commitment and professionalism of all the staff I’ve met in my first week here. I know we have some challenges ahead of us in 2012, but also some real opportunities for enhancing the way in which IT services are delivered across the University. I will also publish regular updates on my work and plans using this news feed”

John lives in Reading, has two grown-up sons and is a keen angler (when the weather is decent!) He’s also involved in a local church and confesses to being an occasional Tottenham supporter (with apologies to all Reading fans).

His background includes a number of senior IT management roles within the public sector, including Head of IT for Nottingham City Council, and Head of Projects and Resources for Nottinghamshire County Council. Before joining us he worked as a Programme Manager for the National Policing Improvement Agency.

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