Mary Rowlatt is a qualified librarian with extensive experience of initiating, managing and delivering successful information projects and services, with strategic impact, often in a multi-partner environment.
She has a strong track record in web, information and digital content management, having worked for many years as a senior manager with Essex County Council, where she led teams responsible for information services, web services, knowledge management and customer relations. She has personal expertise and interest in usability and interoperability.
She has also originated, co-ordinated and participated in a wide range of externally funded projects relating to information in government, libraries and other cultural heritage institutions including: the Namibia Library Strategy, EuropeanaLocal, Access-IT, EMPATIC, the 6FP DIP project, the ePSInet and PSInet projects, CALIMERA, ENCORE, IPSV, seamlessUK, Live Community Networks, PULMAN, ONE-2, SEAMLESS, ISTAR and PLDP. She has a first degree in librarianship and a master’s degree from the LSE in analysis, design and management of information systems.
She has been a Member of the Cabinet Office Metadata Working Group, the UK Interoperability Focus Group (JISC), the UK Data Archive Steering Group and the EU Public Information Relay Group. She provided advice and guidance to the UK implementers (DTI and HMSO) on the transposition and implementation of the Public Sector Information Regulations, and under her leadership Essex County Council became the first local authority to achieve e-GIF (e-Government Interoperability Framework) accreditation from the Cabinet Office and IFTS (Information Fair Trader Scheme) certification from the Office of Public Sector Information.