New ICT director appointed

Southampton Solent University


Southampton Solent University welcomes Paul Colbran as their new Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

He joins the University from Brighton & Hove City Council, where he was Chief Information Officer and Head of IT.

During his time there, Paul delivered an ICT Strategy and a technology roadmap supporting the Council’s 10-year Access Vision for public services.

With a focus on driving business and customer value from information assets, he oversaw the delivery of a programme supporting improved customer access and experience and developed a digital inclusion strategy.

Paul also led the modernisation of the Council’s ICT approach to engagement with its customers and developing technology solutions as a strategic partner.

He started his career in the Army, where he specialised in the field of electronics and logistics before moving into IT and studying for his HND at Solent when it was an Institute.

On leaving the Army, Paul joined what became Total Gas and Power Ltd, a subsidiary of the French owned Total Oil and Gas Company, where he went on to manage the IT support function and introduce IT Service Management best practice.

He has also been instrumental in leading the creation of a pan-Sussex collaborative working consortium (Sussex LINK) for the procurement of Public Services Network (PSN) and other commodity IT services.

Paul is looking forward to having the opportunity to develop technologies that deliver the best possible customer experience – both for students and staff – and to providing a proactive service that can help shape the future of the University.

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