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Met Information Director to step down

Charlotte Jee Published 26 November 2012

Ailsa Beaton to leave MPS in mid 2013

Ailsa Beaton, who has served as Director of Information since the post was created in 2000, will be leaving the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in mid 2013.

Beaton is leaving following a Met review of its ICT function, as part of its corporate change programme. According to a spokesperson from the MPS, as part of that review the service has decided to "move its ICT into another chapter".

The service "needs someone with a big long-term commitment to the role", and Beaton is understood to not want to commit for another multi-year tenure, having held her position for 12 years already.

According to the spokesperson, Beaton is departing under the Met's voluntary exit programme. The spokesperson was unable to say what her next post will be. There are currently no announcements regarding who her successor will be, but "the appropriate process will be undertaken in due course".

When Beaton first started, there was no organisation-wide email system, there were no service level agreements with the major outsourced service providers and a Police Authority in London was yet to be established, according to a Met statement.

During her tenure, Beaton has focused on driving improvements in performance and efficiency, and notable achievements include significant improvements to the intelligence systems, the implementation of an ubiquitous ICT infrastructure, the introduction of new capabilities such as social media monitoring and delivering the ICT necessary to support the policing of the Olympics.

In 2005 Beaton became the first member of police staff to be elected by ACPO nationally as a portfolio lead, Head of the Information Management Business area. As a member of both the ACPO Cabinet and Chief Constables' Council, she has played "a major part in the acquisition and adoption of a number of national systems and policies."

For example, Beaton was involved in the procurements for the Police National Network and Airwave, Freedom of Information Act provisions, the recommendations of Sir Michael Bichard's enquiry, such as the Police National Database, and improvements to the management of information across the Criminal Justice System.

She was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours list for services to policing.

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