Farewell Kate July 28, 2014

Our wonderful colleague Dr Kate Cumming is moving on to new adventures. It’s quite a blow for State Records, and especially for the Government Recordkeeping team.

KateKate started at State Records in 1999, after a period working for the National Archives of Australia. As a member of the then Electronic Recordkeeping team, she worked on State Records’ recordkeeping metadata standard and associated guidance (assisted by her PhD in recordkeeping metadata!), as well as the delivery of training and seminars all over NSW. A fantastic communicator, Kate has the ability to break down the most complex of concepts, for any audience. In delivering training and workshops she always inspires her audience as well as informing them.

As the Senior Project Officer in charge of State Records’ digital recordkeeping strategy Kate has been crucial to its development, promotion and success. Under her stewardship our ‘Future Proof’ blog has gone from strength to strength, with consistently high view counts and plenty of international engagement and interest. The ‘Managing recordkeeping risk in business systems’ workshops are consistently booked out, and she is in high demand for advice amongst agencies implementing new systems and processes for recordkeeping in the digital environment. Kate’s curiosity and enthusiasm and her willingness to tackle even the ‘wickedest’ of problems has been of enormous benefit to government recordkeepers.

Kate is a bit of a records and archives superstar. Over the years Kate has been published in many academic journals, presented at national and international conferences, contributed to the development of International Standards and more. She co-founded the Recordkeeping Roundtable here in Sydney, and recently has been helping to convene the NSW Government’s very active ICT Community of Practice. Kate has great insight into the challenges faced by government in the age of digital abundance and mounting information risk, as well as a clear vision for how these challenges can be addressed. Her drive and passion for recordkeeping will be a great asset for the City of Sydney, as we’re sure they know.kate

All the best Kate, stay in touch, hope you’ll do a guest post from time to time, and we’ll totes miss you.

Image credits: Cassandra Findlay
One Comments
Sonya July 30th, 2014

Many great achievements so far and we look forward to your ongoing contributions to the profession with the insights of new horizons! Very best wishes Kate and the Govt RK team!

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