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IRMS Public Sector Group

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The Public Sector Group supports Information & Records Management staff who work in, or are affiliated with the  Public Sector. The  Public Sector Group meets quarterly, usually in London. The meetings cover a variety of topics of interest to the Public Sector community.

Public Sector Group Officers:



Elizabeth Barber 




Elizabeth Barber;

Elizabeth Barber is Records Manager for Kent County Council where her principal responsibilities are to ensure that KCC’s record keeping systems are compliant with the current legislative framework. Elizabeth has also been a Chair of the Records Management Society Public Sector Group (formerly the Local Government Group)  since April 2003. Elizabeth is also responsible for developing and maintaining the  Management Toolkit for Schools and other outputs from the Public Sector Group. Elizabeth was the recipient of the RMS Lifetime Achievement Award for records management in 2009.

Elizabeth qualified as an archivist in 1987 and began her professional life at the then Greater London Record Office, clearing out and reallocating records created by the Greater London Council. After a time at Hertfordshire Record Office which involved more “traditional” archive work, Elizabeth moved into records manager as Kent County Council’s records manager in 1993. Elizabeth is responsible for developing corporate strategy for information and records management.




Jenny Obee 

Finance Officer:
Jenny Obee; 

Jenny Obee is the Head of Information Management at the London Borough of Barnet, a position which she has held for 18 months. Her role encompasses implementation of the Information Management Strategy for the Council which was approved in September 2013, responsibility for Freedom of Information, Data Protection and Corporate Complaints, along with GIS, Emergency Planning, Information Security and Business Continuity.  Jenny is also the client lead for IT - a role formed since the outsourcing of Barnet's IT function (along with a number of other Council functions) to Capita in September 2013. Jenny has a solidly public sector background - prior to her role at Barnet, she was the Head of Information Management at the Office of Rail Regulation for 5 years, with previous information management roles including positions at the Postal Services Commission, Gloucestershire Police and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Jenny was the recipient of the Information Management Professional of the Year award from the IRMS in 2012.



Sarah Graham 



Sarah Graham;

Sarah is Records Manager at NHS England and has been working in the records management field since 2005.  Her role involves providing advice and guidance on all aspects of Records Management, from creation and management to retention and disposal.  Major projects at the moment are legacy records for the NHS and the implementation of a records repository using SharePoint. Sarah enjoys a bit of culture in her spare time, enjoying theatre trips, music concerts and film / cinema.  She is also an avid reader when she gets the time!  Sarah became Secretary of the IRMS Public Sector Group on 1st July 2015.




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