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Peter O'Rourke

Director of IT - University of Suffolk


A C-Level, commercially-focussed, technology professional with experience in both private (banking, finance, automotive, civil engineering and retail) and public (local and central government, government agencies and higher education) sectors.

Currently the Director of IT at the University of Suffolk, I play an active part in the wider technology landscape in Higher Education via my presence on the Executive Committee of UCISA (ucisa.ac.uk) and in this capacity I am the UCISA representative on the HESA Data Futures Programme Board.

I am a member of the British Computer Society (MBCS), a school governor and a trustee of the Creative Computing Club, a charity supporting young people to create careers in a technology driven world.

I have been engaged in technology long enough to understand the risk, challenges and opportunities presented by information technology. Where others see challenges, I tend to see opportunities and possibilities. I am especially interested in how organisations can create new approaches to delivery by embracing new technologies and emerging  regulatory frameworks.

Outside of  work I maintain a keen interest in amateur photography and am a frustrated Liverpool FC supporter; although at times the words keen and frustrated are considered interchangeable. I attempt to maintain my heritage credentials with membership of English Heritage and National Trust, though this is somewhat damaged by my children's insistence that heritage must include zip wires or roller coasters.