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Steve Watt
University of St Andrews

Steve Watt is Chief Information Officer at the University of St Andrews. A native of Scotland he was born in Dundee in 1971. He currently lives north of Dundee in the county of Angus. Steve was educated at the University of Abertay Dundee where he gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Engineering & Management, a Master of Science degree in Information Technology and later a Master of Business Administration degree. Steve is a European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society and has 19 years experience working within the Information Technology field. He has worked primarily in the Higher Education sector in a variety of roles which have included Network Analyst, IT Manager, Depute Head of Information Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Steve has also worked in the private sector for Low & Bonar plc in both Europe and North America. In this role he was responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of corporate IT provision at around 52 locations which included the provisioning and management of wide area networking, telecommunications, groupware and systems management working with outsourced partners centralising the core ICT support for all sites to the UK. He has also worked as a consultant across a range of industries. In his current role as CIO at the University of St Andrews he is responsible for the IT Services function comprising of around 75 staff and is a member of the University Senior Management Team. He is responsible for the strategic development of all IT provision, information assurance & governance and business transformation activities. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Angus College, Chair of the Higher Education IT Directors in Scotland Group and a member of the HP Advisory Board for Education. Steve is a frequent contributor at IT conferences and recently was conference chair and a panelist at a number of events.