Job Title : Director of Information and CIO

Organization : Metropolitan Police Service

Ailsa Beaton is the Metropolitan Police Service’s director of information and CIO and sits on the Met’s Management Board.

She runs the Met’s Directorate of Information which provides technology services to nearly 55,000 police officers and staff across 750 locations, and focuses on the strategic development of the role of information across the service.

Current key IT initiatives underway in the Met include exploiting the opportunities for improved performance through mobile technology, including automatic person and vehicle location, and the use of PDAs by frontline officers for fast information retrieval and reporting.

As a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) of England and Wales, Beaton leads the information management business areas, and is a member of the Acpo Cabinet and Chief Constables’ Council. She is also a special constable in the Met.

Beaton and her directorate have won a number of awards since she joined the Metropolitan Police and most recently she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2010 for her contribution to policing.

Beaton began her career working in accountancy after graduating with an honours degree in Chemistry. She subsequently moved into IT where she has spent the majority of her working life, in roles including CIO for ICL, a senior partner with PA Consulting Group and various sales management and technical support positions for General Electric.

She returns to the CIO50 list this year after appearing on the list in 2007 and 2008.