Job Title : Director of information and CIO

Organization : Metropolitan Police Service

The technology provided by Ailsa Beaton helps more than 50,000 police officers to protect the UK’s capital.

Under Beaton’s stewardship, the directorate of information provides ICT services to 750 locations, providing technologies that allow the force to better protect the public and free up back-office resources for front-line policing.

A recent example of technology transformation would be the introduction of PDAs that allow officers to spend more time on the streets, while future changes being considered include the introduction of private, cloud-based services to reduce costs of IT provision.

Beaton’s efforts have not gone unrecognised: she was given an OBE in 2010 and the Met won two awards for the way it uses IT in the last year, one of which recognised its work developing a system for the presentation of digital evidence in court.

Her expertise is sought by both law enforcement and technology groups, with Beaton the head of the Information Management Business Area for the Association of Chief Police Officers for England and Wales and sitting on the CIO board of e-skills UK, the information technology sector skills council.

When not managing the force’s technology, Beaton is not afraid to get her hands dirty – serving as a police constable in the Metropolitan Special Constabulary.

Her career has seen Beaton take on a range of IT roles, including serving as CIO for ICL and a senior partner with PA Consulting Group.