Kjirste Coltham

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Motor Insurer's Bureau (MIB) helps victims of uninsured and hit-and-run drivers.

I am responsible for the IT and Change function at MIB. The team provide hardware and software to staff, ensure the systems are available, maintained and secure, and deliver projects to maintain and develop the services we provide.

I love the variety of people I meet, the opportunity to make a positive difference to people's working day, and also the fact that I can never be entirely sure what each day is going to bring.

I spend quite a lot of time attending meetings (in person if I am in the office or via Teams if I am at home). Meetings can be about current projects, future opportunities (where do we want to be in 3 months, 1 year, 3 years, and how might we get there). Team meetings are about keeping up to date with what's happening in each team (what they are working on, what challenges they have, what successes they've had). Executive Committee meetings are about the business as a whole rather then specifically IT. It's not just meetings. There's reading to be done to keep up to date with progress and trends in the industry and identify what we might want to look at. Following up on actions from or preparation for meetings and workshops. There are chats with my direct reports about their progress and career aspirations. We also have an active Equity, Diversity &Inclusion programme at MIB and I sponsor the Gender Equality Network which I really enjoy.

I did GCSE's and A'Levels, none of which were related to Technology! In order to put off the decision about what I wanted to be, I went to De Montfort University to study European Business Studies BA, a 4-year course which required a years' study in Seville, Spain. On completing my degree (a 2:1), I was offered a position on a Graduate Trainee Programme with a Financial Services company. I stayed with that company for 21 years, changing roles about every 2 years, though always within IT. Roles included Team Leader, Project Manager, Central Support Manager, Service Management, Transformation Director and IT Run Director. After leaving, I worked for a large American bank as an implementation manger for the roll-out of a major project. Then I worked for an insurance company as Director of IT Solution Delivery. It was there that I came to know about the MIB and what they do. When the opportunity arose to join them as CIO, it was an opportunity I could not ignore.

Challenge, fulfillment, and fun, I hope - in both my personal and professional life.

If I am at home, I love cooking and baking (especially with produce from our allotment)! I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love exploring new and favourite places (locally, in the UK and further afield), and collecting a new fridge magnet while there!

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