Associates

Marc Fresko

Marc is Director and founder of Inforesight, an information management consultancy.

He is a highly experienced consultant, having provided consultancy and advice since 1979. Since 1992, he has specialised solely in information management, with particular interests in electronic records management and digital preservation. He is recognised as a thought leader, being the only non-US recipient of an AIIM “Distinguished Service Award” and being identified on three occasions as one of the top influencers in the UK. He was the lead author and project leader of both MoReq and MoReq2 – European standards for electronic records management – and has contributed to other key standards.

Marc holds a degree from Oxford University, is a Certified Management Consultant, a Fellow of the Information and Records Management Society and a member of AIIM. His consultancy experience includes thirteen years with Arthur Andersen (now Accenture) and KPMG. He is proud to include many government departments among his clients, as well as other government bodies, local government councils, supra-national bodies, parliaments, financial institutions and other commercial companies. He has an international outlook, being a frequent contributor to conferences and other events internationally, and having assisted clients in over a dozen countries.

Alan Gilchrist

Alan has operated his own consultancy firm since 1977.

His wide range of experience as a consultant in many aspects of information management has focused directly or indirectly on knowledge organisation for information retrieval (classification, thesauri and taxonomies) all in conjunction with appropriate software. This has led him to an understanding of metadata and terminology management within the wider context of Information Architecture, and the increasing need for interoperability between systems.

Alan has published widely and is co-author of the extensively used manual Thesaurus Construction and Use, now in its fourth edition. He has an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters), is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultancy, a Certified Management Consultant, and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals. He is the Founding Editor, and now Editor Emeritus, of the Journal of Information Science. He was a member of a small Working Group updating the British Standard on Thesaurus construction, BS 8723, now adopted as ISO 25964.

David Haynes

David is a researcher and management consultant specialising in information, knowledge and records management. His areas of expertise include metadata, knowledge organisation and information governance. David’s career as an information consultant has spanned many sectors including finance, engineering, pharmaceuticals, and public authorities. David previously worked as Head of Consultancy Services at CILIP and then as Principal Consultant with the engineering firm Atkins before he joined Aspire Squared in 2009.

David is an Honorary Tutor at Dundee University where he teaches a Module on Metadata Standards and Information Taxonomies to post-graduate students at CAIS (the Centre for Archives and Information Studies). He is also a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Information Science at City University London, where he teaches Information Management and Policy to Masters students.

David is a member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). He is a registered PRINCE2 Practitioner, Programme Manager and Risk Manager.

Guy Johnson

Guy is a data protection and information governance consultant with over 10 years’ experience of working with clients in a range of sectors and regions including Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

He is also a qualified lawyer (solicitor, England & Wales) and practised for several years before moving into consultancy. Guy offers a strong understanding of data protection law combined with practical experience of information management and systems.

Chris Marsh

Chris Marsh has worked in digital media for over 15 years, designing publishing solutions and online experiences for clients such as BBC, Sky, Youview and Cisco. Most recently he was Director of Content Architecture for Pearson International.

Strategic services include single-source authoring, multi-channel publishing, content modelling, content migration, localisation, legacy content conversion, and the design of metadata repositories and content management systems.

Integration with existing repositories, workflows and metadata models is an issue for organisations of all sizes, and Chris has experience of unifying metadata and content production systems, supporting staff through the change management process.

His approach incorporates business analysis, content strategy and user-centred design. He has worked for startups and agencies, developed new products, and won development funding from NESTA and the BBC Innovation Lab.

Liz Calder

Liz is a Consultant Business Analyst who specialises in strategic development, information management and change management.

Early in her career she was fortunate to be involved in a project that mapped and redesigned the information needs of the company where she worked, and developed and implemented an information management policy. The love of being able to treat information as the asset that it really is has never left her.

Since then she has worked in a variety of projects including some that needed teams to standardise their ways of working, often globally. Project Sponsors frequently found that using Business Rules as part of the change gave both the business ownership and governance needed for long term sustainability.

People are key to a successful Information Management programme. Liz works with teams to make sure that those impacted understand what is driving the change and know how to adopt any new practices.

Liz has an Engineering Ph.D. and has spent her career in science and engineering, research and pharmaceutical sectors. She is a member of the International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA) and is a mentor within their mentoring programme.

Russell Joyce

Russell has many years’ experience of document, records and archive management including records classification, retention scheduling, commercial records storage, contract negotiation and management, policy formulation, systems development and implementation, project management, change management, business analysis, business continuity planning, and staff management.

Helen Lippell

Helen has extensive experience in managing search engines, developing taxonomies and metadata schemes, and carrying out content analysis and text analysis, and has a deep knowledge of search user experience, findability, information architecture, content audits, categorisation, automatic classification, navigation model design, and content modelling.

Aref Makooi

Aref specialises in designing and maintaining business metadata, taxonomies and thesauri, and other information architecture artefacts. He has many years’ experience in requirements gathering, social survey techniques, questionnaire design and analysis and other aspects of user engagement, and is particularly skilled at building rapport with clients.

Richard Collings

Richard is an IT consultant, project manager and business analyst with broad range of expertise, able to work successfully with senior management, users at all levels, technologists, project managers and third party suppliers. He specialises in the third sector.