Sarah Hutchison

Head of Policy and Information, Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Sarah Hutchison was appointed Head of Policy and Information for the Scottish Information Commissioner in 2003. Her role includes strategic responsibility for publication scheme approvals, media strategy, information resources, research, external relations and promotional work. 

Her previous career includes teaching children with learning difficulties, a formative spell with Oxfam in the UK, leading equality policy in Fife Council and supporting the Fife Community Plan.  

Sarah holds an MA from the University of St Andrews and an MBA from Heriot Watt University. about

Session Details

Monday 22nd May: 9.20am - 10.10am
Balancing The Roles and Needs of the Keeper, the Regulator and the Business.


The opening session of conference looks at the distinctive and vibrant public sector information landscape in Scotland.  It aims to do this through looking at the roles and needs of the key stakeholders involved in working with us as a profession to deliver public records for the public.

The session is designed to be lively - taking the form of three 10-minute mini keynotes followed by a 30 minute armchair panel session, with hand-picked ‘in the know’ participants present to represent each of the key stakeholder groups.

The Scottish Government has implemented a world-leading public records act and developed major information innovations such as GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) and Health & Social Care integration.
This special keynote and panel discussion will focus on the challenges of delivering these initiatives in a climate of ever-increasing regulation, public expectation and technology-driven possibilities set against ever more stretched resource. It is sure to resonate and promote debate amongst delegates from all over the UK.

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