Stephen Clarke is a former Engineer who pivoted into a career in Information & Data Management as a post-grad. With twenty years’ experience delivering information services in the UK and NZ Public Sector, Stephen has undertaken senior leadership roles in such agencies as Archives NZ, Dept of Internal Affairs, Inland Revenue, Office of the Ombudsman, and Transpower, he is currently the Chief Data Officer of Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency.
Getting value from data, information and analytics to make the world a fairer, safer and more democratic place is what get him out of bed in the morning. In the international arena he is known as a standards expert having developed standards in NZ and internationally for ISO (and others). As a former anthropologist he understands human systems, and as a technical practitioner he understands information systems. Successful technology implementations bring these two systems together to create human-centred products that work for people, unsuccessful ones don’t.
When not doing data stuff, he likes to spend his time with his two daughters, reading sci-fi and philosophy, watching Scottish football (I know) and collecting early punk records