In the Spotlight: Deborah Ward-Johnstone
Company: Revolution Events
Job Title: Group Event Director, Europe
What attracted you to the IRMS Conference event?
I am paid to work on it :)
Joking aside, it is one of my best projects. I really enjoy the enthusiasm of the IRMS Exec and am delighted to be their Event Director. The variety of the event is great too - high level content to pull together, and Information Market to fill with friendly faces and the networking elements that bring everyone together. It is a great mix.
Where do you see the Information Record Management industry heading over the next few years?
I see the roles within organisations becoming more valuable, and digital process becoming more mainstream.
When you think about the industry, what keeps you awake at night?
The industry is a lot more in-depth than I had originally thought. As I am not "in" the Industry I had not really thought about the behind the scenes process too much. I now realise there is a lot going on!
If you have been to the IRMS Conference event before, what was your highlight?
Yes, a fair few ;)
My highlight is always seeing the networking taking place. Whether it is during the coffee breaks or social activities I over hear a lot of IRM chat all the time, and it really shows there is value in face to face communication. Oh and getting to cuddle Brian Blessed
What do you feel is the most pressing pain point of end-users in the industry for 2018?
GDPR and it's hangovers
Who has helped shape your career, and how?
An old boss of mine shaped my career, they showed me how it should not be done ;)
If a time machine could take you anywhere for one day, when/where would you go?
I'd go back to the day my dog got poisoned in Nov 2016 and not take her in that field! (save a lot of heart ache and about £7k!)