A free OCLC seminar -- Academic Library and IT Services: Different Functions Separated by Common Goals

Speaker Biographies

Brian Hipkin

Brian Hipkin

Brian Hipkin, Vice-Chair, AMOSSHE and Dean of Students, Regent's University London

Brian Hipkin is currently the Dean of Students at Regent's University. Brian was previously the Director of Student Services at the University of East London from 2005-2011, and before this spent 11 years at Middlesex University as Dean of Students. The previous 18 years having been spent as a senior lecturer, researcher, occasional columnist and media consultant. UEL Student Services have been pioneers in the innovative use of new technologies in the delivery of services to Students.

Brian has advised many HEIs on improving their Student Experience and has spoken widely on this subject.  Brian is also on the executive board of AMOSSHE.

Fiona Leslie

Fiona Leslie

Marketing Manager, EMEA, OCLC

Fiona Leslie is Marketing Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa at OCLC.  Her previous roles in both product management and marketing include working for Talis Information (now part of Capita), R.R. Bowker (the US ISBN agency and formerly part of Reed Elsevier) and Cassell PLC.  Fiona started out her professional life working in book publishing and says her career has undertaken a complete digital ‘switch-over’ in that time.   

In her current role at OCLC, she is responsible for managing OCLC’s market research activities in EMEA.  In 2012, she coordinated a series of surveys with library leaders in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK which highlighted their top priorities, initiatives and thoughts on the future of library services.

Robin Murray

Robin Murray

Vice President, Global Product Management, OCLC

Robin Murray was named Vice President, OCLC Global Product Management, in 2007. He leads an international team responsible for delivering the organization’s enterprise product strategy. In 1999, Robin was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Fretwell-Downing Informatics, which is now part of OCLC. A thought leader within the information technology arena for more than 15 years, Robin is internationally recognized as an expert in information systems architecture, information integration and digital libraries. He has served on the European Expert Group for Libraries, and served on the board of NISO, the American National Information Standards Organization. Robin has also provided strategic consultancy worldwide for information, education, e-government and information integration systems involving large-scale academic and public organizations and businesses.

With a reputation as something of a futurist in the library community, Robin speaks on issues related to industry trends. Currently, his main thoughts and presentations in this area center on the topic of building Web scale for libraries.

Jim Nottingham


CIO Regent's University London

Jim Nottingham is the first CIO at Regent’s University London which is a not for profit private University. In the last year Regent’s gained Taught Degree Awarding Powers, University Title and purchased the London Branch of the American Continental University.

Jim’s role as CIO encompasses all aspects of learning support and includes;

The Library, Learning Resources, E-Learning, Learning & Teaching Support, Media, Film & Performance Support, AV & Classroom Support, Management Information Services, Student Records, The Bookstore and associated retail outlets, Legal & Governance Compliance in relation to the Digital Estate & all IT Services.
Jim has over 25 years of experience working in Higher Education in many different roles. Previous to working at Regent’s Jim was IT Director at London South Bank University.
Jim is also Chair of the UCISA Digital Skills & Development Group, which encompasses the UCISA Academic Support Group, UCISA User Support Group & UCISA Staff Development Group (which Jim also Chairs).

Peter Tinson

Robin Murray

UCISA Executive Secretary

Peter Tinson is the UCISA Executive Secretary, a post he has held since May 2005.  As Executive Secretary, Peter is regularly invited to join advisory boards and steering groups to give the sector viewpoint on particular issues.  Prior to joining UCISA, Peter held a number of posts at City University, London and was responsible for policy and procedure including the conditions for use for the network and institutional computers.

Peter writes a blog and contributes articles occasionally to the Guardian Higher Education Network.

Paul Walk

Paul Walk

Director, Innovation Support Centre, UKOLN, University of Bath

Paul Walk has been working with library and web technologies since the early 1990s, as a software developer, manager and service director, in the UK Higher Education sector. He has led the development of successful Web services in the areas of library systems, e-Learning and university management information systems.

Paul is currently Director of the Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN, University of Bath in the UK, where he has been for six years (http://isc.ukoln.ac.uk). The Innovation Support Centre is funded by the JISC to provide programme support, technical advice and research and development services to the Further and Higher education sectors.

Paul has been an active blogger since 2003 and currently maintains a blog at http://blog.paulwalk.net.

Richard Wallis

Richard Wallis

Technology Evangelist, OCLC

Richard Wallis, distinguished thought leader in Semantic Web and Linked Data technology, joined OCLC in 2012 as Technology Evangelist.

Richard has been at the forefront of emerging Web and Semantic Web technologies in the wider information world for over 20 years. He is an active blogger, and was a regular podcaster in the "Talking with Talis" series. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted and chaired "Library 2.0 Gang," a monthly round-table podcast series that brought together thought leaders, movers and shakers, and executives from leading organisations in library technology.

Richard most recently had been with Talis, a Linked Data and Semantic Web technology organisation in the United Kingdom. He is based in Birmingham, United Kingdom.