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Grace Parkinson - Director of Information Systems
In November 2007 Grace Parkinson was appointed as SLASPA's Director of Information Systems. However, Mrs. Parkinson has been employed with SLASPA for about 25 years and over the years have worked in the Finance, Payroll, Operations and Human Resource Departments. A self motivated and focused Director of IT, she has spared no effort in ensuring that technology solutions are effectively aligned to the organization's business strategy and that IT investments in fact create value for both internal and external customers.
As Director of Information Systems she is responsible for SLASPA's entire IT systems and communications infrastructure and ensures that functional and cost effective IT solutions are deployed throughout the organization. Through her strong leadership and exceptional inter-personal skills she has managed to gain the buy-in from staff to all her department’s initiatives towards automation.
She was instrumental in the implementation of five (5) IT projects over a six (6) month period which saw the successful automation of manual processes and the upgrade of existing processes at both the airports and seaports. One of the major projects was the development of a central statistical database that extracts data on all aircraft and passenger movements, cargo, cruise, yachting and ferry operations all through one web interface, placing SLASPA at the forefront of data collection thereby making information more readily available in real-time to both internal and external customers.
She is a very driven and results oriented individual and believes that no problem is insurmountable and as she puts it “tell me your problem and I will find a solution” is what characterizes her performance as the Director of Information Systems. Along with her highly motivated team, she has been very successful in driving SLASPA's IT agenda and the organization has been transformed through her effective management and leadership.
Mrs. Parkinson provides leadership to a small team of 4 and overseas and manages the technical support for 245 network users who utilize 23 computer applications/systems spread over 14 departments/sections at 9 office locations and also maintains a wide area network linking all offices with voice and data connectivity. How is this possible? The answer is simple – strong decisive leadership, strong work ethics, commitment and dedication, plenty motivation and exceptional technical capabilities.
Mrs. Parkinson holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Durham University in the United Kingdom.