Highways Agency gets first director of information

Road users can look forward to improved information alerts on their journeys with the help of Denise Plumpton, who next week...

Road users can look forward to improved information alerts on their journeys with the help of Denise Plumpton, who next week becomes the Highways Agency’s first director of information.

The move marks a full career circle for Plumpton, who started out in the transport sector before becoming IT director of Powergen, TNT, and most recently mobile phone manufacturer Sendo.

Plumpton also becomes a board member of the Highways Agency, which reports to the Department for Transport, and her remit ranges into all aspects of the business.

However, her initial main priority will be IT, running a team of 150 IT specialists, and putting together a strategy for delivering information to all road users, including the public, hauliers and emergency services.

"I want to get to grips with the road information that road users want and deliver it when and how they want to get it," said Plumpton. She will also be working with car manufacturers to identify technological changes in the cars of the future.

Career history

Denise Plumpton started out as a business planning strategist with Land Rover, part of British Leyland. In 1987 she was part of the management buy-out of British Leyland’s IT services department, Istel. From 1989-1999 she was at Powergen as commercial manager and IT director, followed by four years as IT Director of TNT, and a year as IT Director at British mobile phone manufacturer Sendo.

She remains chairman of IT user group The Corporate IT Forum (Tif), and is also a member of Computer Weekly’s Editorial Advisory Board.

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