Until September 2007 Chris Batt was Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), the Government’s development agency for the sector where a wide range of programmes were delivered successfully. After its creation in 2000 the MLA had a pivotal role in many aspects of cultural heritage ICT strategy.
Chris originally joined national government to lead the implementation of the highly successful £170m People’s Network project and while in the role of MLA CEO he continued to lead involvement in digital futures strategy.
Since 2007, as a director of Chris Batt Consultant Ltd Chris has undertaken research projects for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) on the scoping of audience engagement in online service design, the creation of a wiki-based guide to all aspects of public content digitisation and a study assessing the value of university engagement with the public in the creation and curation of digital resources.
Other projects and speaking engagements have been undertaken in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Flanders, Iceland, the European Commission and, of course in the UK. Clients have included from national governments (input to the New Zealand National Digital Strategy) to regional and municipal agencies (State of Queensland, Kommune of Trondheim) and in the UK agencies such as the Oxford Internet Institute and the National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education.
In 1998 he was awarded the OBE for his groundbreaking work in developing public ICT services and in 2003 he was voted Sunday Times Internet Guru of the Year. Chris is a Life Fellow of CILIP and a Fellow of the RSA. He is currently studying for a PhD at University College London on the modelling of public knowledge systems in the information society.