CILIP GIG Committee invites you to join them online as they celebrate two GIG Lifetime Achievement Awards

The CILIP GIG Committee invites you to join us online as we celebrate two GIG Lifetime Achievement Awards and a GIG Annual Award 2023-24, and hear from the winners themselves. We will also outline GIG’s plans for 2024 and hold the Group’s Annual General Meeting. Papers for the AGM will be published and circulated in due course. Lifetime achievement awards have been made jointly to:

  • David Smith, Head of KIM and Departmental Records Officer at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and formerly Head of GKIM Profession. “Recognised as a leader, mentor and champion of KIM professionals across the public sector.”
  • Paul Woods, Legal Information Manager, Government Legal Department. “Nominated for his outstanding work over a number of years both within the GLD and predecessor organisations, and for his expert knowledge of library subscription services and legal information management.”

The Annual Award is made to the Home Office Knowledge Management Team. This nomination recognises that the Team “are key leads in using storytelling as a way to express Learning from Experience, and that they have shared their learning and best practice with others across government.”

David has played a key role in the development of cross-government initiatives, including modernising the professional skills competency framework, reviews of record keeping and the introduction of electronic records catalogues. His leadership on electronic records and freedom of information in the early days of email and electronic publications was groundbreaking, innovative and set the professional standards for government which have been in place ever since. David has been personally recognised a number of times by external professional bodies, including being awarded an Information and Records Management Society Fellowship in 2018 and a special recognition award for his work to support the profession during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul has worked in a number of knowledge and information roles and is currently GLD’s Legal Information Manager, leading projects and delivery of library and legal information services for GLD and the wider Government Legal Profession. In addition to his expert knowledge mentioned above, Paul also brings with him an extensive knowledge of wider GLD systems and library systems having worked on projects such as LION during his career. Paul’s contribution has been felt across GLD and the civil service for a long time.

The Knowledge Management team at the Home Office has concentrated on three sessions which demonstrated the following: a story that has been created specifically for the Home Office; providing information around the technique of storytelling; and a short exercise where colleagues can map out how a story could be told using Freytag’s Pyramid. These sessions were created to share best practice with others across government, allowing colleagues to learn more about the technique and how they can make best use of it. The three sessions delivered this year were for a variety of audiences including UK Health Security Agency, the Knowledge Mavericks network, and as part of One Big Thing, the Civil Service’s recent drive to improve the way it works with data.

Registration is available to CILIP members at the event’s page on the CILIP website.