Ian Townend

Ian Townend

What have you been doing since finishing your studies? 

After graduating in 2005, I joined NHS Connecting for Health as a Specialist Messaging Developer.I worked for 7 years in a number of roles all based around the development of messaging solutions, terminology, data sets and information standards.In 2013 I moved to NHS England as Strategic Intelligence Lead working on the development of national strategy for data collections.In 2014 I switched roles within NHS England and begin developing strategy across a number of areas for the National Information Board as well as across the organisation.

What was the best aspect of the course/the University and why? 

The practical aspects of modules were particularly useful and certainly the most enjoyable at the time.In retrospect, the business focussed IT modules were useful as well as this puts IT in context.Not everyone goes into “hard core” IT; whilst my first 8 years after graduation were in this area my current role isn’t.

What other activities outside of your studies were you involved in?

At the time I was also working for Leeds City Council which I think gave me good start in terms of experience in information management.I also played a lot of squash and badminton whilst I was at university which I have continued since.
What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds/thinking about the same career?
I think Leeds is one of the best options.The courses on offer provide a wide range of options both at the overall degree level as well as at the modular level.The city is vibrant and full of opportunities as well.