Announcement of the New Head and Deputy Head of the School of Information Management

Janet and Allan represent a strong leadership team for the School of Information Management who will be continuing the growth and standing of the School.

Announcement of the New Head and Deputy Head of the School of Information Management

Dr Janet Toland has been appointed Head of the School of Information Management as of January 2018. An expert in the areas of sustainable information systems and the history of ICT, Janet brings to the position a wealth of expertise. She brings a global perspective having served on the faculties at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UK), Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Tonota College of Education (Botswana), and at the University of the South Pacific (Fiji).

Originally from the UK, Janet worked as a programmer and business analyst before moving into academia. She has an MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University, UK and a PhD in Information Systems from Victoria University of Wellington. Janet currently teaches enterprise architecture, sustainable information systems and information systems management. Her research interests include the history of ICT and green information systems, she has over 80 peer reviewed research outputs including journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. Janet has recently served as the Acting Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching for Victoria Business School, and has previously been Programme Director for the Undergraduate, BBIS and Honours programmes, as well as Coordinator of Learning and Teaching for the School of Information Management (SIM), and Acting Chair of the SIM Human Ethics Committee.

Dr Allan Sylvester has been appointed Deputy Head of School. Allan has served at Victoria Business School for 12 years. An expert in the areas of telecommunications policy, e-learning, and public sector IT, Allan brings a wealth of business education and industry experience particularly in the areas of technology service delivery in telecommunications, health technologies, business computing, software development, network construction and technical support service delivery. Allan moved into academic pursuits in the late 2000’s and now actively researches on the role of ICT in public sector informatics, education leadership and social equity.  He has an interest in using technology to enable innovative and effective pedagogy that will lead to engaging and authentic learning experiences for students. Over the last 5 years Allan has served as the Undergraduate and Honours/Master of Commerce Programme Director for the School of Information Management.