Meet the team

Stephen Curtis, Director

“As the Strategy and Policy Manager for information and technology at Leicestershire County Council, I need to steer the way the organisation uses its information and data assets, and how technology supports our business and service user needs.  I have a strong focus on information sharing, underpinned by good compliance and information security.  I have been using all those experiences to shape the new Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing, and I am delighted to be its Director.


I’ve been involved in many partnership and national initiatives in this area, including the national project on information sharing (IISaM).  Before 2003, I was a research team leader in the Scottish Parliament and prior to that spent 7 years at Stirling Council / Stirling District Council as a professional Town Planner, primarily in policy and research services. I trained as a Planner at the London Borough of Sutton.  My qualifications include BA (Hons) Urban Studies (Sheffield), MA Environmental Planning (Nottingham), an MPhil Social Science Research (Glasgow), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Leadership and Management (Warwick).”


Charlotte Piper, Assistant Director

“I am responsible for leading the Centre’s relationships with national government and its agencies.  As part of the Public Service Transformation Network, I provided information sharing support to local areas working to transform services for the benefit of service users, whilst using that evidence to inform national conversations.


Prior to being a civil servant, I worked in two London boroughs, have been a foundation stage teacher and had a spell in academia.”


Nicola Underdown, Head of Engagement (West)

 ”‘I work to engage with local areas, providing direct support for their information sharing activity.  I was previously involved in the IISaM project, and hope to continue the work of the project across a broader range of policies, and across England as a whole.”