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Chris Broomfield

Chris Broomfield

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IT Manager

 

IT Manager; Assistant Membership Secretary

Archaeological/Historical Interests:
1. Archaeology: All periods, excavation and technology. The Wealden Iron Industry;
2. Historical: Genealogical Records research, Family History research; transcription, online records management.

 

I am a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists.

 

After over 60 years in the telecommunications and IT industry which covered a wide range of technical and managerial positions including Chief Testing Officer submarine cable repair ship, representing the UK at ISO and ITU meetings. From 1982-1992 initially as technical manager and product manager responsible for technical operations, marketing, sales and support for International Data Services. On retiring from leaving BT in 1992 I created a telecommunications/computer networks consultancy involved in international networking included the  expansion of the Internet and academic networks in UK and Europe. I retired from commercial work in 1996.

 

In 1997 I became a volunteer at the Society of Genealogists with a specific interest in IT facilities to support the aims and operations of the Society. I was a Charity Trustee (2001-2007 & 2009-2013). As a key member of the team enhanced the on-site Library Catalogue (in excess of 120,000 books/records) to be accessible via the Internet to meet the conditions of National Lottery Funding. I also introduced a secure membership management system adding the ability for members to access to an online database of genealogical data. I was webmaster for the Society for over 10 years. Elected a Fellow of the Society in 2007.

 

I remain actively involved in researching family history. I have been a member of KAS since 1990 and participated in the excavation of Sedgebrook Roman Villa, Plaxtol and worked on other sites in Kent and Sussex.

 

I am a Trustee and Webmaster of the Wealden Iron Research Group.

 

KAS Activity: I have been Involved supporting the management of the membership system since 2001 as assistant membership manager. Projects have included creation of a computer-based system in 2001-2 and its subsequent development to the current system in 2013 which uses an advanced Contact Management System. I oversaw the implementation, and subsequently managed, a modern “front-end” to the KAS website 2010-2018. I evaluated systems to replace the on-line database of the Library Collection and subsequently managed the transfer of the KAS Library Catalogue data to a modern online resource. I currently manage the day-to-day online resources provided to KAS volunteers by Microsoft365 and the acquisition of both hardware and software resources to meet KAS needs.