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Simon Tanner

Simon Tanner, Director KDCS

Simon Tanner, Director KDCS


Simon Tanner is an internationally renowned innovator, consultant and thinker. He has an excellent record of delivering digitisation programmes and strategic change management to major cultural institutions in the UK and beyond. His strength of vision, matched with his professional experience, has assisted many to transform their collections and online presence. Simon’s knowledge of financing and sustaining digital projects is in great demand internationally. He has also worked with memory organisations on innovative modes of engagement and discovery for digital resources. He has a proven business sense, implemented major technology solutions and instigated transformative change management.



Main Focus 

  • Founding Director of King's Digital Consultancy Services in 2003; delivering a self-financing international service.  Professorial grade appointment.

  • Senior manager in the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH). CCH has 40 research staff and is top of the RAE Library and Information Management Panel.

  • Delivers digital change management and strategic consultancy internationally.

  • Founded and leads the Digital Futures Academy for managers on creating, delivering and sustaining digital resources. Run annually in London and Sydney, Australia.

  • Business, technical and sustainability consultancy to establish innovative digital resources. Such as feasibility and business planning for the digitisation of the Dead Sea Scrolls; Theatre of Memory for the National Library of Wales; or Digital Access Strategy for the National Library of Scotland.

  • Ground breaking research for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on charging models for digital cultural heritage in Europe and the USA.

Selected Achievements

  • Business Fellow for School of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London in 2008.
  • Chair of the Web Archiving committee for the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel advising the UK Government on electronic deposit.
  • Member of JISC Digitisation Advisory Group.
  • Co-Director of the Desmond Tutu Digital Archive with S. African partners.
  • General Chair for IS&T Archiving Conference 2010.

Previous Work

  • Senior Consultant: Higher Education Digitisation Services (March 1997 - August 2003)
    Grew HEDS into a financially independent, self-sustaining digitisation and consultancy service for the UK and beyond.
  • Systems Manager: Pilkington Library, Loughborough University (August 1995 - February 1997)
    Member of the Library’s Senior Management Team responsible for all aspects of the Library’s IT systems, strategy and policy.
  • Head of Library: Rolls-Royce and Associates Limited (July 1989 - July 1995)
    Head of Library Services for this major R&D defence contractor. Leading 28 staff in charge of 4 separate library and information services.

Selected Publications and Appearances

Collaboration for our digital futures – invitation paper presented to the Nobel Foundation Symposium, Stockholm, June 2009.

Keynote for ELPUB 2009: 13th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, Milan.

Digitising the Dead Sea Scrolls – with Greg Bearman, Archiving 2009, Arlington, VA; May 2009; p. 119-123; ISBN / ISSN: 978-0-89208-284-1

Keynote: Working Together to Build the Digital Future for Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections, Jacksonville, Florida, June 2008.

Digital Preservation, Facet Publishing, (2006) book co-edited with Prof. Marilyn Deegan.

Handbook on Cost Reduction in Digitisation: Minerva.