Karen Alford
Karen Alford
FCRM manager- digital asset data and information
Environment Agency

Karen leads Environment Agency’s Asset Management digital transformation within the asset management directorate across the whole asset lifecycle and is a qualified accountant. The Environment Agency is one of the leading departments within Government to integrate data management into project delivery and using the capability as a foundation to shape a digital data and technology approach within the asset management business. She has been instrumental in driving forward improvements to the availability and access of data internally and externally as well as recognising how a data centric approach is key to transforming asset management delivery. This includes a data requirements library to improve access to asset related data standards to improve and automate data delivery at project handover. Karen is involved in a number of cross UK industry groups including the Public Sector Information Group, Government’s Smart Infrastructure Working Group and the Digital Transformation Task Group, part of the Institute of Civil Engineers Client Group. She is also a steering member of the Cambridge Centre Smart Infrastructure and Construction, BIM4 Water and a UK committee member for ISO19650 and ISO55000 standards.