Steve Gontarek

        Head and shoulder photo of our Head of IT, Mr Steve Gontarek

Head of IT and Information Services

I manage a team providing a broad range of services at SAMS to support our research, enterprise, education and enabling functions; operating an integrated and open-door approach to delivering ICT, library,  information services and data management services.

My department provides and supports a diverse range of specialist research support services such as high performance computing,photogrammetry, bioinformatics, LIMS, database and web development, programming and GIS services.

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I believe in an integrated approach to delivering ICT, information services, data management and development services in a research and education support environment.  IT services should never be delivered in isolation to the functions it is supporting, especially in a compact research, education and commercial environment that is SAMS. I encourage the ICT & development staff to work very closely with researchers and administration staff, often giving direct support to projects and contracts, right from the proposals stage: this gives us a wider understanding of the needs of the researchers and in return, hopefully they understand the challenges and opportunities of ICT in our fast moving technological world and increasingly complex security environment. I also believe in operating an open door policy for students to help support them in their educational and IT needs.


I am responsible for the sourcing, provision and security of most IT, communications and information related requirements for staff, researchers, post and undergraduate students across all the functions of SAMS: teaching, research, commercial and administration.

With my SAMS ICT & information services team, I provide a range of data management, database and web development, programming and GIS services at both an institutional level and in direct support of specific projects\contracts.

I am also responsible for the SAMS library and have responsibilities towards FOI and data protection.

Professional activities

MEDIN Workgroup of Data Standards: Member

British Computer Society: Member since 2001 (MBCS CITP)

Employment history

2005-present: Head of ITC & Information Services. SAMS

2002-05: Data Manager. SAMS

1996-2002: Data Analyst / Programmer. NERC / CCMS (@SAMS)

1989-94: Party Chief / Geophysicist (marine and overseas seismic). Schlumberger Geco-Prakla

1986-89: Geophysicist (overseas seismic). Seismograph Service Ltd


2004: CEng BCS. Engineering Council / BCS

1995: MSc IT (Softward and Systems) - with distinction. University of Glasgow

1985: BSc (Hons) Geophysical Sciences. University of Southampton