Rachel Burnett, BA, Hon D. Tech, CITP, FBCS, ACIL

BCS President 2007/08

Rachel Burnett

Rachel is Chair of the Computer Conservation Society, a BCS Specialist Group and the world’s largest computer history society.

Her work with BCS over many years before becoming President has included serving on the Security Committee, the Legal Affairs Committee, and the Committee of the Elite (Effective Leadership in IT) group. A member of various working parties on women in IT, she is a founder member of the Women’s Forum.

She was Vice President - Forums and chaired the Management Forum. She was Chair 2000-2003 of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems, since merged with BCS. Her theme as President, Strengthening Relationships, focused on communicating our achievements, our advice and expertise, both within BCS and externally to IT and other professionals, the public sector and the general public.

Rachel was originally an IT professional in systems development, before re-qualifying as a solicitor (now retired) in commercial IT/IP law. She works with the Law Programme at the Open University as an Associate Lecturer. She runs workshops and seminars, and is a speaker on various subjects, from law to wine tastings.

She has written extensively on IT and commercial law for journals and other professional publications, and online media. Her books include co-authorship of Drafting and Negotiating IT Contracts, published by Bloomsbury, now in its 3rd edition, a weighty tome of over 800 pages, and Outsourcing IT - the Legal Aspects. She is author of a series of guides for the IT Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Rachel is a livery member of the Information Technologists' Company and a member of the Society for Computers and Law. She continues to enjoy studying the French language, culture and history, and learning about wine (with qualifications in theory - and practice).

Her email address is rb@burnett.uk.net.