Geoff McMullen

BCS President 2001/02
Presidential theme: Computing for the disabled

I was President in the year of my formal retirement from full time work, and my theme was computing for the disabled. That theme, and the fact that I was V-P for professional formation for eight years, have strongly influenced all that I have done since.

Work-wise, my retirement was illusory and I was director of the University of London Computer Centre for three years, then an OGC Gateway reviewer for high risk projects for five. With a little incidental management consultancy, this kept me out of the house quite nicely until the end of my 60s.

For BCS, I remained a member of the Products and Services Board, as well as being the link to CEPIS - the Council for European Professional Informatics Societies (where I was President for two years 2005/7) - and a director of the ECDL Foundation. Because of that, I chaired a working party for the European Standards Centre (CEN) on IT skills for practitioners for four years.

I also remained active in the field of disability, working to try to find appropriate means of helping practitioners to form a useful specialist group, and to ensure good input to the BCS’s policies from a disability perspective. Achieving these aims remains a work in progress and I am still an active member of the Digital Accessibility Specialist Group. I’ve also been a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for five years.

Outside BCS, I’ve been a trustee of a charity and adviser on management matters to several others. Watching my children marry and their children grow remains a source of enduring satisfaction.

My email address is mcmullen@bcs.org.uk