Ernest Morris TD

BCS President 1987/88

Now an octogenarian, I hold the Territorial Decoration (awarded for service in the Territorial Army - and unique so far among PPs); I am an Honorary Fellow of the University of Swansea and a Freeman of the City of London.

A brief account of my business career is that after University and National Service I joined The British Tabulating Machine Co in September 1954 as a trainee Technical Serviceman - in its pre-computer days. In 1958 I was ‘stolen’ by C T Bowring & Co (A Lloyds Insurance broker and a customer) to head its DP team, and installed a Hollerith HEC 4 computer in 1961 (arguably the first computer installation in the City of London) and, later, a Honeywell 400.

Subsequently I became a director of Coopers & Lybrand’s consultancy company, and finished my full-time career with the Prudential Corporation as Group General Manager, Management Services. In retirement I was the first chairman of UKERNA, the company formed to manage the JANET network, taking it out of its government departmental status.

Activities outside employment included vice-chairmanship of COSBA (the computer and service bureaux association), founding Hon secretary and third president of CSA (the Computing Services Association) and chairmanship of the IT committee of BTEC. I joined BCS in 1958, was elected to Council in 1972, and was one of the first group to be elected to Fellowship.

As Vice-President (Professional) I was heavily involved in obtaining the Royal Charter (being named in the original charter document) and, later, in securing membership of the Engineering Council. I was also much involved in the passage through Parliament of the Data Protection Bill.

My main concern throughout periods of office was with professional development, evidenced in the Professional Development Scheme. Later I represented BCS in leading a team to introduce this into Europe under the banner of CEPIS. I am also a past chairman of the specialist group the Computer Conservation Society (CCS).