Role Opportunity - Security and Privacy Executive - Chair

This is a pivotal time in cyber security and privacy. Never before have we seen the level of engagement of the public, and need, that there is today. This will only grow. The professional community needs to lead, and it needs leadership. BCS as a community of professionals, as a convening organisation, and as a partner, has a pivotal role to play.

In that context, BCS has created a new structure around security and privacy, and is seeking to recruit a Chair who will shape that new structure, shape the agenda of BCS, and lead the community. BCS has a substantial track record and standing in this area, relationships across government, industry, other institutions, and the charitable sector. The new Chair will build on this foundation, leading the professional community towards a better future for everyone.

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has over 70,000 members, with growing influence across government and industry. We are a ‘not for profit’ charitable organisation, operating within a Royal Charter. Our ambition is to “Make IT Good for Society”, achieved through our many initiatives, from education to commercial and public service IT delivery. We are a voice respected world-wide for independence and influence.

The successful candidate may be from any IT background - academia, business, non-for-profit or public sectors, but will bring a track record of visible and inspirational leadership, with credibility that translates across security, privacy and societal settings. This does not equate to deep experience in each, but the gravitas to command respect across a broad community. Integrity and vision are perhaps the most important qualities that BCS needs to display in this context, and the Chair who leads this transition must be able to demonstrate and model these qualities. Media and influencing skills are essential, as well as the ability to recruit and chair the new Executive group.

The appointment does require commitment in time - typically an average of a day and a half per month (but flexibly, and at the office-holder’s discretion beyond basic duties), and you are expected to be a BCS Professional Member, subscribing to our values and our code of conduct. Some travel is likely during the year.  Although the role is not remunerated, all reasonable travel and out-of-pocket expenses will be paid.

If you wish to apply or discuss the role further, please contact

As part of BCS’ aim to improve equality and diversity within the profession, we are seeking to increase the diversity of Board members. BCS therefore, welcomes applications from under-represented and disadvantaged groups including people from black and minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Applications should include your CV and a short statement to support your candidature by Monday 10 July 2017.

Interviews will be held in London on Monday 31 July.

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