Yesterday I was named in the UKtech50. This is an honour. The UKtech50 is about recognising people who are driving the creation of a high-tech economy and who are influential. Influence is clearly a subjective thing, more about that later.

The reason I see this as an honour has little to do with my personal performance. It's about what we are achieving at BCS and how as an organisation we are embracing change. Our independence has always allowed us a certain position of influence, but our new strategy to focus on societal outcomes, while still in keeping with our original Royal Charter, is resonating extremely well with members, corporates, government departments and politicians alike. Our purpose to Make IT Good for Society is encapsulated in tackling four public challenges; these relate to education, personal data, health and social care and capability / recruitment. We have something to say on all of these topics, we are facilitating important debates and are focused on making a sustained impact for the benefit of the public. Therefore, this recognition is genuinely for the team.

Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT was ranked number 1. I know that Gavin shares many of our values; as he has personally been supporting the Tech Literacy Challenge and BT have also been working with our Computing At School network to run Barefoot Computing workshops in primary schools. Gavin is clearly influential as the CEO of A FTSE 100 company, but he is also using that influence for the greater good of our country.

So thanks to Computer Weekly for affording me this accolade, and well done to the team of staff, volunteers and members at BCS who are together, Making IT Good for Society.

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Paul Fletcher is the Group Chief Executive Officer of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Paul joined BCS in 2014 after ten years at RM Education where he was Group Managing Director of the Education Technology Division. Prior to RM, Paul held senior management consultancy roles with A.T. Kearney and KPMG. He started his career in the Aerospace Industry. Paul is passionate about the role of IT in education and society as a whole.

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