YPG Holds Record Breaking AGM

A record number of attendees gathered in London for the BCS' Young Professionals Group (YPG) AGM.

The meeting drew members from right across the UK, including representation from the Irish branches for the first time. In a break from tradition, the AGM was combined with the YPG Representatives' Congress and a presentation, entitled 'A Profession for the 21st Century?' from the new BCS Chief Executive David Clarke.

David Clarke's speech was inspirational. Drawing on anecdotes from his years at Virgin and background in marketing he spoke of his vision for the BCS. He spoke of widening the appeal of the BCS and development of recognition of BCS qualifications. He left us in no doubt that this year will see large changes at the BCS.

"It's been an excellent year for the YPG", Edward Wolton, the YPG Chairman declared as he opened the AGM. After the welcome and introductions, the out-going committee presented a set of short reports on their activities. These included, the highly successful Project 'Ovid', Weblinks, ITDF Competition, and press relations.

James Hickson The election of the new committee and officers saw the retirement of Edward Wolton from the chair and Lexi Airey becoming the first female vice-chair. It also saw the addition of three new members, Debola Ige, Jonny O' Neill and Andrew Brown who commented, "The YPG is a credit to the young people it represents, I'm very proud be involved." The newly elected chair, James Hickson, was excited by the prospects for the coming year. "There is much work ahead, but this year will see the group become more accessible than ever." 

It was announced that the numerous projects that the YPG is now involved in have resulted in a change in the formation of the committee. Working groups have been formed to focus on the key YPG areas: OVID, Worklink, Events and Press.

Following the AGM, the remainder of the afternoon saw a representatives' congress. The congress was made up of 3 sessions looking at the areas of upgrading membership, how the YPG can develop and the development of the BCS web portal. The attendees rotated around the sessions and provided valuable feedback on the current status of these areas and gave innovative suggestions of what they would like to see in the future. All the participants felt that with the current changes taking place and the prospect of an exciting year ahead, there has never been a better time to become involved with the YPG and the BCS.