Past President 2009/11
Between 2009 and 2011 Elizabeth served an extended period as BCS President. She represented the Institute at many events in the UK and abroad and, as President, focused on a series of award-winning, high profile public engagement programmes aimed at increasing public confidence in IT, and helping everyone to make better use of information in their lives and to become more active participants in the information society. She also gave presentations at many BCS Branch meetings.
Elected Vice President and chair of BCS External Relations Board in 2007, Elizabeth launched an initiative to develop services aimed at IT entrepreneurs. Under her chair the BCS Government Relations Group devised the Trustworthy eGovernment programme which led to the development of the BCS Personal Data Guardianship Code. Elizabeth also chaired the BCS Working Party on Offshoring, which considered how the UK's IT profession might best meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities of globalisation.
Elizabeth has a Masters in Information Studies from the University of Sheffield and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Southampton. In recognition of her contribution to the IT profession and education she has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Open University and Kingston University.
Working in the IT industry for over thirty years, Elizabeth delivered major programmes of change and improved performance in both public and private sectors and developed particular expertise in working with outsourcing partners and improving supplier relationships. Today Elizabeth continues her pro bono work as Chair of the Open University Department of Computing & Communications Industrial Advisory Board, Trustee at Barts Guild and Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. She is also an active member of the WaterAid Speaker Network.
Further information about Elizabeth’s career can be found in her LinkedIn profile at https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/elizabeth-sparrow/10/4b8/845.