Geoff McMullen, FBCS, receives award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to UK IT

12 November 2010

Photo shows from left to right: Kevin Walsh, Partner, Head of Technology Integration, Deloitte, Geoff McMullen, FBCS, and Jon Culshaw, guest presenter of the AwardsGeoff McMullen, a fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and a past president of the Institute was last night presented with the Outstanding Contribution to UK IT award, sponsored by Deloitte, at the UK IT Industry Awards, run by BCS and Computing.

David Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT said: “The definition of a professional includes not just what they have achieved, and how they have gone about their work, but how much they have been prepared to put back into the profession for the benefit of everyone. In every respect Geoff has excelled as a professional.”

Geoff has had a long and varied business career which began with the development and support of technical software in the manufacturing industry, with NCR, CEIR, Babcock and Wilcox and Univac before joining Royal Dutch Shell in 1974. Geoff culminated this long and distinguished career as General Manager of Information and Computing Services for Shell UK.

After retirement from Shell, Geoff was Chief Executive of UKERNA - the UK Education and Research Network Association now known as JANET, and Chairman of the IT Industry Training Organisation. In addition Geoff has brought his leadership skills to many BCS Boards and Committees and was BCS President in 2001. In 2005 Geoff was elected President of CEPIS, the European not for profit organisation that brings together nearly forty European informatics societies.

David adds: “Geoff has been a non stop contributor to the advancement of IT skills, ethics and professionalism and this really shows in his voluntary work which marks him out from the crowd. As well as actively supporting charities such as AbilityNet, which helps the disabled improve their quality of life through the use of IT, Geoff’s real passion has been helping IT professionals develop their skills and capabilities in learning and development organisations, not least through BCS. Geoff has been a tremendous supporter of BCS’s education and certification programmes through many years. He also spent five years as a non executive director of the ECDL Foundation.”

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