16 March 2017
Paul Martynenko has been inaugurated as President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT at its AGM on 15 March. Paul was former Vice President and Technical Executive for IBM in Europe. Chris Rees, previously a Partner at Deloitte has been named as Deputy President.
Paul says: “This is a huge honour and I’m really excited for this coming year as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. I will be using my term as President to reflect on the achievements of the Institute over the last 60 years, and to highlight how it continues to be just as relevant to the profession today. When we look at the profession now, compared to when the BCS was established in 1957, it really is an extraordinarily different world, yet through all that change, BCS has remained constant in its ambition of Making IT Good for Society”.
Paul was the Vice President and Technical Executive for IBM in Europe before retiring in August 2016. Joining IBM in the late 1970s, Paul held a variety of technical, professional, management, and executive positions across IBM, in development, delivery, product support, and sales and distribution. He was the IBM IT specialist profession leader in UK and Europe for 10 years.
Paul is a Fellow of BCS and served as a member of the BCS Professionalism Board from 2008 - 2011, becoming its Chair in 2011. He was elected as a BCS Vice President, Professionalism and became a Trustee of BCS in 2014. Paul was named as Deputy President last year.
Chris Rees, who takes up the role of Deputy President, co-founded Charteris, the IT consultancy, and Principled Business, which offers ethics training and consultancy helping companies establish and maintain an ethical business culture. Chris has been in the IT industry for over 45 years, and has worked with organisations including Deloitte, IBM and Logica. He was an Executive Director at Charteris plc (later Sword Charteris) and Head of its Expert Witness Practice.
Chris is a Fellow of BCS, a Chartered IT Professional and a Court Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
Chris says of his election to Deputy President: “I am really looking forward to working with Paul, our members and staff over this coming year, celebrating the Institute’s 60th Year, engaging with innovators, business leaders, academics, students, teachers, and IT professionals.”
Photo shows from left to right: Paul Martynenko and Chris Rees