Dr Bill Mitchell appointed Director of Public Affairs at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

11 December 2017

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Bill Mitchell, FBCS FHEA CITP to the role of Director of Public Affairs with effect from 5 December. Prior to this appointment, Bill had been Director of Education at BCS, a role which he had held for eight years.

Paul Fletcher, CEO said: “This important role will focus on the increasing demand for integrated public policy on education, skills, and industrial strategy; an example being the weighting to these issues in the recent budget and the Industrial Strategy.

“Bill has been a key player in our efforts to ensure every child leaves school with essential digital skills, and in particular our desire to ensure that every secondary school pupil has the opportunity to study GCSE computer science. The announcement in the Budget that the Government is to spend £84m to amongst other things, upskill 8,000 existing teachers to put a trained computer science teacher in every secondary school is a fantastic investment in the future of our children.

“Moving to this significant role allows Bill to further develop our policy and parliamentary engagement activities, and to focus specifically on our work around digital infrastructure and ensuing the UK has the right talent pipeline for a more independent future. Importantly, although Bill is moving to this role, we will still be able to tap in to his huge range of knowledge and experience in the world of education and of understanding the critical importance of ensuring the country has a digitally-educated and enabled workforce to deliver for our future prosperity.

Bill said: “I’m delighted to be moving to this role. We’re in an incredibly exciting phase of challenge and opportunity, not just for BCS, for the country as a whole as we move into an increasingly digital environment, at home, at work and in schools, and I’m very much looking forward to playing my part in helping ensure BCS is a key driver of policy in those areas.”

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