Margaret Ross is Emeritus Professor of Software Quality at Southampton Solent University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University in 2004, became a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Engineers in 2001. Already an FBCS, she was awarded an Honorary FBCS in 2007 and the BCS John Ivison medal in 2011. She received an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2009 from Prince Charles for services to Higher Education.
Margaret is an active member of the BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT, and is on various Boards and committees, including the BCS Council and Trustee Board, Vice Chair of the Quality SG and the e-Learning SG, Secretary of the GreenIT SG and Chair of the Hampshire Branch. She is also on the BCS committee of BCSWomen SG, Cybercrime Forensics SG and the Animation and Games Development SG. Margaret’s area of interest is quality and Professional Issues. . She has also been Conference Director since 1992 of the annual series of BCS Software Quality Management international conferences, aimed at benefits to industry, and since 1995 of the annual series of international educational BCS INSPIRE conferences. She has edited over forty books, has examined over twenty Phds and supervises Phd students and lectures part-time
In 1998 Margaret was appointed as Senator for four years onto the Engineering Council, then, on its demise, was elected onto its replacement as one of the 24 members to represent all the EC Registrants, onto College A of the newly formed Engineering and Technology Board. Margaret’s original degrees were in mathematics. Margaret had been an Independent Member of PITCOM (Parliamentary IT Committee) and had been elected onto its Council. In 2001, she won the national PAWS Special Award for a TV soap idea that if televised could raise the profile of technology and attract youngsters, particularly girls, to consider a career in computing.