Meet our trustees, executives and council
Our top team brings insight and experience from across our profession.
Gillian Arnold FBCS
Having enjoyed a successful career in several strategic and technical roles at IBM and run her own IT services and staffing company, Gillian brings varied experience to her position and, in particular, champions diversity in IT.
Professor Sue Black OBE FBCS
Deputy President 2023-2024
A multi award winning Computer Scientist, Technology Evangelist and Digital Skills Expert, Professor Sue Black was awarded an OBE for “services to technology” in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. She is Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, a UK government advisor, thought leader, Trustee at Comic Relief, social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker.
Mayank Prakash FBCS
Immediate Past President 2022-2023
Mayank is a digital transformation leader - passionate about the potential of people, design and technologies to achieve exceptional business outcomes. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Tilney, Smith & Williamson and the Non-Executive Director for Uber in the UK.
Dr Ben Booth CITP FBCS
Vice-President Finance 2022-2025
Ben is an interim executive specialising in transformational technology leadership. He has over 20 years' experience at board level in the private sector, government and higher education brings a wide experience of financial and risk management.
Mr Hugh Greenway MBCS
Vice-President, Trustee Director, BCS Learning & Development Ltd 2022-2025
Hugh is CEO of the Elliot Foundation, which he has led since inception in 2011. Before this he ran education and training businesses across Europe for the IIR Group and Reed Global. He is a Trustee for two Academy Trusts and sits on the education advisory boards of the British Council and the Education Policy Institute.
Dr Indranil Nath CEng CITP FBCS
Vice-President, Trustee Director, BCS Learning & Development Ltd 2021–2024
Indranil has worked in the IT industry and has performed a number of major roles in software engineering, IT strategy, project delivery including training and development. He is focused on deploying digital strategy and transformation opportunities in the insurance sector. Indranil explores advanced professionalism in further education and training.
Professor Alastair Irons CITP FBCS
Vice-President, Academy 2023-2026
Alastair is Dean of the Faculty of Technology at the University of Sunderland. He’s held a wide range of senior academic positions over his three-decade career and was part of the consortium that obtained the Institute of Coding project, worth £40m.
Alastair Revell CEng CITP MBCS
Vice-President, Community 2021-2024
Since 1985 when he established the company, Alastair has run Revell Research Systems, a management and technology consulting practice. He is keen strengthen our links with small IT firms and wider communities.
Paul Martynenko FBCS
Vice-President, Registration and Standards 2022-2025
Paul was President of the BCS 2017-18 and the past BCS Vice-President Professionalism. Paul is an external Board member of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and a Distinguished Visitor at NPL. He is the Deputy Chair of the Alliance for Data Science Professionals. Paul is the former Technical Executive for IBM in Europe.
Professor Danielle George FBCS
Vice-President, Influence 2023-2026
Danielle is Professor of RF Engineering and Associate Vice President for Blended and Flexible Learning at the University of Manchester. She was President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2020/21. Her research is dedicated to solving one the 14 world engineering grand challenges of the 21st century; engineering the tools for scientific discovery. She has over 20 years experience in the higher education sector and has a number of non-exec roles across government and third sector organisations.
Sharon Moore MBE CITP FBCS
Chair of Council 2022-2024
Sharon is IBM's CTO for Public Sector in the UK, with a personal goal to transform public service, safety and policing with technology. She has nearly 20 years of experience working in the tech industry, across multiple sectors, and you’ll often find her on stage helping shape the impact technology can have on our lives.
Professor James Davenport CITP FBCS
Elected by Council 2022 – 2025
James has been at the University of Bath since 1983, after researching at Grenoble, Cambridge and IBM USA. He is in both departments of Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science, as well as having significant roles in the Computing Service (HPC, Security). He has chaired several European research grants.
Dr Sam De Silva CITP FBCS
Elected by Council 2022-2025
Sam is an internationally recognised technology, data and cyber lawyer who is a partner at the Top 10 global law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. Sam has 20 years’ experience providing strategic legal and commercial advice to the C-Suite in cutting-edge technology and digital transformational projects in a number of countries.
Eur Ing Dr Yuri Vershinin CEng FBCS
Elected by Council 2022-2024
Yuri has established the range of international collaborations with academic organizations via successful grant applications to European Union programs. Based on his industrial and academic experience, he organized the special edition of a journal, the book “Technologies for Smart Cities” and acted as the Associate Editor for numerous international conferences.
Chief Executive Officer
Rashik is our Group CEO, responsible for realising the BCS mission to make IT good for society. He is focused on inspiring the programmes that his colleagues and BCS members and partners are doing to help deliver the BCS strategy.
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Rob Deri FCA BFP MBCS
Chief Operating Officer
Rob is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience in senior finance roles and board positions at well-known companies including Burton Group, BT Mobile Communications and a national children’s charity.
Managing Director, BCS Institute
Holly leads our community engagement and membership proposition development. She joined us in 2019 from GS1 UK and brings 10 years' experience in marketing, membership and communications director roles.
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Bill Mitchell OBE CITP FBCS
Bill leads our policy and parliamentary engagement. He previously spent 20 years in research into the mathematical foundations of computer science and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to computing and artificial intelligence education.
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Julia Adamson CITP MBCS FRSA
Managing Director BCS Education and Public Benefit
Once a teacher herself, she has a track record of successfully managing education technology programmes and was involved in establishing the Barefoot Computing Programme across the UK.
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Carl Harris CITP MBCS
Executive Director, Brand
Carl helps us engage effectively with members, the wider industry and general public. He began his BCS career back in 1998 managing our website, and has since led significant programmes of change to our infrastructure and business systems.
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Director of Group Finance
Wendy joined BCS a number of years ago and heads up our Finance operation. She has previous experience in many sectors including manufacturing and mobile technology and is a member of CIMA.
Adam Thilthorpe FBCS
Director, External Affairs
As Director for External Affairs and a Fellow of BCS, Adam is passionate about the impact technology has on people's lives, and its consequences for society both now and in the future.
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Director, Products and Standards
Cheryl leads our Product and Standards provision. She joined BCS in 2019 and brings a wealth of experience in digital education, education consultancy and marketing.
Director, IT and Operations
Billy joined us in 2018 following 20 years at RM Education where he held a number of senior positions, and prior to this he worked for Rover Group. He’s a graduate of Glasgow University and Warwick Business School.
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Managing Director, BCS Learning & Development Ltd
Lucy leads our digital education and certification programmes, ensuring what we deliver is world-class. A learning and development professional since 1993, she brings clarity to the complexities of the training sector.
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BCS Council acts as the conscience of the Institute, advising and guiding our Trustee Board and holding it accountable against our royal charter, charitable objectives and values.