BCS Community Board

Members of the BCS Community Board are:

Alistair Revell, Chair
Biography to follow

Colin Akhurst
Colin reports to the CEO at NPS, where he acts as the SRO for a number of major programs with clients. He is innovation sponsor for the NPS Inernal program bringing new products and services to market. He fulfills a strategic role working closely with customers and the sales forces to ensure successful qualification is done and capture plans are in place for important bids. He is the Chair of the Justice and Emergency Services Committee for Tech UK and a member of the Defence Industry Board and the Public Services Board.

"I firmly believe in the "right reform" of our public services. Our government needs much help to improve service and reduce cost. We at NPS do that everyday despite the hurdles and difficulties of conducting business in the space. Common standards and approach to systems, open engagement with the best in industry is essential for the government client to understand what is possible. When they do that, extraordinary successful outcomes happen. When they don't they are often disappointed"

Gareth Baxendale
Biography to follow.

Kevin Chalmers
Biography to follow.

Helen Fletcher, Chair Policy Committee
I have been a professional member of BCS and Chartered Engineer for over twenty years. I am currently Chair of Community Board Policy Committee and Chair of Council, and I was previously Dorset Branch secretary, events manager, and BCS Women representative.

I spent ten years as Director of Information Services for a university, where I had responsibility for everything IT-related, and also the library. I took early retirement from this role a few years ago. Before that I was an academic, specialising in systems analysis and design, and spent several years as head of the academic department of computing

Dr Irene Glendinning 
Irene joined BCS as a student member in 1971 became MBCS in1976, Chartered Engineer in 1992, CITP 2004 and Chartered Fellow in 2008. For the first ten years of her career she worked in a variety of companies in programming and systems analysis roles. She also taught in secondary level, further education and adult education before joining Coventry Polytechnic in 1990 as a lecturer in computer science, which became Coventry University in 1992. She has served as BCS / Engineering Council institutional assessment panellist since 1999. She became a committee member and education liaison officer for BCS Coventry Branch in 2002, becoming branch chairman in 2010. Between 2005 and 2016 she ran a youth competition for BCS Coventry branch every second year, known as Challenge IT.

In 2012 she co-founded the Coventry and Warwickshire CAS teachers’ hub that she still co-leads. Irene is now semi-retired and based in Coventry University’s Office of Teaching and Learning. Her research interests continue to centre around student support and higher education policies, with specific focus on academic integrity, equality and diversity and quality assurance. She is vice-president of the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI). She was appointed to BCS Membership / Community Board in 2015 and was elected to BCS Council in 2016.

John Jones
John Jones has been in the business of IT and associated services since the early ‘80s. His particular specialism is working with service providers to the UK public sector and helping them deliver via IT, trans-formative services to the wider public. He is very keen to bring new blood (both young and old) and feels the BCS is a great way of achieving this objective.

Len Keighley
Biography to follow.

Andy Kinnear
Biography to follow.

Garfield Southall, Chair Best Practice Committee
Garfield is chair of BCS Chester and North Wales branch, and Director of the NTI (New Technology Initiative) at the University of Chester.

Ian Sunley, Chair Finance Committee.
I am currently the Chair of the Finance Committee. I have been either Chaiman or Treasurer of North Staffs Branch from 1999, member of the old Branches board 2000 - 2002, Member of Membership Board Policy Committee 2010 - 2013 and spent 6 years on council, leaving in 2011. Professionally I have spent 30 years in Real Time Computing and Management and then 14 years in Academia, retiring as Award Leader Computer Science at Staffordshire University in 2013.

Karen Tuck
Karen is BCS Interim Head of Community.

Haiyan Wu, Chair of YPG

I am Haiyan and am relatively new to the BCS Community Board. I am Chinese and moved to England in my GCSE years. I have always wanted to be involved in BCS work and have been involved in a number of committees throughout the years, including:

1. BCS Membership Board Best Practice Committee - committee member

2. BCS Young Professional Group (YPG) - Chair

3. BCS Council - Council member

4. BCS West London Branch - Secretary and Membership Secretary

I feel well supported by colleagues within and associated to BCS.

I am based in London and have been working in Epidemiology and Public Health in academic/ research institutions and government department for a number of years. Having managed a national disease specific register, I have now moved on to a role which is responsible for facilitating access to health and social care data assets and providing a systematic, consistent and coherent approach to the review of requests for information to support the provision of health and social care or the promotion of health in ensuring that there is a legal and legitimate purpose for processing personal confidential data and that any risk of disclosure is minimised.

My main objective in the BCS Community Board and the Council is to promote work surrounding the Young Professionals Group (YPG).

Please do visit our YPG website for regular updates.


(Membership of Board approved by Trustee Board)

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