Branch committee

The Berkshire Branch is run by a committee elected at the branch AGM in September. Committee members with specialist skills are also co-opted from time to time. A Council of un-elected volunteers also brings additional skills and support. Everyone is eligible for election at the next AGM. If you want to work on the committee or council then contact the Chair.

Meetings

We meet at 7.30 pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Please contact our secretary for venue and timing details of our next committee meeting.

Anthony Parker

Chair - Anthony Parker

As a BCS Certified IT Practitioner with 14 years’ experience in the IT industry, I have been a member of the BCS since 1999 whilst studying Information Systems, Law and Psychology at University. After working at companies like LogicaCMG, Analysis Mason and Dun & Bradstreet leading numerous process improvement projects for a wide variety of clients including Microsoft, Etisalat and Vodafone, I thin moved on to BT in their Retail Consumer division to spearhead large-scale strategic programmes of improvement - you may have heard of BT Sport and BT Cloud.

It’s been an interesting career choice, with Telecoms very much being at the forefront of technology innovation, especially with my passion of Customer Experience and Social Networks. Being a member of the BCS (Chartered Institute for IT) has kept me grounded and in touch with new ideas whilst experiencing the highs and lows of the Dotcom bubble, Global Financial Crisis, and emerging China 2.0 markets. Serving on various branch committees for the BCS, becoming Vice Chair of the Young Professionals Group and now Chair of the Berkshire branch, I am proud of where the IT industry is moving in the UK, especially for the next generation.

At the Berkshire Branch, I am lucky enough to have a superb committee who are dedicated to improving the perception of IT and have some fantastic qualifications to back up their vast experience. With initiatives such as The Great Debate, TeenTech and Computing At Schools (CAS), the Berkshire Branch is one of the most active branches of the BCS in the UK. We are passionate about making a difference to professionals already out there and actively encourage young people to engage with IT.

In my spare time I also study an MBA at Henley Business School and enjoy spending time with my 4 handsome nephews and family.

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Mike Buckland
Vice Chair and Events Manager - Mike Buckland

After graduating from Cambridge University in Modern Languages, I taught German and French for 4 years before switching to the IT industry via the government’s Training Opportunities course as a programmer and systems analyst. The exam gave me a Part 1 pass into the BCS membership in 1982. I qualified for CITP (chartered) status in 1992.

Since then I have worked as a trainer, programmer, project manager and consultant, in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad, starting with Nixdorf Computer in Germany and ending with Oracle until the company closed its UK Support Services division in 2016. I established links with the BCS at branch, corporate and individual level, and with schools and universities in the Thames Valley.

In my spare time I like spending time with my wife, 3 grown-up children and grandchildren, walking the dog, enjoying the countryside, and playing an active role in my local church and community, e.g. translation, IT help for Reading’s food bank, and volunteer driving. I believe green living is important and am holding a solar keyboard in the picture.

I should like to see CITP recognised across the IT industry as strongly as CiM and CEng in the marketing and engineering professions. I believe this would strengthen open source commitment, business integrity and the professional standing of the BCS. I should like to see active involvement by the BCS at schools events and careers fairs as a way of “making IT good for society”.

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Chris Todd-Davies

Treasurer - Chris Todd-Davies

Born a long time ago in NZ and moved to Queensland where I attended high school and University. Came to UK in the 70’s and have been here ever since. I am married with 2 children and 3 step-children, and have lived in Reading since 2009.

Now semi-retired, I was previously a Senior Project Manager with a German IT multinational. My projects were mainly for transition and transformation of IT infrastructure and systems following acquisitions or outsourcing. Over the last ten years I worked throughout the UK and also in US and Europe on IT change projects.

My activities now focus around the BCS Events such as TeenTech and getting volunteer links between local charities and colleges in and around Reading. I work with Tony Levene who focuses on the Wokingham area. Since September 2013 I have been the BCS Berkshire treasurer. I am also a regular attendee at ‘SocialTech’ meets and Reading Geek Night.


Secretary - Andrew Fieldsend

I was encouraged to join the BCS by my first employer, becoming a member in 1988, a Chartered Engineer and European Engineer in 1993 and a fellow in 2008. After being an inactive member for some years due to work commitments, I joined the Berkshire committee in 2002, becoming Secretary in 2003, Chair from 2004-2010 and Secretary again from 2015 onwards. Outside the BCS, I am also a fellow of the IAP and member of the ACM and IEEE, where I am active in the Standards Association.

I originally graduated in Computational Science from the University of Leeds, and subsequently gained a postgraduate diploma in computing for commerce and industry from the Open University. I have had a variety of experience in my career to date, including software development, system operations and support, project management and a period as a self-employed consultant. I am now a consultant for Fruition Partners, a CSC subsidiary based in Bracknell focused on service management.

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YPG Lead - Dan Cope

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Newsletter Editor - Michael Dzandu

I hold a BSc in Computer Science and Psychology; and an MPhil in Information Studies (librarianship) degrees from the University of Ghana. I am currently a Doctoral Researcher at the Informatics Research Centre/Business Informatics Systems and Accounting, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. My research aim is to develop a framework of human information interface for knowledge activities to support context-specific decision making on stored information in information systems.

Prior to this, I worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the University of Ghana teaching IT related courses. I founded and served as a Senior Partner of Micky Informatics Consult in Ghana, and provided IT sales and services, information consultancy, software development and research consultancy to small, medium and large scale organisations. I also worked on several resource teams, delivering IT and records management training for employees in Ghanaian industries.

I have interest in human-technology interactions, knowledge management and analytics. In my spare time I enjoy football, and an active member of Reading Athletics Club and Parkrun.

I joined BCS in 2015, and currently volunteer as the Newsletter Editor for the BCS Berkshire branch. I like the enthusiasm and passion of the Committee members, and my role as part of the communications team helping to provide timely information to BCS Berkshire members.

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Social Media - Dare Oduale

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Volunteers Co-ordinator - Tony Levene

Tony (retired 2012) has substantial training, facilitation and consulting experience in the fields of Project Management, Risk Management, Contract Management, Process Management, Quality Management and Change Management.

He has over 20 years experience of developing training courses and workshops, and has trained, facilitated and consulted, at all levels from Boardroom downwards. He has presented at many seminars and conferences.

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Education Liaison - Co-President & Welfare Officer, Student Chapter - Glenn Healy (RUCES)

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Education Liaison - Co-President & Events Manager, Student Chapter - Jules Gribble (RUCES)

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Education Liaison - Secretary, Student Chapter - James Wells (RUCES)

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Education Liaison - Treasurer, Student Chapter - Alastair Miller (RUCES)

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Shantha Weerasiri
Shantha Weerasiri

As a senior software Engineer with 11 years’ experience in the Software industry, I have been a member of the BCS since 2016. I graduated in computer science and engineering and worked for GoQuo, Emirates IT and Travel up PLC before becoming a self-employed consultant.

My software development career has mainly been with Microsoft.NET technologies C#, ASP.NET, Web Forms, MVC, Web services, Rest API, SQL server and some scripting languages.

I also engaged integrating with Globally distributed systems such as Amadeus, Word span, Sabre, Galileo Air content providers for online booking engines. So working with online businesses I have gained strong understanding and knowledge for developing e-commerce solutions and designing software solutions in SOA principles.

I am also a big proponent of agile project management and currently working towards to do SCRUMstudy Agile Master certification whilst studying as a part-time student for my Masters in Business service design at Henley Business School, Reading University.

In my spare time, I play cricket and enjoy spending time with my lovely daughter and family.

 

Documents

The Committee and Council share electronic documents to help organise the Branch. They also have access to a secure committee area linked from the BCS members’ login.