BCS Executive Team

Paul Fletcher, Group Chief ExecutivePaul Fletcher

Paul is the Group Chief Executive Officer and a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Paul joined BCS in 2014 after ten years at RM Education where he was an Executive Director and Group Managing Director of the Education Technology Division.

Prior to RM, Paul held senior management consultancy roles with A.T. Kearney and KPMG. He started his career in the Aerospace Industry. Paul is passionate about the role of IT in education and society as a whole. Paul is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Rob Deri, Group Finance DirectorRob Deri

Rob joined BCS as Group Finance Director in January 2016.

Rob qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has over twenty five years' experience operating in senior roles; including Finance Controller for the Burton Group and Board positions with BT Mobile Communications, Grattan plc and Zoo Digital Group plc.

Rob was also Finance Director for a national children’s charity and has held non exec positions in charity and healthcare.

Bill Mitchell, Public Affairs DirectorBill Mitchell

Bill is Director of Policy at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Bill was Director of Education since 2009, prior to moving to his current role in summer 2018. 

Bill has been a key player at BCS in efforts to ensure every child leaves school with the essential digital skills to thrive in the digital age. In 2012 Bill was invited by the secretary of state for education to be part of the group developing the new statutory computing programme for schools. In 2015 he was invited to Chair the D5 intergovernmental digital education panel on behalf of the UK government. More recently Bill was a keynote speaker at the inaugural World Education Forum in Seoul, attended by over 1000 delegates from the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Estonia, China and South Korea. 

Bill will be developing our policy and parliamentary engagement activities, and focusing specifically on our work around digital infrastructure and ensuing the UK has the right talent pipeline for a more independent future. In this role, Bill will be able to tap in to his background in education and past experience in both academia and industry. 

Prior to joining BCS, Bill spent over twenty years researching into the mathematical foundations of computer science and software engineering in both industry and academia. During that time he’s worked at Motorola’s European Software Research Labs and also at the Universities of Manchester, Surrey and Southampton.

Julia Adamson, Education DirectorJulia Adamson

Julia is Director of Education at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Julia, was previously Head of Public Affairs at BCS. Julia is passionate in her belief that digital skills generally, and computer science in particular, will become as essential to our young people as reading and writing, and will ensure that BCS, through Computing AT Schools (CAS), plays its role in helping create an environment where teachers are helped and supported to inspire and enthuse the next generation to thrive in our digital world. She is keen on emphasising that there are no barriers to anyone, whatever their gender, ethnicity, background and social status in following their passion and developing a great, well-paid and rewarding career in technology.

Julia is a highly-experienced educationalist, with a track record of successfully managing education technology programmes including CPD programmes, infrastructure projects, and organisational change programmes, at the South West Grid for Learning Trust, and prior to that at the Mersey Grid Ltd. Julia was previously involved in delivering the Barefoot Computing Programme across the UK. Julia has spent eight years as a primary school teacher in Cheshire, is a qualified online safety assessor, certified google educator and is a director of a multi-academy trust.

Carl Harris, Marketing DirectorCarl Harris

Carl is our Director of Marketing, a Professional Member of BCS and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). Carl has an IT and Marketing background and has been with BCS since 1998. He started his career managing and developing the BCS website and also designed and developed the Institute’s first ever online membership application system.

In 2011 Carl became Director of IT and led a number of programmes of significant change to our infrastructure and business systems. in 2015, Carl’s role extended to oversee our Operations and Customer Services functions. In 2018 Carl moved into his current role as Group Marketing Director.

Adam Thilthorpe, External Affairs DirectorAdam Thilthorpe

As Director for External Affairs and a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Adam is passionate about the impact technology has on people's lives, and the consequences of technology on society both now and in the future.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is here to make IT good for society. It promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology and practice.

Billy McNeil, Director, IT & OperationsBilly McNeil

Billy joined us in 2018. For over 20 years he held a variety of senior positions at RM Education, and prior to this worked for Rover Group. He is a graduate of Glasgow University and Warwick Business School.

Lucy Ireland, Deputy CEO of BCS L&DLucy Ireland

Lucy is Managing Director of BCS Learning & Development Ltd.

Lucy is responsible for the delivery of world class standards in certification and education for the IT and digital industries.

An astute, insightful and down-to-earth business woman, Lucy has been a learning and development professional since 1993 and brings clarity to the complexities of the training sector.