Rachel Burnett Rachel Burnett, BCS President

These are exhilarating times for the Society.

In the year that we have been celebrating our 50th birthday, our membership continues to grow, exceeding 60,000. The average age of our members joining has fallen to 28, and more women are becoming members.

Together with other organisations, the BCS is leading the Professionalism in IT programme to raise the level and standards of professionalism. We are now promoting a major change campaign designed to embed professional standards and values in IT practice. BCS is developing the Chartered IT Professional (CITP) standard to focus on the beneficial utilisation of IT, in applying IT for business change. This will complement the other chartered qualifications that BCS confers, those of chartered engineer and chartered scientist.

The themes of this annual review are about the key issues in modern information systems. Application development, software testing, project management and service management are core competences. Varied aspects of security, a perennial hot topic, are covered. Communications are always of interest to the IT profession. A strategic perspective is taken too, with such matters as compliance, IT training and education. Ethics and the environment are also included.

In my year as President we shall be developing professionalism and public engagement further. In particular we shall be strengthening relationships, including those with professionals at home, in Europe and further afield, and with other learned societies, professional institutions and associations, employers of IT professionals, Government - and, most importantly, with the public.

Rachel Burnett BCS President