Alan Pollard FBCS CITP

BCS President 2008/09

Alan PollardAfter 32 years in the Army (mostly working in IT) Alan retired and spent 10 years in the private sector working as a consultant.

He undertook a wide range of strategic assignments in the public and private sector, specialising in outsourcing consultancy where he advised large scale, global companies on their strategies for outsourcing and assisted them in their negotiations with potential suppliers.

During 2004-2006 he worked under contract to the Office of Government Commerce on the (then) Chancellor's Procurement Efficiency Reviews.

In 1997 he was invited to chair what became known as the Pollard Review into the future membership strategy for the BCS. It was this review that resulted in the fundamental changes to the membership structure, qualifications processes and breadth of activity of the BCS that has seen the transformation of the Society into a Chartered Institute for the 21st Century.

Alan's vision during the Review (one that he sought to carry through in his year as President for 2008-09) was for a Society that represents a broad church, inclusive of and serving the whole spectrum of IT activity, with the goal of increasing the relevance of the BCS to how people use and apply IT in all its forms and in every walk of life. He held a special concern for those citizens potentially left behind in the technology age.

Now retired from full time employment, Alan devotes his time helping to address this concern by providing an IT support service for the older generation.

Alan remains an avid user of computers and technology and seeks to share his enthusiasm with others he meets and communicates with.