IT professionalism: From theory to practice

Tuesday 5 May 2009

17.30 - 21.00


We, IT professionals, would like to see in the not too distant future; our profession treated on a par with those of lawyers, doctors, accountants and engineers. Today we are perhaps not even as well regarded - in professional terms - as plumbers or electricians. They at least have to obtain a professional certificate in order to operate!

It is gratifying that the stated ambition of BCS is to lead IT as the profession of the 21st century and to build IT professionalism to the level seen to exist in other areas of professional activity. At this BCS event we were updated on what is happening about professionalism and where we are going within BCS from two BCS representatives, Jim Norton and Adam Thilthorpe.

Jim and Adam are now responsible for implementation of the BCS Professionalism Programme which is designed to enhance the standing of IT professionals, both members and non-members, and ensure that BCS is recognised as the leading organisation for the profession. The multi-strand, multi-stakeholder programme will be rolled out over several years and offer benefits at each stage of delivery.

BCS Vice President - Professionalism, Chair Professionalism Panel

Jim Norton is an independent director, policy adviser and public speaker. He is the Senior Policy Advisor e-Business and e-Government for the UK Institute of Directors (IoD). He is also an external member of the Board of the UK Parliament's Office of Science & Technology (POST) and a council member of the UK Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM).

Jim is a Commissioner in the IPPR Commission on National Security in the 21st Century, with a special interest in critical national infrastructure and cyber-security issues.

Jim led the Cabinet Office team that produced the PIU reports '' and 'Encryption & Law Enforcement' for the UK Prime Minister in September 1999. He is a former Chief Executive of the DTI Radio Communications Agency and has held senior positions in Cable & Wireless, Butler-Cox, and British Telecom.

Jim believes passionately in the development of the IT profession and has served in the past on the Professionalism in IT Steering Board. He relishes his new role as chair of the Professionalism Board.

Adam Thilthorpe
Professionalism Programme Director, BCS

Adam Thilthorpe joined BCS as a key account manager in 2005 but is now principally involved with the development of the Society's professionalism in IT initiative. He speaks regularly at BCS and industry seminars and conferences engaging with companies and organisations that employ IT practitioners. He raises awareness of the changes in the profession; the challenges and the opportunities.

Adam gained his early experience in the City of London with financial institutions JP Morgan Chase and Co and Georgeson Shareholder.


5.30pm - Tea and registration
6.00pm - Open - David Tidey
6.05pm - Where is IT Professionalism at BCS? - Jim Norton
6.30pm - Eating the elephant, one slice at a time - Adam Thilthorpe
6.55pm - Panel Discussion
7.20pm - Close - David Tidey
7.25pm - Drinks and buffet
9.00pm - Depart