Council meeting - May 2018

It's that time of year when we welcome our newly-elected members to Council. I recently held an induction session with them ahead of our main Council meeting.

We’ve also elected a new Vice-Chair, Haiyan Wu, and two Council representatives for Trustee Board, Ben Booth and Margaret Ross. Here’s a full list of our current Council members.

Board presentation

At each Council meeting we receive an update report from our boards, and one board delivers a presentation - this time it was the turn of the Organisations & Employers board.

Their Chair, Rebecca George, highlighted their aims to promote the IT profession to organisations; to understand practical solutions around diversity which BCS would be able to support; to identify potential Fellows and ambassadors in key segments / sectors; to identify volunteers to be ‘executive sponsors’ for engagement in a specific sector; and to define the benefits of membership and accreditation.

We all agreed that collaborating with other organisations, and growing membership while maintaining annual growth, are critical for BCS long-term.

Deputy President election

We also heard from Paul Martynenko, Chair of Nominations Committee, who outlined the rigorous recruitment process that takes place prior to typically two candidates being presented to Council for election for BCS Deputy President.

We requested a couple of amends to the election process, with which the Nominations Committee agreed. The first was to provide an extra five minutes for Council to put questions to the election candidates, and the other was to allow any questions to be asked directly by the Council member who submitted them, and not the Chair (unless apologies had been received by that member).

Project Starfish

Lucy Ireland, Managing Director of BCS Learning & Development, then gave a presentation about Project Starfish. This is a five-stage process to develop product and strategy - involving internal products, external markets, idealisation, product, vision and strategy, and product life. The intention is to develop a strong customer-insight led capability, driving forward Professional Certifications that help develop career pathways.

We noted the importance of flexible learning methods as they support distribution growth. Another key area for our focus is our competitiveness in the consultancy field which includes IT capability pathways, ethics and IT, and will again help to expand distribution and maximise partnerships with other organisations.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about this meeting or would like to raise any other issues or suggestions with Council, please get in touch by emailing us at Council@bcs.uk

Helen Fletcher CEng MBCS CITP
Chair of Council 2017 - 2019

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