Northern Ireland IT Professional of the Year and Young IT Professional of the Year

Thursday 10 September 2015, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Ten Square Hotel, 10 Donegal Square South, Belfast, BT1 5JD

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Awards Ceremony

This is the premier Northern Ireland BCS event of the year when the Belfast Branch recognises and celebrates the award of ‘IT Professional of the Year’ (ITPoY). This year will be the first time that there will be an award for the category ‘Young IT Professional of the Year’.   

The event is open to members and non-members. The awards are of particular interest to senior personnel across Northern Ireland who would like to celebrate the achievements of both the ITPoY and Young ITPoY.


President of the BCS, Jos Creese BSc FBCS FSITM

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Preparing our next generation of It professionals through IT Apprenticeships

Jos Creese BSc FBCS FSITM, President Of BCSWith over 25 years IT management experience, Jos has held a number of CIO roles as well as a variety of non-executive director positions, including with BCS, Corporate IT Forum, Society of IT Management and as a trustee of Eduserv. He was president of the Society of IT Management in 2010 and elected president of BCS in March 2015.

Jos has recently been appointed as the interim Chief Digital Officer and lead digital advisor for Hampshire County Council, moving from the CIO role he held for a decade . As CIO for Hampshire County Council his responsibilities included service innovation and business improvement through IT-enabled transformational programmes and the IT team has won numerous awards for innovative IT projects.

He has also advised many public authorities on IT and business strategy and he has worked with UK and international Governments on a range of topics from ID cards to open data initiatives and national IT supplier contract negotiations. He regularly advises private companies on technology and market trends. In 2006, he set up the Local Public Services CIO Council which he chaired until 2014. His experience includes major organisational mergers, national and international IT programmes,  the sale of an IT company and the development of a range of ground-breaking shared services across the public sector.

In 2011, he was named as the ‘most influential and innovative CIO’ in the UK in the ‘Silicon 50’ CIO survey and has been included in the ‘Top 100 CIO’ list since its inception. His work with BCS has included the IT professionalism agenda and support for a variety of BCS led IT innovation campaigns, including the annual award ceremony for IT excellence. He is a recognised speaker on IT leadership at national and international conferences and has many published articles on IT, notably a guide for CIOs -“A,B, ..CIO”.

In his spare time Jos is a keen runner and a musician, playing with the City of Southampton Symphony Orchestra.

Director, Citi Belfast Office, John Healy MSc BEng

The MATRIX ICT and Digital Foresight Report and what it means for Northern Ireland

John HealyAs the Director of Citi’s local operation in Belfast, John Healy is a well-known business figure in Northern Ireland and further afield. He graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1992 with a BEng and went on to complete an MSc in Computer Science.  He then joined J P Morgan in their London office and worked in New York and Tokyo before returning to Northern Ireland to work at Liberty IT. He then moved to Grafton Recruitment as CIO before taking up the position as Director and Head of Technology at Citi’s Service Centre in Belfast in 2007. He has grown Citi’s presence in Northern Ireland from some 375 people to a current workforce well in excess of 1200.

John is a thought leader in the technology sector and chaired the DETI MATRIX Science Industry Panel and was responsible for the production of the MATRIX ICT and Digital Foresight Report 2015. He is particularly passionate about finding the right kind of talented people and then putting them through an intensive set of training to launch them on their career at Citi.

He has built strong working relationships with both Queen University Belfast and the Ulster University, local government and the Assembly. This is focused on developing the requisite skills needed to support the growing science and technology sectors in Northern Ireland.    

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ITPOY 2015 - Winner John Healy (Belfast)
YITPOY 2015 - Winner Gareth Workman (Belfast)

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