The BCS President is working closely with BCS to develop and explore the four themes and campaign goals for 2021-2025.
John Higgins CBE FBCS
President, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
John was director general of TechUK's predecessor Intellect and then DigitalEurope. He chairs the Global Digital Foundation, a think tank, and is a senior advisor to Burson, Cohn & Wolfe and the EU’s Intelligent Cities Challenge. He was appointed CBE in 2005 for services to the IT industry.
Nicola Martin MBCS
Head of Quality, Adarga Limited (She/Her)
Nicola is currently working in the AI and Data Science field as Head of Quality at Adarga. Nicola has over 20 years of experience in the tech industry and recently made the longlist as one of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech 2021. Nicola is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in software engineering. She is a committee team member for BCSWomen and the Special Interest Group in Software Testing (SIGiST). Nicola also mentors for the BCS and AFBE-UK. She is also Head of Education and Mentorship for Women in Tech Global® UK.
Director of Education at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (She/Her)
Julia plays a lead role in managing the National Centre for Computing Education a £84 million government funded programme to upskill thousands of teachers to deliver a world class education in computing across primary and secondary schools. Julia started her career as a primary school teacher specialising in science and technology and progressed into school leadership support and teacher CPD for ICT before moving into the charity sector where she has been focussed on developing opportunities for young people to benefit from technology.
Dave Donaghy MBCS FRSA CITP CEng
Lead Software Engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (he/him)
Dave works for Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Bristol as a software engineer and mentor for apprentices. Dave is also a member of Council and Trustee of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, an ambassador for the Digital Poverty Alliance, and works as a charity trustee in Bath.
Hema Purohit FBCS
Senior Executive Leader & Former Director of Government & Public Sector UKI for Google Cloud
Senior Executive Leader & Former Director of Government & Public Sector UKI for Google Cloud with 27 Years’ experience in Technology. A Technologist, Evangelist & Futurist with a specialism in Public Sector & Healthcare. A strong advocate of using Technology for Good, and to improve business outcomes & benefits whilst nurturing the environment and working towards sustainability goals. A seasoned, highly experienced, motivated and focused Technology & Business Transformation evangelist, well versed in the design, development, delivery and support of transformational change across the majority of industry sectors, including specialising in capabilities for Multi Cloud, Emerging Technologies, Software Defined Data Centre, Architecture and Management as examples.
18:30 - Room opens
18:35 - Introduction to Chair and Panellists
18.45 - Presentation on the four themes and campaign goals
19:00 - Panel discussion and audience Q&A
19:25 - Summary
19:30 - Close
The BCS President is working closely with the team at head office to streamline BCS activity under four themes and campaign goals agreed and signed off by the BCS Trustee Board and Council:
- Our digital lives should be in the hands of competent, ethical and accountable professionals
- Greater diversity and inclusion in the IT profession benefits society
- The Digital Divide is a modern measure of inequality; it can be closed by access to skills as well as technology
- The world will achieve Net Zero more rapidly with support of digital and data technologies
This webinar series is an opportunity to hear from the BCS President about the four themes, how they will be taken forward across the BCS and ask questions.
Expert panels with be convened to provide context and identify how the key themes can intersect with the wider contexts across the UK and internationally.
Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.
For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event, please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.
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