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The BCS President is working closely with the team at BCS under our four themes and campaign goals 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.

Sharon Moore MBE
Chief Technology Officer for Public Sector at IBM. Deputy Chair and BCSWomen Committee member for Scotland

Sharon is IBM's CTO for Public Sector in the UK, with a personal goal to transform public service, safety and policing with technology. She has nearly 20 years of experience working in the tech industry, across multiple sectors, and you’ll often find her on stage helping shape the impact technology can have on our lives.

Neil Chue Hong FBCS, Director, Software Sustainability Institute & Senior Research Fellow, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Member, BCS Fellows Technical Advisory Group Neil is the founding director of the Software Sustainability Institute, a cross-research council initiative to improve software practice in research with the motto “better software, better research”. In a 20-year career, he has worked with SMEs and large European Commission projects as a software developer, project manager, researcher and policymaker. Most recently he has been working to establish career pathways for research software engineers, policies for software citation and FAIR software, and digital skills for data science. Twitter: @npch

Dr Katie Maclure FBCS, PhD MSc BSc (Hons) DipSysPrac PgCert MBCS FEDIPAdvPrac Former SRPharmS AFHEA, Chair, BCS Health and Care Scotland specialist group
Katie is an experienced digital health and health inequalities researcher with a background in IT. An active member of BCS Aberdeen branch committee as Education Liaison Officer for many years. A former Lecturer in Computing, Procedures Analyst, latterly Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer with RGU School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences, and still supervising several PhD students. Katie represents BCS Health & Care on the Scottish Government led annual DigiFest and The Alliance led Discover Digital conferences. Deputy Editor on BCS BMJ HCI and Accreditation Assessor with FED-IP. Katie is now working as an independent research consultant.
Outside of work, I run a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group in Aberdeenshire.


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.

This event is brought to you by: BCS Policy

Webinar: BCS Policy and Campaign Priorities 2021-2025 - Scottish Briefing
Date and time
Wednesday 4 August, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
This event is sold out