Dive deep into how businesses are leveraging AI today, and join the conversation shaping the UK's future with AI.


  • Somayeh Aghnia, Chair of BCS Surrey
  • Rashik Parmar MBE, BCS CEO


  • 6:30pm - Introduction & Welcome
  • 6:35pm - BCS mission and the vital role of BCS and its branches in connecting businesses with reliable technology insights, presented by Rashik Parmar, BCS CEO, and the focus of BCS Surrey by Somayeh Aghnia, Chair
  • 6:50pm - "The Future of the UK Businesses with AI" by Somayeh Aghnia
  • 7:15pm - Panel Discussion featuring industry experts the topic to cover questions from the attendees.
  • 7:45pm - 8:30pm - Reception & Networking.


The BCS Surrey branch is delighted to invite you to its launch event. BCS Surrey is focused on two goals:

  1. To explore the impact of technology in UK businesses and how they can engage with it safely, boldly and ethically, to lead our transition to the new era hugely influenced by AI
  2. Advocating for increased representation of women in senior tech roles. It's not enough to have more women in tech, we need more women of influence to see the impact in how tech is being implemented/used.

BCS Surrey serves as a local hub for Surrey's vibrant community, offering businesses, educational institutions and technology enthusiasts a platform for learning, discussion, and networking without the need to travel far. At the launch event, we will start our series of events with discovering how AI can drive responsible and equitable growth in the UK and it's impact on our future.

Engage with fellow attendees, including business leaders, technology professionals, to foster connections and community in Surrey.

Learning Points attendees will gain:

  • Strategic Business Insights: Understanding the role of AI in shaping the future of UK businesses and strategies for successful implementation.
  • Local Community Building: Opportunities to connect with BCS as a trusted source of responsible technology and contribute to a local community of tech learning and discovery in Surrey.
  • Networking Opportunities: Forge valuable connections with like-minded professionals, business leaders, and technology advocates dedicated to shaping a responsible and diverse tech future.

Who should attend

This event is essential for public and private business leaders, educators, technology professionals, and specifically anyone interested in the role of AI in business and the advancement of women in technology.

Join us to be at the forefront of shaping a future where technology drives not only business success but also a better society for all. Register now to be part of this transformative event.

About the speaker

Rashik ParmarRashik Parmar MBE

Rashik Parmar MBE is Group Chief Executive of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. His team are focussed on the value of professional membership, promoting digital skills and computing education, and building BCS’ reputation for insight on emerging technology like AI and Quantum Computing. As a former VP Technology for IBM, Rashik helped drive its European technical strategy with a focus on guiding companies through digital transformation.

A Fellow of both IBM and BCS, Rashik was awarded the MBE for services to business and innovation. Rashik is a Council Member at The Open University (OU), a Senior Independent Member and NERC Council Member at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and a Fellow at Digit Lab. He is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees at We are IVE, a charity helping young people improve their prospects in the creative industries. He serves as a Research Industry Advisory Board Member at Leeds University Business School.

Rashik is a founder of Rangoli Radio, which serves the Hindu community.

Somayeh AghniaSomayeh Aghnia

A technology strategist with a strong software delivery heritage, Somayeh thrives on creating harmony between technology and humans in business and life. She has won multiple awards for innovation, entrepreneurship, and business partnerships and is a BCS Fellow. She is also an advocate of more girls in technology and on the board.

BCS is a membership organisation. If you enjoy this event, please consider joining BCS. You’ll be very welcome. You’ll receive access to many exclusive career development tools, an introduction to a thriving professional community and also help us Make IT Good For Society. Join BCS today

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event, please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.


BCS is following government guidelines, and we would ask attendees to continue to follow these guidelines:

England: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Wales: https://www.gov.wales/coronavirus
Northern Ireland: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland

This event is brought to you by: BCS Surrey branch

BCS Surrey Launch: The future of UK with AI
Date and time
Tuesday 5 March, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Geeks Ltd
Sutton Park Road
This event is sold out