Annette joined BCS as Head of Apprenticeships in September 2018 to strategically lead and drive forward growth in digital apprenticeships and is responsible for the organisation’s end-point assessment. She has over 20 years’ experience of setting industry standards, influencing and designing vocational learning and aligning employers’ skills needs with government policy.
Andrew has worked in IT for over 20 years and his current role at BCS as a Key Account Manager enables him to help a wide range of organisations achieve their people development strategies. Andrew specialises in the use a number of skills taxonomies and standards such as SFIAplus to support capability analysis, planning and recruitment.
Dalim is Chairman of the BCS Central London and North London Branches, and is also Events Director of the ISACA London Chapter. He is an IT professional with expertise in IT Governance and Risk Management. His experience includes IT audit, compliance, controls, security, PMO and project management up to global level.
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE
Neil joined WorldSkills UK in November 2015. Neil was previously Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer at the CBI, the UK’s premier business organisation, where he worked for 12 years at the highest level of the business and government interface nationally and internationally on issues such as trade and investment, diversity, skills and employment, public services reform, climate change and infrastructure development.
Ian is Head of Publishing at BCS, responsible for commissioning and producing business and IT books and content, and supporting the development of professional learning and educational resources, and bespoke organisational outputs, whether in print or digital formats. The role is the go-to position for publishing strategy and delivery, working with colleagues, members and volunteers across BCS.
Dr Jayne Brady MBE
Jayne is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer with extensive board / executive experience within blue-chip corporations, start-ups and funding ecosystems. Recent roles include Partner in £100Mn+ Venture Capital firm and co-founder of Artificial Intelligence start-up. She sits on the newly appointed UK Government Innovation Expert Group and is an Entrepreneurial Advisor to Oxford University.
Alys is Head of the Software Engineering Group at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the UK’s national lab for nuclear fusion research and development. She has established teams focused on Experimental data management, Business Information Systems and Research Software Engineering. Alys has been involved in building the Research Software Engineering movement for the last five years.
Sarah is a founding Partner at Emergence Partners. A renowned technology industry analyst, she advises enterprises on intelligent and ethical technologies. She is a strong advocate for women in technology and until October 2020 was chair of BCSWomen, the Women’s group of BCS. She founded AI Accelerator to increase diversity in the AI industry and is one of Computer Weekly’s top 50 most influential people in UK technology sector.
Mike is driven by his desire to develop integrated, personalised health and care. He continues to achieve success with this personalised approach and has remained a staunch protagonist in putting people before technology when framing digital transformation. He is a CHIME certified Health CIO, a member of the national Digital Health CIO Advisory Panel and a member of the NHS Digital Academy Alumni.
Robina runs her own consultancy and training company, she is also a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management and a Research Associate for the LEF. Her prime focus is on helping senior managers to develop political acumen, to master the art of influencing others and hence increase their personal impact at board level. Other areas of specialism include the building of high performance teams and relationship management.
Neil Chue Hong
Neil is Director of the Software Sustainability Institute and a Senior Research Fellow at EPCC, University of Edinburgh. His research interests include software sustainability, research software ecosystems, and impact of research software policy. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Open Research Software, co-editor of “Software Engineering for Science”, co-author of “Best Practices for Scientific Computing” and a BCS Fellow.
Tom Crick MBE
Tom is Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University. Whilst his disciplinary background is in computer science, he's been heavily involved in science, innovation and digital policy over the past ten years, especially education, skills and the digital economy. He has recently led the development of the Science & Technology area in the new Curriculum for Wales.
Dave is a software engineer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Bristol. He is also a member of Council of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Additionally, he works as a trustee of the League of Friends of the Royal United Hospitals in Bath.
Pete has been teaching in York for 13 years and is Curriculum Leader for Computing at Fulford School. He is interested in teaching and learning resources and strategies which make Computing accessible, enjoyable and worthwhile for students of any ability or gender. He regularly shares resources and training through the Computing At School and NCCE community.
Stephen is a Senior Manager within Deloitte’s Healthcare Technology practice and has worked extensively with local and national health organisations on the development and implementation of technology programmes. He has recently led digital transformation programmes for a number of NHS organisations across the UK, providing support on how to harness digital capabilities, particularly cloud, AI and robotics.
Catherine is the SEND lead for the Sheffield eLearning Service, and since the announcement of the computing curriculum she has been working on ways to make the subject accessible for all learners. She is a member of the Computing at School (CAS) Include working group that promotes and supports diversity and inclusion in computing education, and leader of the CAS Virtual SEND Community.
Lisa is CIO at the Royal Marsden, overseeing a comprehensive programme of digital transformation, having previously been CIO at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. She started her career in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist (Microbiology) before moving into a variety of technology roles within healthcare, including a stint in Dubai. She is currently Chair of the London CIO Council and a member of the Digital Health CIO Advisory Panel.
David is Head of Digital Readiness at Health Education England (HEE) and has over 25 years of delivery experience within both the NHS and major private sector organisations. He's currently leading HEE’s Digital Readiness Programme, ensuring that the health and care workforce of today and tomorrow has the capacity and capability to deal with an ever-growing demand for health services in a world of ever-increasing digital services.
Sally, Director at Rewired, is an experienced Learning & Development Consultant with expertise in team effectiveness, change management, developing people management capability, coaching, leadership and commercial skills and is an ICF ACC Coach. She has gained her broad experience and knowledge, having worked for Cadbury and with large and small organisations such as GSK, CCE, Cargill, BITC and Peloton.
Matt is Senior Lecturer in Data Science at Newcastle University and National Skills Lead to The Alan Turing Institute. He is passionate about inspiring, educating and upskilling data talent across education and industry, with a priority on widening participation and to democratising access to data science training nationally.
Debbie Forster MBE
Debbie is an award-winning figure in the areas of diversity, tech and education. She is a coach, portfolio consultant and CEO for the Tech Talent Charter, an industry collective driving greater inclusion and diversity in UK tech. She is a trustee for the British Council, serves on the Institute of Coding's Diversity Board and serves on the government's Digital Economy Council and its Money and Pensions Service advisory board.
Following 15 years in the Royal Navy as an aircraft electrical technician, Russell moved into training and education, spending the next 21 years working within the MOD. Making the career decision to leave the comfort of government employment, he has spent the last four years as the Standards Development Manager at BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Rebecca George OBE
Rebecca leads Deloitte’s Public Sector practice across 25 countries in Europe and the Middle East. She is responsible for the work Deloitte does across the Public Sector including Health and Social Care, Education, Transport, Defence, National Security, Justice and Home Affairs, and Central and Local Government. She is a senior business manager with practical experience of managing businesses and improving operational efficiency.
Lesley is Director of Work Advance, where she undertakes analysis and evaluation, and provides policy advice around workplace innovation, skills and the world of work. Until recently she was Director at the Work Foundation where she continues to work as an associate, offering insights to drive their work programme seeking to champion Good Work.
Lyn is a business consultant, trainer, coach, author and practitioner with over 30 years' experience of adding value to organisations in the public and private sector. Her particular strength is applying agile mindset and concepts outside of software development to help organisations and businesses become adaptive. She is Head of Business Analysis and lead agile coach at CMC Partnership Consultancy Ltd.
Simon is an agile coach working in the public sector. He is a subject matter expert on Agile for BCS and reviewed and contributed to the BCS book 'Agile and Business Analysis' by Lynda Girvan and Debra Paul. He has spoken at various conferences including Agile Manchester and the Agile Business Conference.
Andrew is the Chair and CEO of the Federation for Informatics Professionals in health and care (FEDIP). Before taking up this position he was the CIO for NHS Wales for 10 years, establishing a national organisation to develop and implement the Informing health care strategy. He also led the development of a new organisation (NWIS) which brought together the strategy, implementation and delivery IT organisations in NHS Wales.
Nichola is an expert in post 16 education in the public and private sector and has over 25 years training experience. She is one of the founding directors of Outsource Training and Development, acquired by Seetec Group in 2016. She went on to join the Executive Board of Estio Training. She is also the Vice Chair of the Association of Employment Learning Providers (AELP), AELP London Chair and is on the Skills for Londoners Board.
Kojo is a Physical Education teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. He is also Head of Vocational Education, a dedicated basketball coach, personal trainer, co-owner of Tribal Basketball, co-owner of Team Active Ltd and most recently, co-owner of THE Biz IT. Kojo’s passions are always geared towards coaching and educating the next generation, technology, entrepreneurship and generally helping people in whatever way he can.
An experienced coach and learning and development specialist, Lindsay specialises in leadership and management development and core skills training for people in organisations. She is passionate about the value of continual learning in organisations. Lindsay also works as a 1-2-1 coach and has significant experience of supporting culture change programmes.
As Managing Director of BCS Learning and Development Ltd, Lucy is responsible for the delivery of world class standards in certification and education for the IT and digital industries. An astute, insightful and down-to-earth business woman, Lucy has been a learning and development professional since the early 90s and brings clarity to the complexities of the training sector.
Steve is the Director of Computer Science at Dartford Grammar school and a National Centre of Computing (NCCE) hub Lead. He is passionate about raising standards and outcomes through effective professional development and believes all young people should have a world leading computing education.
Eileen has worked in the IT industry for over 23 years holding senior leadership roles for the past 11 years. She started life as an IT support analyst in 1997 and has progressed her career working for businesses across the UK and Europe in a range of different IT roles. She set up her first IT Consultancy business in 2014 and her second in 2017. She is currently the Head of Technology at Wellcome Trust based in London.
John is a Fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. He spent a number of years as the non- executive Chair of the British Dyslexia Association, having been diagnosed as dyslexic himself at the age of 42. Today, John often operates as an interim CTO leading or advising organisations and boards on shaping and delivering digital and data led transformation.
Andy is an engineer specialising in using computers to solve the challenges engineers face. He started as a nuclear design apprentice when computers were replacing drawing boards. Learning from experience has been a fundamental part of his career and artificial intelligence helps him in his day to day work. Some of the problems he’s worked on can only be solved with super computers.
Mark Martin MBE
Mark aka @Urban_Teacher is an Advanced Skills Teacher in Education and Computer Science. Mark is a thought leader in #EdTech and a hugely popular speaker, sharing his expertise and insights to educators around the world. He is a teacher / advisor for the major global tech brands and continues to advocate for home-grown talent, digital skills and education equity.
Nicola is currently working in the AI and Data Science field as Head of Quality at Adarga. She has many years of experience in IT working on high profile projects across different industries. With skills across quality, software testing, and business analysis, she specialises in working with companies to build teams, create strategies, improve processes, and create high-quality deliverables for customers.
Niamh is CIO at NHS Resolution, an arm’s-length body of the Department of Health and Social Care, which provides expertise to the NHS in respect to resolving concerns and disputes fairly, sharing learning for improvement and preserving resources for patient care. She is supporting NHS Resolution as they embark on a major programme to enhance the technology capability whilst ensuring continued delivery of services effectively.
Sharon Moore MBE
Sharon is CTO for Public Sector in IBM UK, building technical strategy through examining the direction of public service and the needs of citizens, and identifying how technology can support and accelerate that journey. You’ll often find her on stage, and she’s shared stories at GovTech 2019, the Public Sector AI Summit, CogX 2019, and other events that provide insight as to the difference technology can make to public sector.
Tessy is founder of Educating Africa, a non profit organisation focused on alleviating poverty through the education of Afro Caribbean girls. She is also an Educator and Tech entrepreneur with a passion for programming. As Head of Computer Science in a secondary school, she is constantly working to mitigate the difficulties black students face engaging with Computer Science.
Rob Nitsch CBE
Rob was appointed as the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education's first Chief Operating Officer in June 2018. The Institute’s mission is to improve access to high-quality apprenticeships and technical education, in order to transform the skills landscape. Rob is accountable for the operation of the Institute’s technical education, apprenticeship and commercial teams.
Andrea is currently BCS Women Chair, a Council member and a member of the Society Board. She is a digital transformation expert with 20+ years of experience leading and delivering IT programmes in complex global environments. She encourages people from all ethnic backgrounds, gender, and abilities to undertake an exciting career either within the tech industry or academia.
Sonia was recently appointed as the NHSX CIO for health and social care across England. Her key priorities are to provide a clear vision for 'What good digital transformation looks like’ for the nation; support in the best way possible the levelling-up of digital foundations for front-line organisations; building a digitally confident workforce to provide new ways to empower citizens health and well-being through the use of technology and data.
Simon Peyton Jones
Simon is a leading computer science researcher at Microsoft Research (Cambridge), where his main research interest is the design and implementation of functional programming languages. He has been deeply involved in computing education at school since Computing at School was launched in 2007, and he still serves as CAS’s chair. He was appointed chair of the National Centre for Computing Education in 2018.
Jason is the Head of Education at Esri UK, the Global Lead for Schools at Esri Inc and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is also a member of the Skills Forum, established by the Geospatial Commission (delivered from the Cabinet Office). With over 20 years’ experience in the sector his work ranges from developing classroom pedagogy with GIS through to creating global education strategies for the geospatial sector.
Rachel is Market Engagement Manager NI at Esri Ireland. She is a Fellow of BCS and has over 19 years’ experience in the IT sector working in both the public and private sector. Rachel is passionate about Diversity in IT and sits on the BCS council and a number of other Tech advisory boards. She is currently a Boardroom Apprentice in Northern Ireland with Libraries NI.
Kevin is a thought leader in IT and cyber security skills development and is Vice President, ForgeRock University at ForgeRock, a leading provider of digital identity solutions. Prior to ForgeRock, he was Executive Director, Employer Engagement at The Open University. Kevin has over 20 years experience in IT Learning & Development and is a specialist in IT competency assessment, digital credentialing and educational technology.
Brian is Professor of Learning Performance at the University of Middlesex. He has variously been a mechanical engineering designer, a Naval Officer, an IT programme manager and a management consultant. For the last 15 years, his focus has been on the design and development of work based learning programmes in support of major organisational change initiatives.
Roger is Chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He has worked as an entrepreneur, a regulator and a writer. He has argued for a rebalancing of control over data and information towards citizens and civil society. He is also Chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator and a member of the advisory panel to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation.
Adam, Director of External Affairs at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, speaks regularly at industry conferences about the need to disrupt yourself and your organisation, before someone does it to you. The ability to do today's stuff well, good practice, is vital but not enough on its own. It’s next practice, doing tomorrow’s stuff first that the IT profession must harness.
Philippa has held a variety of executive roles in leadership and management training organisations. In 2014 she set up Skills Shift, a collaboration of international learning experts, providing custom-built learning programmes to help leaders and managers develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to get the best performance from themselves, their people and their business, in a challenging VUCA environment.
Lee is the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport. He is the Welsh Labour and Co-operative Member of the National Assembly for Wales for the Llanelli constituency. Before being elected in May 2016, he was Director of Wales's leading independent think-tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs. His policy interests are wide-ranging, including the economy, climate change, provision for looked after children, digital policy and the media.