This webinar series is an opportunity to hear from the BCS President about the four BCS policy and themes.
- John Higgins CBE, FBCS, President BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
- Professor Tom Crick MBE
- Professor Wendy Dearing FBCS
- Jessica Leigh Jones MBE
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 & 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.
About the speakers
Headline Speaker: John Higgins CBE FBCS
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.
Speaker: Professor Tom Crick MBE
Tom is Professor of Digital & Policy at Swansea University, with his role split between the Computational Foundry and the School of Education. Alongside his academic work, he has been heavily involved in science, innovation and digital policy in Wales over the past ten years, alongside leading major STEM national curriculum reforms. Tom is a Commissioner of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, as well as a non-executive director of Industry Wales and Swansea Bay University Health Board, having previously been Vice-President (Academy) of the BCS from 2017-2020.
Professor Wendy Dearing FBCS
Wendy is Dean of the Institute Management and Health University of Wales Trinity St David. Until recently she was Head of Workforce and Organisational Development, with a nursing background. She holds an MSc in Change & Innovation and recently has been awarded an Honorary Professorship from the University of Wales Trinity St David. The professorship in Applied Practice has been awarded in recognition of Wendy’s expertise and knowledge in championing professionalism in technology and information. She is a Fellow of the BCS and Leading Practitioner of Fed-IP
Jessica Leigh Jones MBE
Jessica is Chair of the Centre for Digital Public Services. Jessica is a multi-award-winning Engineer and Astrophysicist. Having spent her career-to-date in the manufacturing industry, she is now Co-Founder and CEO of iungo, a CareerTech Company democratising access to excellent careers for everyone. Jessica is also a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at the University of Wales Trinity St David’s, where she is leading the flagship Enterprising Engineers Programme for engineering students and apprentices.
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This event is brought to you by: BCS Policy