Jonathan LeesonChair
Jonathan Leeson

Digital and technology leader with 28 years in a multi culture and multinational environment. Experience in digital strategy, technology, sourcing, business transformation and change portfolios at an executive/board level. I’ve recently set-up my own company The GTL (Global Thought Leaders) focusing on Business and Digital Transformation opportunities. I’m currently building a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles based on prior experience. I’m a Fellow, CITP and CEng/IEng assessor for the BCS Institute of IT and the events lead for IT Leaders Forum. Outside of my profession I’m enjoy competing in sporting events including Triathlons, Cycling and Motorsport.

Immediate Past Chair

David Miller

An award winning senior executive who has held CTO, CIO, CMO, CEO and advisory roles principally in large and complex enterprises across many business sectors on four continents including leading a number of global assignments. Full time senior leadership roles included Chair and MD of ITDYNAMICS Ltd for 20 years, and Director roles at CSC and British Rail. Grammar school educated and has attended executive programmes at the London Business School and Oxford University. He was awarded a PhD by Middlesex University, London, in 2013. Author of Managing Agile Business Technology (Springer, 2022), and books on business-focused IT (BCS, 2008 and ITDYNAMICS, 2005). Past Chair of the BCS IT Leaders Forum (2022 & 2023).

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Gordon Thompson

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Inclusion Officer
Norman KingNorman King

Norman has 25 years’ experience working in the IT industry. Spending 14 years at Birmingham City University’s – Technology Innovation Centre, engaging with hundreds of small and medium sized enterprises, predominately working with executive teams on a variety of local, regional, national & European funded Technology Transfer projects in the Jewellery, Manufacturing, Automotive and Light Engineering sectors. Facilitating bespoke initiatives including Enterprise Architecture, Database systems & Business Process Mapping for ERP systems implementations. In tandem with his commercial activities, university responsibilities included positions as a Senior Lecturer, Consultant Lecturer and Assistant Centre Manager. Norman is currently Head of Computing at a high performing Grammar School in Birmingham and has been a member of the BCS for 18 years.

Voluntary and community services are equally important to Norman, with 10+ years’ experience as a mentor in numerous professional settings including working with young offenders (West Midlands Probation Service) to mentoring new BCS members in the embryonic stages of their career.

Norman hopes for greater diversity and inclusivity within the technology sector, which will result in an even better future world of technology.

Marketing and Communications
Chris Fowler

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Matthew TaylorEarly Careers Advocate
Matthew Taylor FBCS CISSP CCSP

Matthew is a technology transformation leader at one of the Big Four. He previously led large-scale complex global IT transformation, delivery and recoveries for over 20 years at Accenture. He has also taught at Accenture's training facility in Chicago and was an elite quality assurance lead on global delivery, solutioning, best practice and governance.

Privileged to lead, coach and mentor large international teams and work in Europe, US and India, Matthew has experienced an incredibly valuable range of cultures and working environments with some great clients across industries and government. He is a technologist at heart, who enjoys constantly learning and hearing new perspectives.

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Events Lead
Karl A L Smith FBCS FRSA

Karl is a Fractional CIO with a background in Business and Digital Transformation at Global Enterprises and SME organisations going back over 30 years. He is a founder in the fields of User Experience, Customer Experience, Customer Agility and is the current President of Agile World 501(c)(3).

He is an acknowledged thought leader (with 12m followers through 40+ social media platforms) in several technical and cultural innovations including Advanced Analytics, Agile, IoT, CX amongst many other specialisations and is also a globally recognised Futurist.

He is a well known public speaker in both events and supporting government committees and associate parliamentary groups in the House of Commons and the House of Lords since 2003.

Karl has authored several books including A short guide to Agile Transformation, Designing for Human Experience and has been academically published in the field of Interactive Systems for eCommerce. He has B.A in Design. and M.Sc. in Computer Science and is a Life Fellow of BCS.

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Committee members

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.

Somayeh has co-funded Geeks Ltd, a technology consultancy, WordUp App Ltd, a Language learning app, and London School of Innovation, the UK's first technology specialised higher education organisation.

She is also a strong advocate of more girls in technology and on the board with a focus on "Real Models".

Somayeh has won multiple awards for innovation, entrepreneurship, and business partnerships and is a BCS Fellow.

Elle Anderson

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Ian GoldingIan Golding

Ian has been a Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Data Privacy Officer, leading global commercial technology programmes for over 20 years. He is currently Group CIO of Anthesis Group, the world's largest group of dedicated sustainability professionals, and previously Interim CIO at the Natural History Museum. At the NHM he led the organisation's Technology Strategy and Vision to support its dual role as a centre of excellence in leading scientific research and a world-leading museum. He has also worked in interim leadership roles at SThree Plc, the RNLI and Southern Housing Group.

Ian has a passion for fostering collaboration and innovation to exploit the benefits of technology and data in permanent, interim, fractional and private consulting roles. he is a Fellow of The Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Professional Fellow of The BCS. He is also an investor who mentors digital startups. By devoting time to helping emerging businesses, his aim is to help grow the digital ecosystem.

Jacqui Hogan

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Panagiota Karadimitriou

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Christos Stavroulakis

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Gill RinglandGill Ringland

Gill’s early career included the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, and research at the University of California at Berkeley and Oxford. She did pioneering work in IT on systems and data architecture, at CAP, Inmos and Modcomp. She has been active in seven start-ups and was responsible for building a £3bn new business over four years for computer firm ICL. She wrote the book “Scenario Planning” based on her strategy role at ICL.

She was CEO, Director and a Fellow of SAMI Consulting (Strategy with a view of the future) from 2002 to 2017, with clients in the public, private and NGO sector from Mexico to Malaysia, including the European Commission. She became an Emeritus Fellow in 2017. From 2017 to 2021 she was a Director of Ethical Reading, established to create a community of organisations in the Reading area who do the right thing by each other, the wider community and the environment, and thrive in the process.

Since 2022 she has been working with the ITLF on improving visibility of the threat to the economy and society from digital system failure. Phase One resulted in two major publications: Software Risk and Resilience and NPC BCS Software Risk - The Elephant in the Room ( Phase II of the work in 2023 covers Policy, Operational Resilience, research on complex tightly coupled systems; and working with intermediaries such as Universities, insurance companies.

She has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, is a Life Fellow of the British Computer Society, an ICL Fellow Emeritus and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science. She is a graduate of Stanford University's Senior Executive Program; and a Liveryman of the City of London. She was co-opted to the UK Science Research Council’s Computing Science Committee, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and to three European Commission High Level Expert Groups on Foresight.

She has over 100 publications: her books on Scenario Planning and strategy are used at Business Schools including Harvard. Her next book, the 10th, is in preparation, with Patricia Lustig, on the use of Foresight in Management. She publishes regularly on the Long Finance blog on Foresight and IT topics.

Haiyan Wu

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