Everyone is eligible for election at the next AGM. If you would like to work on the committee or council then contact the Chair.
We meet at 7.00pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Please contact our secretary for venue and timing details of our next committee meeting if none appear on this page.
As a BCS Certified IT Practitioner with 14 years’ experience in the IT industry, I have been a member of the BCS since 1999 whilst studying Information Systems, Law and Psychology at University. After working at companies like LogicaCMG, Analysis Mason and Dun & Bradstreet leading numerous process improvement projects for a wide variety of clients including Microsoft, Etisalat and Vodafone, I thin moved on to BT in their Retail Consumer division to spearhead large-scale strategic programmes of improvement - you may have heard of BT Sport and BT Cloud.
It’s been an interesting career choice, with Telecoms very much being at the forefront of technology innovation, especially with my passion of Customer Experience and Social Networks. Being a member of the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) has kept me grounded and in touch with new ideas whilst experiencing the highs and lows of the Dotcom bubble, Global Financial Crisis, and emerging China 2.0 markets. Serving on various branch committees for the BCS, becoming Vice Chair of the Young Professionals Group and now Chair of the Berkshire branch, I am proud of where the IT industry is moving in the UK, especially for the next generation.
At the Berkshire branch, I am lucky enough to have a superb committee who are dedicated to improving the perception of IT and have some fantastic qualifications to back up their vast experience. With initiatives such as The Great Debate, TeenTech and Computing At Schools (CAS), the Berkshire branch is one of the most active branches of the BCS in the UK. We are passionate about making a difference to professionals already out there and actively encourage young people to engage with IT.
In my spare time I also study an MBA at Henley Business School and enjoy spending time with my 4 handsome nephews and family.
Vice Chair and YPG Lead
I joined the BCS in May 2017, having recently moved to Berkshire for a new role, and joined the Berkshire committee to better understand the area and make a difference. Once joined I started as Young Professional’s Lead 2017 - October 2018, Communications Manager 2017 to October 2018, now serving as Vice-Chairman October 2018 - onwards and Young Professional’s Lead October 2018 - onwards along with serving as committee for other BCS specialist groups such as: Project Management (PROM-G).
Having worked across multi sectors within the IT industry for a number of years, I have held various mid to senior roles, with Compliance (PECR, PCI, DSS, GDPR, DPA 2018, ISO 27001, ISO 27002) & Project Management (Agile, Prince2) being at the forefront of my expertise. As a subject matter expert in data privacy, governance, risk and project management, I have worked with small, medium and large organisations from charities to international organisations on General Data Protection Regulation, Cyber & Information security, Disaster Recovery, process and product innovation and business analysis.
Being a member of the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) has kept me rooted with an ability for growth and development including keeping in touch with Technology innovations and ideas which allow my expertise to remain up-to-date and relevant in the fast, ever changing world of IT.
I am passionate about moulding and developing the industry on how it integrates on the Micro, Mezzo and Marco levels of the society / community as well as bridging the gap of equality and diversity in the industry such as gender pay, demographic, sexuality which will help making IT. good for society.
In my spare time I do a number of activities such as, run meetup groups on technology ‘Social Tech’ board games, LGBT and few others. I play lawn / green bowls competitively at a Club level and at a county level indoors and out along with hold a certification in Marking. I also playing an active role at RLab - in Reading which is a hackers and makers space with a huge range of tools from 3d Printer, industrial laser cutter to Metal forge and bandsaw, feel free to check out my Thingiverse profile www.thingiverse.com/DanCope94.
After graduating from Cambridge University in Modern Languages, I taught German and French for 4 years before switching to the IT industry via the government’s Training Opportunities course as a programmer and systems analyst. The exam gave me a Part 1 pass into the BCS membership in 1982. I qualified for CITP (chartered) status in 1992.
Since then I have worked as a trainer, programmer, project manager and consultant, in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad, starting with Nixdorf Computer in Germany and ending with Oracle until the company closed its UK Support Services division in 2016. I established links with the BCS at branch, corporate and individual level, and with schools and universities in the Thames Valley.
In my spare time I like spending time with my wife, 3 grown-up children and grandchildren, walking the dog, enjoying the countryside, and playing an active role in my local church and community, e.g. translation, IT help for Reading’s food bank, and volunteer driving. I believe green living is important and am holding a solar keyboard in the picture.
I should like to see CITP recognised across the IT industry as strongly as CiM and CEng in the marketing and engineering professions. I believe this would strengthen open source commitment, business integrity and the professional standing of the BCS. I should like to see active involvement by the BCS at schools events and careers fairs as a way of “making IT good for society”.
Treasurer and STEM Ambassador
Born a long time ago in NZ and moved to Queensland where I attended high school and University. Came to UK in the 70’s and have been here ever since. I am married with 2 children and 3 step-children, and have lived in Reading since 2009.
Now semi-retired, I was previously a Senior Project Manager with a German IT multinational. My projects were mainly for transition and transformation of IT infrastructure and systems following acquisitions or outsourcing. Over the last ten years I worked throughout the UK and also in US and Europe on IT change projects.
My activities now focus around the BCS events such as TeenTech and getting volunteer links between local charities and colleges in and around Reading. I work with Tony Levene who focuses on the Wokingham area. Since September 2013 I have been the BCS Berkshire treasurer. I am also a regular attendee at ‘SocialTech’ meets and Reading Geek Night.
I was encouraged to join the BCS by my first employer, becoming a member in 1988, a Chartered Engineer and European Engineer in 1993 and a fellow in 2008. After being an inactive member for some years due to work commitments, I joined the Berkshire committee in 2002, becoming Secretary in 2003, Chair from 2004-2010 and Secretary again from 2015 onwards. Outside the BCS, I am also a fellow of the IAP and member of the ACM and IEEE, where I am active in the Standards Association.
I originally graduated in Computational Science from the University of Leeds, and subsequently gained a postgraduate diploma in computing for commerce and industry from the Open University. I have had a variety of experience in my career to date, including software development, system operations and support, project management and a period as a self-employed consultant. I am now a consultant for DXC Fruition based in Aldershot and focused on service management.
I hold a BSc in Computer Science and Psychology; and an MPhil in Information Studies (librarianship) degrees from the University of Ghana. I am currently a Doctoral Researcher at the Informatics Research Centre/Business Informatics Systems and Accounting, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. My research aim is to develop a framework of human information interface for knowledge activities to support context-specific decision making on stored information in information systems.
Prior to this, I worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the University of Ghana teaching IT related courses. I founded and served as a Senior Partner of Micky Informatics Consult in Ghana, and provided IT sales and services, information consultancy, software development and research consultancy to small, medium and large scale organisations. I also worked on several resource teams, delivering IT and records management training for employees in Ghanaian industries.
I have interest in human-technology interactions, knowledge management and analytics. In my spare time I enjoy football, and an active member of Reading Athletics Club and Parkrun.
I joined BCS in 2015, and currently volunteer as the Newsletter Editor for the BCS Berkshire branch. I like the enthusiasm and passion of the Committee members, and my role as part of the communications team helping to provide timely information to BCS Berkshire members.
Tony (retired 2012) has substantial training, facilitation and consulting experience in the fields of Project Management, Risk Management, Contract Management, Process Management, Quality Management and Change Management.
He has over 20 years’ experience of developing training courses and workshops, and has trained, facilitated and consulted, at all levels from Boardroom downwards. He has presented at many seminars and conferences.
Education Liaison - Co-President and Welfare Officer, Student Chapter
Andrejus Kostarevas (RUCES)
Andrejus is currently a BSc Computer Science finalist at the University of Reading. He works part-time as a Design & Development Engineer at Think Engineer, where he specialises in leveraging the Cloud for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This has led to his dissertation being based in IoT.
Before University, Andrejus undertook the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Lithuania, which earnt him a bilingual diploma. Amongst his chosen subjects, he had Mathematics and Computer Science at higher level and he also wrote his Extended Essay in computer science as well.
In the little free time he has, Andrejus actively engages with the local tech community by volunteering as a co-organiser for Google Developer Group Reading & Thames Valley and as well as running the Reading University Hacking society.
Andrejus’ involvement with the BCS Berkshire branch aims at bringing the wider BCS professional body to students at the University of Reading and in the greater Thames Valley area.
Jules is a recent graduate from the University of Reading, where he studied computer science. He currently works in a Newbury based company, Apak. Here he is able to drive forward his passion of new cloud and front end technologies, with mobile first and scalable architecture at the forefront of discussions.
He has been part of the BCS Berkshire committee for four years now. He started as Co-Chair of the student chapter at the university. After he graduated he took on the role of Communications Lead. He looks forward to help shaping BCS for future generations.
Reading Tech Hub Coordinator
I have a background in systems design and development that covers back office automation, call centre support and web-based servicing through the backdrop of the deregulation of financial markets, millennium, and arrival of the internet.
The new millennium marked a change in direction for me, working with dot coms and ultimately creating and managing an application development start-up that gave me exposure to a companies ranging from media to private banks, as well as experiencing the trials and tribulations of starting a business.
Most recently I’ve worked for United Nations Climate Change in Germany on implementation of systems to support international emissions trading and emissions reduction projects.
I’ve been a BCS member since the mid-80’s and on my return to the UK engaged with the Berkshire branch, initially as a member and now on the committee where I liaise with ConnectTVT and the work to revitalise the tech community in the Thames Valley.
I perform the Diversity and Inclusion Officer role within BCS Berkshire. I am a Solution Architect who has worked across a range of clients and programmes since graduating from the University of Plymouth.
Having worked across public and private sector for many years, I bring a diverse value to the group representing many groups of our members and their clients. This has involved everything from working with multinational telco's on application portfolio rationalisation programmes to customer experience improvements in the Brewing industry and data centre migrations in manufacturing. This has enabled me to become a high-quality agile consultant who works effectively with the client on their problem.
In my free time I maintain a keen interest in innovation and technical subjects around the home and hobbies such as, photography and the outdoors.
Pete has a hidden recognised disability like a number of our members within the branch and I am keen to help us to support all our members.
Dr Blessing Mbipom
Dr Blessing Mbipom is a professional member of the BCS. She has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence with a focus on e-Learning Recommendation. During her doctorate, she developed an e-Learning recommender which learns from the knowledge of teaching experts in order to focus the search for documents that are relevant to learners. Blessing is interested in developing effective online learning systems that increase the engagement of users with digital learning materials. Prior to her PhD, Blessing completed an MSc in Computing Information Engineering. Her MSc project won the Best Poster award at the 2013 BCS Women Lovelace Colloquium Competition in Nottingham.
Blessing served as a committee member for the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) PhD conference. In this role she worked across teams from various universities developing good networks which helped to ensure the success of the conference. Blessing organised the Interdisciplinary Collaboration Workshop for over 100 delegates and circulated information effectively to delegates across 14 universities. Blessing enjoys mentoring young people to engage with computer technologies. She gave an invited talk titled “How to Inspire the Next Generation of Women in Computing”, at a Women in Computing Event in Dundee, UK. She also supported the BCS Berkshire branch at the TeenTech event in Surrey.
Blessing is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. She volunteers as a mentor for Technovation, a programme which invites teams of girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. The team she mentored was the only team from the UK that made it to the semi-finals of the programme in 2018. Volunteering as a mentor increased her knowledge about business development. She also volunteered as a judge for the AI Family Challenge 2019 which invites families to learn about AI technology and solve problems in their communities. It was great to see families using AI to create solutions.