Trustee board members

John HigginsJohn Higgins CBE FBCS
President 2021-2022
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.

Mayank PrakashMayank Prakash FBCS
Deputy President 2021-2022
Mayank is a digital transformation leader - passionate about the potential of people, design and technologies to achieve exceptional business outcomes. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Tilney, Smith & Williamson and the Non-Executive Director for Uber in the UK.

Rebecca GeorgeRebecca George OBE CITP FBCS
Immediate Past President 2021-2022
For over 30 years, Rebecca has focused on transformation enabled by IT. For the last 20, she has worked with the public sector. She promotes women working in IT and takes responsibility for inclusivity in our organisation.

Dr Ben Booth CITP FBCS
Vice President Finance 2019-2022
Ben is an interim executive specialising in transformational technology leadership. He has over 20 years' experience at board level in the private sector, government and higher education brings a wide experience of financial and risk management.

Gillian ArnoldGillian Arnold FBCS
Vice-President, Trustee Director, BCS Learning & Development Ltd 2019-2022
Having enjoyed a successful career in several strategic and technical roles at IBM and run her own IT services and staffing company, Gillian brings varied experience to her position and, in particular, champions diversity in IT.

Indranil NathDr Indranil Nath CEng CITP FBCS 
Vice-President, Trustee Director, BCS Learning & Development Ltd 2021–2024
Indranil has worked in the IT industry and has performed a number of major roles in software engineering, IT strategy, project delivery including training and development. He is focused on deploying digital strategy and transformation opportunities in the insurance sector. Indranil explores advanced professionalism in further education and training.

Alastair IronsProfessor Alastair Irons CITP FBCS
Vice-President, Academy 2020-2023
Alastair is Dean of the Faculty of Technology at the University of Sunderland. He’s held a wide range of senior academic positions over his three-decade career and was part of the consortium that obtained the Institute of Coding project, worth £40m.

Yvonne GallagherYvonne Gallagher FBCS
Vice-President, Organisation and Employers 2020-2023
Yvonne is an experienced director and advisory board member, having held three CIO roles in the public and private sector; a government executive board position; Security Information Responsible Office on the Government Security Board; and IT and security director roles.

Alastair RevellAlastair Revell CEng CITP MBCS
Vice-President, Community 2021-2024
Since 1985 when he established the company, Alastair has run Revell Research Systems, a management and technology consulting practice. He is keen strengthen our links with small IT firms and wider communities.

Kathy FarndonKathy Farndon FBCS
Vice-President, Society 2020-2023
An expert on the digital healthcare agenda, Kathy’s worked in senior positions in NHS England and the New Zealand Ministry of Health. She set up her own management consultancy company, Carbonel Consulting Ltd, in 2017 working on IT projects with large NHS Foundation Trusts.

Paula Clarendon MBCS
Chair of Council 2021-2023
Paula’s IT career has spanned various customer-focused roles, e.g. project management, learning and development, and product management and marketing. She runs her own health and wellbeing business, brings an independent perspective and champions the membership and volunteers.

Sam De Silva

Dr Sam De Silva CITP FBCS
Elected by Council 2019-2022
Sam is an internationally recognised technology, data and cyber lawyer who is a partner at the leading international law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. Sam has nearly 20 years’ experience providing strategic legal advice to the C-Suite in cutting-edge technology and digital transformational projects in a number of countries.

Dave DonaghyDave Donaghy CITP CEng MBCS
Elected by Council 2021-2024
Dave has worked in Bristol and Bath as a software engineer for around 25 years, and is currently at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Bristol. He also works voluntarily as a trustee of the League of Friends of the Royal United Hospitals (Bath), and as a STEM Ambassador in local schools. He is currently championing efforts to address digital poverty and digital exclusion.

Sharon Moore

Sharon Moore MBE CITP MBCS
Elected by Council 2021-2022
Sharon is IBM's CTO for Public Sector in the UK, with a personal goal to transform public service, safety and policing with technology. She has nearly 20 years of experience working in the tech industry, across multiple sectors, and you’ll often find her on stage helping shape the impact technology can have on our lives.

Dr Colin SmytheDr Colin Smythe CEng CITP FBCS
Elected by Council 2020-2023
During the past 40 years Colin has worked in ICT specialising in date networking and e-learning. He has held a number of senior roles in industry and as an academic. In the last twenty years he has worked on a number of public and private sector e-learning projects in the USA, Europe, Japan and the UK. Currently he is principal consultant in his own company.

BCS executive team

Paul Fletcher FBCS
Group Chief Executive
Paul is a Harvard Business School AMP graduate and joined us in 2014 after 10 years in director roles at RM education and senior management consultancy positions at A.T. Kearney and KPMG.
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Group Finance Director
Rob is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience in senior finance roles and board positions at well-known companies including Burton Group, BT Mobile Communications and a national children’s charity.

Holly Porter
Director, Membership
Holly leads our community engagement and membership proposition development. She joined us in 2019 from GS1 UK and brings 10 years' experience in marketing, membership and communications director roles.
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Bill Mitchell OBE CITP FBCS
Director, Policy
Bill leads our policy and parliamentary engagement. He previously spent 20 years in research into the mathematical foundations of computer science and was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to computing and artificial intelligence education.
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Julia Adamson CITP MBCS FRSA 
Director, Education
Once a teacher herself, she has a track record of successfully managing education technology programmes and was involved in establishing the Barefoot Computing Programme across the UK.
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Carl Harris CITP MBCS
Director, Marketing
Carl helps us engage effectively with members, the wider industry and general public. He began his BCS career back in 1998 managing our website, and has since led significant programmes of change to our infrastructure and business systems.
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Wendy Franklin
Director, Finance
Wendy joined BCS a number of years ago and heads up our Finance operation. She has previous experience in many sectors including manufacturing and mobile technology and is a member of CIMA.

Adam Thilthorpe FBCS
Director, External Affairs
As Director for External Affairs and a Fellow of BCS, Adam is passionate about the impact technology has on people's lives, and its consequences for society both now and in the future.
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Cheryl Cumberworth
Director, Products and Standards
Cheryl leads our Product and Standards provision. She joined BCS in 2019 and brings a wealth of experience in digital education, education consultancy and marketing.

Billy McNeil
Director, IT and Operations
Billy joined us in 2018 following 20 years at RM Education where he held a number of senior positions, and prior to this he worked for Rover Group. He’s a graduate of Glasgow University and Warwick Business School.
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Lucy Ireland
Lucy IrelandManaging Director, BCS Learning & Development Ltd
Lucy leads our digital education and certification programmes, ensuring what we deliver is world-class. A learning and development professional since 1993, she brings clarity to the complexities of the training sector.
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Council members

BCS Council acts as the conscience of the Institute, advising and guiding our Trustee Board and holding it accountable against our royal charter, charitable objectives and values.

Who sits on BCS Council?