Trustee board members

Michael GrantMichael Grant FBCS
President 2019-2020
Michael's IT experience spans international marketing, corporate communications and recruitment, including currently as an Associate Director with Harvey Nash plc. He’s been involved with charity and education since he began his career.

Rebecca GeorgeRebecca George OBE FBCS CITP
Deputy President 2019-2020
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.

Chris ReesChris Rees FBCS CITP
Immediate Past President 2019-2020
Previously a director of Charteris Ltd and partner at Deloitte, Chris brings over 45 years’ experience in the IT industry and is using his term to focus on ethics, particularly in AI.

Dr Ben Booth FBCS CITP
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 FBCS CITP
Vice-President, Trustee Director, BCS Learning & Development Ltd 2018–2021
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.

Professor Tom Crick MBE CEng FBCS
Vice President, Academy 2017-2020
A professor of digital education and policy at Swansea University, Tom is particularly interested in how digital, data and computation impacts upon the world.

James DavenportProfessor James Davenport FBCS CITP
Vice-President, Academy 2017–2020
James has taught mathematics and computer science at the University of Bath since 1983 and has roles in various academic committees within the industry. He drafted the BCS evidence for the Lords and Commons enquiries into Algorithms and AI, and leads one of the Institute of Coding themes.

Alastair RevellAlastair Revell CEng MBCS CITP
Vice-President, Community 2018-2021
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.

Stephen PattisonStephen Pattison FBCS
Vice-President, Society Board 2017-2020
Acting as vice president of public affairs at ARM, Stephen contributes to international public policy thinking. He has also served as a British diplomat. Using this experience, he ensures our decisions positively impact society.

Iain ThompsonIain Thompson CEng Hon FBCS CITP
Chair of Council 2019-2021
Iain has had a varied career in IT, from programming to commercial management of software outsourcing, in industries from financial services to potable spirits. He has been a member of Council since 2010 and wants to raise the profile Council's work with the professional membership.

Kevin StreaterKevin Streater FBCS CITP
Elected by Council 2019-2021
As Vice-President at ForgeRock, Kevin leads a global training organisation, and has previously held senior roles at The Open University and Sun Microsystems. He has contributed to the development of digital industry apprenticeships and SFIA (the Skills Framework for the Information Age).

Sam De Silva

Dr Sam De Silva FBCS CITP
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.

Ronnie IsherwoodRonnie Isherwood FBCS
Elected by Council 2019-2020
Ronnie co-owns JE3.COM, helping clients with a broad range of business, technology and information security solutions. He has co-authored a book helping administrators plan, build and implement IT and security compliance policies and has co-authored and edited courses for Microsoft.

Paula Clarendon MBCS
Elected by Council 2019-2022

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.

BCS executive team

Paul FletcherPaul Fletcher FBCS
Group Chief Executive

Paul joined us in 2014 after 10 years in director roles at RM education and senior management consultancy positions at A.T. Kearney and KPMG. He is a graduate from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Rob DeriRob Deri FCA MBCS
Group Finance Director

Rob is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience in senior finance roles and board positions at a number of well-known companies including Burton Group, BT Mobile Communications and a national children’s charity. He joined us in 2016.

Bill MitchellBill Mitchell FBCS CITP
Director, Policy

Bill leads our policy and parliamentary engagement, focusing on creating a stable digital infrastructure in the UK. Before this role he was the Director of Education and prior to BCS spent 20 years in research into the mathematical foundations of computer science.

Julia AdamsonJulia Adamson
Director, Education

Julia helps us ensure the next generation thrives in the digital age. 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.

Carl HarrisCarl Harris MBCS CITP
Director, Marketing

Carl helps us to engage effectively with our members, the wider IT industry and the general public. He began his BCS career back in 1998 managing and developing our website and has since led a number of programmes of significant change to our infrastructure and business systems.

Holly PorterHolly Porter
Director, Membership
Holly joined us in 2019 from membership organisation GS1 UK and has over 10 years' experience in marketing, membership and communications director roles. She leads our community engagement and our membership proposition development.

Adam ThilthorpeAdam 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.

Billy NcNeilBilly McNeil
Director, IT and Operations
Billy joined us in 2018. For over 20 years he held a variety of senior positions at RM Education, and prior to this worked for Rover Group. He is a graduate of Glasgow University and Warwick Business School.

Lucy IrelandLucy Ireland
Managing 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.

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?

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