Trustee board members

Rebecca GeorgeRebecca George OBE FBCS CITP
President 2020-2021
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.

John HigginsJohn Higgins CBE FBCS
Deputy President 2020-2021
John was director general of TechUK's predecessor Intellect and then DigitalEurope. He is senior advisor for Burson, Cohn & Wolfe and chairs the Advisory Board of the EU Intelligent Cities Challenge. He was appointed CBE in 2005 for services to the IT industry.

Michael GrantMichael Grant FBCS
Immediate Past 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.

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.

Alastair IronsProfessor Alastair Irons FBCS CITP
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 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.

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.

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.

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 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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Rob Deri FCA MBCS
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 FBCS CITP
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.

Julia Adamson
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 MBCS CITP
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
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.

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