14 March 2018

Chris Rees has been inaugurated as President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT at its AGM on 14 March. Chris was previously a Director of Charteris. Michael Grant, Associate Director of Harvey Nash plc has been named as Deputy President.

Chris says: “This is a huge honour and I’m really excited for this coming year. I will be using my term as President to focus on Ethics, particularly the ethics of AI, and to highlight the vital role which ethical considerations play in the development and application of IT in society. IT has to be ethical if it is to be good for society. So I am looking forward to supporting BCS in its ambition of Making IT Good for Society.”

Chris, co-founded Charteris, the IT consultancy, and Principled Business, which helps companies establish and maintain an ethical business culture. Chris has been in the IT industry for over 45 years. He was a Partner at Deloitte and also worked for IBM and Logica. He was an Executive Director at Charteris plc (later Sword Charteris) and Head of its Expert Witness Practice.

Chris is a Fellow of the BCS, a Chartered IT Professional and a Court Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

Chris continues: “I am also looking forward to working with our new deputy president Michael Grant, our members and staff over this coming year, engaging with innovators, business leaders, academics, students, teachers, and IT professionals.”

Michael Grant, who takes up the role of Deputy President, first entered the technology field in the Flight Simulation Industry. He then spent 25 years’ working in a variety of international marketing and corporate communications roles at Director and Vice-President level within six IT companies, Gateway, Lotus Development, Commodore, ICL, Prime Computer and Wang.

In recent years, Michael has worked in IT Recruitment having founded his own pan European IT headhunting company, and today is an Associate Director of Harvey Nash plc., one of the world’s leading IT services and recruitment organisations. Michael has been a member of the Information Technologists Company, the 100th City of London livery company for 23 years. In October 2012, he was installed as Master, having previously managed the Company for five years as the Clerk (CEO) during which he played an important role in gaining a Royal Charter.

Michael says of his election to Deputy President: “This is an exciting time to be part of the Institute and I’m really looking forward to supporting Chris in his year as President.”

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