My election statement for BCS Council

Here is my election statement as a candidate for BCS Council. Track my progress on my candidate page.

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I graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UWA) with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science (BSc, 2001) and doctorate (PhD, 2005). I am a CESG Certified Professional – Senior Security and Information Risk Advisor, Chartered IT Professional, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

I started my career as a Research Associate at UWA, later joining the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Malvern. I then took up a university lecturership, which included two years elected to Senate representing an academic constituency.

Recently I have focused on consulting work, including information assurance at BAE Systems, and recently as an Information Security Consultant at LV=. Over the years I’ve worked on a wide range of projects at both national and international level. I have served for over four years on the BCS Dorset Branch committee and am presently Chair.

BCS is an established and volunteer-driven institute, with a solid financial footing. The growth in BCS over recent years has been good for the profession, and every year many hundreds of professionals join BCS, achieve chartership and certifications. BCS like any large organisation has challenges, and chief among these is the need to remain relevant and connected to the membership that ultimately sustains the institute.

My priorities are focused on ensuring BCS has a more prominent role in national debate, addressing talent shortages, embedding strong financial controls in the institute, promoting the role of IT contractors, and advancing diversity goals. I am aware that membership of BCS has to offer value-for-money through-career, and I will be focused on ensuring member benefits are optimised, including digital experience.

Finally, it is important that BCS has a supportive platform that supports the growth of Branch activities. With your support, we can make a difference!

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