Community Board Members

Alastair Revell, VP, Chair, Community Board

Alastair Revell, a mathematics graduate, is the Chairman and Managing Consultant of Revell Research Systems, a management and technology consulting practice that he established in 1985.
 
He is a Chartered IT Professional (holding a Certificate of Current Competence), a Chartered Engineer and a European Registered Engineer.
 
Alastair is a Vice-President and Trustee of the Institute (elected to serve from 2018) as well as Chairman of the Community Board (appointed from 2018). He has been a member of Community (formerly Membership) Board since 2016 and sat on its Best Practice Committee between 2010 and 2018 (serving as Vice-Chair from 2014). He has also been a member of the Institute’s Registration and Standards Committee since 2015 and has been a CITP Assessor since 2010. He has been an active member of the BCS South West branch since 2008.
 
Alastair has been the Director General of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP) since 2011. He was elected to its governing body in 2009. He is also a Member of the Editorial Board of Software Development Practice. 
 
He has undertaken (in a part-time capacity to provide industrial perspective) the development and assessment of 15 IT modules leading to undergraduate awards by the University of Plymouth between 1996 and 2006, including a significant portion of an FdSc Internet Technology with Business programme.
 
He was appointed by the UK Information Commissioner to the Technology Reference Panel in 2011. He also sits on the Advisory Committee for Trustworthy Software and has been chairman of the Trustworthy Software Foundation since 2016. He is also a member of the IT External Advisory Panel at the University of Plymouth.
 
Alastair is keen to see the BCS Organisational Membership Scheme developed to attract smaller IT firms and to strengthen the Institute’s links with communities outside the BCS.

Colin Akhurst
Colin reports to the CEO at NPS, where he acts as the SRO for a number of major programs with clients.  He is innovation sponsor for the NPS Inernal program bringing new products and services to market.  He fulfills a strategic role working closely with customers and the sales forces to ensure successful qualification is done and capture plans are in place for important bids.  He is the Chair of the Justice and Emergency Services Committee for Tech UK and a member of the Defence Industry Board and the Public Services Board.

"I firmly believe in the "right reform" of our public services.  Our government needs much help to improve service and reduce cost.  We at NPS do that everyday despite the hurdles and difficulties of conducting business in the space.  Common standards and approach to systems, open engagement with the best in industry is essential for the government client to understand what is possible.  when they do that, extraordinary successful outcomes happen.  When they don't they are often disappointed"

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Gareth Baxendale
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Kevin Chalmers
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Helen Fletcher, Policy Committee Chair
I have been a professional member of BCS and Chartered Engineer for nearly twnety years.  I am currently Chair of Community Board Policy committee and Vice Chair of Council,  and i was previously Dorset Branch Secretary, events manager and BCS Women representative.

I spent ten years as Director of Informatiion Services for a university where I had responsibility for everything IT realted, and also the library.  I took early retirment form this role a few years ago.  before that i was an academic, specialising in systems analysis and design,  and spent several years as head of hte academic department of computing

Irene Glendinning
Irene joined BCS as a student member in 1971 when in the final year of her Computing Science degree at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. She then became MBCS in1976, Chartered Engineer in 1992, CITP 2004 and Chartered Fellow in 2008. After graduation, in 1972 she worked in a variety of companies in programming and systems analysis roles.  She also taught in secondary level, further education and adult education before joining Coventry Polytechnic in 1990 as a lecturer in computer science, later to become Coventry University in 1992. After ten years’ absence from BCS Irene re-joined the Society in 1992 and became more actively involved in the Society’s business.  She served as BCS/Engineering Council institutional assessment panellist. She became a committee member of BCS Coventry Branch in 2002, moving on to branch chairman in 2010.

In 2005 she founded a youth competition, still run by BCS Coventry branch every second year, known as Challenge IT.  In 2012 she founded the Coventry and Warwickshire CAS teachers’ hub that she still co-leads.  Through her roles at BCS, CAS and Coventry University, she is actively engaged in supporting ICT, IT and computing teachers and pupils in schools.

John Jones
John Jones has been in the business of IT and associated services since the early ‘80s.  His particular specialism is working with service providers to the UK public sector and helping them deliver via IT, trans-formative services to the wider public.  He is very keen to bring new blood (both young and old) and feels the BCS is a great way of achieving this objective.

Len Keighley
Involved in BCS activities for 35+ years at Branch, Region and National level, latterly on Council and Community Board. Currently also Treasurer of BCS Manchester Branch.
Worked in IT for 45+ years, progressing to Senior Application Architect for LTSB. In 2007 moved into Data Warehouse Consultancy and have been involved with projects for all the major High Street Banks.

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Andy Kinnear, Chair, Health & Care Executive
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Garfield Southall, Chair MB Best Practice Committee
Garfield is chair of both the Best Practice Committee and BCS Chester & North Wales branch.  He is also Director of the NTI (New Technology Initiative) at the University of Chester.

Ian Sunley, Chair Finance Committee.
I am currently the Chair of the Finance Committee.  I have been either Chaiman or Treasurer of North Staffs Branch from 1999, member of the old Branches board 2000 - 2002, Member of Community Board Policy Committee 2010 - 2013 and spent 6 years on council, leaving in 2011.   Professionally I have spent 30 years in Real Time Computing and Management and then 14 years in Academia, retiring as Award Leader Computer Science at Staffordshire University in 2013.

Haiyan Wu, Chair of YPG

I am Haiyan and am relatively new to the BCS Community Board.  I am Chinese and moved to England in my GCSE years. I have always wanted to be involved in BCS work and have been involved in a number of committees throughout the years, including:

1. BCS Community Board Best Practice Committee – committee member

2. BCS Young Professional Group (YPG) – Chair

3. BCS Council – Council member 

4. BCS West London Branch – Secretary and Membership Secretary

I feel well supported by colleagues within and associated to BCS.

I am based in London and have been working in Epidemiology and Public Health in academic/ research institutions and government department for a number of years. Having managed a national disease specific register, I have now moved on to a role which is responsible for facilitating access to health and social care data assets and providing a systematic, consistent and coherent approach to the review of requests for information to support the provision of health and social care or the promotion of health in ensuring that there is a legal and legitimate purpose for processing personal confidential data and that any risk of disclosure is minimised.

 My main objective in the BCS Community Board and the Council is to promote work surrounding the Young Professionals Group (YPG). 

 Please do visit our YPG website for regular updates, www.bcs.org./category/9223


Adam Thilthorpe

Adam is BCS External Affairs Director.


Jon Jeffery

Jon is BCS Community Development Manager.

(Membership of Board approved by Trustee Board)