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BCS Nottingham & Derby Branch

Welcome to the BCS Nottingham & Derby Branch Website

The BCS Nottingham & Derby Branch serves over 1,000 BCS members in the Nottingham and Derby area and beyond. Our aim is to provide both professional and social activities throughout the year. For details of our planned activities this year, please see the calendar page.

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The branch is run for the benefit of its members and we greatly value feedback. You can either attend a Committee meeting, email us, or send us feedback.

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February Event: Cloud initiatives by Frank Santoro

News added on 20th January 2014

Cloud initiatives and innovation, a business enabler? We will discuss what Cloud means to business and IT organizations, What business sectors are using or considering using Cloud services, when it should be used and when not, how to exploit the changes and benefits, How to avoid lock-in and a demonstration of a benefit of using Cloud services.

About the Presenters:

Frank Santoro has been an IT Architect and Consultant over 30 years, and has worked in IT since 1986. He has been a programmer of CNC and PLC hardware, and spent six years developing bespoke serial and network communication applications, involved in developing an open source configuration editor for SAMBA, and worked for Brush Electrical Machines, HP resource centre, Perot systems, Eon, and latterly at Fujitsu International Business/UK&I, on cloud related projects and is currently in the Cloud Services Group.

Brad Mallard has recently taken on the role as Fujitsu UK&I CTO for Cloud Services having worked within Fujitsu for the past 7 years as the Chief Architect or CTO for a number of key large and global contracts. Brad has over 18 years in experience in the IT industry and has worked in both public and private sector organisations, and in industries including Financial Services, Insurance, Local Government, Retail, Manufacturing and Services, and Central Government.

Fancy Being Chair or Treasurer of the Branch?

News added on 4th June 2013

If you are interested, then look no further! Each year, the Chair and Treasurer of BCS Nottingham and Derby Branch needs to be elected by the membership of the Branch. Those who would like to take up the position(s) must be Professional members of the BCS (MBCS or above) and be nominated by at least two nominees.

Nominations are being taken from the beginning of June through to three weeks before the Annual General Meeting, which this year, is held on the 16th September 2013.

If you are interested, please download and complete the nomination form (MS Word DOCX - Other formats can be made available on request to All nominations must be sent to by the 26th August 2013.

Tom Gilb Events a Huge Success

News added on 21st May 2013

On Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st May, Tom Gilb came to present a two day seminar to us on Lean Quality Assurance, together with an evening talk on Evo Project Management. The seminar was very intensive, but hugely enjoyable, interspersed with many of Tom's well-known shaggy dog stories delivered in his own inimitable style, and with an excellent guest talk by Niels Malotaux.

As you can see from the photograph, we all had a fantastic time and were presented with certificates to show our attendance. Having found out Tom collected autographed books, I offered him a copy of Competitive Engineering, but decided to keep the book once he'd signed it and presented him with a bottle of wine to thank him for a wonderful two days

The evening talk on Monday was full of people interested in hearing what Tom had to say, and whilst there was limited time to ask questions after the talk, there was plenty of interest

Tom Gilb 2-Day Seminar on Lean QA

News added on 8th May 2013

If you are interested in attending the 2-day seminar on 20/21st May on Lean QA with Tom Gilb, but are put off by the fact that it is primarily for people not in permanent employment, or underemployed contractors: We're also quite happy to accept others attendees, both BCS and non-BCS members, and who are currently employed. Just email Soheir Ghallaib ( with your details to secure a place! Food will also be available for lunch on both days if you don't fancy going out.