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3rd Monday Event

The value of BCS membership by The BCS President, Ray Long

Date: Monday, 16th January 2017
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead


We are incredibly privileged to be able to welcome the President of the BCS, Ray Long. Join us as Ray explores why BCS membership is a great investment to grow your knowledge and career.

BCS membership is not required

Refreshments are served from 18:30

About the talk

Why did you join the BCS? How has it helped you during your career? What contribution could you make as it evolves to meet the challenges of 2016 and beyond? Drawing on his own 35 year history with the BCS, this year's President Ray Long will lead a discussion on where the Institute has come from, how it is currently positioning itself to take the lead in making IT good for society, and how, at a time when a younger generation requires a different type of service from its professional bodies, it can develop during the years ahead to meet this need.

Ray will consider our current strategy, challenges and areas of interest, as well as the theme for his Presidential year of driving up the success rate of IT projects. As the BCS approaches its 60th anniversary, please come prepared not just to listen, but also to make your views known, as we debate the issues which will determine the success of our next 60 years and beyond.

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About the Presenter

Ray Long joined the UK Senior Civil Service when moving to the Department of Health in 1997, before his appointment as IT Director at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in 1999. He became CEO of the Northern Ireland Business Development Service in 2004 before serving as Programme Director for the nationwide NHS Choose and Book service and Major Projects Director in the Cabinet Office.

He joined HMRC as Director of Business Tax Change in 2011, before becoming Director of Corporate Services Change in 2013. In 2014 he joined the Department for Work and Pensions, initially with responsibility for that Department's Infrastructure Modernisation Programme, more recently as Director of Technology Platforms, and now as CEO of Benefits and Pensions Digital Technology Services Ltd, the Government-owned company established to insource IT applications development, maintenance and support services.

Ray has also been an Associate Lecturer with The Open University since 1993, delivering programmes of leadership and strategy in the UK and internationally. A Chartered Director, Engineer and IT Professional, he is a graduate of the Government's Major Projects Leadership Academy and a Warden of the IT City Livery Company.

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