BCS appoints new president

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT has appointed Professor Jim Norton as its new president for 2011 and 2012.

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BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT has appointed Professor Jim Norton as its new president for 2011 and 2012.

He takes over from Dr Elizabeth Sparrow, who was in the role from November 2009.

“I plan to work on raising the profile of computer science and ‘computational thinking’ in schools, and on increasing the direct relevance of the Chartered Institute to students at all levels, as my themes for the year,” said Norton.

On taking up the role of president, Norton will no longer be chair of the Professionalism in IT Steering Board.

However, he is still involved with a wide number of external organisations, including as an external member of the board of the UK Parliament’s Office of Science & Technology (POST) and a council member of the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM).

He was also a member of the Independent Climate Change Emails Review (ICCER), which reported on the operation of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in 2010.

Meanwhile, Bob Harvey has been elected as deputy president, replacing Bob Assirati. Harvey was the chair of the institute’s Ethics Group, and was most recently director of information services at the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

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