BCS founder Roy Newell dies

Roy Newell, a founder member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has died at the age of 82.

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Roy Newell, a founder member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has died at the age of 82.

Since suffering a stroke in January, Newell had been in hospital and died on 24 July following a cardiac arrest.

Newell, a Chartered IT professional (CITP), joined the Institute in 1958 and was a member for more than 50 years. He helped found the Sussex branch of BCS 43 years ago in 1967, where he had a stint as chairman. In addition, he was a member of the BCS Kent branch, and then the London Central and Kingston and Croydon branches.   

Newell held numerous roles during his time as a BCS member, which included being a BCS Council Regional Representative for several term, and a BCS Systems Analysis examiner.

Furthermore, he was a founder member of the PITCOM (Parliamentary IT Committee), a founder member of the Sussex Microcomputer Group and a member of the Joint Advisory Panel for IT in Education (JAPONITE).

During the last decade of his career, Newell was also a senior lecturer in the Computing department at London South Bank University.

Edward Wolton, former chair of the BCS Young Professionals’ Group, said: “Roy Newell was a great man, a trailblazer for the IT industry. He spent a lot of time nurturing, guiding and advising younger generations as they entered into and matured within the ICT profession.

“We, and the ICT profession, are all the richer for having known him.”

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