David Clarke, chief executive of the BCS, Chartered Institute for IT, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.
The award is for services to the IT industry.
Clarke became CEO of the Institute in May 2002. Under his watch membership of the BCS has risen from 38,000 to 70,000. Recently, the Institute invested in a major transformation programme that it said aimed to ensure that the organisation "remains relevant to IT professionals worldwide".
Nevertheless, the BCS was met with serious challenges over its strategy. The debate began in March last year when a member, Len Keighley, said the body had moved away from its brief as a professional organisation, focusing on revenue generation and fast expansion, and that members had too little say in its strategy.
In July, the BCS survived a vote of no confidence by a substantial margin. The BCS said the votes demonstrated it had a “strong mandate” to complete its transformation plans.
As Clarke was awarded an MBE, he said: "I am very proud to be part of the IT industry which is one of the most exciting professions of our time. It truly is at the heart of much of our society today.”
Prior to joining BCS, Clarke was head of Trinity Mirror’s digital media division, which included the online versions of the Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Scottish Daily Record.
Before this, he was a director at Virgin, heading up all of Virgin’s new media and internet activities. Prior to joining Virgin, he held senior management roles at HP, Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computers.
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