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James Hickman reappointed to the BCS


James Hickman, the Virtual1 Chief Technical Officer, has been re-elected as Chairman of the London Central Branch of the British Computer Society (BCS), one of the UK ‘Learned Societies’. James has been a member of the Society, which represents the IT profession to other professional bodies, the Government, industry and academia, since 1995 and was initially elected chairman in 2015.

The London Central Branch has over 8,500 members, drawn from both commercial and academic organisations and runs free talks every month on topics ranging from security to project management, and emerging networking technologies to problem analysis. One of the key projects they are hoping to progress this year, is their Student Ambassador Programme, which looks to encourage more engagement with the Universities the Branch works with.

Another key initiative being planned is the Doctoral Consortium, which is designed to bring together PhD students working in similar fields, to enable them to network and share their experience. A list of planned events can be found on their website:

On a broader level the Institute seeks to promote professional practice, tuned to the demands of business, by providing practical support and information services, to its members and volunteer communities around the world, whilst promoting professional development and the acquisition of respected IT qualifications. The Institute collaborates with Government, industry and relevant bodies to establish good working practices, codes of conduct, skills frameworks and common standards, offering a range of consultancy services to employers to aid the adoption of best practice.

James says, “I was delighted and honoured to be re-elected as Chairman of the London Central Branch of the BCS for the coming year. This gives me a wonderful opportunity to continue the work that we have been doing over the past twelve months, through our ambassador programme and free talks, whilst developing our membership.”