MA (Mod Lang) PGCE MBCS CITP
After graduating from Cambridge University in Modern Languages, I taught German and French for 4 years before switching to the IT industry via the government’s Training Opportunities course as a programmer and systems analyst. The exam gave me a Part 1 pass into the BCS membership in 1982. I became a full member in 1992.
Since then I have worked in just about every role the IT industry has to offer, for much of the time developing and running training courses, but also as a 3GL, 4GL and SQL programmer, systems analyst, project manager and consultant, in pre- and post-sales teams, for the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. My work qualified me for CITP (chartered) status in 1992. From 1989 to 1992, I worked as a trainer at Oracle’s original classrooms in Richmond, and from 1998 to 2016 in Oracle Support Services, until the company closed the UK division on 29 February 2016. In this role, I established links with the BCS at branch, corporate and individual level.
When time permits, I help the voluntary sector with translation or IT. In 2012, for example, I translated a charity’s international web site into German and provided a database and API for the charity that runs Reading’s food bank.
In my spare time I like spending time with my wife, 3 grown-up children and grandsons, walking the dog, wildlife (especially birds and butterflies), going to the gym, spy and crime dramas, classic British comedy, watching football games, and crosswords.
I should like to see CITP recognised across the IT industry as strongly as, for example, CiM and CEng qualifications are recognised by the marketing and engineering professions. I believe this can strengthen open source commitment, business integrity and the professional standing of the BCS. I should like to see Government support of CITP among graduates and incentives for companies to promote it.