Events - BCS Shropshire Branch - Chartered Institute for IT

BCS Shropshire - Branch Event with Ian Howles and Chris Pallett

Date: Wednesday 11th May 2016 - 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Venue: TCAT - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2NP

TITLE: BCS Shropshire - Branch Event




Does size matter?

With combined experience of more than 50 years working in the IT sector, two industry experts compare the approach to technology in both large and small business to ask the question: does size matter?

Through an audience interactive presentation, speakers Ian and Chris will explore the differences and similarities with IT in big and small organisations. Questions explored will include:

  • At what point does small become big?
  • What typical scenarios do all businesses face and how does size factor?
  • The effect of consumerisation and the consumer mind-set on technology adoption
  • Attitude to risk
  • Does big mean better?

About the speakers:

Ian Howles
Senior Director, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Ian has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of business management, software testing, quality and process improvement. He is executive director of the UK Testing Board and Trustworthy Software Foundation and is a frequent speaker at testing conferences. In 2010 Ian became a Chartered Fellow (FBCS CITP) BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.


Chris Pallett
Managing Director, Bespoke Computing Ltd
For two decades, entrepreneur and technology expert Chris Pallett has worked in globally renowned tech companies. He is passionate about technology and founded Bespoke Computing Ltd in 2003 to help business leaders and managing directors with their IT and telephones. In 2005 Chris achieved Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, later becoming a Chartered Fellow (FBCS CITP) in 2012. He has previously sat on the board of the UK IT Association.



BCS Shropshire - Branch Event with David Evans and Ian Bryant

Date: Thursday 3rd March 2016 - 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Venue: TCAT - Telford College of Arts and Technology, Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2NP in Room E201

TITLE: BCS Shropshire - Branch Event




David EvansSynopsis: BCS strategy of Making IT good for society is about the IT industry, IT professionals and ITs interaction with the world around us

Speaker: David Evans - Director for Policy and Community (BCS)


"David Evans joined BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in 2006. He is Director for Policy and Community. After a physics degree, David started his career in IT, moving into a variety of marketing, communications and policy roles in from small businesses, higher education, and some well-known global technology brands. In addition to being a professional member of BCS, he is also a member at the Institute of Directors."





Synopsis: Can We Make Software Better?

Speaker: Ian Bryant - Technical Director of the Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI)

Link to the slides: click here


Ian BryantMost software has defects in the coding which can cause the software to fail. Trustworthy Software is software that is appropriately free from such defects. It performs as it should, when it should and how it should. No software can be proven completely free from defects, but the level of “trustworthiness” should be appropriate to the software’s purpose. Five facets make this happen: safety, reliability, availability, resilience and security. The Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI) is a public good initiative supported and funded through the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme with a mission to “Make Software Better”. TSI provides knowledge, skills and capability to the supply, demand and education communities to enable the creation and maintenance of software that really is trustworthy.


Ian Bryant is Professional Engineer, currently assigned as the Technical Director of the Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI), the UK’s public private partnership for Making Software Better. He has spent much of his career as a public servant as a peripatetic Principal technical specialist, assigned to a variety of organisations (including Cabinet Office, Defence, National Archives, National Policing, and NISCC) and roles (including Incident Response, Research, Satellite Engineering, and Software/System Verification). He was intimately involved with various TSI predecessor activities, including leading the original Cabinet Office (CSIA) study on Secure Software Development, being Technical Manager for the Pilot Operation of the then CSIA Claims Tested Mark (CCT Mark) Scheme, and leading a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Standardisation. In the wider Standards context, he is a member of several BSI Committees, in particular the panel on Information Security (IST/033) for which he is a Deputy Chair, and Lead UK Expert on Architecture; Cybersecurity; Incidents / Investigations / Evidence; and Software. He is also a member of the ETSI MTS SIG on Security. He Co-Chairs the National Information Assurance Forum (NIAF), was lead Information Security specialist for the recent European Commission (EC) funded MS3i / NEISAS Projects, and is a Visiting Lecturer at a number of Universities.



BCS Shropshire - Cyber Security and Annual Branch Social

Date: Wednesday 9th December 2015 - 6.15pm

Venue: Wrekin Golf Club, Golf Links Lane, Wellington, Telford TF6 5BX

TITLE: Cyber Security and Annual Branch Social




Synopsis: "Principles used for Cyber Security in the Digital Age."

Speaker: Ed Tucker - Head of Cyber Security at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)


"Ed Tucker is Head of Cyber Security at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), which has one of the most complex IT estates in Europe holding personal data for all the nation's tax payers. Keeping this data safe at all times is HMRC's top priority and Ed runs the Department's Cyber Security Command Centre, its first line of defence against hackers and cyber criminals. Ed's specialisms include cyber threat analysis and risk management, and he has previously held security roles at Fujitsu Services, Mitchells & Butlers, and Allied Domecq."


Running order: 6:15 Arrival and networking
6:30 Chairman's welcome (Hollie Whittles)
6:35 Introduction to tonights speakers (Dianne Kidd)
6:40 Cyber Security Presentation (Ed Tucker and Chris Newman) with Q&A
7:45 BCS Branch Business and invitation to Social (committee member)
7:50 Buffet served and networking/social



BCS Shropshire - BCS Shropshire System Forum - Snowden, Cyber breaches, their impact and the way forward

Date: Monday 30th November 2015 - 7.30pm

Venue: The Cock Hotel, Wellington, Shropshire, TF1 2DL

TITLE: "Snowden, Cyber breaches, their impact and the way forward"




TOPIC: This is our first BCS Shropshire System Forum event which is very exciting..... So we decided to kick off our meetings with a very topical issue of Cyber Security. Fairly recently the world of online data privacy was thrown in doubt with the invalidation of the Safe-Harbor agreement, by the EU Advocate General,  which is designed to protect EU data stored on US infrastructure which Edward Snowden initially raised as a major issue from the US and other security agencies.

More information: More detail on Safe Harbor

The breach at TalkTalk hit the headlines and its ramifications are wide reaching. It was a sad example of what can happen in a corporate cyber breach. How can we prevent this from happening again ?

As IT professionals we have an increasing challenge to protect the data that is entrusted to the organisations that we work for. We need to be ahead of the curve on this.

This talk will aim to kick off the debate on this very important subject, that poses so many risks to our Organisations. It will also see a start of a collection of exciting Cyber Security events co-ordinated by BCS Shropshire through to 2016.

SPEAKER: David Bowler

BACKGROUND: David is a security professional, with a strong corporate infrastructure background. He has recently been through the reverred Lancaster University Cyber Security Masters programme, so is on the leading edge of this fast moving threat. You will not want to miss what David has to say.

FOOD AND COST: Simple and tasty. Fab pork pies, chips and bread. Cost £4. We operate an honesty system, whereby we ask those that have had food to pay us at the end of the meeting. We then pass this onto the pub to pay the bill. We assume that those booking tickets will want food, so if you do not want food, then please advise us when booking.

7.30 Welcome

7.45 Talk

8.15 Debate on Talk and provision of food.

8.45 Peer to peer questions on other IT issues.

9.15 Formal end, but folks welcome to stay.

This meeting will follow the BCS Committee meeting which is in the same room from 6pm until 7pm



BCS Shropshire - Raspberry Pi and AGM 2015

Date: Thursday 10th September 2015

Venue: The Pheasant Inn Admaston, 14, Shawbirch Road, Admaston, Shropshire, TF5 0AD : Arrival at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

Please find attached a link to the slides for this event:

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Event Synopsis:

Annual General Meeting and Networking

• 6.15pm Arrival and Networking

• 6.30pm “Welcome” by chair Hollie Whittles

• 6.30pm AGM

• 6.45pm Key note talk on Raspberry Pi - the Pi I couldn't eat by Kevin Wincott

• 8.30pm Close • All times are approximate

Booking to Attend:

This event is free and open to all. We anticipate the event to be popular so ask that you please book ASAP -

For more information please visit or email Shropshire AGM .