The BCS Shropshire Committee
Ian Howles - CHAIR
Ian is a Certified Fellow of the BCS who started his professional career on an apprentice style placement at the Inland Revenue, following the successful completion of the apprenticeship he moved into a software testing position and has continued to specialise in the software testing profession for nearly 30 years.
Having worked in a number of IT services companies, EDS, HP, Wipro, Capgemini, Steria and currently at Cognizant where he is responsible for Testing Business Development activities across the UK and Continental Europe.
Outside of his full time role Ian undertakes a number of roles to provide input back into the industry and local community; as an active director of the UK Testing Board (UKTB) responsible for links into ISTQB for Glossary, Syllabus and Marketing, He supports the TMMi foundation, Co-opted member of the governments Trustworthy Software Imitative, and is also a local school governor.
Simon Ing - BRANCH SECRETARY
Simon has extensive experience in the design, transition and operation of IT and Telecommunications, Security and Training capabilities through service with the UK Armed Forces. He became a professional member of the BCS on gaining an MSc in Design of Information Systems from Cranfield University while serving and has been involved with the Branch on returning back to native Shropshire in 2011. Simon retired from military service in 2015 and now works as a Project Manager in the Financial Services sector, based in Telford, delivering change and capabilities within the in-house IT and back office support. A keen advocate of Cyber Security, Leadership and Management and the System of Systems architectural approach, he is also a Chartered Manager through the CMI.
Chris Pallett - BRANCH TREASURER
Entrepreneur and technology expert Chris Pallett has worked in the technology industry for two decades, initially working in globally renowned tech companies and more recently running his own technology and communications business Bespoke Computing Ltd.
Chris achieved Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status in 2004, later advancing to Chartered Fellow (FBCS CITP) in February of 2012. He has been involved with the Shropshire Branch for a number of years, and has previously sat as Chair.
Hollie Whittles - WEBMASTER
With extensive experience in Software Testing and IT training with EDS and Capgemini. Hollie set up a Business Intelligence Consultancy called Purple Frog Systems with her husband which quickly won successful big data contracts working with global companies.
She also runs a web design company called FraggleWorks specialising in online marketing and business consultancy.
She volunteered to develop the BCS Shropshire website and eventually become branch chair for 4 years from 2012 to 2016.
Edward Bedell - COMMITTEE MEMBER
Edward started out in IT with Unilever having got a MSc in IT from Aberystwyth University, a hot bed of BCS champions! He became an IT project manager with Unilever focussing on the foods business. His main interests were initially Client Server systems involving Oracle. This developed into business workflow systems such as procurement and expense management using web technology, particularly Microsoft. Edward set up his own business in 1997 undertaking bespoke work for large and small companies in addition to joint ventures with other software companies.
Edward believes not only in the professionalism of the individual (BCS), but also of the company (UKITA). He believes in “giving to receive” and as such is the Shropshire Branch Chairman of UKITA (UK IT Association). UKITA seeks to support, champion and represent SME IT companies and particular to champion their professionalism through its own quality mark.
Edward is from Shropshire, having been brought up on a farm in South Shropshire. He loves singing and sings in an eclectic men’s “a cappella” folk group called “The Men From Off” which is based at the Three Tuns, Bishops Castle. They are an “experience”…..
Dianne Kidd - EDUCATION LIASION OFFICER
Dianne has many years' experience working for central government departments, currently HMRC. She has a leading role to increase the technical capabilities of HMRC's Digital and Technology workforce in order for HMRC to meet the governments demanding Digital agenda. She is an expert in the use of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFiA) and the BCS SFiA+ products. She gives regular presentations to other Government Departments and Corporates demonstrating how to get the most out of the products. Has recently been appointed to the new, high profile, BCS Customer Employer Panel which will: discuss the market challenges and trends of today, debate future direction, shape the future of IT/Digital learning and development, sharing best practice to maintain standards & excellence to improve the BCS offering and future direction to provide greater value to the UK Digital and Technology community.
Alan Spandrzyk - BRANCHES CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVE
Alan studied in Sheffield (Hallam University) in 1976 & was one of the first graduates through a Computing Science course focused at the computing industry. His course provided half year assignments with clients which gave Alan his first IT work experience at the Driver & Vehicle License centre in Swansea. His first 10 years of IT employment was spent with two small businesses providing ICL VME technical support for BT & Friends Provident.
He then joined BT in 1987 but switched architecture to IBM VME & VSE operating systems to support telecommunication applications, for Marches and the West region. Alan then extended his technical support skills in Unix, Linux & Windows has the industry demand for mainframe support switched to distributed systems. To support this transition into open systems, Alan successfully studied appropriate undergraduate modules at Wolverhampton University.
Has technologies offered savings in computer service costs e.g. 'lights out' Data Centres Alan worked on projects to automate the implementation of monitoring, backup, performance & server tools for BT's internal server estates. Following BT's venture into the ICT market Alan applied his automation skills to the large scale National Programme for IT( NHSfIT) (*), contracts that BT secured since 2006. Alan currently has a lead product support role within BT exploiting HP's Server Automation (Opsware) software currently for three NHS large scale national programmes.
(*) BT provides computing for the National Spine database underpinning the patient care record service & new IT Service & Systems for London & Southern UK regions.
Charlie Ensor - YOUNG PERSONS REPRESENTATIVE
Charlie Ensor is a student at the Burton borough school where he is working towards his GCSEs. He is hoping to develop and help lead a new matrix of clubs throughout local schools to develop a young professionals based organisation for people in education who want to share ideas, socialise and work on projects together with support of BCS. He also is expanding his own skills by developing a social network system independently.