New President announced at BCS

By Ben Carey on 14 March, 2024

Swindon-based BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has announced Alastair Revell FBCS as its new President.

Prior to taking up the role, Alastair has held senior volunteer roles in BCS for a decade and runs a successful professional services and IT consultancy firm.

Outgoing President Gillian Arnold FBCS will remain an active leader at BCS as Immediate Past President, whilst Daljit Rehal FBCS, Chief Digital & Information Officer for HMRC, has been named as Deputy President.

Alastair said, “Ethics and professionalism in the development and use of technology are more important than ever in the wake of the Post Office Horizon IT scandal. I thank Gillian Arnold for her commitment to establishing these themes during her presidential year and I hope to continue that outstanding work.

 “The value of professional registrations – especially Chartered status for technologists – is something I will strongly advocate for, with the support of Gillian, Daljit and the BCS executive team.”

Alastair’s Presidential year coincides with the 40th anniversary of BCS receiving its Royal Charter from HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Holly Porter, Managing Director (Institute) at BCS, said, “The thanks of our membership community go to outgoing president Gillian Arnold FBCS for keeping ethics and the value of diversity at the forefront of the technology profession. Her contribution has made a significant impact.

“Gillian has championed the engagement of members and experts from our community in shaping our voice as well as influencing thought leadership. In addition to co-authoring our recently published Ethics Report she has also led knowledge sharing and education around equity, diversity and inclusion.

“We are delighted that she remains a key part of our senior governance team now her term is over and are grateful that we can continue to benefit from her guidance and expertise.

“Alastair brings experience of information technology leadership at the highest levels and will be a powerful voice for BCS. He is an ardent advocate of Chartered professionalism and its role in providing independent standards of quality, assurance and trust in IT; and this is a key message he will be taking into an election year.”

About Alastair:

Alastair Revell CEng CITP FBCS holds board appointments with other IT bodies, including the Institution of Analysts and Programmers and the Trustworthy Software Foundation, as well as being a trustee of the Engineering Council.

A Chartered IT Professional (CITP), Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Manager (CMgr) and a European Registered Engineer (EUR ING) and a Chartered Fellow (FBCS) of the Institute, Alastair is also the Chairman and Managing Consultant of Exeter-based Revell Research Systems, a management and technology consulting practice that he established in 1985.

Alastair was the BCS Vice-President for Community for almost six years prior to his election as Deputy President in 2023. He has served on a variety of BCS governance committees since 2010, including Registrations and Standards.

He worked with colleagues across the IT sector to establish the UK Cyber Security Council. He has also been an appointee of two UK Information Commissioners, advising them as part of a small panel on the technological opportunities and threats to privacy and data protection of UK citizens.

He is alumni of the University of Birmingham and holds an MBA from the University of Exeter. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a Fellow of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers.