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BCS group targets UK IT directors

Following the Queen's approval of its revamped royal charter in May, the BCS is aiming to get more senior IT users to join its Elite (Effective Leadership in IT) group through a more flexible membership structure.

This autumn Elite, whose membership comprises several hundred senior IT users, is set to expand under its new chairman Ben Booth, IT director of market research organisation Mori.

Membership of Elite is free and open to all those with overall responsibility for the management of IT. Although Elite is independent of suppliers, board-level representatives from the IT supply and services industry play a part in the Elite programme. The group stresses that any supplier trying to use its meetings to buy or sell IT products or services will be excluded.

Although membership is free, Elite members have to pay their way at the events they attend.

In addition to Booth, this year's Elite executive committee includes David Rippon, director of the University of London Computer Centre; Bob Harvey, director of information services at Barnado's; Howell Huws, director of ICT at South West London Health Authority; and David Tidey, IT director for the Royal Borough of Chelsea & Kensington.

Also on the committee are the heads of three other IT user groups: Roger Ellis, chairman of the IT Directors' Network; David Roberts, chief executive of the Corporate IT Forum; and John Riley of the Computer Weekly 500 Club.

www.elite.bcs.org

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