More than 800 senior IT professionals have joined the British Computer Society Elite group since September, swelling its membership to 1,200.
The growth in membership follows a recruitment campaign by Elite's new chairman Ben Booth, IT director of market research organisation Mori.
Booth is currently looking at the profile of all his members and planning where to take the organisation. He is looking to switch the group's lunchtime meetings to the evening and to extend the London-based events into the regions.
Elite has a unique role for users, said Booth, who does not see it as being in competition with other user groups. "It is different and complementary and we encourage our members to take part in any groups that help them do their jobs better. So we want to continue working with the IT Directors Forum, the Computer Weekly 500 Club and the Penton iii conference," he said.
"We offer a personal membership at an affordable level. It is a membership you carry around with you. In these days of portfolio roles you can easily find yourself in a different role and unable to keep up the memberships you have as they are usually job-related. The level is pitched where most individuals can participate without their organisation having to pay £10,000 to take part."
The next two lunchtime meetings are on 10 November (Jeremy Acklam, IT director, Virgin Trains) and 1 December (Ian Watmore, head of e-government).
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What is the Elite group?
Elite (Effective Leadership in IT) is a British Computer Society group for IT directors and senior IT professionals. It runs regular management-focused meetings and provides a forum for members to exchange experience on how IT can be managed to achieve business objectives. Membership is free, with members paying for each event they attend.
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