This year's BCS IT Industry Awards ceremony saw a special presentation of a BCS Lifetime Achievement Award to David Morriss. This is only the third time the award has been presented.
Morriss, former IBM UK holdings director, BCS president and master of the Information Technologists' Company, was recognised for his lifetime commitment to the profession. A fellow of the BCS, Morriss worked in the IT industry from 1966 until his retirement from IBM in 1997. Since retiring he has undertaken several public appointments.
Reflecting on the evening, BCS president Alan Pollard said, "The BCS IT Industry Awards have a very important role in promoting excellence in the profession. The range of individuals, projects, organisations and companies that have collected awards this year prove yet again that IT is at the heart of almost everything in society and daily life, from leisure activities and healthcare to business and education."
The awards are an integral part of the BCS professionalism initiative. Although the format has changed over the years, the enduring aim is to promote professionalism and reward excellence.
The awards are regarded as the hallmark of success among practitioners across industry, recognising, promoting and acclaiming excellence, professionalism, innovation and the outstanding achievements to which individuals and groups contribute.
Entering the awards is an opportunity for organisations to be rewarded for the hard work and dedication that takes place in the workplace. The awards offer recognition for team and individual efforts as well as providing an opportunity to showcase projects and innovations that have transformed business or have had a social impact.
If you have a project or team that deserves the recognition that winning one of the BCS IT Industry Awards brings, register now to receive information about the 2009 awards.
Photos from the awards ceremony
Photos of IT folk enjoying themselves at the BCS awards dinner >>
More information about the BCS IT Industry Awards can be found on the BCS awards website.