The Consultancy Specialist Group, which will be open to non-members as well as BCS people, aims to promote best practice in the industry.
It will do this by liaising with academic institutions and other professional bodies to identify and develop successful methods of working. The group will also facilitate the sharing of information and hold events, some with similar bodies.
The BCS Information Systems Examinations Board's certificate in IS consultancy practice will be promoted and the group will help to develop current and new qualifications.
The certificate has proved an instant hit. It was developed in response to demand from people taking the short consultancy skills workshop in the BCS Professional Development Portfolio series, run with Knowledgepool. Interest has been further fuelled by the recent launch of the BCS Professional Advice Register, which provides information on consultants and security specialists approved by the BCS.
"Membership of the Consultancy Specialist Group is open to anyone interested in consultancy, whether they work in consultancy practices large or small, as sole practitioners, or as internal consultants in companies or the public sector," says Rajan Anketell, who will chair the inaugural meeting.
Links are already being forged with other bodies. Anketell has had offers of help from Mike Kearsley, a member of the council of the Institute of Management Consultancy and chairman of the IS Examinations Board, and Anthony Parker, an officer of the BCS Young Professionals Group.
The meeting will include a presentation by Kearsley on the development of consultancy.
BCS Consultancy Specialist Group
Membership of the group will be free, as will the inaugural meeting on 12 February at ICL, 26 Finsbury Square, London. Registration takes place from 5.30pm, the meeting is at 6pm, with discussion and a buffet from 7.45pm.
Places must be booked via firstname.lastname@example.org. People can join the group's mailing list via the same address.
Details of the certificate in IS consultancy practice, the consultancy skills workshop and the Professional Advice Register are at www.iseb.org.uk/conskills, www.bcs.org/pdp and www.bcs.org/par.