Industry veteran Jim Norton takes over as BCS president

The BCS has appointed its new president for the next 12 months.

The BCS has appointed its new president for the next 12 months.

Professor Jim Norton, a high-profile figure in the IT industry for many years, took up the reins of leading the Chartered Institute for IT on Wednesday, succeeding Elizabeth Sparrow.

Norton says that one of his priorities will be to raise the profile of computer science in schools after years where the number of pupils taking exams in the subject has declined.

He also wants to "enhance BCS engagement with its own volunteers throughout the UK and around the world".

Among his many former roles, Norton has advised the government on IT policy, e-commerce and national security, as well as being part of the review of the operation of the controversial Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

He was also chief executive of the Radiocommunications Agency, a forerunner of Ofcom, where he had to deal with the destruction of the agency's office in the 1996 Docklands bombing by the IRA.

BCS veteran Bob Harvey has also been appointed deputy president.

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