User organisations get new leadership



New leaders have been appointed for two of the UK's most influential users organisations.

Michael Gough, head of technical strategy at Sema's...



New leaders have been appointed for two of the UK's most influential users organisations.

Michael Gough, head of technical strategy at Sema's Professional Services Division, will become chief executive of the National Computing Centre.

Gough, who takes up his post later this month, will replace Dr John Perkins, who retires in November after 34 years service with the organisation.

The Manchester-based centre underwent a major revamp in June last year when it divested itself of its consultancy activities to focus on being a membership and research organisation to promote the effective use of information technology.

While at Sema, Gough was also a director of the Dynamic Systems Develop-ment Method Consortium (DSDM), a 1,000-strong non-profit organisation to promote effective use of rapid application development.

Meanwhile, David Rippon, head of IT at FTSE 100 company Land Securities, is to be the new chairman of Elite, the British Computer Society's organisation for senior IT management.

Before becoming head of IT for Land Securities in 1993, Rippon spent 20 years with tractor manufacturer Massey-Ferguson.

Rippon, who takes over from Roger Ellis at Elite at the end of the year, told Computer Weekly that he wants the Elite group, which has about 250 members, to take a lead and to ensure its views are more widely known.

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