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Adam Thilthorpe appointed new Chair of the SFIA Foundation Board

Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has been elected as the new Chair of the SFIA Foundation Board.


The Foundation develops the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) which helps employers and individuals at all stages of the skills management cycle: organisational design, resource planning, recruitment, deployment, assessment, development, remuneration.


Adam Thilthorpe says: “I’m delighted to take up this role at this very important time when ubiquitous computing means that every organisation needs to know if they have the capability to disrupt themselves. To do this, we need to understand what skills our organisations have now and what we’ll need in the future, so that we can deliver best practice today and next practice tomorrow.


“The SFIA framework is vital in helping organisations achieve this. It not only provides international standards but remains open, independent and valued by practitioners and organisations alike.”


SFIA is owned, protected, updated and distributed by the SFIA Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which has five corporate members:


  • The Institution for Engineering & Technology - The IET
  • The Chartered Institute for IT - BCS
  • The IT Service Management Forum – itSMF UK
  • e-skills UK - UK Sector Skills Council for IT
  • Institute of Management Information Systems - IMIS


The current version of the framework is available in English, Spanish and German. It defines 96 professional IT skills, organised in six categories, each of which has several subcategories. It also defines seven levels of attainment, each of which is described in generic, non-technical terms.


Adam concludes: “SFIA provides the IT profession with a common framework that allows us to have relevant conversations within our organisations as digital technology continues to drive almost every business, no matter what sector. As SFIA Chair, I’m looking forward to meeting and collaborating with partners who share this vision as SFIA version 6 launches next year.”