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Jos Creese becomes the new President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

12 March 2015 - Jos Creese, the interim Chief Digital Officer and lead digital advisor for Hampshire County Council, has been inaugurated as the next President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, at the recent AGM. Ray Long, a Director at the Department for Work and Pensions, has been named as Deputy President.

 

Jos says of his year ahead: “This is an exciting time to be part of the Institute as technology increasingly dominates our lives and our work. During this year I particularly want to help BCS to reach new members, and especially to encourage more IT apprenticeships. We must excite young people, whatever their background, about IT careers, by showing how varied the roles can be and how significant the contribution IT professionals is for digital businesses and governments”.

 

Jos Creese, BSc, FBCS, FSITM, has over 25 years IT management experience. He has recently been appointed as the interim Chief Digital Officer and lead digital advisor for Hampshire County Council, moving from the CIO role he held there for over a decade. As CIO for Hampshire County Council his responsibilities included service innovation and business improvement through IT-enabled transformational programmes and the IT team has won numerous awards for innovative IT projects.

 

He has advised many public authorities on IT and business strategy and he has worked with UK and international Governments on a range of topics from ID cards to open data initiatives and national IT supplier contract negotiations. He regularly advises private companies on technology and market trends. In 2006, he set up the Local Public Services CIO Council which he chaired until 2014, and is a past president of SOCITM, the Society of IT Management.

 

In 2011, Jos was named as the ‘most influential and innovative CIO’ in the UK in the ‘Silicon 50’ CIO survey and has been included in the ‘Top 100 CIO’ list since its inception. His work with BCS has included the IT professionalism agenda and support for a variety of BCS led IT innovation campaigns, including the annual UK IT Industry Awards. He is a recognised speaker and writer on IT leadership and has many published articles on IT, notably a guide for CIOs; ‘A,B, ..CIO’ available on the web.

 

Ray Long, who takes up the role of Deputy President alongside Jos, is a Director at the Department for Work and Pensions, where he is currently responsible for the organisation’s Infrastructure Modernisation Programme.  He has previously served in a number of other Government Departments and is also an Associate Lecturer with The Open University. 

 

Ray says: “I’m looking forward to working alongside Jos, our members and the Institute’s team over the forthcoming year.”