Richard Gunstone – Your Voice in BCS Council

BCS Council Election 2018

In 2018 I am standing for election to the Council of the British Computing Society, London.

This page collects together my election statements, and provides some further information on my priorities were I be to elected by BCS members, and updates.

Richard Gunstone – Your voice in Council

I joined BCS in 2009, having earlier been an Associate Member of the IEE and later Member of the IET. I’ve always had a passion for computing, and focused on computer science at University, and have pursued a career in IT.

I’ve been able to engage with BCS in various ways in recent years, from being part of the team working with BCS in accreditation of a suite of university degree programmes, through to joining the BCS Dorset committee in 2014 as Education Liaison Officer, Industry Liaison Officer and most recently in 2018 Chair.

BCS is an established and volunteer-driven institute, with a solid financial footing.

The growth in BCS over recent years has been considerable, and every year many hundreds of professionals join BCS, achieve chartership and certifications.

Thousands are members of our UK-wide Branches, and the scale of BCS is profound.

BCS like any large organisation has challenges, and chief among these is the need to remain relevant and connected to the membership that ultimately sustains BCS.

Council acts as the advisor for senior leadership in BCS, representing the views of members and our priorities.

My priorities

I am determined to advocate the following priorities if elected to Council:

  • Do more in response to the growing demand for computing professionals in the UK and internationally
  • Ensure member benefits are sustained and optimised, and the benefits on offer are relevant and valuable to our members
  • Respond to the acute talent shortages in key computing areas such as cyber security
  • Promote the role of independent IT contractors (including in government policy areas such as IR35)
  • Encouraging effort in gender balance and diversity goals

In a time of change, Council must respond to the needs of our membership and profession. With your votes I believe I can be a positive voice for change, encouraging BCS in its next phase of development.