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Our Committee

Here you can find more information on the volunteers who form the branch committee. You can jump down the page to the committee member you are looking for from the drop down selection boxes below.

If you wish to find out more on what the committee members responsibilities are you can find more information on the about us page.

Richard Gunstone

BCS Dorset Roles

Chair Person, Committee Member

About Me

I'm a computing professional and a writer, and have several years' experience working in information security and also allied areas such as infrastructure.

I think the BCS is a must in the connected world of today. Our efforts at BCS increase the societal debate about new technology, the benefits as well as the broader implications, supporting the goal of a connected, digital economy.

BCS Membership/Qualifications

MBCS

Peter Davidson

BCS Dorset Roles

Treasurer, Committee Member

About Me

Image of Peter DavidsonI joined BCS in 1987 and during my career in engineering and IT have covered a number of roles including applications programming, project and programme management, computer manufacture and networking services.

BCS Membership/Qualifications

MBCS, CITP, CEng

I joined the BCS because...

  • Networking opportunities
  • Learning and self-development resources

I volunteer for the BCS because...

At a recent AGM volunteers were needed to help spread the load. As I felt that this would be a good networking opportunity I volunteered and was accepted. I hope to give something back and also strongly support the BCS aim of helping to support the 'Information Society'.

Tony Ford

BCS Dorset Roles

Secretary, Committee Member

About Me

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I have enjoyed over 30 years of Information Technology within the communications industry, mostly at a senior board level for an Internet Service Provider, but I am equally at home as a consultant to aligned sectors within the communications market. I consider myself very fortunate within my career to have worked on some amazing projects, that luckily still continue to arrive on my desk, allowing me to witness first hand some amazing emerging technologies evolve and shape our very future.

My favourite technology (it has lasted for 15 years) is Wi-Fi, which continues to keep me busy, although the technology today is a million miles from where we started, it has been an extremely interesting journey.

BCS Membership/Qualifications

Professional Member (MBCS)

I joined the BCS because...

I joined the BCS to widen my professional network and meet and engage with like-minded individuals.

I volunteer for the BCS because...

I am a strong believer in the promotion of education and skill transfer for the benefit of future generations, and through the BCS I can participate just a little in that belief.

Paul Albinson

BCS Dorset Roles

YPG Representative, Webmaster, Committee Member

About Me

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As a graduate of BSc Computing and Internet Technology I used my skills within the web and software development fields. This led to working within education which enhanced my desire to share my technical expertise and support others. Subsequently I returned to university to study MSc Enterprise Information Systems which enhanced my understanding of Computer Science and Business. This led to an academic career starting as a Demonstrator in Computing.

BCS Membership/Qualifications

Professional Member (MBCS)

I joined the BCS because...

I joined the BCS after completing my degree to learn from my peers and network with them.

I volunteer for the BCS because...

I believe that Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is important and from seeing the great work the Dorset Branch was doing I wished to help where I could.

You can find more about me on my personal website.

http://www.paulalbinson.info

Geoffrey Darnton

BCS Dorset Roles

Education Liaison Officer, Committee Member

Andrew Main

BCS Dorset Roles

Committee Member

Other BCS Roles and Responsibilities

Member of the Academic Assessor's Register

About Me

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I joined BCS in 1973 after my PhD. I planned to work as a computing professional in business for 5 years, and then go back to academia. I thought that academics should learn about computing practice. Well… I stayed for 17 years in industry. It was fascinating. Working my way up through programmer, team leader, etc to freelance consultant (9 years), gave me a very good grounding in the ways IT can transform a business - or just help it run more smoothly. It involved me in learning a great deal about computing, as well: (e.g.) what were the latest ways/tools/techniques to develop software quicker/better/(more)profitably?

In 1989 I returned to University and have taught a variety of aspects of computing ever since - databases, hardware, operating systems, programming, systems analysis/design, networks, Internet/Web - drawing on all the stuff I did in industry. While at University I have done commercial work, to keep me fresh. That's important to me. There is no industry like ours on the planet - it is constantly and freshly amazing.

Much of my spare time is spent visiting my five, now grown-up, children, with my wonderful wife. Otherwise I read a lot - and sometimes I just write a program for fun.

BCS Membership/Qualifications

MBCS, CITP

I joined the BCS because...

I believed then as I do now that professionalism is beyond jewels in importance.

I volunteer for the BCS because...

Ditto

Ryan Trant

BCS Dorset Roles

Industrial Liaison Officer, Committee Member

About Me

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I started my journey in IT from rung one of the ladder as an IT support technician back in the 90's. Since then I have progressed and traversed core business types a few times from mostly construction firms but to law and many more besides acting as senior manager & qualified project manager in these positions since 2008. I love IT & Comms and have a real passion for putting together/replacing whole infrastructure set ups including every colour coded cable you can imagine and as much resilience as an employer will back me with in terms of hardware redundancy architecture. I even studied at Bournemouth College to gain my IT Teaching Diploma to help pass my knowledge to others.

BCS Membership/Qualifications

MBCS, MLPI

I joined the BCS because...

I joined BCS because I believe that after being lucky enough to work in a nourishing career for a good period of time I should be putting back into the profession. I act at present as Industrial Liaison Officer for the committee as I have a wealth of industry contacts within our area who can offer our members insights into the mechanics of the use of IT in their organisations. We have some very big worldwide names in IT in Dorset and I'm working with them to bring lectures/talks our way.

I volunteer for the BCS because...

I volunteer because I realised this was the correct thing to do almost immediately after meeting my fellow committee members who all compliment each others knowledge to bring real worth to members and the organisation. IT is a massive subject and no one person could ever master all of it.

Nigel Rodgers

BCS Dorset Roles

Committee Member

Other BCS Roles and Responsibilities

I am a member of BCS Elite, Security and Health Specialist Groups.

About Me

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My career

I have now retired from the NHS, which I joined in 1982.

My career brought together 3 main strands - NHS, Management and IT/Informatics, and I was strongly involved with professional bodies for each of these areas - Institute of HealthCare Management, Chartered Management Institute, and BCS, ASSIST, and UKChip, in addition to the RSA.

As Head of IT for Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, I was responsible for the implementation, management, and security of all key patient and business systems for Community and Mental Health across the whole of Dorset, and for managing almost 50 staff across the disciplines of IT, Telecommunications and Project Management.

In addition to technical competencies in Cisco (CCNA) and Microsoft (MCSE 3 times over!) amongst others, I have undertaken ISEB Certificate courses in IT Security, Data Protection, and ITIL. I have post-graduate Diplomas in Health Services Management and in Information Management and Technology in Health. I also have an MBA from Warwick University.

Professional Organisations

I am a Fellow of both the Institute of Healthcare Management and of the RSA.

I am also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and have organised several joint BCS/CMI events.

In my spare time

I am a canoe and kayak instructor with the local canoe club and the Dorset Guide Boat Club.

I am a volunteer with the Poole section of the Maritime Volunteer Service, maintaining and driving boats and working towards Yachtmaster qualifications.

I have been a committee member of Dorset BCS since 1998, including 2 years as Secretary and 8 years as Chair.

BCS Membership/Qualifications

Fellow of BCS (FBCS) and Chartered Engineer (CEng)

I joined the BCS because...

It provides a professional forum, spanning a wide range of disciplines and specialist groups - it is a really great way to both share with and to learn from others' experience. Learning and self-development resources.

I volunteer for the BCS because...

My NHS IT career has provided many opportunities for learning and development. Being a BCS committee member has been a 2 way street - I have gained significantly from it with ideas I could take back to the workplace, and I hope in part that I have also been able to give something back to the industry, and to the local IT community.