WCIT MONITOR Issue 71 March 2019

Issue 71: March 2019 MONITOR The Newsletter of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Master’s Letter economy, growing trade and increasing prosperity  Championing digital skills: contributing to a flourishing society, promoting the City of London Corporation’s digital skills strategy, and enhancing the pipeline of digitally-skilled talent internet and the question “Is AI a positive technology?” were really uplifting. In January, I was very pleased to have warmly welcomed our new Clerk, Mrs Susan Hoefling. With a background in IT and estates management, Susan is already making an impact. She is  Addressing digital and social inclusion, finding so many of you to be welcoming, again contributing to a flourishing helpful and supportive. society, widening social mobility, and creating an opportunity for all I had the pleasure of hosting the WCIT hall staff for the annual Christmas His message receives universal lunch and I pay tribute to them all for the acclamation. I am delighted that the enormous tasks they undertake year Lord Mayor will be elaborating on his round, on behalf of the 801 Freemen theme at our Mansion House Banquet and Liverymen of our Company, not (the WCIT Partners’ Dinner) on 4th July only for events such as the acclaimed 2019, and we are honoured that Past New Freemen’s Dinner and the Master Dame Stephanie Shirley DBE Business Lunches, but their work every CH will be responding. Please do “Save day at our Hall. the Date” now! In conclusion, I am very proud of our The Master, Lady Parmley (Wendy) One of my first duties as Master, Company’s participation in supporting following on from the Deputy Master’s the Lord Mayor’s objectives, of our announcement of the 2018 WCIT members’ work in developing the n the opinion of many, we have not Charity IT Award winners (see page 2), Artificial Intelligence Learning Exchange been involved in events as was to welcome Prof. Richard Harvey, to enable charities to be at the cutting momentous as those which will Gresham College Chair of IT, edge of saving lives, and to be Master occur in March 2019 since 1945. In sponsored by WCIT: of a modern livery company that is really times of great uncertainty, one thing of WCIT IT Professorship Lecture Series. making a difference. which we can be sure is that nothing will His lectures are fascinating. be the same again. As Information With very best wishes, Technologists this will come, of course, Many people ask me, “How’s it going as as no surprise, as change, disruption Master?” I have had the privilege of Wendy and innovation have ever been at the representing the WCIT at several events core of our profession. during my first four months’ tenure. The WCIT Master Liveries’ Service of Remembrance in St 2018 - 2019 As the 100th Livery Company of the City Paul’s Churchyard was quickly followed of London, we are fortunate indeed that by the fun of taking part, with Inside this issue: the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, colleagues, in the Lord Mayor’s Parade Alderman Peter Estlin, is at the – and it didn’t rain! And, of course, I 2 WCIT IT Award vanguard of digital advancement, and have been invited to several other never fails to stress the importance of 2019 New Freemen’s Dinner 4 events such as lectures and dinners. the three key objectives of his theme, 5 103rd Business Lunch and “Shaping Tomorrow’s City, Today”: Highly thought-provoking dinner IT Student Awards discussions that the WCIT Charity  Promoting digital innovation alongside hosted at our hall, for sixth formers from 6 WCIT Charity News financial and related professional Lilian Baylis Technology School and 8 services, supporting a thriving Clerk’s Letter Hammersmith Academy, on rules for I