WCIT MONITOR Issue 69 November 2016

Issue 69: Nov 2016 MONITOR the newsletter of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists MASTER’S LETTER T here is an incredible wave of energy running through the members of our Company at the moment, it’s tangible. There’s a surge of energy, enthusiasm and commitment to helping the disadvantaged, the old, the young, the homeless and the disabled. Our Charity continues to be in the £100k grants per year league. Fantastic! As a Company we’re 30 years old, have 815 members, shortly it will be 25 years since the grant of Livery to us by the City of London, and thanks to Past Master Nicholas Birtles we have a fabulous new Master's jewel. The Master, Chris Histed Inside this issue: Master’s Letter 1 Industry 3 Fellowship 5 Education 6 Master’s Installation 8-9 WCIT Charity 10 WCIT History: Reminiscences Series 12 Master’s Gift 14 Clerk’s Letter 16 Superlatives are often superfluous, but what a fantastic past few weeks for WCIT and the City. Momentum and excitement built from September’s election of Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley at Guildhall, through to the Silent Ceremony on November 11th, culminating in his brilliant Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 12th. Congratulations to Andrew and his wife Wendy, our very own WCIT Junior Warden. In the Parmleys, you couldn’t find a kinder and more caring couple. It’s great to see them at Mansion House. Our Livery, Charity and all our members pledge our complete support in their year leading the City. What a great Lord Mayor’s Show it was. Firstly our cutter CITO and its crew rowed the choppy Thames accompanying the Lord Mayor in QRB Gloriana from Westminster Pier to HMS President. Then in the land-borne procession our joint Hammersmith Academy / Mercers’ / WCIT float made a great show and noise - entertaining 500,000 spectators and 2 million viewers on TV. Also, there’s been great recognition this past month for two of our Company members. WCIT Past Master Dame Stephanie Shirley has received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at the IoD Director of the Year Awards (she was Master 25 years ago – read more on pg12). And Liveryman Tom Ilube has been voted the UK’s most influential black person in Powerlist 2017, the annual list of Britain’s 100 most powerful people of African and African Caribbean heritage. In this 25th anniversary year for the Livery it’s also the 25th wedding anniversary for my wife Felicity and I. This feels good. My energies have been forged from Star Wars and motion pictures, coding, the internet, post-punk music, literature - and the Killers song “Sam’s town” resonates with me at this moment: I've got this energy beneath my feet Like something underground's gonna come up and carry me I've got this sentimental heart that beats But I don't really mind that it's starting to get to me. So as Master I intend to be an enthusiastic, energetic and caring ambassador for the Company, its Charity and our members. With humility I will continue our mission, to explore new opportunities, seek out new challenges and new charities, and boldly go where we have not gone before.