David Clarke MBE became Group Chief Executive of the BCS (British Computer Society) – The Chartered Institute for IT, in May 2002 and is widely acknowledged as having transformed BCS into the world’s leading professional Institute for the IT and Communications professions it is today.
During this time, the Institute has grown its membership from under 37,000 to over 75,000, over 20,000 of them Chartered IT Professionals, adding over 1,000 new members every month, and is one of the world’s largest IT examination institutes, running more than 30,000 examinations a month around the world.
The BCS also is a very successful business, having more than doubled its revenues in the last five years. The Institute is the founding member of the SFIA (Skills for the Information Age) Foundation and are founding members of the ECDL Foundation.
David started the Institute’s Professionalism in IT programme in 2002 which is at the core of many professional development and certification programmes today.
David Clarke has spent nearly forty years involved with IT systems, firstly in the supply side and then from 1995 to 2002 as a Chief Executive in the Virgin group of companies, responsible for much of the digital media strategy and development in the group and then a very similar role with Trinity Mirror plc, both companies being highly reliant on the use of IT based systems for their success.
David was recognised as one of the most influential people in IT in the UK, in the UKTech50 list of “The Real Movers and Shakers in UK IT” in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
David was awarded an MBE for services to the IT Industry in the 2011 New Year’s Honours.
Prior to joining Virgin, David spent the previous eighteen years in increasingly senior UK, European and global roles with three global technology companies, Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computers. His final role here was European Marketing VP of Compaq.