About BCS Jersey

 

Jersey – the warmest place in the British Isles – provides a unique way of life with its endless golden beaches, bustling fishing villages, and beautiful countryside. However, Jersey also has a thriving and advanced technology business sector which is supported by its professional body – the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).

BCS Jersey is an international section of the Chartered Institute for IT. Through a varied programme of events, BCS Jersey provides a local organisation for members at all levels. Membership of BCS Jersey provides opportunities to network and maintain contact with other professionals and keep up-to-date with current related developments and issues both locally and globally.

BCS Jersey works to raise the profile of the IT profession throughout the Island and encourages and enhances career progression. Both existing BCS members and new members are welcome to join BCS Jersey.

BCS Jersey provides an exciting and varied programme of events throughout the year. Events coming-up will be shown on the home page, but you can also browse our full events list to find out more about all the events we have held.

Please contact the BCS Jersey chairman, Ronnie Isherwood by email (chair.jersey@bcs.org) for further information about BCS Jersey.

About the BCS

The Chartered Institute for IT is the only Chartered Engineering Institution for Information Technology (IT). With more than 80,000 members in over 100 countries around the world, the BCS is the leading professional and learned Society in the field of computers and information systems.

BCS Jersey – a brief history

There is a strong professional ICT presence in the Island in both private and public sector and a Jersey sub-branch of the BCS was launched on 29 July 2003 at an event held at Highlands College, Jersey. The sub-branch was affiliated to the Hampshire branch of the BCS. At the time of the launch there was a local BCS membership of about 56 representing about 10% of the Island’s IT professionals.

The July 2003 edition of Computer Bulletin reported the following quote from Brett Sumner (an IT manager at financial services group HSBC who was subsequently elected as the first Jersey sub-branch Chairman) in advance of the launch:

Assistance in addressing some of the many issues associated with providing first rate information systems support and development on the islands requires collaboration between all the interested parties. There is an opportunity to do this under the formal umbrella of the BCS.

The formation of the sub-branches in Jersey and Guernsey was particularly timely, because both islands had become established world-class financial centres. Jersey boasts over 50 international banks and more than 30,000 registered companies with total deposits exceeding 155bn.

On 1 May 2004 the British Computer Society approved a change of status for the Jersey sub-branch which from that date became an overseas section of the BCS operating under the name BCS Jersey.

Affiliation

BCS Jersey is an overseas section of the British Computer Society and has no affiliation to BCS UK branches, although the nearest UK branch of BCS is the Hampshire Branch. There is also an international section of the BCS in Guernsey.