Institution of Analysts and Programmers
|Origins||Computing Enthusiasts Meeting at Cambridge University|
|Key people||Alastair Revell (Director General)|
|Area served||UK and worldwide|
|Focus||Software Development Profession|
The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP) of the United Kingdom is an institution for information technologists, based in London. It is one of the UK's leading professional organisations for people working on business systems and computer software.
The IAP was founded in the 1970s by a group of computer enthusiasts that met at Cambridge University, England. The organization was founded by Robert Charles, who was also the first general secretary. The current name was adopted in 1981.
Since 1993, the Institution of Analysts and Programmers has been a Company Limited by Guarantee owned by its members. The Institution is governed by a Council of 15, elected from the body of the membership, and is bound by a written constitution.
The membership includes business analysts, computer systems analysts and programmers, as well as specialists in IT project management. A growing number are from a business analysis background including architects and strategists developing software systems.
Aims and objectives 
- assist men and women to advance in the profession of computer analyst and programmer, and to secure public recognition of their professional status
- facilitate the advancement and spreading of knowledge within the profession
- promote high standards of competence and conduct
- provide a means for measuring professional competence
- encourage members to develop their skills and progress their careers
- help members protect themselves against liabilities arising in the exercise of their profession
- assist members who are seeking employment
- provide opportunities for members to meet
Membership Grades 
The Institution admits members to one of five grades (in descending order of seniority):-
FIAP - Fellow of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers
MIAP - Member of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers
AMIAP - Associate Member of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers
GradIAP - Graduate Member of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers
LIAP - Licentiate of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers
Chief Executives 
The Institution has had three chief executive officers in its almost thirty year history:-
Robert Charles (General Secretary) [1981-1990]
Mike Ryan (Director General) [1990-2010]
Alastair Revell (Director General) [2010 Onwards]
The most recent incumbent, Alastair Revell, was appointed by Council on Saturday, 16 October 2010. The appointment was made public on Tuesday, 4 January 2011.
The Institution launched a journal, entitled 'Software Development Practice', in November 2012, which is published three times a year. The journal's editorial board is led by Professor Jeremy Gibbons of the University of Oxford.
Other information 
See also 
- All about the IAP, Institution of Analysts and Programmers, UK.
- Institution of Analysts and Programmers, VSJ, UK.
- History and Constitution, Institution of Analysts and Programmers, UK.
- Registered in England and Wales, Number 2754293 at http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk
- Institution of Analysts and Programmers, The Institute of Continuing Professional Development, UK.