British Computer Society Young Professionals Group

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The British Computer Society Young Professionals Group (YPG) was formed in 1986 (although, its roots date back to around 1983) to provide representation and support to younger members of the IT profession.[citation needed] [1] Today the group is one of the largest and arguably one of the most influential young professionals groups in the UK, with over 26,000 members. The group organises events and provides services from lectures and debates to networking evenings, various competitions, college bursaries and awards.

Whilst support is provided from the British Computer Society, the group's leadership is run primarily by volunteers from the younger membership of the British Computer Society which form the YPG's Executive Committee and network of regional representatives.

Young IT Practitioner of the Year[edit]

The YPG judges, promotes and awards the Young IT Practitioner of the Year Award along with naming annual British Computer Society Medal Winners. This underlines one of the YPG's key roles to nurture and applaud individual ingenuity and entrepreneurial success that have made the British IT industry a leading global player. The awards mark the vital contribution made by young people to the IT profession.

Former winners of the award[citation needed]
  • 2010 — Meri Williams, Procter & Gamble
  • 2009 — Jacques Erasmus, Prevx
  • 2008 — Sarah Christie, Procter & Gamble
  • 2007 — Travers Powell, VocaLink
  • 2006 — Saqib Shaikh, Microsoft Corporation
  • 2005 — Andrew McAnulla, BTL Group Ltd
  • 2004 — Karen Elizabeth Petrie, NASA
  • 2003 — James Bailey, Eclipse Internet
Former medal winners[citation needed]


  • Adam Thompson, IBM UK Ltd
  • Dominic Green, Microsoft


  • Luke Claughton, Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd
  • Riyaz Patel, Yorkshire Water




  • Paul Cheek, TeamSpirit Software Ltd
  • Mark Alexander, Graham Technology Plc
  • Iain McGinniss, Graham Technology Plc



  • Nicolas Eggleton, The Pensions Trust
  • Lee Englestone, AstraZeneca
  • Keith Sutcliffe, Steptronik UK


  • Richard Clayton, B Mason & Sons
  • Steven Henderson, Royal Bank of Scotland Group
  • David Hewitt, James Hamilton Group


The YPG run an event series called 'YPG SkillCentre' these events tend to help attendees still in the earlier stages of their career explore and develop skill areas that are typically untaught and/or neglected in the IT industry, such as advice on body language and tips on how to negotiate a pay rise.[citation needed] The series established by YPG Chairman, Andrew Brown in 2003, has since trained hundreds of IT professionals.

Past events have included popular speakers such as the author of the Naked Leader, David Tayor, Chris Croft and Craig Goldblatt.


ProNetworking is an event series established by YPG Chairman, Christopher Moxon in 2006 an expansion to the YPG SkillCentre event series and comprises events with two parts; offering attendees the opportunity to network whilst the second part brings together a top panel of IT professionals to share their secrets of success with the audience.[citation needed]

YPG OneTeam[edit]

YPG OneTeam was a project run by the YPG to consolidate the YPG's representation efforts at national and local levels.[citation needed]


Worklink was an online interactive database that allowed students to search for IT work placements. Notable employeers using the service included, Buckingham Palace.[citation needed]

History of the group[edit]

The YPG was originally established by students from Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) in 1984.[citation needed] By 1985, the group had over 250 members and in 1986 on 23 April the YPG's Constitution was ratified and the group held its inaugural conference organised by Barbara McManus.

Historical listing of Chairs of the YPG[2]
2016–present Haiyan Wu [3]
2011–2016 Tom Crick
2010–2011 Ben Pygall
2007–2009 Jennifer Hewitt
2005–2007 Christopher Moxon
2005 Kay Gamble
2003–2005 Andrew S. Brown
2002–2003 James Hickson
1998–2002 Edward Wolton
1997–1998 Richard Neighbour
1996–1997 Angus Marshall
1992–1993 Nick Young
1991–1992 Alex Durkin
1990–1991 Brid Seery
1989–1990 Greg O'Hare
1988–1998 Paul Edge
1986–988 Nick Carroll
1985 Tim McNally

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BCS. "Young Professionals Group (YPG)". BCS Specialist Groups. BCS. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  2. ^ YPG History, British Computer Society, UK.
  3. ^ BCS. "Haiyan Wu". BCS Young professionals. BCS. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 

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