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Data Centres: Fact, Fiction and a Way Ahead – 28 April 2022

On 28 April, the Government Panel and the IT and Climate Change Working Group held a joint dinner in Information Technologists’ Hall.   The guest speaker was Emma Fryer, who until very recently managed the UK Council of Data Centre Operators and techUK’s Data Centres Technical Committee. Her talk was both knowledgeable and witty; taking us […]

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Information Security Panel Dinner – 23 March 2022

As one of the four pillars of the WCIT, fellowship is very important to the Information Security Panel. In response to the pandemic restrictions of 2020, we supplemented our formal quarterly meetings with monthly online meetings intended primarily to help members continue to feel connected and update each other on their various activities. The Panel […]

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Industry Charity Dinner raises £25,000

In March 2022 the Industry Charity Fund-raising Dinner “Giving IT back” raised approximately £25,000 for the WCIT Charity. Around 100 guests had a fun evening of entertainment, magic, music, raffle, and auctions in the magnificent Drapers’ Hall in London. Charles Hanson, the TV auctioneer, ran the live auction on the night and the Guitars of […]

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WCIT Charity supports the first woman professor of IT at Gresham College 

Gresham College has announced the appointment of Dr Victoria Baines as IT Livery Company Professor of IT Gresham College. The professorship was established in 2015 and is sponsored by the WCIT Charity.  As the third professor of IT, Professor Baines will continue the 425-year-old tradition of delivering free lectures aimed at the public within the […]

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SHERIFFS’ CHALLENGE FINALISTS 2021: TEA IN THE JUDGES’ DINING ROOM AT THE OLD BAILEY

The finalist schools: Kings College London Maths School, with teacher David Hobbs and the Actuaries’ Livery Lead Greg Lugisani, and Lilian Baylis Technology College, with the teacher Athina Inneh and Information Technologists’ Livery Lead David Barker, with HHJ Sarah Munro and Aldermanic Sheriff Alison Gowman. 21st April 2022 was a celebratory occasion for the two […]

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Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 at the WCIT – 8 March 2022

WCIT members have come together to show our commitment to IWD by striking the #BreakTheBias pose (the IWD 2022 theme), calling out bias, smashing stereotypes, breaking inequality, and rejecting discrimination. Happy International Women’s Day 2022!

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Guild of Young Freeman Young Livery Inter-Livery Quiz – 11 February 2022

WCIT put together a stellar team of intellects for the Guild of Young Freemen Young Livery Inter-Livery Quiz. The stunning six stepping up to the plate were made up of Tamzin Kerslake, Byron Glover, Alex Arnold, Elliot Brooks and two guests Jess Herbert and Ben Platten. Together, they were the Worshipful Company of the Partially […]

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New Freemen’s Dinner – 16 February 2022

On Wednesday 16 February, one of the best-loved events of the WCIT calendar year took place – the New Freemen’s Dinner.  The purpose of the New Freemen’s Dinner is to welcome those who have joined the Company in the past year (or in this case the past two years as COVID had cancelled last year’s […]

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Student visit to WCIT – 8 February 2022

Members of WCIT were delighted to welcome students from the Lilian Baylis Technology School to the Information Technologists’ Hall on February 8. 28 pupils from Year 9 enjoyed a two-course lunch at the Hall, where they had the opportunity to discuss careers and routes into IT with WCIT members. As a former student of the […]

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109th Business Lunch – 26 January 2022

A sold out 109th Business Luncheon, held at Founder’s Hall, was a celebratory event reflective of the partnership between Lifelites and the WCIT. The event was full of buzz as many attendees shared how pleased they were to attend a face-to-face event and the opportunity to network and catch up with members whom they had […]

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WCIT Celebrates Burns Night – 25 January 2022

44 WCIT members and their guests gathered to celebrate Burns Night in Information Technologists’ Hall on Tuesday 25 January.  A splendid supper, including the traditional fare of Haggis, neeps and tatties, was prepared by Liveryman Chris Haden and accompanied by the customary wee dram of whiskey.  Past Master Sir Kenneth Olisa’s‘ Address to the Haggis’ was […]

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Financial Services Technology Panel picks its next big issue for the sector and hosts a roundtable with ISITC on the “Digital Operational Resilience Act” (aka DORA) and its UK equivalent – 16 November 2021

The European Commission’s draft Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) was published on the 24th of September. Just before lockdown, the UK’s regulators, the FCA and PRA, published Consultation PS21/3 proposing measures to improve the resilience of the UK’s financial sector. The five pillars of DORA are ICT Risks, ICT Incident Risk Reporting, Digital Operational Resilience […]

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WCIT at the Tower – 15 November 2021

A select party of WCIT members were given an after-hours tour of the Tower of London on the 15th of November 2021; this was organized by Freeman and Oarswoman Sabia Sultan. This was the first in-person event for several new Freemen of the Company. Yeoman Warder Spike Abbott gave a fascinating tour of the floodlit Tower, […]

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WCIT at the Lord Mayor’s Show, 13 November 2021

The Master Information Technologist Alistair Fulton, the Deputy Master Mark Holford and the Beadle Alan O’Connor were proud to represent WCIT in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 13 November 2021.  The event was particularly special as it had not been held since 2019 due to the pandemic.  WCIT was delighted to feature prominently in […]

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Government Panel – 27 October 2021

Following the success of a recent deep dive into the challenges the Royal Navy faces in an ever-changing digital landscape, in October 2021 the Government Panel successfully hosted a second event into how the various branches of HM Armed Forces are tackling the technological challenges of the battlefield of tomorrow. Describing the challenges and steps […]

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WCIT Golf Society at the Puttshak – 3 November 2021

On November 3rd, the WCIT Golf Society hosted an evening of indoor golf at Puttshack, a high-tech crazy golf venue in the heart of the City of London. The group of eleven players were given a trackable golf ball to putt around the challenging course with the number of shots and targets struck being automatically […]

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Promoting Equity within the City – 19 October 2021

On Tuesday 19th October the Equality Committee held a face-to-face event in the hall titled ‘Promoting Equity within the City – a Diversity in the City’.  A number of our members and guests attended what proved to be an insightful evening ‘Promoting Equity within the City’ during Global Diversity Awareness month  We were be joined […]

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CITO Cup – 30 September 2021

Golfers from the WCIT and Royal Signals took to the fairways at Calcot Park on September 30 to play the inaugural Cito Cup match. Six matches were played and the Signals were triumphant with a final score line of 5-1. Despite the score, the matches were hard-fought and most went to the wire. Both teams […]

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Gordon’s Cup – 2 October 2021

The Master and Liveryman Nick Claydon (our Relationship Manager for the Royal Signals)  visited the Royal Signals at Blandford Camp on Saturday 2 October for the annual Gordon’s Cup.  This is a military skills competition and tests this year included an Assault Course, Pistol Shooting, Shelter Building, Stalking, Communication repairs, and a Bayonet Course.   Despite […]

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Journeymen’s Dinner – 23 September 2021

On a warm autumnal evening in September, some 20 members of the company gathered at our own Livery Hall to celebrate and recognise the achievements and involvement of our younger members. Gloriously supported by our resident Beadle, the atmosphere was charged with excitement. For some in our number, this was the first-time meeting since the […]

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108th Business Lunch – 15 September 2021

WCIT was delighted to hold  its first in person formal event on 15 September 2021 – our 108th Business Lunch in the stunning surroundings of Butchers’ Hall. The Master welcomed over 100 members and their guests, and paid tribute to the Company’s achievements during the pandemic. Special recognition was given to Liveryman Frank Joshi from […]

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Annual Sheriffs Ride around the City of London – 15 September 2021

On 15 September 2021 WCIT welcomed Alderman and Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli to Information Technologists’ Hall as part of the annual Sheriffs Ride around the City of London.  Michael, his trusty steed Leo and a Light Cavalry escort broke their three hour ride for some welcome refreshments at the Hall.  The annual ride raises money […]

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WCIT Annual Golf Day – 6 September 2021

On September 6th, the annual WCIT Golf Day took place at the stunning Bearwood Lakes. The field of 42 golfers were blessed with the best weather of recent weeks. The WCIT golfer of the year was Guy Feld and his team also finished first. Past Master, Stef Fafinski, was on hand to present the prizes […]

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How to co-ordinate work on digital poverty across the WCIT?

Please join our next Homelessness Panel meeting, online Thursday 10 June 17:00-18:30.  Our guest speakers will be Paul Finnis and David Lakin from the Digital Poverty Alliance.   The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Digital Access for All (DAFA) are bringing together organisations to kick start an alliance aimed at tackling the issue of […]

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Financial Services Technology Panel continues its ESG quest

We promised a series of events to explore the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance to our society in general and to the Financial Services sector in particular. Our third event on “Self Assessment Versus Regulation” saw another expert panel debate the issue, with an audience drawn from the Livery movement, Academia, Financial Services and […]

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In the latest ‘Talking Tuesday’, Liveryman Nicholas Beale and IT legend Dame Wendy Hall discussed the ‘unethical optimisation principle’

If AI tries to maximize profits there is evidently a risk that it will pick an unethical strategy in order to do so. A paper in Royal Society Open Science proved last year this was disproportionately likely, with the risk usually tending to 1 as the strategy space grew. Nicholas and Dame Wendy led an […]

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Talking Tuesdays: the WCIT women’s rowing squad

Did you know that WCIT is the first Livery Company to have an all-female rowing squad?  In 2020, the Cito Panel was delighted to announce the formation of the WCIT Women’s Rowing Squad. To celebrate the newly formed team, a number of guests joined the ladies for a recent Talking Tuesday event.  This was an […]

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WCIT virtual visit to the National Museum of Computing

Eighteen souls braved one of the two glorious March afternoons England had and stayed in.  They may have missed the sunshine, but instead they were treated to the sights of the mechanical levers, valves, diodes and transistors of The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.  Given that the tour was held virtually, and was […]

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Lilian Baylis Technology School through to the final of the Sheriff’s Challenge 2021!

On Tuesday 23 March 2021, LBTS were voted by the three judges through to the final of the Sheriffs’ challenge! The topic this year was ‘Why is the post Covid-19 world completely different?’. Coached by WCIT Liveryman David Barker, the students met over eight weeks to brainstorm, research, plan, script and rehearse their 8-minute presentation. […]

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Growth Tech 11

On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, we held our third virtual Growth Tech event – The Funding and Talent Landscape Part 1. The three GT events planned for 2021 will focus on two of the most important issues for any entrepreneur, namely where to source capital and how to find talent. In the first of the […]

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WCIT Equality Committee’s International Women’s Day event 2021

Congratulations to the Equality Committee for organising a stimulating panel discussion event on 9 March which marked International Women’s Day 2021.  Speakers included WCIT members Professor Sue Black OBE, Sarah Winmill, Tom Ilube CBE and Sheila Flavell CBE.  The theme of this year’s event was #choosetochallenge.  The panel covered a variety of topics ranging from their personal […]

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Financial Services Technology Panel grasps the ESG nettle

The Financial Services Technology Panel has set out to be “the place to come to debate the issues of the day”, so began by tackling the vast, and often controversial, subjects of Environmental, Social and Governance, through a series of events. The first one in November 2020 aimed to inform, explore, and raise awareness around […]

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The Haberdashers’ Company Monmouth Enterprise Initiative and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists “My city IT career”

Every year the Haberdashers’ Company joins with a modern livery company to deliver work experience for Year 12 students in their schools. The event would usually include a day’s work experience in host companies across the City with other activities at Haberdashers’ Hall. 2020 was the second year to work with WCIT. It became clear […]

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City livery company webinar calls for action to end the UK’s embarrassing digital poverty

During a City of London webinar that took place last week, entitled, “How do we end digital poverty?“. Helen Milner OBE, CEO of the Good Things Foundation, said: “Digital Poverty is embarrassing and not OK. Fixing it will boost the economy, improve health and well-being and level up opportunity.” The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists […]

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WCIT Charity continues to help the homeless and vulnerable gain digital skills

One of the many programmes the WCIT Charity has been supporting is the funding of digital skills training (i-Reach) to support homeless people or those at risk of homelessness to become digitally literate. For the past 6 years, the WCIT Charity has been a strategic partner of Thames Reach, a London based charity that works […]

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