What is BCS Sussex?

BCS Sussex is a regional branch of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Formerly known as the British Computer Society, BCS is the world's leading industry body for IT professionals with a global membership of over 75,000 people.

What we do

We're here to promote BCS and support its members in Sussex, England. Each year, we organise a series of public talks by guest speakers at the University of Sussex. These events are free and open to everyone. Membership is not required and you don't need to book in advance. Just drop in for an informal evening of lively discussion.

We also award annual prizes to IT students at our local universities.

How to join BCS

BCS membership gives you industry recognition and demonstrates your professional status. If you have a specific area of interest, BCS also offers a wide selection of specialist user groups. Find out how you can join BCS now and enjoy the many benefits of membership.

Already a member?

BCS members can affiliate with any 3 regional branches. Well over a thousand members are affiliated to BCS Sussex. They include people from academic and business communities, IT practitioners, and those who want to keep a finger on the pulse of our local IT industry.

We welcome BCS members from all over the world. If you're already a BCS member, log into the member secure area to affiliate with us.

The team

BCS Sussex is run by a friendly team of enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for IT. We are looking for like-minded people to work with us in their spare time. Serving on the branch committee can be fun and rewarding. If you would like to help shape our future, please contact any member of the team to discuss your interest without obligation or commitment. There are no interviews or intimidating questions.

Andrew Norris


Andrew is an ITIL qualified, senior manager with a proven track record of leading and managing change, developing and motivating staff, providing IT solutions for businesses and delivering world-class IT service at enterprise level.


Blay Whitby

Meetings Co-ordinator | Professional Development

Blay is a technology ethicist, philosopher and lecturer, specialising in computer science, artificial intelligence and robotics. He is concerned with the importance of widening engagement in science and increasing levels of debate in ethical issues, and is a member of the BCS Strategic Ethics Forum.


Steve Ward


Steve is a professional web developer with a background in the engineering industry. If you have any comments about our website he would be delighted to hear from you.


Barbara Humphreys

Committee Member

Barbara is a Senior Applications Analyst for Sussex Police. She keeps us on a straight-and-narrow path by coordinating with BCS head office to ensure that our branch mailshots are sent out in a timely fashion.


Bob Harvey

Committee Member

After graduating in mathematics, Bob worked in IT, mainly at Unilever, EDS and then as IS Director at Barnardos. He has been a member of BCS throughout his career. Since retiring he has lead the Ethics Group and Carbon Footprint Working Group, been on the Advisory Council, chaired the Council Development Group, been a member of Prof Board, been a Council elected Trustee and is now a BCS Past President and member of Nominations Committee.


Our events

We hold a series of talks by guest speakers on a variety of IT topics every year. These events are usually held in the Fulton A lecture theatre at the University of Sussex and are free to everyone, including non-members. They provide an excellent opportunity to meet people who share an interest in IT. There's no need to book in advance; just come along and enjoy the talk. Students are especially welcome. Our talks last about 1 hour.

✭ Free parking ✭ Free admission ✭ Free refreshments

Our next events

Our next public meeting is on Wednesday 14th September 2016. A complimentary buffet is available from 7pm. Please tell your friends, followers and colleagues about this event.

14th September 2016 at 7:30pm.
Fulton A, University of Sussex. Doors open at 7pm.
Real Business Change With The Neuroscience of Leadership.
Tom Flatau, MD of Teamworking International.
This talk is based on Tom's internationally acclaimed seminar about how the latest insights from neuroscience and positive psychology are equipping business leaders across the globe with new techniques to improve their leadership practices, change management, innovation and employee engagement – with astonishing results!

Is there science behind leadership? The answer is Yes! The implications of the latest neuroscience research are particularly relevant to leaders. Understanding how the human brain works can help:
  • Double the productivity of your people
  • Focus on solutions rather than problems
  • Lead change and bring your people with you
  • Use carefully crafted tools to boost engagement
  • Reduce workplace stress and conflict
Tom Flatau is an internationally acclaimed speaker, motivational coach and consultant, whose clients include HSBC, Unilever, Emirates, Siemens and the BBC. Tom’s 21 years of international engagements has helped him craft the unique motivational methods that he delights in sharing with his audiences to enrich their their lives, and their success at work in terms of better team collaboration, increased sales, and achievement of goals. Tom is regularly invited to speak at executive clubs and best practice groups throughout the UK and Internationally.

Prior to RM, Paul held senior management consultancy roles with A.T. Kearney and KPMG. He started his career in the Aerospace Industry. Paul is passionate about the role of IT in education and society as a whole. Paul is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Booking link:
https://events.bcs.org/book/2189/. Booking is optional.

Your suggestions

Please let us know if you would like to present a talk or have an idea for an event. You can contact any member of the branch committee. We will consider all suggestions appropriate for the branch, including social activities. We may permit commercial presentations from vendors under certain conditions.

How to get there

Unless otherwise stated, our public meetings are held at the prestigious Fulton A lecture theatre, University of Sussex. The campus is nestled in the beautiful countryside at Falmer, along the famous South Downs Way. The university is well served by public transport, with excellent road and rail links. Brighton is just a few minutes drive away. Campus maps and comprehensive directions can be found on the university website at www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/findus.

By car, on the A27 between Brighton and Lewes, take the Falmer slip road and follow the signs to the university. Stay on the Eastern Ring Road until it bears sharp left down Boiler House Hill, then take the first right. The unsigned road leads to a car park. Parking is free on the campus after 5pm. The Fulton building is located at the bottom of the steps. Disabled parking is outside the Fulton building in Refectory Road. Live road traffic reports are available from Frixo.

By bus, on routes 25, 25A, 25B, 25C, 28, 29, 29A, 44, 55, 84 and 86. There are bus stops near the Fulton building in Refectory Road and Boiler House Hill. Bus timetables and information are available from Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company.

By train, on the Brighton-Lewes line, disembark at Falmer station and walk through the tunnel under the A27. The Fulton building is about 10 minutes walk in a northerly direction in Refectory Road. You can check train times with National Rail Enquiries.

By bike from Brighton or Lewes, take the cycle lane to Falmer and follow the signs to the University of Sussex. The route is poorly lit in places, so ensure that your bike has adequate lighting and that you can be clearly seen. Bike racks are located outside the Fulton building in Refectory Road.

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