Master: Lady Parmley (Wendy)
Wendy Parmley was born and educated in Blackpool, where she met her husband-to-be (Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley) during her school days. She read Languages and Philosophy of Education at the University of Lancaster followed by a postgraduate diploma at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, Cardiff in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in addition to a linguistics diploma of the International Phonetics Association. She also is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London in Second Language Learning.
When an undergraduate, Wendy spent a year as assistante d’anglais in the beautiful, multi-cultural city of Toulouse. This is where her dual passions were born pre-internet days: how people across the world communicate effectively and how architecture and design in everyday life affect one’s wellbeing. Wendy’s career in Education spans three phases:
- As a languages teacher in the East End.
- In leadership positions of four inner London schools, latterly as Principal of a Technology College. During this phase, Wendy was first introduced to the WCIT when she enjoyed a part-time secondment to The Design Council of Great Britain where she was a co-opted member of the Learning and Public Services team. With parents and governors, she built up a strong, capable team of students and staff and it became one of the country’s Top 100 schools during the last, four, consecutive years (2001–05) of her school leadership. With student ambassadors (aged 11-17), she led a £39m project to completely rebuild the school, revolutionise the curriculum, extend facilities for the needy local community and integrate the learning environment with the work place.
- Wendy’s current career phase is as a freelance educationalist and director of her own educational consultancy. She has been engaged by the Department for Education and by an Academy Sponsor as an adviser to rapidly bring about change and significant improvement in underperforming schools.
As a member of the Institute of Directors, she gained the diploma in Company Direction in 2011, and then co-founded the Transcontinental School Innovation Alliance (known as the TSIA), a company without share capital and a registered charity with an international board from the USA, India, Switzerland and England. Now Patron, Wendy specialises in creating networks amongst schools in England and the rest of the world to develop school and student leadership, to research and to practise the teaching and learning of science, mathematics and literacy and to solve issues of mutual challenge. The use of the Internet is a crucial tool for its success. This leads to collaborative work that improves attainment, achievement, ambition and aspiration as well as teachers’ and leaders’ performance.
Wendy became a Freeman of the City of London in 1986. She joined the WCIT in 2005, was clothed with the Livery in 2008 and joined the Court of Assistants in 2009. As a member of the Education and Training Committee, she was part of the team that delivered the Hammersmith Academy, serving as a founding trustee and governor from 2007 - 2017. She has served as Almoner and as Member of the School Governing Body of Christ’s Hospital.
Her other charitable work includes active support for Columba 1400 (an award-winning charitable social enterprise based on the Isle of Skye, Scotland), the Wellbeing of Women, and with Andrew, she jointly chaired the 2011 British Red Cross Christmas Market in Guildhall. Wendy is keen to promote inter-cultural and inter-generational understanding globally.
Her other interests lie in the power of music to transform lives and is a Trustee of the Endowment Board of the London Symphony Orchestra.
She looks forward to serving the Company and leading support to enable the Lord Mayor achieve the objectives of his Digital Skills strategy 2018-19 from in her privileged position as Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
Senior Warden: Ray Long CB
Ray Long joined the UK Senior Civil Service when moving to the Department of Health in 1997, before his appointment as IT Director at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in 1999.
He became CEO of the Northern Ireland Business Development Service in 2004 before serving as Programme Director for the nationwide NHS Choose and Book service and Major Projects Director in the Cabinet Office. He joined HMRC as Director of Business Tax Change in 2010, before becoming Director of Corporate Services Change in 2013.
In 2014 he joined the Department for Work and Pensions, initially with responsibility for that organisation's Infrastructure Modernisation Programme and, more recently, as Director of Technology Platforms. Ray has also been an Associate Lecturer with the Open University since 1993, delivering programmes on leadership and strategy in the UK and internationally. He is a graduate of the Government’s Major Projects Leadership Academy.
A Chartered Fellow of the BCS, Chartered Engineer and Chartered Director, Ray served as Vice-Chair of the BCS’s Policy and Public Affairs Board between 2012-15, after being a member of that Board since 2010, and as a member of its External Relations Board from 2007-09. He has been a member of various Technology / UK IT Industry Awards Investigatory / Judging Panels since 2003.
A Freeman of the City of London, Ray also serves on the Court of the Information Technologists’ City Livery Company, chairing that organisation’s Government Panel, and is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Directors, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Royal Society of Arts, and an Associate Member of the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum.
Junior Warden: Paul Fullagar
Paul Fullagar has been in the City or near it for most of his working life. He started by gaining a business degree in the City and then qualified as a chartered management accountant.
He started his early career working in life assurance and stock broking, and then spent 12 years in the international container shipping, ending up group finance director of Ellerman Lines Shipping where he helped organise an MBO and its subsequent successful sale in the mid ‘80s.
Paul then went on to help build Staffware plc, as its chairman & major shareholder for 12 years, into an international market leading company in workflow & business processing software, floating it on AIM and then onto the main market. After that he chaired, built and invested in a number of public software companies including, Financial Objects plc, a banking and wealth management software company, and Brady plc, Europe’s leading commodity trading software company, as well as several private software companies.
Whilst Paul continues to invest in and support a number of private IT companies, he now also enjoys supporting the arts and entertainment industry, with interests in owning luxury cinemas, in film production & a restaurant. He has also been avidly involved horse racing for nearly 20 years as one of the UK most active and occasionally successful jump racehorse owners.
Paul joined the livery in and became a Freeman of the City of London in 1995. He has recently spent some 11 years as a trustee of The Livery’s Charity and 9 years chairing The Livery’s Investment Committee.
He is also actively engaged with a number of other charities, supported by his own charitable foundation.
Panels Warden: Mark Holford
Mark Holford is a solicitor by profession but spent 38 years with an international provider of market leading insurance services, many of them in the shipping and transport sector. During the last 20 years he has been involved in a number of B2B start-ups in the international transport sector. He is currently the chairman of another B2B tech start-up and a non-executive director of a wine importer: he is an investor in these and other start-ups. Mark is also a trustee of a charity which supports young opera singers in the early stages of their careers.
Mark has been a member of WCIT since 1994 and has sat on Court since 2012. He is the chairman of the Charity Fundraising Committee and a Trustee of the WCIT Charity; as such he has been closely involved in the WCIT Charity Award 2018. He is also a long term member of the Arts Panel.
Deputy Master: Dr Stefan Fafinski
Stefan Fafinski was Master of WCIT for the year 2017-18. He spent the first 15 years of his career in software development, project and programme management, technology research and development, and technology consulting before commencing his legal education. Stefan is now a legal and commercial advisor and consultant and an investor in a handful of early-stage technology companies. He is also an Independent Member of the Parole Board for England and Wales.
Stefan has been a governor of Lilian Baylis Technology School in Lambeth and was a founder governor of the Hammersmith Academy, a joint venture between the WCIT and the Mercers’ Company. Stefan was a Trustee of the WCIT Charity from 2010-15 and has led both the Charitable Operations and Charitable Fundraising Committee.
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