On the Fourth of May 2017 at Guildhall in the City of London, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists celebrated its 25th anniversary as the 100th Livery Company, with 704 people attending a fabulous white tie banquet.
Photos from the banquet are at:
A video message from Vint Cerf is at:
The celebration was the biggest event in WCIT’s history, and the largest banquet held by any of the City’s 110 Livery Companies in many years. Guests of Honour included The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley; Aldermen & Sheriffs Peter Estlin and William Russell; Royal Corps of Signals Corps Colonel Simon Hutchinson, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff Major General John Crackett, Sir Brian Jenkins, Dame Steve Shirley and UK Space Agency Chief executive Graham Turnock who was the after-dinner speaker. The banquet was attended by Masters and Clerks from 83 of the City’s 110 Livery Companies.
The WCIT 25th anniversary book is downloadable as a pdf from the WCIT website:
The Lord Mayor was attended by his personal bodyguard, the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers from the Honourable Artillery Company, who presented a magnificent spectacle. The banquet was held on May the Fourth (Star Wars day), so it was only fitting for guests to be greeted as they arrived by a Guard formed of Star Wars Stormtroopers.
The 25th anniversary milestone for the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists follows significant growth and achievement since the foundation of the Company in June 1986, and the grant of Livery by the City of London’s Court of Aldermen on 7th January 1992.
In 2017, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists celebrates its 25th year as the 100th City of London Livery Company. This major milestone follows significant growth and achievement since the foundation of the Company in June 1986, and the grant of Livery by the City of London’s Court of Aldermen on 7th January 1992.
WCIT Master Chris Histed said: “What a fantastic first 25 years we have had, and I am certain that our next quarter century will be even more impactful and exciting! I am honoured to be serving the Company as Master in this very special year, alongside our Company’s First Lady, my wife Felicity”.
WCIT is a not-for-profit membership community of 815 influential technology leaders which combine modernity, digital and information technologies, plus the thousand year-old charitable traditions of the Livery movement. Its members donate significant pro-bono time to not-for-profit organisations, and its WCIT Charity makes grants to charities of over £100,000 per year to assist charities which help the lives of the disadvantaged.
WCIT works to improve lives, and run a significant programme of charitable and educational projects and activities, fuelled by our members’ pro-bono input and financial donations.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS. WCIT HAS:
– Donated a total of £3 million to over 450 charitable causes.
– Provided pro-bono technology support to many hundreds of charitable organisations.
– In partnership with the Mercers’ Company, built the Hammersmith Academy, specialising in Creative and Digital Media plus IT.
– Funded a £1m endowment for the Hammersmith Academy.
– Supported numerous schools and educational establishments, especially Lilian Baylis Technology School in Lambeth.
– Funded an IT professor at Gresham College.
– Helped to found, in 2016, the Charity IT Association (charityithelp.org.uk), an online national service to match volunteer IT professionals with charities’ needs.
– Mentored a large and growing number of start-up and scale-up tech firms.
– Military affiliations with the Royal Corps of Signals, 46(F) Kensington Squadron Air Training Corps, and Beckenham and Penge Sea Cadets.
– Coached over 500 members of the Royal Signals to enter civilian employment.
WHO OUR CHARITY SUPPORTS
The need for WCIT’s charitable and educational endeavours can only grow in scale, as will the need for support for our IT profession, as digital and information technologies increasingly underpin the world’s operations. The disadvantaged in our country, City and society face many challenges, which WCIT and its members intend to help address.
Our member community is made up of successful, eminent people from across the broadest spectrum of technology and its use.
– Diverse backgrounds and careers, and form a community of great experience & expertise.
– Shared values and a passion to give back and make a difference, and work together though the Company’s many committees achieving charitable endeavour, industry and public benefit.