Master: Dr Stefan Fafinski
Stefan Fafinski is Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists for the year commencing 11 October 2017.
Stefan 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. He is now an Independent Member of the Parole Board for England and Wales which determines whether prisoners can be safely released into the community.
Stefan also works as a legal and commercial advisor and consultant and is an investor in a handful of early-stage technology companies.
Stefan has a BA in Natural Sciences from St John’s College, University of Cambridge, an MA, an LLB and a PhD which concerned the social and legal implications of emerging technologies. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and the British Computer Society; a Chartered Information Technology Professional, Chartered Engineer, European Engineer and Chartered Scientist.
Stefan joined the WCIT in 2005, became a Liveryman in 2008 and joined the Court of Assistants in 2009. He 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 Committee and the Charitable Fundraising Committee. He has been a Trustee and Director of various other charities.
When not in prison, or engaged in Livery business, he enjoys hands-on property renovation (particularly demolition and van-driving), spending quality time with Fraggle (his four-year-old cockapoo) and lying down in the sunshine doing precisely nothing.
Senior Warden: 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, with Stefan, she was part of the team that delivered the Hammersmith Academy, serving as a founding trustee and governor from 2007 to the present. 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, architecture, design and the arts. She looks forward to serving the Company and the City in her privileged position as Senior Warden.
Junior 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.
Panels 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.
Deputy Master: Lieutenant Christopher Histed, Royal Signals
Chris was Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists in 2016 - 2017. He has worked in the City on and off all his working life, since his first summer job on Fleet Street at the Daily Telegraph. Starting with technology in 1977, Chris coded Star-Wars-inspired computer games while at school.
He was an editor and publisher at Emap before joining Sky as general manager of interactive production, and then Pearson as Vice President in charge of the core business at FT.com. Chris joined the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists in 2002, chaired its Education & Training Committee, and led the team which developed WCIT’s new forward-looking strategy and strategic objectives which were approved by WCIT Court in Spring 2016. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.
Chris Histed's blog from his year as Master 2016 - 2017:
- PAST MASTER Jo Connell OBE DL
- PAST MASTER Michael Grant
- PAST MASTER Nicholas Birtles
- PAST MASTER Charles Hughes
- PAST MASTER Colin Knight
- PAST MASTER David Morriss
- PAST MASTER Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE
- PAST MASTER Jonathan Soar
- PAST MASTER Michael Webster
- PAST MASTER Sir David Wootton
- COURT ASSISTANTS Paul Fullagar
- COURT ASSISTANTS Alistair Fulton
- COURT ASSISTANTS Paul Jagger
- COURT ASSISTANTS Kerri Mansfield JP
- COURT ASSISTANTS Gary Moore
- COURT ASSISTANTS Mark Holford
- COURT ASSISTANTS Gus Machado
- COURT ASSISTANTS Sheldon Stoutt
- COURT ASSISTANTS Rob Wirszycz
- COURT LIVERYMAN / HONORARY TREASURER Nicholas Claydon
- COURT LIVERYMAN Kimball Bailey
- COURT LIVERYMEN Dr Jon Hall
- COURT LIVERYMEN Paddy MccGwire
- COURT LIVERYMEN Richard Pone
- COURT LIVERYMEN JP Rangaswami
- COURT LIVERYMEN Chris Rees
- COURT LIVERYMEN Dr Elizabeth Sparrow