The Information Technologists' Company focuses on three key areas: Charities, Education and Industry.
IT Accessibility Panel
The vision of the panel is a future in which Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is accessible to and usable by everyone, thereby supporting the inclusion of and equality of opportunity for disabled people in society and the wider economy.
We work with other panels and external parners to:
Promote accessible ICT for social and economic inclusion for all
Campaign for removal of barriers to accessible IT for all
Encourage greater professionalism in the design, assessment and support of accessible ICT
The panel's current focus is on three key projects:
Working with other panels and the CIOs of LOCOG, Transport for London and the London tourist authorities to plan a series of events to raise awareness of the importance of IT accessibility (for information, services etc) for disabled visitors to London for the Olympics and Paralympics and to promote London as an IT accessible City.
Working with the Education Committee and the Hammersmith Academy Governors to facilitate the most accessible IT systems for the Academy and to promote innovation in the use of IT for inclusive learning.
Working with the Entrepreneurs panel with whom are have developed a policy on essential disability etiquette and disability awareness training for mentors and others working with disabled people.
The Arts Panel works to help arts organisations make effective use of IT in the arts to connect with their audiences, deliver artistic content and run an efficient and sustainable organisation. It does this by providing pro bono project help on request and by running quarterly IT4Arts workshops attended by many of the most famous arts organisations in the country.
Learn more about our work by visiting the iT4Arts public website and by watching a video by Martin Black, Chair of the Arts Panel.
Charitable Development Committee
At the heart of our activities as a modern Livery Company lies a deep commitment to philanthropy, and one of the main reasons for joining a Livery Company is "to give something back". This is usually in the form of time and money, and the CDC's objectives are to raise money to support and fund the Company's charitable activities. The CDC and the WCIT Charity provide support to our members pro-bono work, our in-house charitable programmes and the IT-related work of external charity and education partners. In addition to the Hammersmith Academy and the Lilian Baylis Technology School we also help fund AbilityNet iT4Communities, Lifelites and many other very worthwhile charities.
Communications and PR Committee
The Communications and Public Relations Committee reports to WCIT's Court and is responsible for policy, direction and oversight with regard to all internal and external communications to the Company’s membership, the general public, and local and national media. It aims to ensure that WCIT has efficient, effective, and consistent communications that help to:
- Build better internal awareness and support for the Company and its projects, both existing and new
- Boost membership engagement and event attendance
- Raise charitable funds, and increase the level of charitable donations of both money and time
- Attract and retain the interest of prospective new members
Education and Training Committee
In the education & training sector, the ITC's Education & Training Committee aims to improve the lives of learners by injecting positive change into UK learning and assisting educational establishments - by the application of our ICT skills and our managerial and entrepreneurial experience.
The Employment Panel provides support and assistance to ITC members, military personnel, and school leavers from the Lillian Baylis Technology School (LBTS) and the Hammersmith Academy who are in need of employment advice, guidance or direction in planning their next steps. In addition it has assisted organisations such as Thames Reach with their clients who are looking to re-enter the workforce after long periods of unemployment. All of this work allows the panel to make a significant impact in the lives of a variety of people looking for guidance regarding a career in IT.
To help with this need, the panel offers an individualised coaching service from a number of experienced Industry Professionals who know how to take advantage of today's job climate. In addition the Employment Panel runs a very successful Schools Day which brings together A-level and BTEC students from LBTS with panel members to discuss life after school, what to expect at university and/or in the job market, and regales them with a few tales of our experiences starting out in the world. The panel also organises a number of lively events which members and guests are invited to attend to hear speakers on a diverse range of subjects, such as Non-Executive Directorships, Social Media and Employment, and personal suitability for different career roles.
The panel warmly welcomes any member of the Company who wishes to become involved and is particularly interested in increasing our contingent of new Freemen.
The Entrepreneurship Panel has the objective of mobilising the Company's resources to assist early stage IT companies. For our members this is envisaged to be mainly through:
Education/awareness of what is involved in helping early stage companies
Encouraging our members to become Angels, Non Executive Directors (NEDs), Coaches or Mentors.
Communication between early stage companies and existing or potential Angels and/or NEDs
Ethical and Spiritual Development Panel
The Ethical and Spiritual Development Panel was set up with the aim 'to encourage the development of the ethical and spiritual dimensions of daily life in the IT - related industries'. The Panel's multi-faith activities address a wide range of ethical and spiritual issues which are relevant to IT businesses, their customers and employees.
The Events Panel is committed to providing the types of event that the members and guests of the Company are keen to attend. Our remit is to create and promote engagement and fellowship within the membership; to introduce processes, procedures and guidelines on Company events; manage annual or complex one-off events. A number of initiatives are currently being set up to support the aims and objective of the Company and the current Master's theme of LongevITy.
The Government Panel was established in December 2008 to act as the focal point for the Company’s interactions with central and local government and the wider public sector (except where these are more appropriately led by another committee or panel, e.g. in the education and health sectors) and to advise other Company committees, panels and members on the best ways of contacting, influencing and doing business with government. It has over 40 members including politicians, civil servants and suppliers to government, but is also open to members who simply have an interest in this area.
The Industry Committee contributes to the advancement of the information and communications technology industry and profession by:
Encouraging best practice
Facilitating sharing of knowledge and experience
Promoting understanding of information and communications technology
Supporting the development of young professionals in the early stages of their careers through our Journeyman scheme.
Briefings from industry experts and thought leaders
"Big issue"debates on themes of importance to the industry and community
Special interest groups covering topical issues.
The Journeyman Scheme is an example of where the traditions of the Livery Companies and the practice of Information Technology are combined to build on each other towards a worthwhile aim.
The ITC Journeyman Scheme was set up to assist potential leading IT practitioners to develop their career after their initial education. The usual period of the "journey" is 3 years, during which time the Journeyman is guided by a Journey Mentor from ITC and, where possible, one from their company too. At the end of the Journey, the Journeyman is expected to apply to join the Company as a Freeman.
The Journeyman Scheme is intended for young, qualified IT professionals, who have the potential to become leading IT practitioners. Typically they will be between the ages of 23 and 35, although this will depend on when their IT career started. Journeymen will be mature, qualified individuals who are capable of taking responsibility for their own careers.
Combined Professionals Panel
The ITC Combined Professionals Panel seeks to marshall expertise within the Company among professionals who support the IT industry; provide a focal point for discussion of financial, regulatory and legal issues for the technology industry through seminars and lunches; provide mentoring and career guidance for students of the Hammersmith Academy and Lilian Baylis Technology School looking to enter the professions; and to develop links and host events with professional Livery Companies who are either involved in the ICT industry itself or in industries in which ICT is a key business driver, such as banking and insurance.
Medicine and Health Panel
This panel was set up to promote "Effective IT in Medicine." It has a broad membership with external and internal interests in the areas of healthcare and healthcare management.
Pro-Bono & Projects Panel
As WCIT members we understand the potential that IT offers not only to transform business but also to enhance public services and help social enterprises to develop. Smaller organisations in the social sector can benefit enormously from effective use of IT and social media but many struggle to understand the options open to them and to choose the best way forward for their organisations. The Pro-Bono and Projects Panel works with the social sector to address these issues, drawing on the considerable talents and experience of Company members.
We provide oversight for the WCIT Volunteering programme, which helps members to identify opportunities to give something back to society (a desire often expressed by new members).
Find out more about the Panel’s activities by watching a video by past Chairman, Gary Moore.
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The objective of the Security Panel is to promote “the City of London” (and the UK Financial Services sector which it supports and promotes) as “the best place to go on-line”: not only the safest and most secure, but also the best at taking remedial action when things do go wrong. The role of the panel includes providing a neutral venue for discussing active co-operation against abuse, not just awareness, prevention and protection.
The objectives of the Technology Panel are to:
Fully understand and empathise with the technology needs of all the different stakeholder groups in the Company.
Embrace relevant new and emerging technologies for our own use and set the standard for IT infrastructure amongst Livery Companies and similar not for profit bodies.
Provide the best possible user experience for all our stakeholders from initial impressions through all stages of use.
Provide efficient and effective IT systems for the Company's staff, members & other interested parties.