BCS futureELITE – DevOps Event

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BCS futureELITE – DevOps Event

A forum for inspirational leaders in IT to share the story of their career to date and offer advice and guidance to ambitious professionals in the world of technology.


Emily Harrison: “Cat amongst the Pigeons!”
Ian Watson: “My trip to a career in DevOps (and what that even means)!”
Q&A Panel Discussion

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT 
A charity with a royal charter and an agenda to support the people who work in IT and to lead the industry through its ethical challenges.
The British Computer Society exists to promote and advance the education and practice of computing for the benefit of the public.

ELITE, the Computing Leadership Forum, is a member group within BCS for those who make distinguished and influential contributions to computing leadership in and across communities. BCS ELITE is recognised as the National Body for representing the views of CIOs, CTOs, IT Directors and other IT leaders at EuroCIO, the European CIO Association. ELITE is open to BCS members and non-members alike; any computing leader who meets the ELITE membership criteria can apply to join.

BCS Young Professionals Group (YPG) has over 20,000 members, the largest membership group within BCS and is dedicated to supporting and representing those in the foundation years of their technology and computing career.

futureELITE is a collaboration between the BCS Computing Leadership Forum ELITE and BCS Young Professionals Group to share the professional journeys of inspirational leaders in IT with those furthering their careers in IT.


Emily Harrison

DevOps Service Delivery Manager at Covea Insurance

Emily is a Canadian born technologist who has spent the last 22 years living and working in UK.

Her career started in financial services working as an order clerk on the Toronto Stock Exchange trading floor. After a few job changes and a secondment to the London office, she fell in love with the idea of living in the land of her ancestors. An opportunity appeared for a transfer from a company’s New York office to London to help build a new team and she grabbed it with both hands and moved to London – living in the UK was her new normal.

She has been married to an amazingly tall Yorkshireman for 10 years and living “up north” for 12 years.

Agile Lightbulb moment:  Feb 3, 2012 and DevOps Lightbulb moment:  Feb 4, 2013

Ian Watson

DevOps Strategy Consultant at BJSS

Ian has over 25 years’ experience in IT. Starting out as a database development engineer and DBA, then moving into leadership roles with both development and operational teams. He has a decade of experience in building and leading high performing teams with a focus on delivery.

Ian has a great enthusiasm for DevOps, Cloud and Agile and has delivered many talks, from meetups to conference keynotes, on these topics across the UK and abroad.

More recent years have been spent in transformational roles, leading full-scale organisational change of multi-million £ businesses in heavily regulated sectors like Financial Services and Retail. This included building business cases, delivering new organisational operating models and team topologies and introducing new technologies and engineering, security, operational and financial best practices.

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