Executive Director of Charteris to talk at 6th Annual Computing Department PhD Conference

Tuesday 29 April 2008

On Thursday 12th June, the Department will hold its 6th Annual PhD Conference. The conference celebrates the work of all of our PhD students through presentations and posters. Alan Woodward, Executive Director of Charteris plc will give the keynote talk giving insight into his experiences of being an IT professional. Ashley Collins, chair of the Guildford BCS, will run the judging.

How Computers took me on a Journey from Outer Space to the Ocean Depths


“Your background in IT qualifies you to be involved in a range of activities wider than almost any other discipline. With technology emerging at a faster rate than ever before, the opportunities have never been greater. By drawing from my own career, I will show how computers have been used in a wide variety of application from analysing overhead images of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to processing minute sounds in the fight to detect enemy submarines. With examples from the worlds of intelligence, ultra-low flying and international finance you will see that IT can take you on some unexpected journeys. I will also show that even after 25 years the variety shows no signs of abating as I now become involved in combating organised crime using new forms of computer forensics.
Finally, I will also share with you on how your career could take you into all sorts of areas not just technical and you can always find opportunities to learn new skills, even if they are not what you originally trained in – as in my case, how I got involved from technical management to setting up businesses around the world.”


Alan Woodward is Executive Director of Charteris plc. Charteris is an AIM-listed business and IT consultancy delivering a range of specialised capabilities and solutions that enable organisations to transform business performance through the strategic application of technology. With over 25 years experience of technical and business management in the IT industry and working for the UK government, Alan has covered a very wide range of applications using the latest IT, often working at the “bleeding edge” of the technology. He has experience of rapidly growing businesses both through organic development and mergers and acquisitions. He has also managed some very large and complex IT projects, including project and commercial turnarounds. He continues to publish and broadcast on the technical advances and what they can mean for business. Although Alan now spends much of my time running various aspects of the business, he maintains a particular interest in IT security and computer forensics. His well known understanding of how technologies can bring true business advantage often involves Alan being asked to advise organisations at the most senior level as well as appearing in the media to comment on the subject. His work has seen him elected as a Fellow and Chartered member of institutions including the British Computer Society, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Statistical Society.

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