Irene Joined BCS as a student member in 1971 while studying Computing Science at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. She first joined the Coventry Branch Committee in 2002 and has been an active member of the branch since that time, as Education Liaison Officer, founding the two-yearly Coventry branch Schools Competition in 2005-6 and organising various events including the Christmas lectures.
Irene has been involved in BCS activities at local, regional and national level since 1992 and was elected Coventry Chairman in October 2010.
Irene’s career included 10 years working as a programmer and systems analyst.
In 1990, after a career break and about 8 years teaching in secondary schools and adult education, Irene was appointed lecturer in Computer Science at Coventry University, where she has worked ever since.
Irene’s current role is Academic Manager for Student Experience, in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing. She is engaged in research into Diversity and the Student Journey, which includes leading a Europe-wide project on plagiarism prevention.
In 2014 Irene joined the BCS Membership Board to help make a difference.