The Institution of Analysts and Programmers has announced that Alastair Revell has been appointed as the organisation's Director General, following the retirement of Mike Ryan.
Alastair Revell will remain at the helm of Revell Research Systems as both Chairman and Managing Consultant.
Alastair has been an elected member of the body's ruling council since 2009, with responsibility for the Institution's membership. He said, regarding his appointment: "Professionalism within IT is extremely important, especially in relation to the development of software solutions. Society increasingly relies on the work of those engaged in software development and the Institution plays an important role in promoting high standards in this field. It is a tremendous privilege to be asked to lead the Institution. The Institution some very ambitious plans for the future and I look forward to the challenges ahead."
The President of the Institution, David Morgan, said: "We have every confidence that Alastair Revell will be able to lead the Institution forward into the next phase of its development. We are excited by his plans and look forward to them coming to fruition. The IT world is changing and so is the Institution. Alastair Revell has a strong background in software development and systems analysis himself. He is a respected IT consultant, having established his own consultancy in 1985, which continues to expand."
Alastair, who was admitted to the Institution in 1988 after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Mathematics, is both a Chartered IT Professional and a Chartered Engineer. He was elected as a Fellow of the Institution in 2006 and is also a Fellow of the RSA.
Retiring Director General, Mike Ryan said: "We have been looking for my successor for some time. Alastair has strong leadership skills and is a very experienced IT consultant, with a significant background in software development. The Appointments Committee was struck by his proven track-record as a business leader and his ideas for the Institution's future development."
The Institution is Britain’s leading professional organisation for people who work in the development, installation and testing of business systems and computer software. It was established in the 1970s.