60th Anniversary Celebration - CMA Specialist Group

    Venue: BT Tower, 60 Cleveland Street Marylebone London W1T 4JZ
    Cost: £20.00

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Starts 20 May 16:00

Ends 20 May 21:00

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The Communications Management Association (CMA) is 60 years old.

It will re-launch itself with a new vision and strategy with a forward-looking event at the BT Tower on 20th May 2019 commencing 16:00 pm.

As new technology emerged, it has informed its members and passed back their issues to other stakeholders including Government and Regulators. It has influenced Regulation, Industry best practice and the professionalism of those in the sector.

In reviewing how we might celebrate our 60th anniversary, we looked back at what happened since our 50th. The last 10 years have seen Smartphones, IoT, 5G, Smart everything, developments in Cloud and broadcast services all maturing as business technologies which conceivably fall into our area.

Recent industry events show that whilst, recently Telecommunications focus was on delivering Consumer bandwidth and services, that is changing.

As 5G is deployed the focus will primarily be about using its technology to deliver huge business and economic benefits in various sectors (Transport, Agriculture, Healthcare etc.) This will be based on collaboration between all stakeholders and transformation of the use and delivery of ICT.

UK Government are funding numerous initiatives, testbeds etc. and encouraging collaboration. They have launched impressive programmes to overcome boundaries which might hinder UK taking advantage of the 5G transformation opportunity.

We feel that if these business sectors are going to achieve all these huge forecast benefits they should start using and investing in the technology now rather than leave it to Operators, Vendors and Government. That investment could be people, resources or access, not just capital.

With our focus on Business Users, CMA aims to stimulate this through our membership and the wider BCS channels. (70,000+ Industry professionals).

We think timing is good for this 60th anniversary re-launch and invite you to hear these key stakeholders discuss the next 10 years.

• Margot James, Minister DCMS – (invited)
• Russell Howarth, CEO Nominet 
• Jeremy Silver, CEO Digital Catapult 
• Dr Mike Short CBE, Chief Scientific Advisor DIT 
• Mansoor Hanif CTO Ofcom 
• Howard Watson, CTIO BT Group

After the presentations in the ground floor, we shall go up the BT Tower for networking and drinks.

There will be a nominal charge of £20, kept low thanks to various kind sponsorships. Places are very limited, so book early for this unique event.

Please arrive by 15:30 and bring photo ID with you in order to complete security formalities.


4.00 Rick Chandler - Welcome and Introduction

4.05 Margot James, Minister DCMS - UK Digital Strategy Policy
4.25 Russell Howarth, Nominet CEO Internet Future
4.45 - Sponsor TBA

4.55 Jeremy Silver, Digital Catapult CEO - Digital Collaboration
5.15 Mike Short, DIT – UK - Digital Strategy

5.40 Mansoor Hanif CTO Ofcom - Regulatory update

6.00 Howard Watson, BT Group CIO - The Tower and BT Strategy

6.25 Rick Chandler - CMA wrap-up, thanks and close

6.30-8.30 Migrate to Tower and Networking.

Subject to Change


Please arrive by 15:30 in order to complete security formalities. Individuals also need to bring along photographic ID on the day



There will be a nominal charge of £20, kept low thanks to various kind sponsorships. Places are very limited, so book early for this unique event.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.


THIS EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: BCS CMA Specialist Group. For more information: https://www.bcs.org/category/17404