Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

New Years honour for computing expert

Dr Bill Mitchell


An expert in computers who holds a senior position at Swindon-based BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has been awarded an OBE for services to computing and artificial intelligence education.

Dr Bill Mitchell, who is director of policy at BCS, has been responsible for shaping the BCS policy agenda, working with government departments, academia, industry and BCS members.

Bill and his team have affected policy change in areas such as digital literacy, artificial intelligence, ethics and diversity.

He has over 20-years’ experience of academia and industry. He has worked at the Universities of Manchester, Surrey, and Southampton, as well as being a research engineer at Motorola’s European Research Labs.

He gained his PhD in pure mathematics over thirty years ago, but over the years his interests have moved into what he refers to as the mathematical foundations of pragmatic computing.

His research has been published in a variety of internationally peer reviewed journals and conferences. 

“While I’m thrilled and honoured to be awarded an OBE, I know these things are as much to do with who you’ve worked with and their contribution as they are about your own contribution," said Bill.

“I’m incredibly grateful to all the folks who have collaborated with BCS, which has meant after a decade of our combined hard work we’ve been able to make the world just that little bit better.”

Paul Fletcher, chief executive at BCS, said: “To receive this recognition is a huge achievement and we are extremely pleased for Bill. He has made an outstanding contribution to computing and AI education and is a deserving recipient of this award.”