Feeds

IT chiefs in cloaks and sashes gets Queen's mark of approval

Surrounded by men with pikes and muskets

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists received its Royal Charter yesterday - its mark of approval from the Queen.

The Livery Companies were originally proto-trade unions or professional standards bodies, depending which you look at it, based in the City of London. The first, the Worshipful Company of Mercers, got its Royal Charter in 1394 but was in existence for an unknown time before that. Although some retain a regulatory role - assay marks to show the purity of gold and silver are still overseen by the Company of Goldsmiths - most are now social and charitable bodies.

Yesterday's ceremony was part of Evensong at London's most beautiful building, St Paul's Cathedral. The actual Royal Charter - a large vellum certificate - was blessed before freemen and livery men walked to Mansion House escorted by a ceremonial guard of Pikemen and Musketeers for a banquet with the Lord Mayor.

Charles Hughes, Master of the Company, told The Reg: "This is the culmination of three years' work. It is a great honour and prestige to be awarded the Royal Charter and recognition of the importance of what we do. I hope it will encourage us all in our endeavors."

pikemen

The ceremonial guard awaits

cermonial guard

Fearsome fellows

livery men information technologists

Master of the Company Charles Hughes, clutching the Royal Charter. To his right deputy master Jo Connell is talking to senior warden Ken Olisa.

overtaking a bus

The guard overtakes a bus while leading the company to Mansion House

The Information Technologists Company (ITC), established in 1985, works to promote the industry as a whole but is not a lobby group for specific issues. It is working with another company to set up a technology-focused school in Hammersmith and also works with Lilian Baylis Technology School in Lambeth.

The ITC set up the IT4Communities awards scheme now run by AbilityNet, which finds IT professionals to do pro-bono work for charities. It also runs IT4Arts, which provides a similar match-making service for theatres and other arts organisations.

Information Technologists Company members include Bill Gates and Tim Berners-Lee. It is supported by donations - the largest being £5m from Dame Stephanie Shirley, founder of F-International, now Xansa. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.