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Ross Burgess - Brief CV

Education

I went to Hastings Grammar School, which has since been re-branded as William Parker Sports College.

I won a scholarship to Oriel College, Oxford to study Modern Languages, but took my degree (MA) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Much later I took a degree (BA) with The Open University in maths, with a little physics.

Qualifications

Fellow of The British Computer Society (FBCS), and Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP).

The Engineering Council — Chartered Engineer (C Eng).

Employment

I now do a little web design, but I'm otherwise retired.

From 2010 to early 2012 I was an independent self-employed Computer Tutor.

From 2007 to 2010 I was one of the nationwide Digital Unite team of tutors.

In 2006 and 2007 I worked part-time for CRU International as a marketing assistant and database designer.

Until October 2006 I worked as a Principal Consultant for Getronics Limited, on a 16-year contract (carried on from previous employers) with the Ministry of Defence.

I was employed by PinkRoccade UK, formerly Pink Elephant UK Ltd, until its takeover by Getronics in early 2005.

I was employed by Pink Elephant UK Ltd until it was renamed PinkRoccade UK.

I was employed by ECsoft UK Limited until its client support business was sold to Pink Elephant in March 2001.

I was employed by Digitus Limited, a systems house specialising in microcomputers and personal computers, from 1983 until its absorption into the ECsoft group in 1996. During my time with Digitus I worked on industry surveys leading to the publication of The UNIX Report and other Digitus reports, presented seminars on office automation and other subjects, led IT training courses, acted as Quality Assurance Manager, and undertook a variety of consultancy projects, including the Ministry of Defence contract which was renewed via subsequent employers until 2006.

I was employed by Data Logic until 1983, as systems analyst, project manager, and consultant, including a fact-finding tour of the USA as part of a study into "the office of the future" for Raytheon Europe.

I was employed by Computer Systems and Programming Limited (CSP) until it was taken over by Data Logic in 1978. My work at CSP included programming, systems analysis, project leading, and standards development.

My first IT-related job was as a COBOL programmer with the J Walter Thompson Company (JWT).

Before that I worked for a year in town planning at the London Borough of Haringey.

My first job after graduating was in industrial market research with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Voluntary work

I acted for several years as a volunteer webmster for Age UK Croydon; I also volunteered there one day a week as a computer tutor, until this service came to an end.

I work as a webmaster and in other ways for several social groups in Croydon, and helped to set up Silver Rainbow, for older gay people in the Croydon Area.

Writing and lecturing

See my list of publications.

Skills