VSJ – March 2006 – Members’ News

Paul Lynham and John Weller are standing for re-election to the Council this year. They talk about themselves and their aims below.

The Institution of Analysts and Programmers is an organisation that I am proud to be associated with. Our profession is continually changing and the services and products we provide have become deeply embedded in society. Many more people either use or are aware of systems our profession develops and maintains and there is a greater need than ever for a professional body to set standards and promote best practices. Since the Institution is the only specialised organisation for people who develop and maintain software, covering such skills as analysis, design, coding, testing, documentation and support, its role can only become more strategic. The services the IAP provides to its members and its flagship role in our profession is a cause I would like to continue to help with.

Paul Lynham, FIAP

I joined the IAP in 1993 when I left the RAF. I set up my own business as a contractor and now specialise in database applications for small businesses. I joined the IAP in preference to any other professional body because of the flexible approach of the IAP in recognising experience as well as academic qualifications in determining the appropriate level of membership. I have now served two terms on the IAP Council; during that time I have been active in ensuring that that flexibility has been retained and that the IAP continues to offer relevant services to its members. I am currently acting as Treasurer for the Institution. It is my intention to continue along the same lines.

John Weller, FIAP

The IAP welcomes two new Fellows

Michael A. Peters

Without formal qualifications in computing, Michael learned his craft in the late eighties by studying part time while working as a programmer for Federal Express. But it was when he set up his own company, Mapsoft, in 1991 that his career really took off. Mapsoft is now a worldwide supplier of development and consultancy services for Adobe Acrobat, having had a contract with Adobe since 1994. His client list reads like ‘Who’s Who in Business’, including the likes of Lloyds of London, JP Morgan, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Agile Software, Flemings, Xerox, Ricoh, Smith New Court Securities and UBS Phillips & Drew.

Harshvardnan V.N. Kaul BSc MEng

An Indian national, Harshvardhan Kaul graduated at Cornell University in 1994 and worked in the US for several years before returning to his native Mumbai. Responsibilities during this period ranged from work on benchmarking the IBM SP2 supercomputer at Cornell, to a variety of Analyst/Programmer jobs, mainly in the financial sector. Four years ago he returned to Mumbai as Chief Technology Officer of ParadoX Studios Pvt Ltd. Initial contracts included 2D graphics, 3D modelling, and an AVI movie for a space-based action game. Promoted in 2003 to Chief Operating Officer, Harshvardnan is now responsible for all aspects of ParadoX’s business including a contract with a billion-dollar telecom company.

[Don’t forget to email eo@iap.org.uk with items of news about you or your company.]

Comments are closed.