VSJ – October 2002 – Members’ News


There are a few tickets left for this year’s Annual Symposium at Trinity House, London on Thursday, 10th of October. So, if you’d like one, phone the office now on 020 8 567 2118 or email admin@iap.org.uk.

New Fellows

We are pleased to welcome two new Fellows:

Henry Nash BSc (Hons)

Henry worked initially for Logica on automation software, later moving to similar work with Computervision Ltd. In 1986, in a dramatic career move, he co-founded Insignia Solutions Ltd. to develop software emulation products that, for the first time, would make it practical to run IBM compatible software on non-compatible systems such as Mac and UNIX. The company quickly went public, winning The Queen’s Award for Technology and The Queen’s Award for Exports.

In 1989, Novell bought out Henry’s interests and he moved to California as Director of Software, Desktop Systems Group. His next independent venture, OnLive! Technologies Inc, founded in 1994, created products to allow people to communicate over the Internet by speaking. Capitalised at $40 million, this company remains in private hands, but in 1997 Henry again moved on. Until recently he was Director of IT Strategy at Credit Suisse First Boston, with an IT department of 4,000 people and a budget of well over $1 billion. He has now returned to Britain as a venture capitalist, advising start-up companies.

Derrick Went

Derrick’s career started more than 30 years ago. He remains very much a hands-on analyst and programmer. His skills, rooted in the mainframe era, have been kept right up-to-date by a rigorous programme of training courses. Working initially for Gloucestershire County Council and then Debenhams, Derrick took on his first senior responsibilities with Dowty Group Services at Cheltenham in 1973, remaining there for six years. From 1979 to 1985 he was a technical analyst with Beaufort Computer Services, becoming a specialist in DELTA databases, mainly for application in the insurance and pensions industries. He developed this interest as Principal Consultant with DST Software of Cirencester.

He spent most of the nineties with AT&T on a series of projects involving Web-based commerce. Since 1999, Derrick has been a Consultant with AssureSoft Ltd., again mainly concerned with Web business and security. When he is not working, Derrick is active in his local (Cheltenham & Gloucester) branch of the BCS; he is also interested in old railways.

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