The Chairman and Directors of the PCG
are responsible for the strategic direction of the Group.
The elected Consultative Council appoints the Directors
from among their ranks and then advises, supports and informs
them of issues raised by the membership particularly in
the regular CC meetings.
Directors and CC members come from the
PCG membership and are elected via an Internet voting system
– (the exception being the appointment of a qualified accountant
as Finance Director). In addition to the elected CC, there
are various sub-committees that are drawn from the members
as volunteers. These volunteers add their technical expertise
and industry knowledge to the overall team.
The implementation of any agreed action
is passed to an Executive Team who
are working in support of the membership.
In addition the Group has secured the
services of Lord Weatherill and Sir John Harvey Jones who
have agreed to act as Patrons for the Group.
The PCG is funded by subscription and
its members are legal owners of the Group.
Jane Akshar – Chairman
Jane has been in IT for 20 years,
the last five of those as a contractor. She works
mainly as a tester with business analysis in the City
and has been part of the PCG from its earliest days.
Jane was highly active in her former PCG role as PR
Director, particularly during the Judicial Review
in all aspects of dealing with the media. She has
dealt extensively with newspapers, television and
radio, giving interviews and background information
about the PCG and its strategy.
Simon Griffiths – Deputy Chairman
Simon graduated from the University
of Cardiff in 1986 with an Honours degree in Music.
In his career, Simon has provided consultancy to many
Government and large commercial clients. His primary
role has been one of Technical Architect, where he
has been instrumental in designing some of the UK’s
largest UNIX systems. He is a Director of Rainbow
Computer Consultancy which builds bespoke e-commence
and internet applications and is a strong advocate
of the Open Source Development model.
Simon’s main responsibilities within
the PCG include legal issues, members’ services, supplier
relations and liaison with external parties, including
education and managing disputes or complaints processes.
Gareth Williams – Director of Public
Gareth graduated from Cambridge
University in 1985. He worked in software and astronomy
before a short stint in Parliament as a researcher,
preparing briefings for MPs and Peers. Following this,
he spent several years as a software developer, mostly
with ESA as the end client. He was one of PCG’s first
members, having been an independent contractor since
1996 and volunteered for the first PCG Consultative
Committee. In March 2000, he became the PCG’s second
chairman and was the architect of its current constitution.
Gareth’s main responsibilities are Public Affairs,
Client Bodies, Agent Bodies and Contractor Bodies
Richard Robson- Director of Public
Richard moved into IT in 1983 working
in the Civil Service, banking and consultancy before
starting his own business in 1989. He has successfully
fulfilled contracts in the financial, insurance and
oil industries and he has many technical skills with
a background that includes analysis, programming,
database design and project management.
As the PCG’s PR Director, he works
closely with the press office to ensure that the public
profile of the PCG and the message it carries through
the media is always one that best reflects members’
Ian Durrant – Director of IT
Ian has been a contractor in the
IT industry for 11 years and has 15 years experience
in total, previously working for a large commercial
insurance company as a Senior Analyst Programmer.
He joined the PCG in its early days when he realised
IR35 threatened to put him out of business.
As PCG’s means of operation and
communication is entirely web-based, Ian works closely
with the executive to ensure that maximum benefit
is obtained for members through the IT communications
Keith Hogben ? Director
Keith has 35 years IT experience
in a variety of roles, principally, 30 years IT and
business project management; 20+ years IT and business
strategy preparation and implementation; 11 years
as Head of IT for leading UK organisations in their
industry sector. Keith has extensive experience of
Distribution, Retail and Process Manufacture and has
acquired a reputation for successful delivery on the
back of an ability to weld disparate skills, personal
agendas, attitudes and viewpoints into a focused and
effective team. He is generally viewed as a catalyst
for ideas and action and one of his strengths is the
ability to see ?the big picture?. Keith?s main role
is PCG strategy co-ordination and implementation.
Ian Colpman – Director
Ian graduated from Aston University in 1997 with
a degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science,
and has been contracting since then. He has worked
in numerous industries including Oil & Gas, Healthcare,
Banking and Telecommunications. Ian has an innovative
and analytical approach with a variety of skills including
systems design, database development and project management.
Ian’s main responsibilities within
the PCG are managing internal procedures and the regional