Dr Jerry Fishenden FIET FRSA

Jerry Fishenden

Technologist, writer, composer and Non-Executive Director (NED). Working with a variety of clients on digital technology, from strategy to delivery. City University of London identify Jerry as one of their famous alumni, and Wikipedia as “one of the UK’s leading authorities in the world of technology”.

Dr Jerry Fishenden FIET FRSA was the Chief Technology Officer / technology business leader at Microsoft UK; the City of London lead financial regulator; Parliament, where he pioneered the Parliamentary data and video network, and put Parliament on the World Wide Web; and the NHS. He has over 30 years experience of technology and business leadership, including the delivery of internet-scale platforms—he was Lead Product Manager for the UK Government’s first cross-government authentication and transaction platforms, supporting over 120 live national and local digital public services, in excess of 400m identity authentications a year, and over 50m active accounts.

He was the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee specialist adviser for their inquiry into Digital Government, as well as the earlier House of Commons Public Administration Committee inquiry into Government IT. He has regularly given expert evidence, written and oral, to Parliamentary inquiries. He is technical advisor to the National Audit Office, including for their studies A digital BBC, Digital services at the Border, and Digital Transformation in Government.

He is author of “Fracture. The collision between technology and democracy” and a co-author of “Digitizing Government: Understanding and Implementing New Digital Business Models“, described as “the most comprehensive and approachable account of the digital government movement, its recent developments, and future potential.” His article ‘Our Future State’, on the future of technology and democracy, appears in ‘After Shock‘—a collection of the world’s foremost futurists’ reflections on the 50th anniversary of Alvin Toffler’s ‘Future Shock’ (being published February 2020). His humorous novel, Tales of the Riverbank, is a collection of illustrated short stories based on his career working in an around Westminster and Whitehall.

Jerry provides interim C-level executive and consultancy services to private and public sector clients. Example engagements include: Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee; Specialist Adviser on digital identity to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS); member of the Scottish Government’s Digital Identity Scotland Expert Group; adviser to the Isle of Man Government; technical consultant to the National Audit Office; Chief Technical Adviser to the Home Office; interim Deputy CTO UK Government; Senior Technical Adviser UK Government Cabinet Office; trouble-shooting major IT-enabled change programmes; mobile app development (see London Explorer and London Streets); R&D into new, emergent and future tech and its impact on society; independent advice and mentoring to Boards, Execs, charities, MPs, Peers, Media.

Academic roles have included: Cambridge Judge Business School, Visiting Guest Lecturer; Visiting Professor, University of Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy; Senior Research Fellow and later Visiting Senior Fellow, Bath Spa University’s Centre for Creative Computing: Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics Department of Management; Member of Cambridge University’s Open Platforms and Innovation Group.

Jerry is Chief Technology Officer of VoeTek and a Co-Founder and Principal of Stance.

Previous roles include: Chair of the Cabinet Office’s independent Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group; Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Privacy International; Annual CIO 100 Award judge; Member of the original Scottish Government’s expert panel on identity management and privacy; Non-Executive Director and charitable trustee of Leicester Arts Ltd; Non-Executive Director of Phoenix Square Film and Digital Media centre; Member of the Grid Computing Now Knowledge Transfer Network. 

Educated at a now demolished Croydon (South London) comprehensive school, Jerry obtained his BSc (Hons) and MPhil (in the application of artificial intelligence to composition) from City, University of London and his PhD from De Montfort University.

Jerry is a regular contributor to a variety of media and appears as a guest and keynote speaker in the UK and abroad. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET),  a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and a member of the Computer Arts Society (CAS). Jerry resigned as a long standing Fellow of the BCS and a Charted IT Professional (CITP) in 2018.

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