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The UK IT Association - | UK IT Association - Shropshire Branch

Shropshire UKITA

Edward BedellWelcome from Shropshire chairman Edward Bedell

In Shropshire we believe in developing cameraderie amongst our members.

To this end we run monthly “Unplugged” meetings in the “Cock Hotel/Old Wrekin Tap” pub in Telford. These are themed with topical subjects, such as “cloud computing” or "HTML 5". These subjects are often first introduced by an expert guest speaker and then offered up for round table debate. These events have not only developed knowledge amongst our membership but also generated a great deal of business and collaboration.

The events are usually based around a selected IT theme but we end up discussing an eclectic range of related subjects. We also run more formal 'plus' events where we invite potential customer and buyer groups. We welcome anyone interested in IT, you don't have to a member or be running an IT company to come along!

Also in Shropshire we have developed a strong relationship with BCS Shropshire with two UKITA Shropshire committee members also on the BCS Shropshire committee. This relationship is proving incredibly well-matched with UKITA championing the professionalism of businesses while the BCS champions the professionalism of individuals.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our UKITA Unplugged meetings in the near future!

The Shropshire Branch is actively seeking new members and there are opportunities to get involved with building up UKITA activities in all parts of the county. Please get in touch if you'd like to be a part of this process...

Branch chairman: Edward Bedell - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

UKITA Shropshire Branch - Committee Biographies

Edward Bedell - Shropshire Branch Chair

Edward started out in IT with Unilever having got a MSc in IT from Aberystwyth University, a hot bed of BCS champions! He became an IT project manager with Unilever focussing on the foods business before setting up Interpulse Ltd.

Andrew Corbett - Committee Member and UKITA Board Director for Shropshire
Andrew is technical director for PerfectArc, which is one of the best known web and online marketing companies in the south of Shropshire. Find out what Andrew is up to on twitter at

Hollie Whittles - Committee Member and Secretary
With over eleven years experience in Software Testing and IT training with EDS and Capgemini, Hollie set up a Business Intelligence Consultancy called Purple Frog Systems with her husband. Purple Frog quickly won successful contracts including NASA, Gala Casinos, Lloyds of London, Ministry of Defence and She has recently set up a new company called Purple Frog IT specialising in Web Design and Internet Consultancy.
Chris Pallett - Committee Member
Chris is an entrepreneur, owner of Bespoke Computing Ltd and technology expert and has worked in globally renowned tech companies. He is passionate about technology and plans to positively affect the lives of 1,000,000,000 people using technology.
David Phizacklea - Committee Member
Started work as an apprentice with the MOD in September 1975. Worked on his first computer in 1978 - 2 rooms of valves! Joined Digital Equipment Corporation in London and then moved from DEC back to BNFL where he learned to be an Oracle DBA, worked as an Oracle contractor and set up Jumbo Contracting Ltd.

Roger Greenhalgh - Committee Member
Roger is particularly interested in uses of ICT (and particularly the internet) to facilitate working in 'joined-up' ways. He's been involved in building web-applications since the 1990's. Currently working in information management and knowledge organisation at National Rural Knowledge Exchange.