Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

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Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
WCIT ArmsThe coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
Location Bartholomew Close, City of London
Date of formation 1992 (full livery)
Company association Information technology
Order of precedence 100th
Master of company Nic Birtles
Motto Cito
Latin for swiftly
Website wcit.org.uk

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, also known as the Information Technologists' Company, is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Company was granted livery status by the Court of Aldermen on 7 January 1992, becoming the 100th Livery Company. It received its Royal Charter on 17 June 2010 from Prince Edward.[1]

The Company has over 780 members — all currently or formerly senior practitioners in the information technology industry. The Information Technologists' Company is unusual for a 'modern' (post 1926) livery company in that it has its own hall.[2] The hall is located on Bartholomew Close, near to Barbican tube station, and was bought largely thanks to the generosity of Dame Stephanie Shirley and others. Prominent members of the Company include Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Bill Gates, Mike Lynch and several past Presidents of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.[1]

The Company ranks 100th in the order of precedence for the City Livery Companies. Its motto is Cito, meaning 'swiftly' in Latin, a word which also incorporates the initials of the Company of Information Technologists.


The Company has a significant charitable and educational programme which uses the expertise, resources and networks of its members, and it is also involved in a range of activities to promote the information technology profession. In 2012 their clerk Mike Jenkins described the company's purpose as "trade, charity, education and fellowship".[2]

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists focuses on three key areas of activity:

  • Working with charities: Getting the maximum benefit from IT is now a pre-requisite, not just for commercial organisations but also for the charity sector. The Company works with a wide range of non-profit organisations with the aim of helping them to gain the maximum benefit from their IT. Members give their time and expertise to provide pro-bono IT advice (usually at a strategic level). In addition, iT4Communities is the national IT volunteering programme, introducing volunteer IT professionals to charities needing IT help and support. iT4C was set up by the Worshipful Company in 2002 and since then has registered over 5,000 volunteers and more than 2,500 charities. iT4C has delivered over £3 million worth of support to the charity sector thanks to the work of the dedicated volunteer IT professionals.
  • IT profession: With members coming from all sectors of the IT field, the Company can provide a neutral meeting ground for discussion of issues that are central to both the profession and the City of London. It also runs a Journeyman Scheme which supports young IT professionals in the early stages of their career.

The company has a number of panels through which activities are organised. It is probably unique amongst Livery Companies in having an Ethical and Spiritual Development Panel, which considers such topics as the ethical and spiritual implications of the Internet — running colloquia on that topic in the House of Lords as far back as 1997.[citation needed]

List of recent Masters

Year Master
1999/2000 Peter Cropper
2000/2001 Sir Fredrick Crawford DL
2001/2002 John Carrington
2002/2003 Peter Morgan MBE
2003/2004 Campbell McGarvie
2004/2005 Roger Graham OBE
2005/2006 John Leighfield CBE
2006/2007 Colin Knight
2007/2008 David Morriss
2008/2009 Josephine Connell OBE DL
2009/2010 Charles Hughes
2010/2011 Ken Olisa OBE
2011/2012 Jonathan Soar
2012/2013 Michael Grant
2013/2014 Michael Webster
2014/2015 Nicholas Birtles


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Engel, Matthew (21 December 2012). "British institutions: livery companies". ft.com. Retrieved 22 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Hammersmith Academy". The Mercers' Company, City of London, UK. Retrieved 14 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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