Philip Virgo is the Chairman of the Conservative Technology Forum.
A former information systems professional, programme manager and corporate planner at STC, ICL and Wellcome Foundation. He was one of the first IT professionals sponsored to business school (London Business School 1971-3) and has since spent 40 years appraising IT developments and advising decision-takers, investors, finance directors and politicians accordingly. He has commonly done so via the Conservative Computer (now Technology) Forum, the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (1981 – 2006), the National Computing Centre (1982–6), Winsafe Ltd and Eurim (1994 – 2010). He has various advisory roles, focused on helping the youngsters of today to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. He has written and blogged for Computer Weekly since 1973 when his MSc paper on “Why Computer Systems Fail” was published as a 10-part series.