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The SFIA Council

The SFIA Council is the official channel for input to the SFIA Board from users of SFIA.


The main functions of the Council are to

  • provide a context of opinion and fact that enables the SFIA Board to remain closely in touch with the industry’s priorities, as they might affect the development and adoption of SFIA
  • recommend strategic actions to pursue the development and promotion of SFIA along lines that ensure its continuing relevance and usefulness
  • encourage the collection of detailed feedback, possibly through the establishment of a sub-group
  • provide a pool of potential members for the Project Board that oversees the updates of SFIA.


The Council will express opinions and proposals concerning any aspect of SFIA and its marketplace, including

  • content and structure of the framework
  • adoption by users
  • promotional activities
  • relationships between the Foundation and other parties, including accredited partners and accredited consultants.


The Council is to consist of no more than thirty people representing significant organisations in the IT industry, including   

  • Major users of SFIA
  • SFIA partners who are IT training providers
  • SFIA partners who provide other services relating to skills management
  • Higher education
  • Members of the SFIA Foundation

In addition, the chair/organiser of the User forum will normally sit on the SFIA Council.

Membership of the Council is by invitation of the Chairman, under the guidance of the Foundation Board and existing Council members.  

The members of the Council may decide that another organisation may be invited to attend for some particular purpose.

How it works

The Council holds meetings at frequencies determined by its members.  

Meetings are held ideally at the offices of its members.  

Proceedings are minuted.  

The Foundation responds to those recommendations in time for consideration by the Council at the following Council meeting.  

Council members are representatives of their organisations and should make every effort to attend meetings, or to provide empowered deputies when unable to attend personally.  

The Council may request any person, representing any organisation, to attend and present on any topic it thinks relevant to its purpose.  

The Council may establish working parties or projects to examine any topic relevant to the Council’s purpose.  

A council member will prepare and distribute minutes of meetings.  

Council members meet their own attendance costs.


Chairman: Andy Thomson – QA, UK

Secretary: Peter Leather –, UK

Rod Baker – APMG, UK & Global

David Bowers – Open University, UK

Matthew Burrows – SkillsTx and BSMimpact, Global

Barry Corless – ITSMF International, Global

Sam Robshaw – Fujitsu, UK & Global

Joe Barkley – ISACA, USA & Global

Paul Jagger – IBM

Daniel Merriott – IT Professionals, New Zealand

Grant Nicholson – IP Australia

Miroslav Pavlovic – Segacy, Chile

Tony Parry – IITPSA, South Africa

Zeshan Sattar – CompTIA

Ian Seward – SFIA Foundation

Louise Smith – ACS, Australia

Jos Timmermans – IP3, Netherlands & Global