Ron McQuaker will replace Dr Geoff Robinson as president of the British Computer Society, the chartered body for all information systems professionals, at the end of this month.

The incoming president has pledged to work with judicial authorities to enforce professional standards in the IT trade.

A qualified mediator and fellow of the Academy of Experts, McQuaker served on the Academy's code of practice working party and study group, chaired by Anthony Scrivener QC, which reviewed the role of experts in criminal proceedings.

He is also a member of the National Computing Centre's legal group and has appeared as an expert witness in several computer-related disputes.