CITF runs Special Interest Groups - communities where you can deepen your knowledge on specific business issues. 

Forum Groups 

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a forum for focused discussion, activity and debate among members with similar, specific interests. SIGs hold meetings, promote current news and information sharing and connect our members.


Current CITF Special Interest Groups include:


Previous CITF Special Interest Groups include:


Contact Us to find out more and how you can get involved.

Gender Balance and Diversity 

Gender Balance and Diversity in technology are two of the topics of utmost importance for our member organisations which still experience a strongly uneven gender distribution within their technology/IT functions. This, while resulting from several factors, is to a great extent the result of a traditional cultural vision of technology and STEM subjects, but does not correspond to the reality and significance of the impact and social context of technology today.

CITF recognises that diversity is a critical factor of success in Business and Technology. Quality and excellence require today an all-inclusive policy, where quality selection must be independent of gender, ethnicity or social status.

For these reasons, CITF has a firm commitment towards diversity and inclusion, with the assurance that such commitment reinforces its mission and contributes to the excellence of its activities.

With these goals in mind, CITFs Gender and Diversity SIG has a set of activities and initiatives in order to promote inclusion in general, taking especially into account the promotion of gender balance.

The programme has two main dimensions:

  • Externally, on the development of actions that contribute to promoting an improved gender balance and diversity
  • Internally, supporting working practices and policies that further facilitate the career advancement and opportunities for women 


Cyber Security/Compliance 

The Cyber Security/Compliance SIG works to raise awareness of technology security.

The Group’s Mission

  • Communicate the security message throughout and beyond the technology function threshold
  • Reduce business exposure to technology security risk
  • Increase individual employee confidence and safety

Benefits of Joining the Group

  • Stay up-to-date on the latest legal changes that affect the security of the business
  • Promote the importance of employee security awareness
  • Share approaches to technology security policies


Future Leaders Initiative 

The Future Leaders Initiative offers a varied, insightful,  thought-provoking and high-impact experience to  help professionals who are in the early stages of their careers  to gain new knowledge and skills as well as build their own professional support network.


The initiative's activities include;

  • Discussion on the best and latest thinkning on leadership
  • Outcomes for managing people, performance, change and talent underpinned by key themes of commercial approach, organisational culture, mentoring, innovation and emotional intelligence
  • 'Outside in' - learning from peers outside of your organisationto challenge and add value to  your thinking
  • 'Inside out' - sharing experiences and learning

Members taking part in the initiative will;

  • Want to be an empowered group of leaders
  • Want to be able to create and lead high-performing teams
  • Use and develop their emotional intelligence
  • Role model 21st century leadership, based on digital technology
  • develop and grow through thought collaboration

Career development resources: 
Future Leaders Launch summary
How to take control of your career summary
How to take control of your career presentations
Negotiation 101 summary
Transitioning from management to leadership presentation
Key learnings: Transitioning from management to leadership
Creative leadership: How to coach
Reverse mentoring webinar
Career planning: A personal account of successes and challenges webinar
The next stage on your leadership path summary
Key learnings: Case study - A career path to CIO
Becoming a Non-Exec Director Top Tips


Digital Enterprise 

The Digital Enterprise SIG aids organisations in driving value from existing investments, whilst responding to changing business requirements.

The Group’s Mission

  • Further members' understanding of digital transformation
  • To identify and share best practice, in order to help members to implement the concepts important to them
  • To enable members to benefit from sharing views on the direction of the digitalisation agenda, in order to maximise the opportunities for their organisations

Benefits of Joining the Group

This SIG supports the following business objectives of member organisations:
  • Enhanced effectiveness and flexibility
  • Development of customer-centric products and services
  • Interoperability
  • Information transparency
  • Decentralised decision-making


Productivity Suites (including Office 365) 

The Productivity Suites Group is actively supporting organisations through their O365 journey. 


The Group’s Mission

  • Develop best practice for deploying and using Office 365

Benefits of Joining the Group

  • Solve problems faced when using/implementing Office 365
  • Learn best practice to gain full value
  • Build relationships with peers with similar subject matter expertise

Members of the Group represent the following organisations: Centrica | Covéa Insurance | DHL | E.ON | East Sussex CC | Financial Times | Great Western Railway | Infineum | Linklaters | Met Office | Novae | OCS | PRS for Music | Saïd Business School | SSE | SThree | Syngenta | Tata Steel | Toyota | Tullow Oil | Virgin Atlantic Airways | Xoserve

Microsoft Presents 

Microsoft presented at CITF's recent event on Driving Adoption of Office 365 and focused on how they are working to empower employees. 

Supplier Relationship Management 

The Supplier Relationship Management Group is building a best practice framework for Supplier Relationship Management (SRM). The framework was launched on 28 February 2017, and is a continually evolving document.


The Group’s Mission

  • Develop a best practice framework covering each stage of the lifecycle of managing suppliers

  • Bring together significant, real-life experience of SRM


Benefits of Joining the Group

  • Be part of the development of this ground-breaking best practice guide

  • Build relationships with peers with similar subject matter expertise


Members of the Group represent the following organisations: Amey | Centrica | DHL | Environment Agency | HMRC | PepsiCo | Saïd Business School | SSE | SThree | Syngenta | Tata Steel 

Best Practice Guide 

The SRM Best Practice Guide is a framework covering each stage of the Supplier Relationship Management process. 

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