Brian Wooton, IT manager for Hanover Housing Association in Egham, Surrey, has been nominated by the IT trade journal Network News for its High Achiever of the Year Award. Mr Wooton has overseen Hanover's pilot scheme to link up 50 of its sheltered housing estates to Hanover offices via networked computers.

Dr Alexander Eric Moulton has been awarded the 1997 Sir Misha Black Medal. The annual international award, sponsored by Apple Computer, is given to designers and innovators in recognition of their work in both design and design education.

Thomas J Gill has been appointed to the newly created position of chief operating officer at Fore Systems. He will also continue as Fore's acting chief financial officer.

NCR has appointed Virginia Cartwright as director, communications and media relations, with responsibility for all aspects of NCR's internal and external communications in the UK and Ireland.

Excite, Inc, the Internet navigation network, has opened its European operations headquarters in London and appointed Jed Simmons as managing director, Excite Europe, and senior vice president, Excite, Inc.

Peter Hindle has joined Morgan Chambers plc, the specialist outsourcing advisory consultancy, as an associate director.

Anite Systems has won a contract worth pounds 350,000 over three years to provide facilities management services to the ferry company Wightlink. Anite will house and manage Wightlink's entire computer network from its Slough site.

Independent UK consultant Smith System Engineering has won a contract from the European Parliament for a six-month project to study the technical feasibility of jamming or censoring pornography and racism on the Internet

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