High-tech connoisseurs

There is no greater or more sincere praise than that which flows from one’s professional peers. That is why, thanks to the expertise and hard work of our judges, Information Age’s Effective IT Awards have become established as the most widely respected accolades in the UK IT sector.

The 2007 Awards draw on the combined expertise of a group of senior IT executives whose achievements speak for themselves in sectors as diverse as financial services, retail, manufacturing, energy, electronics and the media. And it is their professional judgement – and the generous donation of time – which makes the achievement of the participants in the Awards all the more impressive.

On behalf of those who entered the awards – and Wooden Spoon, the beneficiary charity of the Effective IT Awards – Information Age would like to thank the judges for their hard work in assessing the hundreds of entries, and their highly valued role in making the Awards such a success.

Chief Information Officer
British Airways

As CIO of BA, Paul Coby is responsible for IT-enabled business change at the world’s favourite airline. A former Principal Private Secretary of State for Transport, Paul is lauded for the huge success of BA.com, having guided a 50% growth in spending on customer and staff-enabled systems while taking 40% out of IT operational costs.

Chief Information Officer – EMEA
Texas Instruments

A 38-year veteran of Texas Instruments, Barry Cooper directs the company’s IT operations across EMEA. A member of TI’s Worldwide IT Leadership Team, Barry’s experience encompasses senior roles in chip manufacturing and design, and quality assurance.

Chief Technology Office

Joe Little works in the Chief Technology Office of the BP Group, a team that looks at how new technologies can create real business value. His current focus is on collaboration and social networking, but previous roles have included leading global ERP deployments, creating BP’s Global Internet Platform and establishing a CRM centre of expertise.

Director of Global IS Services


Phil Wilkinson has worked in IS for over 18 years and is currently responsible for the development and support of all devices and IT services in the Pilkington global organisation. Earlier, he led the drive to implement standard SAP systems across the company worldwide.  


Strategic Architecture Director: Information


Vic Hansen is responsible for Unilever’s underlying information management architecture. A 33-year Unilever veteran, he managed the company’s first European-wide SAP implementation, led the company’s Y2K and e-business initiatives, and directed its e-catalogue and global data synchronisation projects.   

Head of IT Services
Deutsche Bank

Martin Yates manages a newly formed IT organisation focused on optimising the cost, performance and resilience of the investment bank’s IT platforms and processes. Previously, he led the technology team responsible for implementing strategic platforms for operations and finance. In an earlier role at Morgan Stanley, he managed back office development.  


Head of Wealth, UK Application Delivery


Stuart Gilmour has been deeply immersed in financial services IT for almost 23 years. He is currently responsible for all application development undertaken at Barclays’ Wealth division and was previously head of Concept Labs for the bank. In earlier roles, Stuart managed the development of the Prudential’s PruTech.Com online services and worked on IT strategy at Pearl Assurance.  

Information Age

Kenny MacIver oversees Information Age’s coverage of strategic business technology issues – in the magazine, online and at events. Previously, he was editor of the US magazine Global Technology Business and the founding editor of Computer Business Review. He also worked as a senior analyst at IDC and within the consulting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.  

Customer Service Director, Group Pensions
Standard Life

Garry has been with Standard Life for over 27 years, in a variety of sales and customer service positions. As head of Standard Life’s group pensions business, Garry has championed the development of market-leading, low-cost e-commerce solutions, aided by a cutting-edge service-oriented architecture platform.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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