Tech Leaders Awards 2018 – finalists revealed!

The UK’s leading celebration of the business, IT and digital leaders driving disruptive innovation and demonstrating value from technology is today revealed.

The Tech Leaders Awards, organised by Information Age and sponsored by Frank Recruitment Group and BAE Systems, brings together hundreds of Britain’s top business and technology executives to honour the industry’s leading players across 14 categories.

The UK’s world-leading tech sector is a vital part of the British economy, with digital industries growing 32% faster than the rest, according to Tech City UK. Digital tech industries have a combined annual turnover of £161 billion in the UK, and the benefits are felt well beyond digital companies. Indeed, the UK digital and tech sector has increased international trade by more than 20%, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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The awards recognise the leading figures at the forefront of disruption and innovation, those who play a central role in helping organisations use technology to its full potential as a driver of business value, both at the top line and bottom line, as well as in the public sector to improve the lives of UK citizens.

The shortlist announced today presents 117 finalists whittled down from over 300 nominations. The winners will be decided by a panel of esteemed tech leaders at a judging day on 15 August 2018. The judges are:

– Danielle Ramsbottom, Client Director, FRANK Recruitment
– Scott Eivers, Senior Managing Partner Telecoms, Media and Technology, Gartner
– Simon Goodman, Head of Programme & Project Services, Network Rail
– David Ivell, CTO, Good Energy
– Tim Critchley, CEO, Semafone Ltd
– Edward Tucker, CIO, DP GOVERNANCE
– Andrew Palmer, EMEA Digital Transformation Alliances Director, Gartner
– Simon Goodman, Head of Programme & Project Services, Oracle
– Daryn Edgar, Vice President, Digital Advisory, EMEA, SAP
– Jez Clark, Co-founder & Director, Eden Smith

This awards programme provides a platform to celebrate the UK’s thriving IT industry, by bringing together the highest achievers to honour excellence in tech leadership and showcase the powerful contributions of technology and innovation in today’s economy.

“Recognising the leaders behind the UK’s technology industry is important, and I’m delighted that the Tech Leaders Awards facilitates this deserved celebration,” said Nick Ismail, Content Editor at Information Age. “I would like to thank our judges for working their way through the shortlist, whittled down from a list of over 300. The quality and breadth of the shortlist confirms Britain’s standing as a leader in digital innovation today. Making it onto the final shortlist is an incredible achievement in itself and we look forward to announcing the winners on what will be an exciting evening for the tech industry next month.”

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The winners will be announced at a special gala ceremony at London’s Royal Lancaster London on 13 September, as the industry comes together to recognise tech leadership, excellence and innovation, and to celebrate technology’s growing importance to every successful organisation in the UK. Click here to book your place at the Tech Leaders Awards.

The shortlist

AI Leader of the Year

Berkan Sesan, JP Morgan Asset Management
Natalia de Miguel, GSMA
Emily Foges, Luminance
Alan Tua, Deloitte
Tom Ash, Speechmatics
Nicole Eagan, Darktrace
Sarah Burnett, Everest Group

Business Leader of the Year

Paul Wilson, Kier Highways
Iain Banks, TTEC
Shaun Lynn, Agilitas IT Solutions
Dean Forbes, CoreHR
Neil Harris, Global Processing Services
Rod Flavell, FDM Group
Mitesh Pate, Engage Property Technology Ltd
Louise Campton, Primary Goal Limited
Kevin Timms, EACS
Alison Fitzgerald, London City Airport

CIO of the Year

Simon Gratton, BKL
Gavin Scruby, SmartDebit
David Ivell, Good Energy
Graham Evans, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Wendy Redshaw, Deutsche Bank
Dave Jones, Altrad
Mark Hill, Frank Recruitment Group

Cloud Leader of the Year

Simon Hansford, UKCloud Ltd
Frazer Jamieson, Cognizant
Chris Jackson, Pearson
Rattan Singh Mahon, KPMG
Anthoula Madden, pladis Global
Mattia Rossi, Cintra
Alex Butler, KindredHQ
Amin Tavakoli, Hitachi Consulting
Andrew Smith, Capgemini
Joao Rufino, Google

CTO of the Year

Andy Crow, JLL
Klaas Ardinois, Azoomee
Aashish Chandra, TATA Consultancy Services
Azeem Akhtar, BT Global Services division
Dave Perry, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
David Trossell, Bridgeworks
Florian Diederichsen, Perform Group

Data Leader of the Year

Rahul Lath, EXLService Holdings
Gael Decodu, Shop Direct
Richard Tate, EE
Gareth Powell, N Brown Group
Tim Lum, Virgin Atlantic
Helen Crooks, Lloyd’s of London
Joe Morrissey, Hortonworks
Kate Platonova, HSBC
Kevin Joyner, Croud
Aykut Sadi, Lifetime Learning
Caroline Carruthers, Lowell Group

Digital Leader of the Year

Seamus Cushley, PwC
Aaron Powell, NHS Blood and Transplant
Kevin Dunckley, HH Global
Julie Chakraverty, Rungway
Graham Kellen, Schroders
Sharon Cooper, BMJ
Jora Gill, The Economist
Jackie Ronson, EE
Felix Ekman, Harmony PSA
Mashukul Hoque, Datacentreplus

Disruptive Leader of the Year

Carl Burton, Co-op
James Woodall, Intoware
Fernando Martinho, NAORIS
Debbie Garside, Geolang Ltd
Lewis Oaten, RazorSecure
Anthony Chastelai-Heath, Doctify
Ryan Dempsey, The Compliance Workbook

Diversity Leader of the Year

Mahek Vara, Code Camp
Vikki Leach, Kantar
David Henderson, Global Media & Entertainment
Barbara Harvey, Accenture
Sheree Atcheson, Women Who Code
Sheila Flavell, FDM Group
Paul Wright, iotec Global
Louisa Allison, eBECS

Employer of the Year

FDM Group

Future Leader of the Year

Rupal Patel, Smart DCC
Faheem PARKAR, Kier Group
James D’Rozario, Vodafone UK
Emma Wilcock, Accenture
Akama Davies, Oath
Sam Harrison, Global
Byrion Smith, Global Media & Entertainment
Pallavi Boppana, Capgemini UK

Security Leader of the Year

Matt Palmer, Willis Towers Watson
Paul Farrington, CA Technologies
Andy Wall, Office for National Statistics
Craig Goodwin, CDK Global
Tony Richards, Securestorm
Mark McClain, SailPoint
Melanie Oldham, Bob’s Business
Naina Bhattacharya, Deloitte

Transformation Leader of the Year

Mahesh Chikodi, Robert Bosch Ltd UK
Darren Linden, Equal Experts
Jo Hutchinson, The Prince’s Trust
Graham Herries, Laing O’Rourke
Phil Clayson, Talk Talk
James Munson, The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Dan Broomham, Sopra Steria
Lisa Heneghan, KPMG
Michael Cook, Kier Group

Young Leader of the Year

Zia Bharwani, GulamIT
Kari-Anne Clayton, Deutsche Bank
Ally Stuart, Sharethrough
Maxine Austin, Lloyds Banking Group
Paul Hansford, Global Processing Services
Tom Jarvis, Wilderness
Benedikt Von Thuengen, Speechmatics
Roselene Thomas, Thomas UK Consulting Services Ltd
Melissa Morris, Lantum
Callum Wood, Capgemini UK

The UK’s largest conference for tech leadership, Tech Leaders Summit, returns in September with 40+ top execs signed up to speak about the challenges and opportunities surrounding the most disruptive innovations facing the enterprise today. Secure your place at this prestigious summit by registering here

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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