Tech Leaders Awards 2018 – winners revealed

The event, presented by Information Age and sponsored by Bae Systems, Frank Recruitment, SailPoint and Zena, was attended by hundreds of the UK’s top business and technology leaders at a time when technology is an increasingly disruptive force in the world.

The UK has been identified as a stand-out digital economy characterised by high levels of digital development and a fast rate of digital evolution. According to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond the UK’s tech sector is now worth over £116 billion and a new digital job is created every 50 minutes.

The Tech Leaders Awards recognise the leading figures at the forefront of this innovation, playing 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.

Photograph by Leo Wilkinson.

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“Tech Leaders Awards is a flagship awards programme for the UK’s tremendously important tech industry,” said Michael Baxter, editor of Information Age, introducing the event.

“The awards celebrate the highest-achieving business, IT and digital professionals. Together they are helping to create what is surely the greatest wave of creative disruption this country has ever seen – at least in such a short timescale.”

Michael Baxter, editor of Information Age, introducing the event. Photograph by Leo Wilkinson.

The theme of diversity featured heavily on the night. While diversity in digital tech is on a slowly improving trajectory, Baxter called on the industry to do more.

“Figures show more black, Asian and ethnic minority workers employed in tech than across the UK in general, with the ratios for tech standing at 15%, but just 10% for the UK as a whole,” explained Baxter.

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“We do have a challenge, however – there is relatively little progress with improving the levels of gender diversity within tech. Given this incredibly dynamic scene, choosing the leaders is a tough challenge.”

“It is an honour too.  The awards recognise the leading figures in this ongoing tale of disruption.  The men and women who are helping drive this market, who are leaders in the application of this technology.”

The awards programme was hosted by British TV presenter, radio DJ and actor, Ortis Deley. Ortis is best known for presenting Channel 5′s The Gadget Show and Police Interceptors.


Cloud Leader of the Year

Joao Rufino, Google

Future Leader of the Year

Akama Davies, Xaxis

Employer of the Year 


CIO of the Year

Wendy Redshaw, Deutsche Bank

CTO of the Year

Dave Perry, DVLA

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Andrew Ross

As a reporter with Information Age, Andrew Ross writes articles for technology leaders; helping them manage business critical issues both for today and in the future