2019 Judges

Simon Goodman, IT Executive, Network Rail

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in Enterprise IT working at senior levels across IT operations, strategy and delivery.  As a member of the IT executive at Network Rail Simon has been instrumental in leading and delivering large multi £m technological changes, from the consolidation of large legacy backend systems to large scale mobile and data solutions to support the frontline workforce – recognised by Apple as a gamechanger in asset management.  Simon’s leadership has helped elevate the importance of IT, bringing together both business communities, as well as traditional back office IT with front line operational technology. 

As an inclusive leader, Simon is passionate about creating positive and effective working environments for his teams to thrive within, using challenging and supportive styles to reach high performing team status. Personally sponsoring transformation and change programmes with focus on cultural maturity and process efficiency. 

Anna Dick, CTO, Hiring Hub

Beginning within the frenetic world of digital agencies, Anna joined Moneysupermarket in 2006. The pursuit of technical progress within a fast-growth environment suited Anna, who found similar homes at OTB & Hotels4u, building teams that continuously challenged ways of working. Anna worked on large transformation and digital projects for the BBC & Co-op, before being headhunted by Hiring Hub where she is now CTO. 

Kerem Sozugecer, CTO, DeepZen

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Ian Wallis, Head of Data, Analytics & Insight, Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Ian has over 30 years experience working in data and analytics, covering 12 industry sectors and 17 organisations. His career began with a role leading on marketing research and planning, though planning focused on developing forecasting, segmentation and pricing models – what subsequently became better known as analytics. 
Ian joined DIO in 2014 tasked with developing a new function – Data, Analytics & Insight – to facilitate DIO’s transition into a data-driven, evidence-based decision-making organisation. He has developed a 70 strong civil servant function which was recognised with an award for exemplary practice in data and MI across MOD. 
Prior to joining DIO he spent nearly eight  
years working as a data and analytics consultant, delivering programmes including: 

  • devising a global data quality strategy at Barclays 
  • implementing a customer acquisition strategy and system at HBOS Cards 
  • directing the implementation of a customer master data management programme at Thomson Reuters 
  • creating and recruiting an analytics team for The Pensions Regulator 
  • leading on the business case and implementation of a Teradata warehouse and associated tools for Centrica 
    His earlier career included roles at HSBC, leading on marketing analytics and the development of the single customer view, BBC and Royal Mail. 
    His focus has been on being able to transform strategy into execution, driving change through data and analytics.  
    Ian enjoys developing data and analytics skills in others through sharing his knowledge and experience, and driving change in large organisations. 
Matt Ballantine, CIO and CTO Advisor, stamp London

Matt Ballantine is in his third decade working in the technology industry. Today he helps his clients to understand how to organise and deliver improved innovation and collaboration, and his experience spans a broad spectrum of industries. Previously he worked in senior management positions at Microsoft, Reuters, BBC Worldwide and global marketing agency Imagination. He writes for Forbes on the impact that technology is having on work, has been a judge for five years on the UK CIO100, and also co-hosts the successful technology management podcast WB-40. 

Lily McCann, Head of Data and Technology, Wavemaker

After graduating in Business Information/Business Systems she joined Telecom New Zealand and she has built a successful career around data and tech within marketing services. Lily is now Head of Data & Technology at Wavemaker and manages a team of 20 that covers ad ops, technical consulting, data platforms and innovation and therefore sees the challenges of developing a diverse team within tech. 

At home she’s one half of another team, parenting two children under 7 – so it’s fair to say that she has a good understanding of some of the challenges women frequently encounter when simultaneously building a career and a family. 

Ian Golding, Interim CIO, The Natural History Museum

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Ian Golding has been Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Data Privacy Officer leading global commercial technology programmes for over 20 years and has a passion for fostering collaboration and innovation to exploit the benefits of technology and data in permanent, interim, fractional and private consulting roles. 

He is currently Interim CIO at The Natural History Museum, developing the Technology Strategy and Vision to support the its dual role as a centre of excellence in leading scientific research and as a world leading museum.   In 2017 As the RNLI’s first CIO (Interim) he created the Institution’s first digital, information and technology strategy including new capability for fundraising, predictive analytics and data-based insights that will help the RNLl to break the chain of events that can tragically lead to drowning.  Ian was also recently Interim IT Director at Southern Housing Group and prior to Interim roles was Group CIO, Data Privacy Officer and Senior Partner for The ERM Group through its largest growth phase over 4 private equity cycles, to 5,200 staff across 140 offices worldwide. 

Ian is a Fellow of The Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Professional Fellow of The BCS.   He is also an investor and mentors digital startups.  By devoting time to assisting emerging businesses and small investments to advance, Ian’s aim is to help grow the digital ecosystem.

Kathyrn O'Donnell, COO, In-Space Missions Ltd

Kathryn is the COO at InSpace Missions Ltd, a leading Space SME.  She also leads an entrepreneurial joint venture, Spacetime Enterprises, between In-Space and REWIND, an Emmy award-winning creative agency to provide virtual astronaut experiences.  She has held various technical and delivery leadership positions within the Cyber Security and Space domains across Bae Systems Applied Intelligence, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and other divisions of what is now Airbus Space. 

Kathryn holds a PhD in Astrodynamics, an MSc in Spacecraft Engineering, and graduated from the University of Cambridge (King’s College) where she worked on the University Women’s Executive.  She is passionate about gender equality and equity, particularly in relation to STEM activities and tries to instil this passion in her seven year old daughter with varying degrees of success.