Britain’s flagship celebration of tech leaders, innovators and disruptors

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BRITAIN’S FLAGSHIP CELEBRATION OF TECH LEADERS, INNOVATORS AND DISRUPTORS

14 SEPTEMBER | LONDON

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Tech Leaders Awards is the UK’s leading celebration of the business, IT and digital leaders driving disruptive innovation and demonstrating value from the application of technology in large organisations

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

While the awards are designed to recognise the different talent involved in tech leadership, all winners share the same desire for using technology to disrupt industries, drive business value and find better ways of doing things.

The UK’s world-leading tech sector is a vital part of the British economy, with digital industries growing 32% faster than the rest of the economy, according to Tech City UK. The UK’s digital tech industries have a combined annual turnover of £161 billion, and the benefits are felt well beyond digital companies. Nearly half of digital jobs today exist in traditionally non-digital industries and organisations in all sectors must now ingrain technology in all facets of their business or face the consequences of being disrupted.

Tech Leaders Awards recognises the leading figures at the forefront of this disruption and 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, as well as in the public sector for the benefit of UK citizens.

The winners are announced at a special gala ceremony in London on 14 September which brings together hundreds of the UK’s top business and technology leaders to celebrate tech leadership, excellence and innovation.

Nominations are now closed for the Tech Leaders Awards 2017. Click here to book your place at the ceremony.

Tech Leaders Awards is the UK’s leading celebration of the business, IT and digital leaders driving disruptive innovation and demonstrating value from the application of technology in large organisations

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

While the awards are designed to recognise the different talent involved in tech leadership, all winners share the same desire for using technology to disrupt industries, drive business value and find better ways of doing things.

The UK’s world-leading tech sector is a vital part of the British economy, with digital industries growing 32% faster than the rest of the economy, according to Tech City UK. The UK’s digital tech industries have a combined annual turnover of £161 billion, and the benefits are felt well beyond digital companies. Nearly half of digital jobs today exist in traditionally non-digital industries and organisations in all sectors must now ingrain technology in all facets of their business or face the consequences of being disrupted.

Tech Leaders Awards recognises the leading figures at the forefront of this disruption and 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, as well as in the public sector for the benefit of UK citizens.

The winners are announced at a special gala ceremony in London on 14 September which brings together hundreds of the UK’s top business and technology leaders to celebrate tech leadership, excellence and innovation.

Nominations are now closed for the Tech Leaders Awards 2017. Click here to book your place at the ceremony.

Programme

19.00 – Champagne reception

20.00 – Welcome and keynote addresses

20.20 – Dinner commences

22.00 – Awards ceremony

22.45 – Entertainment

23.00 – Drinks and networking

01.00 – Carriages

Shortlist

AI Leader of the Year shortlist

2017 Winner: Nicole Eagan, Darktrace

Benj Hosack, Foregenix
Bharat Bhushan, IBM
Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, Drawbridge
James Donkin, Ocado Technology
Ken Mulvany, BenevolentAI
Martin Sweeney, Ravelin
Nicole Eagan, Darktrace
Rob McCargow, PwC
Sabo Taylor Diab, Loom Systems

Business Leader of the Year shortlist

2017 Winner: Tim Critchley, Semafone

Abbie Walsh, Fjord
David Hallam, OrderWise
Elizabeth Gooch, EG Solutions
Gordon Wilson, Advanced
Helen Milner, Good Things Foundation
Ian O’Rourke, Adthena
Jan Smith, EOL IT Services
Rod Flavell, FDM Group
Seth Ravin, Rimini Street
Tim Critchley, Semafone

CIO of the Year

2017 Winner: John Gibbs, Rolls-Royce

Alex Alexander, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group
Andrea Powell, CABI
Brendan O’Rourke, Telefónica UK
Charles Ewen, Met Office
David Ivell, Prince’s Trust
John Gibbs, Rolls-Royce
Kelly Olsen, NHS Property Services
Lyn Grobler, Hyperion

Cloud Leader of the Year

2017 Winner: Gavin Jackson, Amazon Web Services

Benjamin Wootton, Contino
Ed Macnair, CensorNet
Elmar Eperiesi-Beck, Eperi
Gavin Jackson, Amazon Web Services
Glen Manchester, Thunderhead
Paul Sweetman, Ocado Technology
Pontus Noren, Cloudreach
Simon Hansford, UKCloud

CTO of the Year

2017 Winner: Christina Scott, News UK

Christina Scott, News UK
Helena Nimmo, Euromonitor International
Klaas Ardinois, Azoomee
Matthew Finnie, Interoute
Paul Clarke, Ocado
Phil Jones, EG Solutions
Scott Christie, Clifford Thames
Tony Richards, Securestorm

Data Leader of the Year

2017 Winner: Katia Walsh, Vodafone

Dan Nelson, Ocado Technology
David Butt, Acceleration
Deema Freij, Synchronoss
Emily Mackay, TAB
Florian Douetteau, Dataiku
Katia Walsh, Vodafone
Nick Brown, GBG
Omar Khan, MECGlobal
Paul Smith, PwC
Ray Eitel-Porter, Accenture

Digital Leader of the Year

2017 Winner:  Tarek Nseir, TH_NK

Adam Beaumont, AQL
Arabel Bailey, Accenture Digital
Bea Karol Burks, Good Things Foundation
Ricardo Sueiras, PwC
Shahid Bilal, Department for International Trade
Sharon Cooper, BMJ
Stuart Blyde, Shell
Tarek Nseir, TH_NK

Disruptive Leader of the Year

2017 Winner: Mahiben Maruthappu, Cera

Chris McCullough, RotaGeek
Dana Tobak, Hyperoptic
Emma Margetts, Alpha Exchange
Kim Bird, Aboutthefuneral.com
Mahiben Maruthappu, Cera
Mark Smith, Support Revolution
Michelle Huff, Act-On Software
Mohammed Zulfiquar, Datatecnics Corporation

Diversity Leader of the Year

2017 Winner: Alysia Silberg, Acceleforce

Alysia Silberg, Acceleforce
Anne Marie Neatham, Ocado Technology
Chitra Byregowda, Mindtree
David Henderson, Global
Jane Frankland, Cyber Security Capital
Kirsty Styles, Tech North
Monica Eaton-Cardone, Chargebacks911
Ruth Harrison, ThoughtWorks
Sheila Flavell, FDM Group
Sheridan Ash, PwC

Future Leader of the Year

2017 Winner: Gemma Milne, Science: Disrupt

Adam James, Illuminas
Chloe Seddon, Accenture
Gemma Milne, Science: Disrupt
Giovanna Miritello, Vodafone
Gunita Bhasin, Deutsche Bank
Rajinder Tumber, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Sarah Mintey, Developing Experts
Tobi Oludayomi, Studio 14

Security Leader of the Year

2017 Winner: Edward Tucker, HMRC

Ben Azvine, BT
Colin Domoney, Veracode
Darrell Flinn, Alexander Mann
David Lacey, DLC
Edward Tucker, HMRC
Melanie Oldham, Bob’s Business
Nik Whitfield, Panaseer
Oz Alashe, CybSafe
Raj Samani, McAfee
Stina Ehrensvard, Yubico

Transformation Leader of the Year

2017 Winner: Alison Ross, Auto Trader

Alison Ross, Auto Trader
Algirdas Pakstas, BCS
Andrew Parris, Tarmac
Carla Petersen, Acceleration
Jerod Powell, Infinit Consulting
Lisa Heneghan, KPMG
Patty Hatter, McAfee
Rob York, Newell Brands

Young Leader of the Year

2017 Winner: Harry Metcalfe, DXW

Charlotte Murray, Good Things Foundation
Christopher Noon, Dropbox
Harry Metcalfe, DXW
Louis-James Davis, VST Enterprises
Marek Sacha, Cera
Marianathe Evangelidis, London Stock Exchange
Maxine Mackintosh, One HealthTech
Mihail Petreski, 3XP Solutions

PROGRAMME

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19.00 – Champagne reception

20.00 – Welcome and keynote addresses

20.20 – Dinner commences

22.00 – Awards ceremony

22.45 – Entertainment

23.00 – Drinks and networking

01.00 – Carriages

Judges

Judges

Caroline Carruthers

Group Director of Data Management, Lowell Group

Jennifer Roubaud

Country Manager UK&I, Dataiku
Dr Vladlena Benson

Kelly Olsen

CIO, NHS Property Services

Martyn Croft

CIO, Salvation Army

Tim Carmichael

CDO, British Army

Scott Eivers

Senior Managing Partner, Telecoms, Media and Technology, Gartner

Simon Goodman

Head of Programme & Project Services, Network Rail

Simon McCalla

CTO, Nominet

Nadine Thomson

Director of Technology at Condé Nast International
Toby Balfre

Sophie Bialaszewski

Digital Banking COO, Lloyds Banking Group

Georgina Owens

Head of Digital Process Transformation, Vodafone

Nominate

*Nominations are now closed for the Tech Leaders Awards 2017. Click here to book your place at the ceremony.*

Nomination guidelines

The judges convene two weeks before the awards ceremony to review all of the finalists’ nominations. They will decide the winners based on the written submissions, so try to include as much information as possible. Please use the criteria (listed below) of the category you wish to enter to shape your written submission, as the judges will refer to each criteria to guide their decisions. Each written submission should be at least 600 words and a maximum of 1,000 words. Judges will look at projects and achievements spanning the candidate’s current organisation or others if applicable. There is no cost to nominate and you can enter as many categories as you wish. A member of the Tech Leaders Awards team will reach out to everyone who nominated in May to tell them whether they have been shortlisted as a finalist. Good luck!

AI Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of machine intelligence in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying artificial intelligence (AI) technology; improving how a company approaches AI and automation; delivering effective AI and automation strategies; transforming parts of a business through AI innovation; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of AI and automation; helping a company handle the challenges that come with machine intelligence; driving new AI innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around AI and related technologies.
Business Leader of the Year
A leader of a technology company, or a business leader within a large technology company, who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months. Judges will examines the progress/growth of the company in the last three years (with particular emphasis on the last 18 months, including financial results), customer wins, innovation it has brought to the market, customer testimonials, examples of strong leadership, and specific achievements and initiatives of the candidates.
CIO of the Year
A chief information officer or IT director who has demonstrated positive impact on the company’s bottom line through the deployment of technology and the strong execution of a stellar IT strategy. Candidates will include examples of strong leadership and how their IT deployments have improved the efficiency of internal processes, aligned to business goals, maximised productivity, improved internal communication and kept the organisation running as effectively as possible. Judges will also assess how well the CIO has kept the organisation at the forefront of innovation and has promoted the use of technology as a force for driving business value across the whole organisation.
Cloud Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of cloud technology in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying cloud technologies; improving how a company approaches cloud computing; delivering effective cloud strategies; enhancing employee productivity or flexibility with cloud technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of cloud computing; helping a company handle the challenges that come with cloud; driving new cloud innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around cloud and related technologies.
CTO of the Year
A chief technology officer or technology director who has demonstrated positive impact on the company’s top line and driven new customer value through the innovative use of technology. Candidates will include examples of strong leadership and how they have employed a technology strategy to enhance product development and improve the service the company provides to customers. Judges will also asses how well engrained the chief technology officer is in the business and how he/she has helped put technology at the heart of the business, driving strong commercial results in the process.
Data Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of data technology in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying data technologies; improving how a company uses or deals with data; delivering effective data strategies; enhancing decision-making with data; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of data; helping a company handle data growth; driving new data innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around data and related technologies.
Digital Leader of the Year
A digital or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of digital innovation in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying digital technology or a digital transformation; improving how a company approaches digital; delivering effective digital strategies; transforming the way a business operates through digital innovation; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of digital technology; helping a company handle the challenges that come with digital; driving new digital innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around digital and related technologies.
Disruptive Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has disrupted a business, industry, market or long-held way of doing something through the innovative use of technology in the last 18 months. This could be disruption at an internal, operation level, or disruption at a customer-facing level. Judges will examine just how disruptive they feel the leader has been, looking at the exact technologies involved, how they’ve been applied, and how they’ve changed the way things are done or the way people/organisations consume, operate or behave. Ultimately, the judges will look at the business results and innovation that the leader has created through the technology-led disruption it has driven.
Diversity Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has gone out of her/his way in the last 18 months to support the cause of increasing diversity in the workplace. Efforts to increase diversity could include initiatives for making technology workforces a more inclusive environment for people of different genders, races, sexual orientations, cultures, disabilities and backgrounds. Judges will assess the diversity initiatives the candidates have pioneered, including their impact on the business, as well as demonstrations of being a positive role model, attracting (and retaining) a more diverse workforce, and generally making the workplace a more inclusive environment.
Future Leader of the Year
An IT or technology professional who started their career in the last five years but has demonstrated strong potential for becoming a successful technology leader. Judges will look at each candidate’s achievements and growth trajectory in the last five years, with a particular emphasis on accomplishments in the last 18 months. These could include contributions to successful IT projects, as well as demonstrations of strong management skills, creating business value from technology, understanding the impact of technology on the business, and helping drive new innovation in the industry.
Security Leader of the Year
An IT, technology, security or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in protecting a company from cyber threats or progressing the cyber security industry in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully keeping a company protected; innovative approaches to cyber security; delivering effective security strategies; helping a company deal with cyber threats; driving new security innovation in the industry; creating security awareness programmes in the workplace; or furthering knowledge and education around cyber security.
Transformation Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has led an IT transformation, digital transformation or business change programme driven by technology in the last 18 months. Judges will assess the planning, execution and results of the transformation programme, looking particularly at the technologies and innovation involved, best practice, alignment to business goals, impact on the business, training/awareness/education, ROI achieved, and how culture shifts were managed.
Young Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2017, who has progressed rapidly though their career and demonstrated business value and innovation through the use of technology. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying technologies; improving how a company approaches technology; delivering effective IT or technology strategies; enhancing decision-making with technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of technology; driving new innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around technology.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, doc, docm, docx, odt, ott.
    Please upload a maximum of 3 supporting files in any of the following formats; jpg, gif, png, pdf, doc, docm, docx, odt, ott

NOMINATE

*Nominations are now closed for the Tech Leaders Awards 2017. Click here to book your place at the ceremony.*

Nomination guidelines

The judges convene two weeks before the awards ceremony to review all of the finalists’ nominations. They will decide the winners based on the written submissions, so try to include as much information as possible. Please use the criteria (listed below) of the category you wish to enter to shape your written submission, as the judges will refer to each criteria to guide their decisions. Each written submission should be at least 600 words and a maximum of 1,000 words. Judges will look at projects and achievements spanning the candidate’s current organisation or others if applicable. There is no cost to nominate and you can enter as many categories as you wish. A member of the Tech Leaders Awards team will reach out to everyone who nominated in May to tell them whether they have been shortlisted as a finalist. Good luck!

AI Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of machine intelligence in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying artificial intelligence (AI) technology; improving how a company approaches AI and automation; delivering effective AI and automation strategies; transforming parts of a business through AI innovation; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of AI and automation; helping a company handle the challenges that come with machine intelligence; driving new AI innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around AI and related technologies.
Business Leader of the Year
A leader of a technology company, or a business leader within a large technology company, who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months. Judges will examines the progress/growth of the company in the last three years (with particular emphasis on the last 18 months, including financial results), customer wins, innovation it has brought to the market, customer testimonials, examples of strong leadership, and specific achievements and initiatives of the candidates.
CIO of the Year
A chief information officer or IT director who has demonstrated positive impact on the company’s bottom line through the deployment of technology and the strong execution of a stellar IT strategy. Candidates will include examples of strong leadership and how their IT deployments have improved the efficiency of internal processes, aligned to business goals, maximised productivity, improved internal communication and kept the organisation running as effectively as possible. Judges will also assess how well the CIO has kept the organisation at the forefront of innovation and has promoted the use of technology as a force for driving business value across the whole organisation.
Cloud Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of cloud technology in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying cloud technologies; improving how a company approaches cloud computing; delivering effective cloud strategies; enhancing employee productivity or flexibility with cloud technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of cloud computing; helping a company handle the challenges that come with cloud; driving new cloud innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around cloud and related technologies.
CTO of the Year
A chief technology officer or technology director who has demonstrated positive impact on the company’s top line and driven new customer value through the innovative use of technology. Candidates will include examples of strong leadership and how they have employed a technology strategy to enhance product development and improve the service the company provides to customers. Judges will also asses how well engrained the chief technology officer is in the business and how he/she has helped put technology at the heart of the business, driving strong commercial results in the process.
Data Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of data technology in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying data technologies; improving how a company uses or deals with data; delivering effective data strategies; enhancing decision-making with data; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of data; helping a company handle data growth; driving new data innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around data and related technologies.
Digital Leader of the Year
A digital or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of digital innovation in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying digital technology or a digital transformation; improving how a company approaches digital; delivering effective digital strategies; transforming the way a business operates through digital innovation; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of digital technology; helping a company handle the challenges that come with digital; driving new digital innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around digital and related technologies.
Disruptive Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has disrupted a business, industry, market or long-held way of doing something through the innovative use of technology in the last 18 months. This could be disruption at an internal, operation level, or disruption at a customer-facing level. Judges will examine just how disruptive they feel the leader has been, looking at the exact technologies involved, how they’ve been applied, and how they’ve changed the way things are done or the way people/organisations consume, operate or behave. Ultimately, the judges will look at the business results and innovation that the leader has created through the technology-led disruption it has driven.
Diversity Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has gone out of her/his way in the last 18 months to support the cause of increasing diversity in the workplace. Efforts to increase diversity could include initiatives for making technology workforces a more inclusive environment for people of different genders, races, sexual orientations, cultures, disabilities and backgrounds. Judges will assess the diversity initiatives the candidates have pioneered, including their impact on the business, as well as demonstrations of being a positive role model, attracting (and retaining) a more diverse workforce, and generally making the workplace a more inclusive environment.
Future Leader of the Year
An IT or technology professional who started their career in the last five years but has demonstrated strong potential for becoming a successful technology leader. Judges will look at each candidate’s achievements and growth trajectory in the last five years, with a particular emphasis on accomplishments in the last 18 months. These could include contributions to successful IT projects, as well as demonstrations of strong management skills, creating business value from technology, understanding the impact of technology on the business, and helping drive new innovation in the industry.
Security Leader of the Year
An IT, technology, security or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in protecting a company from cyber threats or progressing the cyber security industry in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully keeping a company protected; innovative approaches to cyber security; delivering effective security strategies; helping a company deal with cyber threats; driving new security innovation in the industry; creating security awareness programmes in the workplace; or furthering knowledge and education around cyber security.
Transformation Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader who has led an IT transformation, digital transformation or business change programme driven by technology in the last 18 months. Judges will assess the planning, execution and results of the transformation programme, looking particularly at the technologies and innovation involved, best practice, alignment to business goals, impact on the business, training/awareness/education, ROI achieved, and how culture shifts were managed.
Young Leader of the Year
An IT, technology or business leader under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2017, who has progressed rapidly though their career and demonstrated business value and innovation through the use of technology. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying technologies; improving how a company approaches technology; delivering effective IT or technology strategies; enhancing decision-making with technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of technology; driving new innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around technology.

Nomination form

  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, doc, docm, docx, odt, ott.
    Please upload a maximum of 3 supporting files in any of the following formats; jpg, gif, png, pdf, doc, docm, docx, odt, ott