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

13 September | Royal Lancaster London
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Tech Leaders Awards is the UK’s leading celebration of 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 13 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 2018.

Programme

 

19.00 – Champagne Reception

20.00 – Welcome and Keynote Addresses

20.20 – Dinner Commences

22.00 – Awards Ceremony

22.45 – Drinks and Networking

00.00 – Carriages

Shortlist

AI Leader of the Year shortlist

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

Business Leader of the Year shortlist

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

CIO of the Year

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

Cloud Leader of the Year

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

CTO of the Year

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

Data Leader of the Year

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

Digital Leader of the Year

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

Disruptive Leader of the Year

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

Diversity Leader of the Year

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

Employer of the Year

Accedia
FDM Group
Sophos
Syncron

Future Leader of the Year

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

Security Leader of the Year

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

Transformation Leader of the Year

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

Young Leader of the Year

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

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Nominate

 

Nominations are now CLOSED for the Tech Leaders Awards 2018. Click here to book your place at the ceremony.

If you have any queries in regards to nominations please email: vanessa.chapman@bonhillplc.com

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. Nominations are now CLOSED. 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.
Employer of the Year
This can be either a technology company that has improved business operations and driven innovation through the use of technology, or a company from any other industry that has used technology to deliver improved business results. Judges will look at efforts the employer has made to adopted different technologies to create a more innovative and productive working 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 2018, 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.

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