JUDGES

Alastair Kane - Managing Director of Northern Europe, Zayo

Amy Wettenhall - Commercial Director Business Unit IT & Cloud, Ericsson

Amy is a technology commercial executive with extensive experience in the Media, IT & Telecommunications sectors, currently holding the position of Commercial Director for Ericsson’s IT & Cloud Services Business Unit. In this role Amy is responsible for commercial go-to-market strategy & implementation, for all IT & Cloud services, across Ericsson’s 10 global regions, in addition to leading complex, strategic negotiations.

Amy believes passionately in the role of Women in Technology and speaks often on this topic at business events. She is a board member of TeenTech UK CIC, which inspires teenagers to explore careers in science, engineering and technology, and recently completed her MBA at Imperial College. In 2016 Amy was named UK Women in IT Business Leader of the Year.

Christine Ashton - SVP Technology, Thomson Reuters

Christina Scott - CTO, News UK

Christina Scott joined News UK as Chief Technology Officer in February 2016, and is responsible for overseeing Technology and Product teams at News UK.

Christina was formerly at the Financial Times, where she held the titles of CIO, Chief Product and Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Technology for the Pearson Professional arm of parent company Pearson.

At the Financial Times, she was responsible for driving the paper’s digital transformation, using data insight to drive customer experience.

Christina has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry, having previously worked in technology teams at a number of companies including the BBC, FT and ITV Digital, where she specialised in digital transformation.

In 2016 Scott was awarded the CIO of the Year award in the Women in IT awards and previously has been highly recognised in a number of top technology and female executive rankings.

Claire Lamb - Head of Technology, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group

Claire Lamb is Head of Technology at YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, leading the front-end teams focused on NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, and engaging in big-change projects to continually deliver better customer experiences. Claire previously led large IT and business change projects addressing international scale and standardisation issues at Allianz, and prior to that she led off-shore agile teams within Retail at Tesco. Claire started her career in an IT Graduate Programme after graduating the University of Exeter with a Bachelors in Mathematics.

Damilola Erinle - Area Vice President, Salesforce

Damilola ErinleDamilola Erinle is Area Vice President at Salesforce. Having worked as a leader in sales and business development for more than a decade, Damilola has led teams in world-class technology organisations to drive million dollar growth in international markets. Damilola is also passionate about supporting STEM education programmes for young women and volunteers with Stemettes and Apps for Good. Most recently, she travelled to Kenya to volunteer for the Karibu Centre as part of a programme focused on empowering young children through education and access to technology.

Elizabeth Vega - CEO, Informed Solutions

elizabeth-vegaElizabeth is the founder and Global CEO of leading management and digital transformation consultancy, Informed Solutions. She is trusted and respected as an advisor to government, serving on the UK’s Cabinet Office SME Panel since 2012, a key industry thought leader, and an elected member of both techUK’s Main Board and the National Board of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).  Elizabeth is passionate about attracting more girls into STEM subjects, talent development through workplace mentoring programmes and building better digital skills capabilities.

Gavin Jackson - Managing Director UK&I, Amazon Web Services
John Gibbs - Group CIO, Rolls-Royce

John was appointed the Group CIO for Rolls-Royce plc in February 2016 and has over 25 years’ experience of delivering IT. As the Group CIO he is responsible for ensuring that Rolls-Royce plc has the digital capability (processes, applications, data and technology) it needs to succeed. This includes the full IT lifecycle; strategy & enterprise architecture, projects, services, security, risk & compliance, and ensuring value for money. He  is also champions people development and diversity across the business.  He is a strong advocate of women in IT: 50% of his senior leadership team is female and he has encouraged the development of the Women in IT and Parenting networks.

In Rolls-Royce,  John has held a variety of roles. He was previously the Divisional CIO for Aerospace, Engineering & CHQ; the IT Chief Technology Officer –  winning the Best IT Strategy award at the national IT Awards – and IT Transformation & Programmes Director,  where he led the Energy divesture and a £300m infrastructure modernisation programmes; he was also Director of IT Operations & Infrastructure.

John has previously worked for companies including Computer Sciences Corporation, Royal Mail, and Computer Resources International in various leadership and technical roles.

Lyn Grobler - Group CIO, Hyperion Insurance Group

Lyn Grobler joined Hyperion in January 2016.  As Group CIO, she oversees all aspects of technology and has been tasked with implementing an IT strategy to drive the business in its next phase of growth.  Before joining Hyperion, Lyn served as Vice President and CIO of Corporate Functions at BP.

Lyn has been recognised by Computer Weekly as one of the 25 most influential women in UK IT.

Olivia Neal - Deputy Director, Standards Assurance, Government Digital Service

Olivia is the Deputy Director for Standards Assurance and Technology Policy at the Government Digital Service. Her team have worked with government departments to save over £300m annually, through assuring that digital and technology spend meets the Technology Code of Practice. Olivia has overseen the assurance of hundreds of the largest public facing digital services against the Digital Service Standard, helping teams across government meet user needs, and transform the way they work. She’s worked with countries from around the world to build understanding of delivering high quality digital services, and has been integral in the development of Digital Service Standards for Australia, UK Local Government, and Scotland.

Paul Cant - Vice President of EMEA, BMC

Paul Cant, Vice President of EMEA for BMC Software is responsible for the overall success of BMC for the Enterprise Solutions organisation. Focused on driving value for BMC customers through the execution of effective customer success initiatives and implementing an effective growth business strategy, building and maintaining a world-class sales organization, driving strategic partnerships and achieving top-line revenue growth and profitability in line with corporate financial goals.

Paul brings to the role more than 23 years of experience in IT, holding senior sales and management roles at BladeLogic (prior to its acquisition by BMC), Ascential Software, PTC and Energis.

Paul joined BMC through the 2008 acquisition of BladeLogic. Since then, he has had success at every level, progressing to Area Vice President for South EMEA, and Vice President for South EMEA with responsibility for France, Italy, Iberia, the Middle East and Africa, prior to his current role.

He also brings deep experience with sales process and customer engagement, having worked on the redesign of BMC’s GTM strategy post acquisition and more recently, he led the design build and launch of BMC global account program called STAR which advances BMC’s engagement with their largest accounts through close alignment with their Digital Enterprise Management transformation projects.

Tim mann - CIO, NFU Mutual

Tim MannTim Mann is the Chief Information Officer at NFU Mutual. Originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer, Tim’s first role was in a refrigeration manufacturing company in Berkshire, implementing a Manufacturing Resource Planning solution. He then moved to a software house specialising in commercial systems before joining Coopers & Lybrand, the management consultancy. Tim spent 5 years consulting on all aspects of IT to clients in the defence, retail and pharmaceutical sectors. He then joined Skandia and led the IT and Customer Services departments, with his final role running the development of the Skandia Investment Solutions Wrap platform. After a short interim role as CTO for 1St Software The Exchange, he joined NFU Mutual as their first CIO in May 2010. 

Tim has two key objectives in this role:

(1) Modernise all aspects of IT and make it great (2) Put technology at the centre of the business.  

Since joining he has delivered the Brilliant Basics initiative to ensure that all of NFUM systems work superbly, by replacing and upgrading the Data Centres, workplaces, server and mainframe platforms, networks and telephony as well as the core outsourcing partners within NFUM.  Tim has also developed the Changing the Game initiative in which technology will be used to change the way that NFUM does business, with automation already delivered to the Claims handling process and BillingCenter deployed for premium control.  He is now also leading NFUM’s Cyber Security programme   

Triona O'Keeffe - CIO, Direct Line Group

Starting as a software developer in 1992, Triona has worked across a range of roles in Financial Services technology – from running algorithmic trading development teams to leading large transformation programs.  She is now CIO at Direct Line Group.  Prior to this, Triona was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank as CIO for Shared Application Services and Acting CIO for End User Services. While at Deutsche Bank, she co-headed the WEB diversity network for 2 years to help drive a more inclusive working environment.

Triona holds an MA in Mathematics.  Outside work, Triona spends the majority of her time with her young son.

Ursula Morgenstern - CEO, Atos UK&I

Ursula-MorgensternUrsula Morgenstern is Global Head of Consulting & Systems Integration and Global Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Software, for Atos. Ursula is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the business and managing the operations to ensure high quality service delivery and continued business growth. Ursula is also a member of the Atos Executive Committee. Before being appointed Global Head of Consulting & Systems Integration in July 2015, she was UK and Ireland Chief Executive Officer.

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