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BCS reveals the finalists in the ITConsultant and Quality Manager of the Year categories of the BCS IT Professional Awards

This week we reveal the shortlists for two further categories in the IT Professional Awards run by the British Computer Society: IT Consultant of the Year and Quality Manager of the Year. The awards are two of 10 individual achievement categories that recognise the exemplary performance of individuals in diverse roles throughout the IT profession.

The finalists for the IT Consultant of the Year award are:

  • Colin Butcher, XDelta
  • Gill Hunt, Hunt Lancaster
  • Graham Oaks, Sapient
  • Rob Willetts, Retail Assist.

The award was open to in-house or external consultants. Candidates were asked to demonstrate the ability to understand the needs of each assignment and to establish, develop, implement and deliver solutions that met the requirements of all parties involved. Evidence of results and client satisfaction were essential requirements.

"To attain the Consultant of the Year award, the finalists will be judged by their performance in overcoming significant obstacles and using new ways of problem solving to create challenging and innovative solutions," said Rajan Anketell, chairman of the judging panel for this category.

The finalists for Quality Manager of the Year award are:

  • Kevin Martin, IXEurope
  • Nick Mundy, Zurich Financial Services.

The Quality Manager of the Year Award is run in recognition of the fact that quality is an important function in every activity of any organisation. The judges were looking for evidence of timely delivery of error-free systems and applications which had the capacity to adapt to future changes and delivered high degree of user satisfaction.

"The judges for this category wished to see quantifiable evidence from the finalists of broad understanding of quality management systems and their applications and benefits to their respective organisations. We were most impressed with the high standard of the two finalists," said Peter Monson, chairman of the judging panel for this category.

In this year's revamped BCS awards there are 19 categories, divided in to business achievement, technology and individual awards.

The winners of each of the categories will be announced and the awards will be presented before an audience of more than 700 IT professionals and VIP guests at a glittering awards ceremony on Wednesday 24 September at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London.

What the judges said about the finalists for the IT Consultant of the Year award

Colin Butcher, XDelta Working for network solutions supplier XDelta, Colin Butcher helped customer organisations to simplify and understand their main technical issues in relation to business needs. He actively encouraged knowledge transfer and acted as a mentor to the different parties involved in the development and implementation of IT systems.

Gill Hunt, Hunt Lancaster Working for specialist computer law firm Hunt Lancaster, Gill Hunt has been an expert witness in cases covering a wide range of IT. She conducted her investigations in the knowledge that she and her work would come under intense public scrutiny and has been involved a number of high-profile and demanding disputes.

Graham Oakes, Sapient Graham Oakes, a facilitator at business and technology consultancy Sapient, has been as a mentor and assisted in knowledge transfer through the provision of carefully designed workshops. These helped customer organisations frame the discussions between business and IT and encouraged them to understand that systems need to be addressed from a holistic perspective.

Rob Willets, Retail Assist At retail IT services supplier Retail Assist, Rob Willets' experience and expertise lies primarily in the area of project management. He consistently ensured that demanding projects were successfully completed to the clients' satisfaction.

What the judges said about the finalists for the Quality Manager of the Year award

Kevin Martin, IXEurope and Nick Mundy, Zurich Financial Services Kevin Martin, is vice-president of customer operations at IXEurope, a specialist in datacentre services and outsourced solutions. Nick Mundy is systems programme director at Zurich Financial Services.

Both their projects were complex and the solutions tailored to their own specialist markets. However, there were common approaches that impressed the judges. The judges felt that both solutions focused on the essential factors in IT and business: fit-for-purpose systems; value for money; maintaining quality; and timely delivery. 

Each finalist negotiated and obtained complete support from their company boards and through briefing groups and ensured total commitment to their solutions by all staff.

The organisations' solutions were able to demonstrate improved customer satisfaction and quantify the quality investment in improved staff performance and organisational effectiveness and efficiency, which greatly impressed the judges.   

Categories in the BCS awards

  • IT Director of the Year in association with the IoD, sponsored by Robert Walters
  • Young IT Practitioner of the Year, sponsored by Brodeur Worldwide
  • IT Trainer of the Year  l IT Consultant of the Year
  • Quality Manager of the Year, sponsored by Mercury Interactive
  • Business Analyst of the Year
  • IT Developer of the Year - Applications, sponsored by the DTI
  • IT Developer of the Year - Infrastructure, sponsored by Intersystems
  • Marval IT Service Manager of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Syntegra.

For more information about the awards, contact Nisha Mukhey

Tel: 020-7234 8711

Nisha.Mukhey@quest-media.com 

www.bcs.org/awards/professional/


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This was first published in August 2003

 

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