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UKtech50 2015: The most influential people in UK IT - read all our coverage

Read all our coverage of the UKtech50 2015 - Computer Weekly's annual list of the most influential people in UK IT


Computer Weekly has announced the sixth annual UKtech50, our definitive list of the movers and shakers in UK IT - the CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the role of technology in the UK economy.

Our aim was to identify the 50 most influential leaders in UK IT. An expert judging panel representing every aspect of the IT profession helped decide the results – along with a reader vote – to determine who holds the most influence over the future of the UK technology sector in the next 12 months – and hence the future of IT professionals across the country.

Read here all our coverage - including articles, interviews and videos of the CIO speakers at our event to announce the UKtech50 list.


UKtech50 2015 - selecting the 50 most influential people in UK IT

Computer Weekly announced the people who made it into our annual list of the leaders shaping the future of the UK's digital economy


The 50 most influential people in UK IT for 2015

Here is the list of the 50 most influential people in UK IT for the next 12 months Continue Reading

In pictures: The most influential people in UK IT 2015

Meet the most influential people in UK IT, as selected by Computer Weekly's readers and a panel of expert judges Continue Reading


Vote for the most influential person in UK IT

We invited Computer Weekly readers to vote and tell us who to they think is the most influential person in the tech sector Continue Reading


Help us find the most influential people in UK IT

Computer Weekly readers were asked to nominate the people they thought deserved inclusion in the 2015 UKtech50 list Continue Reading

2The winner-

UKtech50 2015 - the winner: BT chief executive Gavin Patterson

BT's CEO Gavin Patterson was voted as the most influential person in UK IT for 2015


Interview with BT CEO Gavin Patterson

Computer Weekly talked to the UKtech50 winner about the future of the UK's digital economy and the role that BT plays in growing the sector Continue Reading


UKtech50 winner Gavin Patterson receives his award

Watch BT CEO Gavin Patterson give his acceptance speech on being announced as the most influential person in UK IT for 2015 Continue Reading

3Rising stars-

UKtech50 - the rising stars

Find out who the UKtech50 judges selected as their rising stars of 2015


Uktech50 2015 - the five rising stars

We selected five up-and-coming IT leaders who will be future candidates for the UKtech50 list of the most influential people in UK IT Continue Reading

4One great idea-

UKtech50 event - sharing great CIO ideas

We invited some of the UK's top CIOs to share one great idea with their peers, at our UKtech50 event. Watch videos of the speakers here.


Sarah Flannigan, CIO, National Trust

National Trust CIO Sarah Flannigan discussed her perspective on the role of the CIO in enabling change management, and how the CIO can sprinkle “magic dust” to turn an apparently staid IT project into an engaging and successful transformation.


Simon Gratton, chief data officer, Zurich Financial Services

Many IT leaders are tackling the twin challenges of digital transformation and making better use of data to improve decision-making and customer engagement. Simon Gratton discussed his experiences of tackling these challenges.


Mark Dearnley, chief digital & information officer, HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is modernising the UK tax system, with the aim of making tax easier for businesses and individuals. Mark Dearnley talked about a pioneering API strategy introduced as a cornerstone of that plan.


Andy Caddy, group CIO at Virgin Active

Skills within teams need to change. As the talent needed becomes harder to find, CIOs must adopt strategies to find and build high-performing IT teams. Andy Caddy talked about best practices in attracting and retaining skills to meet ever-evolving business requirements.


Derek Cheng, chief information security officer, Electronic Arts

The root cause of many security issues often points to a mistake or lack of security education of an employee. Electronic Arts has taken a creative approach to keep security fun and interesting, as Derek Cheng explained.


Anna Barsby, CIO, Halfords

High street retailer Halfords has been undergoing a transformation over the last two years and motivation is a key component of that process. CIO Anna Barsby talks about the company’s IT strategy


John Finch, CIO, Bank of England

The Bank of England has taken a considered and deliberate approach to recruiting individuals that at first glance wouldn’t normally match the typical IT professional profile - something that CIO John Finch considers to be one of the biggest successes of his strategy.


John Streit, CTO, OgilvyOne Worldwide

Customer experience is a key competitive battleground for businesses of any sector and technology led innovation is invariably at the heart of these initiatives. John Streit shares his insights into how the power of technology and data can make relationships between organisations and their customers more valuable and effective.


Richard Atkinson, CIO, JustGiving

Most IT leaders are talking about cloud, but Richard Atkinson suggested that its true potential is even now being underestimated. He urges fellow IT leaders not to delay or risk missing out on the enormous opportunity


Sarah Wilkinson, CTO, Home Office

Once an IT strategy is conceived, how do we test it, execute it, maintain it, share it? How do we know whether it’s working or indeed whether it’s useful at all? Sarah Wilkinson shares her thoughts on how to optimise traditional approaches to strategy to serve today’s organisations.


Henry Cohen, CIO, Telegraph Media Group

Henry Cohen discusses how The Telegraph brought in agile development principles from a standing start to full integration into its business culture during 2015


Panel debate and audience Q&A

An expert panel of speakers and industry executives answered questions from the UKtech50 audience on the trends, technologies and leadership challenges they face.


Computer Weekly magazine - special UKtech50 issue

Computer Weekly published a special issue of its regular digital magazine to celebrate the 50 most influential people in UK IT


The most influential people in UK IT 2015

In this issue of Computer Weekly, we announced our sixth annual UKtech50 list of the 50 most influential people in UK IT, and talk to this year’s winner – BT chief executive Gavin Patterson, about the challenges facing the telecoms giant in 2016. Read the issue now. Continue Reading

6Expert views-

A word from our sponsors

Executives from our UKtech50 headline sponsors - Microsoft, Oracle and Infosys - give their perspectives on the latest technology trends


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Every business will be a software business

Digitisation may the buzzword business leaders are trying to grasp, but Microsoft has begun its journey to build a digitisation product portfolio Continue Reading


Oracle chairman Larry Ellison vaunts Oracle’s cloud services over rivals

Larry Ellison promoted his company’s cloud services and berated rivals in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Continue Reading


Special Report on Infosys

This 6 page special report from Computer Weekly gives you the key facts on Infosys, its strategy, products and services and financial performance Continue Reading