E-commerce minister praises IT as industry rewards its best talent

The winners of the prestigious British Computer Society's IT Professional Awards 2003 were announced on 24 September at a...

The winners of the prestigious British Computer Society's IT Professional Awards 2003 were announced on 24 September at a ceremony held at London's Hilton hotel in Park Lane.

The 19 awards, which covered business achievement, technology and individual excellence, also included, for the first time, a lifetime achievement award.

The ceremony took place before an audience of more than 700 IT professionals and VIP guests, including Stephen Timms, minister of state for e-commerce and competitiveness. Former Tomorrow's World presenter Angel Lamont hosted the event.

In the keynote speech, Timms praised the contribution IT had made to the economy and announced that the government intended to spend an extra £1bn on the UK's broadband infrastructure over the next three years.

BCS president John Ivinson said the IT industry had been undervalued for too long and called for more recognition for those working in IT.

The BCS Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to former AT&T chairman John Leighfield. Leighfield is chairman of the advisory board and an honorary professor at the Warwick Business School.

Leighfield has spent his entire working life in the IT industry, pioneering computer systems in manufacturing at Ford in the 1960s and later becoming head of manufacturing systems at Plessey.

Leighfield's award recognised a long and distinguished career in the IT industry. "He has not only enjoyed outstanding personal success in our field, but has also made a significant contribution to the development of the way the industry operates and has put back a great deal into the profession by dint of leadership and contribution," the judges said.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group won the BCS Business Achievement Award for integrating two banks' IT systems after its takeover of NatWest. Despite the scale and complexity of the project it was achieved on time and with minimal disruption to customers and the business.

Newbury-based data collection firm Speed-Trap won the BCS Technology Award for its website design and navigation project, Prophet.

IT services provider Capita picked up an award for its London congestion charging scheme, which uses number plate recognition technology.

Three of the individual excellence awards went to IT managers at Swindon-based Zurich Financial Services.

Winners of the BCS IT Professional Awards 2003   

Business Achievement Awards 

Business Achievement Award, Public Sector and Not For Profit: Department of Trade & Industry for the cross-governmental biotechnology project, I-BIOuk  

Business Achievement Award, Financial and Related Services: Royal Bank of Scotland for its IT integration with NatWest 

Business Achievement Award, Commercial & Industry:  Marks & Spencer for its anti-theft project Profit Protection.Net  

Flagship Business Achievement Award: Royal Bank of Scotland   

Individual Excellence Awards 

Young IT Professional of the Year:  James Bailey, Eclipse Internet 

IT Trainer of the Year: Jit Parmar, Informatics Group UK 

IT Consultant of the Year: Gill Hunt, Hunt Lancaster  

IT Director of the Year:   John White, Royal Bank of Scotland Group 

Quality Manager Award:  Nick Munday, Zurich Financial Services 

Business Analyst Award:  Mark Jessop, McDonald's  

IT Developer of the Year, Applications:  James Heydon, Zurich Financial Services 

IT Developer of the Year, Infrastructure:  Mark Orford, Liverpool Direct 

IT Service Manager of the Year:  Ann Davies, Zurich Financial Services 

Technology Awards 

Technology Award, Applications:  Prophet by Speed-Trap 

Technology Award, Services:  Bacstel-IP by Bacs 

Technology Award, Systems:  Pixology Iriss by Pixology 

Technology Award, Social Contribution:  London congestion charging scheme, Capita Business Services 

Flagship Technology Award 2003:  Prophet by Speed-Trap 

BCS Lifetime Achievement Award: John Leighfield.

For more information about the awards, contact Nisha Mukhey

Tel: 020-7234 8711

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: www.bcs.org/awards/professional/

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