BCS IT Industry Awards: Individual Excellence

The entrants in this year's individual BCS IT Industry Awards have been outstanding," says David Clarke, chief executive of the BCS and chair of the individual judging section. "We were looking for individuals who could demonstrate best practice and professionalism in their specialist areas, and we were not disappointed."

The entrants in this year's individual BCS IT Industry Awards have been outstanding," says David Clarke, chief executive of the BCS and chair of the individual judging section. "We were looking for individuals who could demonstrate best practice and professionalism in their specialist areas, and we were not disappointed."

Each of the eight awards is open to IT professionals based in or operating primarily from companies located in UK or Europe.

"This is not a section for the shy, each finalist was interviewed to tell us why they should be selected as winner. They had to demonstrate not only their professionalism but also provide evidence of the contribution and impact they have made within their organisation," says Clarke.

IT Leader of the Year

The Intel IT Leader of the Year award was presented to Richard Earland, CIO for policing and director of ICTS at the National Police Improvement Agency.

Earland, who has extensive experience of delivering major IT programmes in the Metropolitan and Kent Police, is the first national CIO for policing and a leader delivering operational transformation.

His work involves aligning IT systems and business processes across the complex police service environment, with the ultimate goal of helping to push down crime and improve public safety.

Clarke says, "As the first CIO of British policing, Richard is leading the national agenda. He has already delivered substantial improvements to the 'bobby on the beat' and his green paper promises more."

Runner-up medallists in the Intel IT Leader of the Year category were Richard Muirhead, CEO at Tideway Systems, and Patrick O'Connell, president of delivery and service and managing director of BT Health at BT Global Services.

Young IT Professional Award

The winner of this year's Young IT Professional Award, sponsored by Ericsson, is Sarah Christie, a systems manager in the Financial Solutions Initiative Management Team at Procter & Gamble.

Christie has delivered impressive results in the first two and a half years of her career, including $6.5m annual savings for the organisation's Eastern European business. She achieved this by implementing an in-store marketing materials system and applying rigorous project management principles and techniques alongside robust business transformation and analysis.

Clarke says, "Sarah has proved herself to be a true hybrid, understanding the business opportunities of IT as well as the technical side. She is outstanding in the breadth of knowledge, communication skills and clarity she shows in her role."

Christie will now move to a new challenge as one of Procter & Gamble's youngest ever implementation managers, leading the remaining integration of Gillette Manufacturing Plants.

Medallists in this category were Luke Robison, foundation IT consultant at IBM UK, and Victoria O'Reilly, system analyst at Allianz Insurance.

Business Analyst of the Year

Leigh Taylor, principal business analyst at Skandia, was named Business Analyst of the Year in recognition of her leadership of a large international e-commerce project for Skandia.

Taylor impressed the judges with her skills overseeing a team of eight business analysts across a series of six projects addressing all areas of the business, ensuring robust administration processes and systems. She generated the business case for the project and managed the analysis project plan, the recruitment, resourcing and budgeting of business analysts and architects, work allocation, prioritisation and quality assurance of all deliverables for the project, as well as stakeholder relations.

Debbie Paul, managing director at award sponsor AssistKD, says, 'This year's winner exemplified the qualities required of a professional business analyst and demonstrated a clear understanding of the techniques that enable business analysts to bring value to their organisations."

Medallists in this category were David Wood, business projects manager at Berwin Leighton Paisner, and Vanessa Thompson, business analyst at Lloyds TSB.

Consultant of the Year

The Consultant of the Year award was won by Nandakumar Balasubramaniyan, principal consultant at Portal Technology Systems.

Balasubramaniyan is a senior technical architect and principal consultant who has delivered web-based enterprise application, e-commerce strategies, support services and SOA systems for more than 12 years. He is an expert in technologies including ATG, BEA Weblogic, J2EE, .net and Oracle, developing systems for high-profile organisations including Royal Mail, Johnson & Johnson, Staples, Prudential and MDC Systems.

In giving the award to Balasubramaniyan, the judges applauded his exceptional planning, organisation and leadership skills. He demonstrated a good understanding of his clients' businesses and their customers' expectations, enabling him to deliver projects successfully.

Clarke says, "Nandakumar impressed us tremendously. He is an outstanding IT professional who should be comfortable and capable in almost any situation."

Medallists in this category were William MacLeod, technical consultant at Seric Systems, and Robina Chatham.

Project Manager of the Year

Successful project management involves putting IT at the heart of the business, requiring IT professionals to have an in-depth understanding of that business. This is an attribute that Tina Sands, programme manager at National Grid demonstrated to win the Project Manager of the Year award.

Sands has been responsible for the delivery of large-scale complex IT programmes at the heart of significant business change programmes. The judges were particularly impressed by her ability to manage a three-year programme delivering and implementing a re-engineered set of business processes and a major ERP system to create a shared services function for National Grid UK.

Clarke says, "Tina demonstrated her ability by driving a flagship programme to standardise processes which involved working with a wide range of stakeholders."

After the success of the programme, which included significant business efficiency savings, the organisation implemented a programme to standardise processes, across the enterprise globally.

Medallists in this category were Keith Bentham, senior project manager at System C Healthcare, and David Burnet, project manager at Network Rail.

Systems Developer of the Year

Spearheading the development that has turned SatManage into an industry-leading product has earned Simon Adams, software development manager at Parallel, the Systems Developer of the Year award.

SatManage helps companies manage their hybrid satellite networks. The success of Adams' early work for Parallel triggered a major business change, shifting its focus from consultancy to software sales.

Clarke says, "Simon was highly articulate and demonstrated the polished application of software engineering in a challenging business environment, which transformed his company's product."

Adams has established a respected development team, led the way in producing a series of best practice guides for Parallel developers, and designed and implemented a rigorous development process. He also acts as development mentor for internal developers, customers and university placement students.

Medallists in this category were Rob Parsons, certified technical applications developer at Allianz Insurance, and Nigel Byrnes, platform architect at RBS.

Service Manager of the Year

As the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) moves forward, ensuring that clinical staff are IT-literate and able to use new systems is a major element in the success of the project. The winner of the Service Manager of the Year award, Claire Adams, has the role of ensuring that IT training is in place for all NHS staff.

Adams, essential and specialist IT skills programme manager at NHS Connecting for Health, which runs the NPfIT, has been accountable for successful high-profile business and time-critical projects within the NPfIT, including the Essential IT Skills (EITS) programme.

The EITS programme aims to ensure that all NHS staff and associated professionals have the IT skills and knowledge to enable them to use clinical systems safely. The programme is a national initiative with the potential to affect 1.3 million staff.

Keith Aldis, chief executive at the IT Service Management Forum, says, "Claire impressed us with her professionalism. She really cares about end-to-end service and has personally driven change which is already making a very real difference."

Medallists in this category were Judith Rowe, IT training manager at AXA UK, and Margaret Corrigan, service delivery transformation manager at Service Birmingham.

IT Trainer of the Year

The APM Group IT Trainer of the Year award was presented to David Brown in recognition of his drive to deliver IT training to people with disabilities.

Brown is an independent IT trainer for the charity UCanDoIT, which gives disabled people the opportunity to learn how to use a computer, e-mail and the internet and prepare for more advanced qualifications.

He impressed the judges with his determination to establish UCanDoIT training in the North West. Brown persuaded the charity to allow him to introduce training in his local area, sourcing funding and marketing the service. Prior to this, the training was only available within the M25 area.

Rod Baker from APM Group says, "David is a clear winner he is an inspirational, committed, self-starter who has made a major impact on the lives of socially impaired people in the North West while enhancing IT access software."

The scheme has proved so successful that Brown is recruiting a second trainer, and UCanDoIT has extended its service to other areas in the UK.

Brown, who lost his sight and right hand in December 2000, assesses each client's needs individually and tailors the training to support their requirements. He builds on his own experience and is determined to pass on his knowledge to help other people with disabilities.

Medallists in this category were John McGhee, independent trainer at Gem Upgrades, and Judith Rowe, IT training manager at AXA UK.

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