UKtech50 2014 - Vote for the most influential person in UK IT

Computer Weekly's annual UKtech50 is the definitive list of the real movers and shakers in UK IT - and we want your vote for the 2014 winner

Computer Weekly has launched the fifth annual UKtech50, the definitive list of the real movers and shakers in UK IT - the CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the creation of a high-tech economy.

We want your vote for the person you think should top the list this year. Our expert judging panel has selected a shortlist of 50 leaders, shown below - we received a record number of nominations; more than 120 people were suggested by readers, the Computer Weekly team, and the judges themselves.

We will reveal the winner at a special event in London on 3 December, where we count down that list to announce the most influential person in UK IT over the next 12 months. You can find out more about the UKtech50 event and register to attend by clicking here.

Whoever comes on top of the list will be the person that, in the opinion of our judges and the reader vote, holds the most influence over the future of the UK IT sector in 2014 – and hence the future of IT professionals across the country.

Read more about UKtech50 2014 here, and submit your vote now - simply click on the button next to the person you wish to vote for, and click the Submit button below the list. Voting closes at 5pm on 14 November 2014.


Note: You will only be able to vote once, and subsequently the list will be hidden from view on further visits - so, for reference, here is the full list of names on the shortlist, in alphabetical order:

Angela Morrison CIO, Direct Line Group
Catherine Doran CIO, Royal Mail Group
Chi Onwurah Labour MP, Shadow minister for digital government & cyber security
Christina Scott CIO, Financial Times
Clare Sutcliffe Founder of Code Club
Darryl West CIO, Barclays
Didier Lebrat CTO, BSkyB
Dido Harding Chief Executive, TalkTalk Group
Eben Upton Founder Raspberry Pi Foundation
Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy
Elizabeth Varley Co-founder & CEO, TechHub
Francis Maude Cabinet Office Minister
Gavin Patterson CEO, BT
Gavin Starks CEO, Open Data Institute
Gerard Grech CEO, Tech City
Helen Milner CEO, Tinder Foundation
Jacqueline de Rojas Area VP Northern Europe, Citrix
Jane Moran CIO, Unilever
Joanna Shields Chair, Tech City UK; PM's digital ambassador
John Douglas CTO, Burberry
John Finch CIO, Bank of England
John Manzoni CEO, HM Civil Service
Jonathan Ive Senior vice president of industrial design, Apple
JP Rangaswami Chief scientist,
Julian David CEO, TechUK
Karen Price CEO, e-Skills UK / The Tech Partnership
Liam Maxwell Government CTO
Maggie Philbin CEO TeenTech and Chair of the UK Digital Skills Task Force
Mark Bramwell Head of IT, Wellcome Trust
Mark Dearnley Chief digital and information officer, HMRC
Martha Lane Fox Chair, Go On UK
Matt Brittin VP, Northern & Central Europe, Google
Mike Bracken Executive director, Government Digital Service
Mike McNamara CIO, Tesco
Mittu Sridhara CIO, TUI Group
Paul Coby IT director, John Lewis
Phil Jordan Group CIO, Telefonica
Phil Smith Cisco UK CEO, chairman of Technology Strategy Board
Ralph Rivera Director of Future Media, BBC
Richard Thwaite Director of Digital Policing, Metropolitan Police Service
Robert Hannigan Director, GCHQ 
Robert Harding CIO, Capital One Europe
Simon Segars CEO, ARM Holdings
Susan Cooklin CIO, Network Rail
Tim Berners-Lee World Wide Web inventor; director of Open Data Institute
Tim Kelsey National Director, Patients and Information, NHS England
Tony Singleton Director, Digital Commercial Programme, Govt Digital Service
Trevor Didcock CIO, Easyjet
Victor Chavez CEO, Thales UK; chair of Information Economy Council; President of TechUK
Wendy Hall Professor of Computer Science at University of Southampton


Editor's note: The final UKtech50 list will be chosen by combining the decision of the judging panel with the votes of our readers. The combined reader vote will carry the same weight as that of one judge, and will provide the UK IT professional input into the order of the list. The editor's decision on the UKtech50 list will be final.

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