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UKtech50 2016 - help us find the most influential people in UK IT

Computer Weekly's annual search for the 50 most influential people in UK IT is underway – let us know who you would like to nominate for this year's list

Computer Weekly is launching its seventh annual UKtech50 this week, our definitive list of the movers and shakers in UK IT – the CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving forward the technology agenda in the UK economy. 

Our aim is to identify the 50 most influential leaders in UK IT. Whoever comes top of the list will be the person that, in the opinion of our expert judging panel and a reader vote, will have the most influence over the future of the UK IT sector in the next 12 months – and the future of IT professionals across the country. 

Last year’s winner of the UKtech50 was BT CEO Gavin Patterson. Patterson became CEO of the BT Group in 2013, after nearly a decade in various roles within the company, where he is also the chairman of the integration, operating and technology committees. As CEO of the telecoms giant, Patterson oversees BT’s roll-out of superfast broadband. He also led the company’s £12.5bn acquisition of mobile service provider EE, completed in January this year.  

Patterson is bound to be a contender again, but who will follow him into this year’s fold? There will be plenty of candidates from every sector of the UK. With changes aplenty in digital government and several IT champions making their mark, will a new digital leader from Whitehall come out on top? As the digital revolution transforms businesses, will a CIO with game-changing IT strategies come to the fore? Or as startups grow across the country, is it time to recognise a technology entrepreneur? 

To coincide with the announcement of the 50 most influential leaders in UK IT, Computer Weekly is hosting a special event in London on Wednesday 7 December 2016 – a must-attend meeting for any IT leaders looking to develop their own influence, to be inspired by their peers and to lead innovation in their organisation.

Confirmed speakers for the event so far include IT leaders from News UK, Shelter, Crossrail and the British Library, among others. Click here to register to attend this central London event.  

If you would like to nominate anyone you feel warrants recognition as one of the 50 most influential people in UK IT, simply complete the form below and submit your suggestion. Nominations must be received by 5pm on 11 October 2016 to be eligible for the 2016 list.

Judging the UKtech50 

The UKtech50 list will be decided by a judging panel representing every area of the UK IT profession – and we will ask readers to vote on who they think should top the list.

The panel has been chosen to represent different perspectives in IT – so each individual is acting both as an impartial and expert judge, as well as an advocate for their area of interest.

The judges are:

  • Blaise Hammond, marketing director, TechUK
  • Brinley Platts, chairman, CIO Development
  • Joanna Poplawska, executive director, The Corporate IT Forum
  • Adam Thilthorpe, director of policy, professionalism and public affairs, BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT

Our judging panel will select the top 50 candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Influence: What authority or ability does the person have – either through their personal position or the role they hold – to personally influence the development of UK IT, or to influence others in positions of authority?
  • Achievements: What has the person achieved in the past 12 months to help the development of UK IT?
  • Profile: Is the person recognised as a role model for aspiring leaders? How widely are they acknowledged by their peers as an authority and influence on UK IT?
  • Leadership: Does the person demonstrate the skills and experience necessary to be seen as a leader in the development of IT in the UK? Do they have a leadership role and does that help them develop the role of IT in the UK?
  • Potential: How likely is it that the person will have a significant impact on UK IT in the next 12 months? Will their authority and responsibility grow?

Looking back at last year’s UKtech50:

Computer Weekly’s annual search for the 50 most influential people in the UK tech scene 2015 is complete.

UKtech50 2015 - Computer Weekly’s five rising stars.

Computer Weekly interviews UKtech50 winner Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT.

UKtech50 2015: definitive list of the movers and shakers in the UK IT sector.

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