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UKtech50 2016: Vote for the most influential person in UK IT

Tell us who you think should be chosen as the most influential person in the UK tech scene for 2016 – submit your vote now

Computer Weekly has launched the seventh annual UKtech50, the definitive list of the real movers and shakers in UK IT – the CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving forward the UK’s digital economy. 

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 2016, and hence the future of IT professionals across the country.

Our expert judging panel has selected a shortlist of 50 leaders, shown below, who have been chosen from more than 100 nominations suggested by readers, the Computer Weekly team, and the judges themselves. Now we want your vote on who you think deserves the coveted top spot on this year’s list.

We will reveal the winner at a special event in London on 7 December, where we count down that list to announce the most influential person in UK IT over the next 12 months. The event also includes CIO speakers from leading organisations, including News UK, Shelter, Crossrail and the British Library, among others.

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.

Read more about UKtech50 2016 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 2016. 

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

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:

UKtech50 2016 shortlist

  • Andy Williams, CEO, NHS Digital.
  • Andy Williams, global CIO, Save the Children.
  • Ben Gummer, Cabinet Office minister.
  • Beverley Bryant, director of digital transformation, NHS Digital.
  • Brent Hoberman, entrepreneur; chair of Founders Factory & Founders Forum.
  • Christina Scott, CIO, News UK.
  • Ciaran Martin, head of the National Cyber Security Centre.
  • Darryl West, group CIO, HSBC.
  • Didier Lebrat, CTO, Sky.
  • Eben Upton, founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation.
  • Eileen Burbidge, government special envoy fintech; Tech City chair; venture capitalist, Passion Capital.
  • Fumbi Chima, CIO, Burberry.
  • Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT.
  • Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech UK.
  • Helen Milner, CEO, Tinder Foundation.
  • Ian Bromwich, managing director, digital and design, Barclaycard.
  • Ian Levy, technical director, National Cyber Security Centre.
  • Jacqueline de Rojas, TechUK president; executive vice-president, Sage.
  • James Findlay, CIO, HS2.
  • Jane Moran, CIO, Unilever.
  • Jeni Tennison, CEO, Open Data Institute.
  • Jeremy Vincent, CIO, Network Rail.
  • Jim Davies, CTO, genomics England.
  • Joanna Shields, minister for internet safety and security.
  • John Manzoni, CEO, HM Civil Service; permanent secretary, Cabinet Office.
  • Julian David, CEO, TechUK.
  • Justine Greening, secretary of State for Education.
  • Kevin Cunnington, director general, Government Digital Service.
  • Liam Maxwell, UK national technology adviser.
  • Maggie Philbin, CEO, TeenTech.
  • Mark Carney, chairman, Bank of England.
  • Martha Lane Fox, entrepreneur, founder of Dot Everyone.
  • Matt Brittin, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Business and Operations, Google.
  • Matt Hancock, minister of State for Digital and Culture.
  • Matthew Postgate, chief technology and product officer, BBC.
  • Mayank Prakash, chief digital and infromation officer, Department of Work and Pensions.
  • Mike Potter, interim chief digital and information officer, HMRC.
  • Mike Stone, CIO, ministry of Defence.
  • Monique Shivanandan, CIO, Aviva.
  • Nicola Mendelsohn, managing director, Facebook Europe.
  • Paul Coby, CIO, John Lewis Partnership.
  • Phil Jordan, group CIO, Telefonica.
  • Phil Smith, Cisco UK chairman; chair of Innovate UK; chair of Tech Partnership.
  • Robert Elsey, CIO, Bank of England.
  • Robert Hannigan, director, GCHQ.
  • Robert Harding, CIO, Capital One Europe.
  • Sarah Wilkinson, chief digital, data and technology officer, Home Office.
  • Sharon White, CEO, Ofcom.
  • Simon Segars, CEO, ARM Holdings.
  • Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web inventor; director of Open Data Institute.

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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none of those actually. who made up that list?

I'm with Chris - almost none of the above! (actually there are a handful of merit).

To be honest I think that some of those named ought to be on the list of people most inhibiting the UK’s digital economy.