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UKtech50 2017 – 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 on, so let us know who you would like to nominate for this year’s list

Computer Weekly is launching its eighth 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 who, in the opinion of our expert judging panel and a reader vote, holds the most influence over the future of the UK IT sector in the next 12 months – and hence the future of IT professionals across the country. 

Last year’s winner of the UKtech50 was ARM Holdings CEO Simon Segars, who took over as chief executive of chip designer ARM in July 2013, succeeding Warren East, another former UKtech50 winner. Segars has worked for ARM since 1991 and led the development of a number of the firm’s processor designs. In the past four years, under Segars’ leadership, the company has seen a huge growth spurt, this time led by the ever-growing field of the internet of things (IoT).  

Segars could make his way back onto the list again, but who else will follow him into this year’s fold? There will be plenty of candidates from every UK sector. 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 this the 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 6 December 2017 – it will be 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 the Financial Times, Global Radio, Gala Leisure, Lloyds Banking Group and the University of Surrey, among others. Click here to register to attend this central London event. 

However, we do need your help! If you would like to nominate anyone you feel deserves recognition as one of the 50 most influential people in UK IT, simply complete the form below and submit your suggested individual. Nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday 27 October to be eligible for the 2017 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.

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

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