UKtech50: Tom Wills-Sandford on the role of IT leaders in the UK economy

Computer Weekly has launched the second 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. The UKtech50 list will be decided by a judging panel representing every area of the UK IT profession – and this year we also asked readers to vote on who they think should top the list.

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

In this UKtech video, judge Tom Wills-Sandford gives his views on the state of UK IT and the role of IT leaders in the UK economy.


Read the full transcript from this video below:

UKtech50: Tom Wills-Sandford on the role of IT leaders in the UK economy

Tom Wills: I do not think IT has ever been as important as it is now,
both as a sector on its own and, of course, as an enabler
for other industrial sectors. We are all desperately
looking for the key to growth, and one of the key to
growths is going to be productivity and innovation,
and that is exactly where IT comes in. I am concerned
that it is not recognized sufficiently as an important
engine for growth.

I think you are looking for innovation, inspiration,
management, leadership from the front, decision making,
and the willingness to put your head above the [inaudible: 00:56].

I think it is important in its own right, but I think what
we desperately need is new role models coming
through and attracting people into the industry,
and persuading other people to follow in these leaders'


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