Judging Panel

Aaron Powell


NHS Blood and Transplant

Aaron Powell joined NHS Blood and Transplant in January 2010 and, following a number of operational roles in the Organ Donation and Transplantation team, became Interim Director of ICT in November 2014. Aaron was appointed NHSBT's first Chief Digital Officer in July 2015 to lead the development of world class digital services and deliver a comprehensive technology transformation to support the digital agenda. Aaron was named V3's Chief Digital Officer of the Year in 2016 and number 20 in the 2017 CIO100 list of top CIOs in the UK.

Aliaksandr Bakunovich

Lead Software Engineer

Godel Technologies

Fin Goulding



Fin embraces change, transformation and innovation in equal measures. Always at the forefront of Technology and not frightened to experiment or challenge the status quo. He is currently the International CIO at Aviva Group with technical responsibility for Europe & India with a remit to kill legacy, drive their Digital agenda by introducing the next generation of Agile based on Flow Principles and to disrupt the insurance business by collaborating with FinTech/InsurTech startups.

In his recently published book "FLOW - A Handbook for Change Makers, Mavericks, Innovation Activists and Leaders", Fin explores what he calls the new world of Agile.


Greg Hawkins


Starling Bank

Greg Hawkins is CTO of Starling Bank, leading on technical strategy, engineering and infrastructure. Starling Bank is a mobile-only challenger bank offering free current accounts to individuals and businesses complete with Apple Pay, Google Pay, fast domestic and international payments, rich transaction data, spending insights, fine-grained card control and much more. Starling acquired UK banking licence in July 2016 and have been available to the public through mobile app stores since May 2017.

Huseyin Seker

Director of Enterprise and Engagement (CIS)

Northumbria University

Dr Huseyin Seker is a multi-disciplinary data scientist with particular interests in big data mining, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital technology development and their specific applications in bio-medicine, energy and industry. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, led a number of projects, delivered keynote and invited talks at several events and organised a number of conferences and special sessions on big data mining. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences of The University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

He is also the Director of Enterprise and Engagement, leads Data Analytics Lab and co-lead Information Management & Data Analytics Research Group. In addition to his academic duties, he is one of the co-Investigators of the Institute of Coding, an Advisory Board Member of the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence and Steering Group Member of Digital Catapult North East and Tees Valley. Further information about his projects can be found at

Ian Golding


Global Digital

Ian Golding has been Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Data Privacy Officer leading global commercial technology programmes for over 20 years and has a passion for fostering collaboration and innovation to exploit the benefits of technology and data in permanent, interim and private consulting roles.

In 2017 as the RNLI's first CIO (Interim) he created their first digital, information and technology strategy including new capability for fundraising, predictive analytics and data-based insights that will help the RNLl to break the chain of events that can tragically lead to drowning.

Ian is a Fellow of The Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Professional Fellow of The BCS. He is also an investor and mentors digital startups. By devoting time to assisting emerging businesses and small investments to advance, Ian's aim is to help grow the digital ecosystem.

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Richard Godfrey

Project Director

Arcus Global

Richard Godfrey is the Head of Implementation for Arcus Global and former Assistant Director for Digital at Peterborough City Council. As a part of his role at Peterborough, Richard drove the council's ICT strategy designing a programme of work to complement the changing nature of local government delivery of services. His ICT strategy based around public cloud technologies, such as Salesforce, Google, Box and AWS changed the way Peterborough delivers its ICT service. The strategy underpins the wider transformation programme in delivery across the council and was viewed as one of the most innovative strategies in Public Sector and one that is being followed by a number of other local authorities. Richard is currently Head of Implementation at Arcus Global, who work with the Public Sector to transform service delivery through digital and innovative solutions.

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Ryan Bryers


Worldline UK & Ireland

Ryan in his 27-year IT career has spanned the entire spectrum from application developer to operations/infrastructure, IT Service Management to TOGAF Enterprise Architecture, Solution Architect to Solution Director and more recently Portfolio & Strategy to UK&I CTO at Worldline. Ryan's focus has been directed in recent years to his goals and passion for Digital Transformation, Cloud Adoption, Agile Enablement and more recently a drive towards DevOps and delivery of high quality at pace. Ryan has been part of the Atos Group for over 17 years and has worked in Managed Services, Systems Integration, Business Transaction Services and now Worldline.

Part of Ryan's role is the ownership and of the UK&I strategy for near and offshore development as well as being tasked with building a high quality leading edge development capability in India from the Worldline global perspective.


Duane Wald

Vice President & Managing Director


Duane Wald is a 28 year veteran of MultiTech, a company that designs, develops, and manufactures communications equipment for the industrial internet of things. Wald leads the company's International market expansion and go-to-market strategy emphasizing ecosystems, partnerships, and solutions in defined markets and verticals. Wald had leadership experience across the organization including Sales, Engineering, Product and Quality Management, Manufacturing and Operations. Wald has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of North Dakota and has been resident in the UK since 2016.