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Judging Panel

Margaret Ajibode

Managing Director

Obatec

Margaret Ajibode is the Director of Obatec, an IT Consultancy Business; she has worked as an Engineering Consultant in the Industry, working on infrastructure and systems integration and strategy for many years.

One of her passion is to get more women into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industry, she was a Winston Churchill Fellow in 2009 and travelled to the USA, Australia and India to look at how businesses recruited, retained and promoted women in the Industry.

She is a STEM ambassador and has been a National Science and Engineering Judge and moderator since 2009; she is the Chief Judge for the London Region and also the South East Region Big Bang since 2015

She was a Council member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) where she was the Chair for Current & Future Strategy Committee.
She was the chair of the Karen Burt Award committee for BCS - The Chartered Institute of IT.
She was a director and Secretary General of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES).

 

 

Natalia Avdeeva

VP, Digital Product

Wikitribune

Natalia is VP of Product at WikiTribune, a community-led news site, founded by Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia). She has worked for companies such as Student.com and Vodafone, where she led development of consumer products. She advises startups on product and growth at Seedcamp, one of Europe's top accelerators. She holds a degree in computer science and an MBA from INSEAD.

Mary Branscombe

Technology Journalism

Freelance

Mary Branscombe is a freelance technology journalist for a wide range of sites. She has been writing about technology for more than two decades, covering everything from early versions of Windows and Office to the first smartphones, the arrival of the Web and most things in between, from consumer and small business technology, to enterprise architecture and cloud services. She also dabbles in mystery fiction about the world of technology and startups.

Suw Charman-Anderson

Founder

Ada Lovelace Day

Suw Charman-Anderson is the founder of Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Previously, Suw was a social technologist and, as one of the UK's social media pioneers, worked with clients worldwide. A freelance journalist, she has written about social media, technology and publishing for The Guardian, CIO Magazine and Forbes. In 2005, Suw co-founded the Open Rights Group, a digital rights campaigning group.

Holly Brockwell

Founder

Gadgette

Tech journalist Holly Brockwell is best known for founding the female-written, female-focused tech site Gadgette. She's no stranger to awards herself, most notably winning The Drum's award for Woman of the Year in 2015. As a big advocate for both technology and women, she's ideally placed to lead the judging panel as they choose the leading lights of the industry.

Samantha Kingston

Virtual Umbrella

Founder

Samantha Kingston is the award-winning co-founder & client director at Virtual Umbrella. Virtual Umbrella is a marketing consultancy specialising in virtual reality. Samantha is an advocate for Women in tech and VR and she is often found moderating panels on equality in the workplace. In 2016 she won the regional and national ‘New Business' award at Venus Awards, highlighted as one of MCV 30 under 30 and one of the rising stars of BIMA100 2016. She has been featured in a range of publications from Forbes, BBC, The Guardian and more. Recently been identified as one of the #Progress1000 2017.

Carly Page

Editor

The INQUIRER

Carly joined the INQUIRER as News Editor in April 2012 and became Editor in January 2017.

Before joining INQ, Carly studied journalism at the University of Lincoln and went on to dabble in the music journalism industry. A Nokia 7070 Prism (yep) ignited her love of gadgets and made her realise that that interviewing David Gray wasn't for her, after all.

Carly writes for the INQUIRER, V3 and Computing, and her main coverage areas include telecoms, mobile, devices, social media and, well, pretty much anything and everything.

In her spare time, Carly spends most of her time playing Mario Kart, drinking beer and reading the comments on the INQUIRER. Really.

 

 

Mark Ridley

Group Technology Officer

Blenheim Chalcot Accelerate

Mark is Group Technology Officer at Blenheim Chalcot Accelerate, part of the UK's most successful venture builder. Working with the CEOs and CTOs of Blenheim Chalcot ventures, he helps businesses succeed faster, through the application of technology, innovation and focused strategy.

Mark was previously responsible at board level for the product development and technology strategy at reed.co.uk, the best known recruitment brand in the UK. He helped build one of the UK's largest websites and an exceptional culture with strong links to the largest and best known technology firms in the world - including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce.

Mark is outspoken in his support for improvements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and equal opportunity in the technology industry. He is a regular industry speaker and writer with strong links into the UK technology press, contributing on topics ranging from strategy, innovation and Agile to the Cloud, security and risk. He is active within London's Agile and technology community, running and attending meetups regularly.

James Robbins

Team Innovator, Systems Thinking & Fundraising

Winning with Intelligence

James joined NWG just over five years ago and has led a strategic transformation of IS delivering better aligned services against NWG's industry leading goals. The ‘Winning with Intelligence' IS strategy and approach to digital transformation has been presented as best practice case studies at Oracle Openworld and the British Computer Society. Before joining NWG, James was the first CIO of Abellio Group, one of Europe's leading public transport organisations who employ over 20,000 people to deliver 1.7m passenger journeys per day. James planned and executed Abellio's bid to Operate IT Strategy during the organisations rapid growth. Before Abellio, James held several director and heads of IT roles including Arena Housing (now Your Housing) and Northern Rail. Whether talking about cloud, BYOD, Big Data, Business Intelligence, DevOps, Diversity or Innovation James' passion and creativity shine through, his ability to collaborate and deliver business value has recently been acknowledged by through leaders, John Zackman, the BCS, Computing and CIO Magazine.

Jessica Rose

FutureLearn

Technical Manager

Jessica Rose is a technologist working to foster better access to technical education and meaningful work in technology. She is an international conference speaker, hosts the Pursuit Podcast and writes on technology issues. She's founded the Open Code meetup series and c-founded Trans*Code.

Caroline Shrader

IT Service Improvement Manager

Fujitsu Ltd

Caroline is an IT Service Improvement Manager for the Global Delivery Centres at Fujitsu Ltd. Her specialisms include; global delivery models, CSI, project management, KPI analysis, and escalation management. She is also chair of Fujitsu's LGBT+ employee network. In her spare time she volunteers with the London LGBTQIA Community Centre Project and plays roller derby.

Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing, V3 and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.

Cathy White

Founder & Director CEW Communications and Director

GeekGirl Meetup UK

A proud women in tech herself, Cathy has spent the past three years working with GeekGirl Meetup UK to showcase female role models in the tech industry and be a voice for diversity. As host of podcast series GeekGirl Meets, she regularly interviews women about their careers in STEM across a range of roles and backgrounds. Cathy is the Founder and Director of communications agency CEW, which works to support scaling tech businesses and the wider support ecosystem through services ranging from PR to content marketing. From FinTech to PetTech, and Venture Capital to Corporate Innovation, Cathy has worked across many sub-sectors of the tech industry and is acutely aware of the skills, guts and dreams required for businesses and talent to succeed.