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Dr. Mansoor Alrazooqi

Director Virtual Technology

Dubai Police

Dr. Mansoor Alrazooqi is the Director of the Virtual Technology Center at Dubai Police General Headquarters (GHQ), where he has worked since February 2014.

Mansoor has worked in many fields related to information technology and systems and applications development, as well as working to develop virtual applications to support the training methods and awareness employed by the Dubai Police GHQ. He began his career at Dubai Police on the 1998.

 

Ryan Bryers

CTO & CIO

Car Finance 24/7

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.

 

Ian Golding

Global Digital

CIO

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.

 

Tiffany Hall

Chief Information Officer

Cancer Research UK

Tiffany Hall joined Cancer Research UK as Chief Information Officer in July 2017 - the first person to hold the role and one of the first technology board positions in the charity sector. CRUK is the UK's largest charity, encompassing ground-breaking research and lobbying on government health policies, all supported by fundraising initiatives and over 600 retail outlets. Tiffany is responsible for setting and delivering the overall CRUK technology strategy to maximise the value that technology can bring to the Charity in support of its aims.

Since joining CRUK, she has steered the organisation through its largest ever reconfiguring of their digital and IT teams, triggering wholesale culture change across the organisation. 

Prior to joining CRUK, Tiffany worked at the BBC for over 20 years in a range of technology leadership roles across the enterprise IT and broadcast engineering spectrum, including that of CIO. Her earlier career was spent in IT roles with Shell UK. She has been very much engaged in the UK digital skills agenda, in an advisory capacity with the Tech Partnership, as a STEM ambassador and by working with DCMS on the Tech Talent Charter around the challenges of diversity in UK tech roles.


Tiffany was awarded CIO of the Year at the UK's 2019 Women in IT Awards - the world's largest technology diversity event.

Beverley Heath

Delivery Manager

MooD International

My first encounter with computing was laying loose cables throughout an office building, to support a case paper location system that utilised very simple green-on-black screens and handheld scanners. As my career developed, so did the world of computers and, over time, I became increasingly focused on delivering "digital" projects.

Until 2015 I was a civil servant with DWP and was involved in several projects that were about getting more customers to use online services, for the huge socio-economic advantages to individuals of becoming "connected", not just the cost savings to the business. On leaving DWP I joined MooD International, an exciting private sector company delivering high-end business analytics for government and global private sector companies.

My prime drivers are ensuring my customers get excellent business value from my company's software solutions, and that we share a positive experience in reaching those outcomes.
It's no secret that I'm at the "autumn" of my career (well, winter, if I'm being honest) and that gives me a long experience of projects of all kinds, and an ability to discern what has made a big difference to customer outcomes. I'm excited about this chance now to be part of the judging panel and review your entries.

 

Alok Raj

Chief Architect

Department for Education

Alok is the Chief Architect and Head of Enterprise Architecture Profession at the Department for Education. He is a technology leader with over 25 years' experience across public and private sector. As a leader, Alok has worked with several organisations and helped them deliver on their strategic priorities by weaving Digital, Data and Technology together.

David Ivell

CTO

SEMTA

Pioneering technology innovation within the environmental and not for profit sectors, David is passionate about using technology for social good and an ardent campaigner to bring more women into the IT sector and develop talent.

With 30 years' experience in the IT industry as CIO, CTO, Business Transformation and IT Director within organisations that include IBM, Credit Suisse, the British Film Institute, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, The Prince's Trust, Good Energy and Semta.

David is also founder of the fastest growing technology focussed charity in the UK, Energise Resources, and was awarded Chief Digital Officer of the year at these awards in 2018.

 

Dave Perry

CTO

DVLA

The DVLA systems have reach across virtually every household and every adult in the UK, so a focus on high volume, secure and robust critical national infrastructure systems is a must.

Dave is the Chief Technology Officer at the DVLA. Along with his team of around 800 people, of which 650 are civil servants, he is responsible for delivering an IT strategy that will allow DVLA to become a truly modern, agile organisation, empowered to develop, deliver and run best in class services quickly and cost-effectively.

Dave has worked for many large well-known brands in a variety of segments, such as retail, gambling & gaming, pharma and tech in addition to government. There, leading a variety of teams to deliver multi-channel and transformational IT. He's passionate about using innovation and disruptive solutions to transform service delivery, as well as developing sustainable technical talent and high performing teams.

Dave was awarded CTO of the year at the Tech Leaders Awards 2018

Mark Ridley

Owner and Founder

Ridley Industries

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.

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 http://computing.unn.ac.uk/staff/yqqd6/home.htm

Dr Eben Upton

Founder

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Dr Eben Upton is a founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, serves as the CEO of Raspberry Pi (Trading), its commercial and engineering subsidiary. He is the co-author, with Gareth Halfacree of the Raspberry Pi User Guide, and with Jeff Duntemann and others of Learning Computer Architecture with Raspberry Pi. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2017 and appointed a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2019. In an earlier life, he founded two successful mobile games and middleware companies, Ideaworks 3d and Podfun, held the post of Director of Studies for Computer Science at St John's College, Cambridge, and wrote the Oxford Rhyming Dictionary with his father, Professor Clive Upton. He holds a BA in Physics and Engineering, a PhD in Computer Science, and an MBA, from the University of Cambridge.

Liz Upton

Executive Director of Communications

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Liz Upton was Raspberry Pi's first full time employee in 2011, and serves as Executive Director of Communications at Raspberry Pi (Trading). She is a former freelance journalist, and holds an MA from the University of Cambridge

Chris Ashworth

CIO

Hermes

Chris Ashworth has recently joined courier firm Hermes, coming from Genting Casinos. In that role Ashworth was responsible for the IT infrastructure of the entire firm, which employed more than 4,000 people.