Judging Panel

Kate Beverly

VP of Technology Programme Management


Kate is VP of Technology Programme Management for the world's learning company, Pearson.

Since joining Pearson in 2004, Kate has led a number of major IT programmes and now heads Technology's Business Management Team. Often described as the department's "backbone" by the Group CIO, Kate is responsible for budget planning and management, comms and engagement, SOX compliance, shared technology platforms and a global portfolio spanning over 75 major IT programmes and an annualised budget in excess of £200 million.

Besides the "day job", Kate champions Pearson's diversity agenda with conviction, actively leading the Global Women in Technology employee resource group, and driving diversity initiatives to increase graduate and intern opportunities.


Holly Brockwell



Holly Brockwell is an award-winning technology journalist for titles including the Evening Standard and Gizmodo, and is currently working on her first book, soon to be published by Kogan Page. She lives in London and tweets as @holly.

Tom Clark

Chief Information Officer

Leeds Building Society

Tom Clark is a Chief Information Officer experienced in financial services technology, project excellence and the delivery of resilient services on a global scale. His career covers all aspects of technology having moved roles regularly, driving innovation, efficiency and effectiveness.
Tom is regularly listed highly amongst the UK Top 100 CIOs, was ranked number 7 of CIOs in financial services by CIO magazine, and in 2015 was finalist is the UK IT Industry Awards as CIO of the Year. A great believer in the power and benefits of mentoring, he works with The Social Mobility Forum and Women Ahead, and has carried out Non-Executive Director roles.

Kate Collins

Global Director of IT

Royal BAM Group

Kate Collins, a seasoned Global Director of IT with almost 20 years' experience in strategic project delivery and transformation. Highly qualified and driven to succeed. Proven ability to recruit, develop, mentor and motivate teams. Kate is a true professional, always willing to champion diversity and develop women in IT.

Joanna Davinson

Home Office

Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer

Joanna joined the Home Office in November 2017 following a 28 year career with Price Waterhouse Coopers and IBM, where she focussed on delivering large Public Sector ICT programmes, often in the UK but also for governments across Europe and in the US and Canada.

Before that Joanna enjoyed 5 years in the Civil Service in the National Audit Office and is delighted to now be back in central Government at the Home Office. She is the department's Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, leading a team of over 3,000 employees reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary, with a seat at the departmental Board.


Jan Langham

Head of Group Security

Paddy Power Betfair

Jan Langham is Head of Security, Assurance Paddy Power Betfair, she works with colleagues across the group to establish global standards and practices for security assurance, threat management and information governance. She has been a security leader in a broad spectrum of industries ranging from banking & finance, retail and on-line betting and gaming, plus a spell in central government and a key international sporting event. She describes her linchpins as communication, people development, innovation and the humble RAG status.

Fiona Macaulay

Global Director IT Delivery


Fiona is an experienced CIO and Business Transformation Leader, delivering sustainable Business value and improved Customer experience through Digital & IT solutions. She has worked internationally, living in the US and Asia where she learnt the power of diverse teams. She has had a wide and varied career initially joining BP as a Graduate in Geology. She has successfully delivered across many sectors from Trading to Retail at BP, Publishing at Elsevier, Telecommunications at Vodafone, in Utilities as CIO for Thames Water and presently leading Global IT Delivery at Mars enabling Mars's Digital Transformation.
A leader with a passion for people, she actively develops capability and talent across her teams in technology and leadership. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is a member of BCS Women Committee where she actively supports and encourages more women to have a successful and lasting career in Technology.

Fatuma Mahad



Fatuma is a seasoned CIO/COO with 20 years experience of senior business leadership. Her last role was as Director of Technology & Operations for UCAS, which is the nerve centre for digitally connecting millions of students globally to higher and further education across the UK. Fatuma led a team of 250, managed a complex chain of over 100 suppliers, and delivered on a significant digital transformation programme across all technology platforms. She is driven, strategic as well as delivery focused, and has a passion for exemplary leadership and building relationships.


Louise Mccarthy

Cxo/CFo advisor


Louise Mccarthy. Former COO- Global Digital IT transformation director at HSBC. Finalist for Women in IT 2017/2018. Louise is an outstanding and dynamic inspirational CIO transformational and business change leader with over 35 years' experience in some large private and public sector organisations. Also a highly respected in the technology, digital industry as a passionate, energized and transformational leader who achieves amazing results. She is valued at board level for design of complex technology and digital transformational visions, and strategy. The ability to take complex organisations with the need for transformation and align to business objectives . A background in finance and commercial giving the ability to see the wider picture and achieved commercial creativity. Louise is also a role model for females in technology. Currently Louise is Cxo/CFo advisor for PE backed fintechs a and Ned for a contender bank.

Joanna Poplawska



Joanna, a lawyer by training, HR director in her previous working life became the CEO of CITF- Collaboration, Innovation and Technology Forum in 2015. CITF is a membership organisation for over 3000 technologists working across industries. One of Joanna's first decisions as the CEO was to set up the Gender Balance Group which over the years has influenced organisational practices and worked together to promote best practices. Gender Balance, diversity and inclusion are not just a part of Joanna's working life, they are also her passion and purpose. In particular she focuses on helping remove the barriers to women progressing to leadership roles.

James Robbins



James is CIO and CXO of ArrowXL a shared two person logistics company who deliver the big stuff right across the UK and Ireland. James is working with the exec team and shareholders to deliver a major IT and customer experience transformation as the market for two person delivery continues to grow with ArrowXL growing 20% in the last 12 months. James is a regular in the CIO100 and is a former CIO of Drax Group plc, Northumbrian Water Group and Abellio Transport Holdings.

Rachel Ruston

Head of IT Service Delivery & Commercial Services

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Rachel is Head of IT Service Delivery and Commercial Services working at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Rachel leads many different teams and disciplines within IT and has over 20 years' experience including business and IT Transformation, systems integration, and Commercial services. Rachel has worked across a range of industry sectors, including Financial Services, Private Sector IT companies and latterly within Public Sector IT. Prior to joining Barnsley MBC Rachel was a Bank Manager at National Australia Group with responsibility for business development, team management and client delivery. Rachel is educated to a Level 7 in Leadership & Management, ITIL Expert and Prince 2 Certified and is a former winner of Role Model of the year at these awards in 2017.

Sophia Steiger


HSBC Infrastructure Division

Sophia Steiger is CFO for the HSBC Infrastructure Division (HOST), based in London. An Executive Committee member for the HOST organization and a member of the Finance Leadership team (20 most senior HSBC finance individuals). Sophia is responsible for the Cost, Financial and Performance Management of a budget of over $9bn per annum. With a global team of over 250 FTE, she is focused on partnering with the business to deliver the externally committed Transformation agenda and prioritization of key investments across Operations, Technology and Property.

With over twenty years of global Finance experience across Financial Services, Government, Telecoms and Retail. Sophia balances results orientated delivery, with longer team strategy development and people focus. Prior to becoming a CFO Sophia was a Consulting Partner focused on large-scale Transformation and Cost Reduction programs. Developing an industry wide specialism in IT and Property cost management; outsourcing arrangements and Service Charging arrangements. Prior to Deloitte, Sophia spent five years working in Retail following completion of her Accounting training.


Vicky Barnaby

AWS & DevOps Consultant

Networkers - Technology Recruitment

I have two and a half years' experience in IT recruitment as an AWS Cloud specialist including a 6 month spell recruiting for a Gartner Leading Cloud Consultancy!

I've worked with consultancies and Managed Service Providers from global recognisable brands through to local SMEs, I strive to deliver a friendly, bespoke, specialist service to both clients and candidates. Offering consultancy and advice to meet ever changing challenges, the main area I specialise in is AWS, covering Consultant and Architect positions as well as Implementation/Project Engineers, Site Reliability and DevOps roles too - I love my job! :)