Digital Leader of the Year

The Digital Leaders programme recognises the importance of Leadership in driving forward digital transformation in the UK. This award is for an individual whose actions in the past year have made them standout as a Digital Leader in the transformation of their sector.

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Helen Milner

Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation
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Helen Milner

Helen Milner, CEO of the Good Things Foundation

Helen Milner OBE is CEO of Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity, working to help people make the most of technology. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in online education. Since 2010, Good Things Foundation has helped over 2 million people learn basic digital skills.

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Lisa Dawson

Digital Inclusion Officer at Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) and Newcastle City Council (NCC)
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Lisa Dawson

Lisa Dawson, Digital Inclusion Officer at Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) and Newcastle City Council (NCC)

A passionate supporter of empowering people through digital literacy with an understanding of the digital issues related to welfare reform, Lisa has led enthusiastically on the operational side of the Get Online Newcastle initiative and has supported over 1,000 Newcastle residents to be able access and use the internet.

Craig Steele

Leader at CoderDojo Scotland
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Craig Steele

Craig Steele, Leader at CoderDojo Scotland

Craig Steele is an educator, published author and creative technologist, who helps people develop digital skills in a fun and creative environment. He is founder of CoderDojo in Scotland, former Digital Learning Manager at Glasgow Science Centre, a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, educational game developer and digital consultant to the media. Craig teaches digital skills in a relevant, fun and engaging way. He designs and delivers interactive training that brings coding and programming to life, for people of all ages and abilities.

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Michael Tobin

Non Executive Chairman for Satellite Solutions Worldwide Ltd (Europasat)
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Michael Tobin

Michael Tobin, Non Executive Chairman - Satellite Solutions Worldwide Ltd (Europasat)

Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Maverick. Michael Tobin OBE is an inspirational digital leader, industry entrepreneur, and charity champion. Following an incredible journey to success, the former CEO of Telecity Group is now Non-Exec and Chairman of nine companies across four continents, supporting entrepreneurs and businesses to grow exponentially through his unparalleled motivational style.

Fred Langford

Deputy CEO at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
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Fred Langford

Fred Langford, Deputy CEO at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

Fred has over 25 years’ experience in the internet industry gained through positions with ISPs, Ministry of Defence and US Air Force. Fred is responsible for the delivery of IWF’s services that ensure access to online illegal child sexual abuse material is minimised globally.

Fred has been instrumental in the design and delivery of IWF’s digital services to industry that are utilised globally to ensure access to illegal child sexual abuse material is disrupted and minimised. Most recently he has been behind the IHL, which was rolled out to IWF members from the internet industry in 2016. The IHL is a list of unique digital fingerprints of child sexual abuse images. IWF members use them to identify online images

Professor Richard Benham

Founder The Cyber Trust, The Cyber Club and Cyber4Schools
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Professor Richard Benham

Professor Richard Benham, Founder The Cyber Trust, The Cyber Club and Cyber4Schools

Richard Benham was the world’s first formal Professor of Cyber Security Management, lecturing at Coventry Business School and at the UK’s National Cyber Skills Centre where he is Professor in Residence. He is also a Visiting Professor in Policing at Staffordshire University and also in Cyber Security Management at the University of Gloucestershire. Professor Benham has 30 years’ experience in banking, law enforcement and cybernetics. In 2013 he published “The Cyber Ripple Theory” which is widely recognised as the World’s first Cyber Management Theory and includes the human elements of Cyber Security. He is the author of The National MBA in Cyber Security, The National Cyber Awareness Course and Cyber in the Boardroom.

Elizabeth Vega

Global CEO of Informed Solutions
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Elizabeth Vega

Elizabeth Vega, Global CEO of Informed Solutions

Elizabeth has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for young people, particularly from socially challenged backgrounds, to help them gain employment in the Digital Industry. She is committed to achieving a more inclusive approach to digital transformation across the UK and would be a deserving winner of this award.

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Claire Calmejane

Director of Innovation at Lloyds Banking Group
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Claire Calmejane

Claire Calmejane, Director of Innovation at Lloyds Banking Group

Claire is charged with harnessing digital innovations and disruptions to best suit Lloyds’ 22 million customers and 80,000 employees. The computer engineer joined the bank in October 2012 as head of digital delivery and became head of the digital centre of excellence, innovation and partnerships in 2014, helping to devise a strategy to digitise a large corporate bank. As director of innovation, she was instrumental in building the innovation function, LBG Innovation Labs, and the digital people strategy.

French-born Calmejane is the only women in the FinTech 40 Europe and a board member and mentor at startupbootcamp FinTech, having helped to drive Lloyds’ backing of the accelerator programme. Before joining the bank, she worked in the London office of Capgemini Consulting and has served as a visiting scientist at the MIT Center for Digital Business in Boston.

Mayank Prakash

Director General, Digital Technology at DWP
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Mayank Prakash

Mayank Prakash, Director General, Digital Technology at Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Mayank joined DWP in November 2014, having previously worked as CIO for Sage Group and Morgan Stanley.

A self-confessed geek and Apple fan, Mayank is driven by the opportunity to change the lives of millions of citizens. Passionate about diversity and equality in technology, Mayank is also DWP’s gender champion.