Emma is Vice President for Partnership Development at Higher Ed Partners - a world-leading strategic growth partner to universities embracing digital opportunities in teaching and learning online. Emma has 15 years of experience in digital learning gained in both the private and public sector and in higher education. Prior to joining HEP, Emma was a Director at the London School of Economics where she was responsible for technology-led change programmes across the School. This followed 4 years as Director of Digital Education for one of the UK’s largest groups of FE institutions, where she designed and led a complete digital transformation programme to enable online learning for all faculties across the group. Before joining the education sector, Emma held a senior position with a world-leading manufacturer of medical devices – CooperVision, where she was responsible for designing and implementing a global digital learning strategy to support the delivery of learning initiatives around the world. Emma is a qualified teacher; she has studied Digital Learning at Masters level and holds a BA in Product Design and Marketing.
As HCUK’s CIO, Laura oversees the company’s technology division, incorporating a wide variety of tools, applications, projects and services, supporting customers across the company. Laura also has executive oversight for Distribution and Production.
Formerly Senior Vice President, Technology and Operations, for Turner Broadcasting System Europe (part of the Time Warner Group), Laura has held a variety of senior positions in her field.
Laura Dawson is the Chief Information Officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has been a leader in the Charity and Not for Profit sector for over 30 years including, RSPB, Save the Children UK and British Council.
Laura is an advocate for ensuring that we get the value out of data and, as a trustee of Charity IT Leaders, ensuring that technology is making a difference to our organisations and the people we support. She has a passion for nature which she developed at her time with RSPB. A Watford FC fan and season ticket holder, Laura has learned to manage her expectations expertly.
Neil Sinclair is the National Cyber Lead for the Police Digital Security Centre. Neil was recognised in The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2019 for his work in Technology & Cyber Security.
Neil has worked in UK counter-terrorism policing for over thirty years and has been involved in many of the Metropolitan Police’s biggest Terrorist Operations. He was a key member of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit for 10 years and is an accredited Financial Investigator.
Neil was the Lead for Financial Intelligence at GCHQ, prior to joining the Police Digital Security Centre.
Huseyin is a research-oriented and enterprise-focused academic and manager with both academic and industry experiences in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and emerging & disruptive technologies/systems. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been involved with a portfolio of collaborative research, enterprise and teaching/learning projects of over £20M as PI, Co-I and international researcher in collaboration with universities and companies in the UK and abroad. He was one of the founding members of the Institute of Coding and lead its activities at Northumbria University until September 2019. He previously worked as a Reader/Assoc Professor and Director of Enterprise & Engagement for the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University and Faculty Head of Research Operations for the Faculty of Technology at De Montfort University.
Working in various parts of technology for most of his career Terry has seen the world transform from analogue to Digital several times now. Mostly he gives it a gentle helping hand but sometimes it needs more of a firm shove in the right direction.
After years working in the creative industries Terry has, more recently, spent time in the Third Sector and currently leads technology for the Church of England where he has an unhealthy interest in the areas of Cloud Services, Security and Digital Anthropology in order to design agile, secure and modern workplaces and platforms.
He has a keen eye for emerging trends in tech, and considers it an honour to be asked to judge these awards.
Tom is Group Chief Architect/CIO for Lowell Group, one of Europe’s largest credit management companies. A global IT leader with 30+ years’ experience in leading change and driving service performance as a CIO / IT Director, primarily in financial services. Tom regularly places in the UK Top 100 CIO lists, and has been a finalist for the UK IT Industry Awards as CIO of the Year. He holds responsibility as Council Member for the University of Leeds and has previously been a non-executive director in the housing sector. Tom is a supporter of developing and recognising talent within the technology industry and judges regularly awards, including previous years for Women in Tech Excellence Awards, as well as supporting mentoring through the Women in Technology scheme. He has a Masters degree in IT Management and is a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Tom is the Site Editor for Delta, Computing’s market intelligence service, and regularly writes news and analysis pieces for Computing. He joined Incisive Media in 2017 from the display industry, trading LCDs and quantum dots for cyber-security and machine learning. As well as tech market analysis, Tom’s role consists of interviewing C-level IT leaders, organising events and complaining about improper use of the Oxford comma.