2024 JUDGES 

Senior Site Reliability Engineer

Cloud and DevOps practice-oriented Engineer with over 7+ years of tech experience. Currently working in Cambridge, UK. Active conference/meetup speaker, Linux evangelist, open-source contributor with a strong passion for quality. Awards and hackathons judge and mentor.

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, fractional and private consulting roles. He has recently been Interim CIO at Anthesis Group where he created Anthesis Digital to help clients solve sustainability problems; formerly Ian has been Interim CIO at SThree Plc, the world’s leading STEM skills provider. Formerly Ian was Interim CIO at the Natural History Museum, developing the Technology Strategy and Vision to support the its dual role as a centre of excellence in leading scientific research and as a world leading museum. In 2017 As the RNLI’s first CIO (Interim) he created the Institution’s 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 has also been Interim IT Director at Southern Housing Group and prior to Interim roles was Group CIO, Data Privacy Officer and Senior Partner for The ERM Group through its largest growth phase over 4 private equity cycles, to 5,200 staff across 140 offices worldwide. Ian is a Fellow of The Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the IET 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.

Group Research Director

John Leonard is Group Research Director for the Enterprise Technology Group at Incisive Media. He has designed and conducted research studies and analyses covering many of the aspects of business technology that are driving the way we live and work today.

Chief Information Security Officer
RS Group plc

Dr. Joseph Da Silva is an accomplished Information Security leader with extensive Security, IT and Business experience across multiple sectors. He has led teams responsible for Information Security, Architecture, IT Operations and Business Change. He is driving the Information Security agenda within RS Group plc to help both the organisation and its customers to understand and address risk while enabling business growth. He completed his PhD in Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London, researching the role of the CISO within commercial organisations and also holds CCISO, CISM and BCS qualifications.

Associate Editor

Penny is Associate Editor at Computing and focuses mainly on diversity in tech and sustainability content. She has more than a decade of content creation experience and specialises in long form feature content.

Global Vice President

Stuart Sumner is Global Vice President – Content of The Channel Company. 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.

Principal Technology Program Manager

Syed Mohamed Thameem Nizamudeen is a distinguished Information Technology leader with a rich history of leadership roles at Oracle, Ernst & Young (EY), and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC). His expertise lies in cloud computing, cloud security, big data, machine learning, AI, and Application Modernization, where he applies his vast knowledge to pioneer innovative solutions. Syed has worked with C-Suite executives of Fortune 100 firms in the past advising them on their Application Modernization efforts in aspects of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Cloud Security, Multi-cloud, Internet Of Things during his tenure with reputed technology Advisory firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. Syed is committed to advancing technology's role in shaping the business landscape.

Working in technology for most of his career Terry has seen the world transform from analogue to Digital several times now. Mostly he gives it some gentle encouragement, but sometimes it needs more of a firm shove in the right direction. Following a career working mostly in the creative and media industries Terry has, more recently, spent time in the Third Sector and currently leads Technology and Cyber Security for the Church of England. Unusually for a Technology leader, he holds qualifications in both Cyber Security and Risk to support these all areas of Technology in a fast-moving world of change. With a keen eye for emerging trends in tech along with an unhealthy interest in the areas of Cloud Services, Cyber Security and Risk in order to design agile, secure and modern workplaces and platforms that people enjoy using.

Software Engineer

In the last decade, I have been fortunate enough to work on diverse projects spanning pivotal sectors like telecommunications, healthcare (with a focus on Continuous Glucose Monitoring or CGM), automotive, and SAAS. Each project presented unique challenges and opportunities, enabling me to improve and innovate the user experience for our clients continuously.

My experience in mobile application development has been the foundation of my work, but I have never shied away from integrating the latest technologies to improve user engagement and satisfaction. My skills in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, the Internet of Things, Wearables, and Augmented Reality have consistently allowed me to stay ahead of the curve. By harnessing these technologies, I can provide users with comprehensive experiences that are intuitive, efficient, and groundbreaking. Customer experience is the most critical aspect of software development. It's not just about meeting user expectations but exceeding them. It's about creating memorable moments with each interaction, making the software not just a tool but an integral part of their daily lives. This philosophy has guided every project I have undertaken and is the foundation of my approach to software development.

My work in the healthcare industry, specifically with continuous glucose monitoring or CGM, has been gratifying. I have had the opportunity to develop solutions that help people manage their health more efficiently and effectively. It has been humbling to see the impact these solutions have had on people's lives, and it has motivated me to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Similarly, my work in the automotive industry has been exciting. I have had the opportunity to work on projects that have pushed the limits of what is possible with technology. From developing solutions that improve the driving experience to creating more efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles, it has been a privilege to work on projects that can potentially change the world. In conclusion, I am proud of the work that I have done over the last decade. Each project has presented challenges, but I have always approached them with a positive attitude and a commitment to excellence. My goal is always to create solutions that exceed expectations and provide users with experiences that are intuitive, efficient, and groundbreaking.


Tom is the Editor for Computing, where he has been covering the UK IT market since 2017. He is an industry veteran, writing his first tech story back in the mists of 2011, and specialises in covering topics around sustainabile IT, diversity and Web3 developments like blockchain and the metaverse. Tom regularly chats to leading IT professionals around the world, from companies both large and small - including Microsoft, Kellog's, Trainline, the Met Office and Mars. He is always on the lookout for the newest market trends that affect IT leaders in the UK and worldwide. Tom has previously written for a varity of B2B titles, including those serving the jewellery, pet and funeral industries - and yes, he's heard all the jokes. Often spotted with a notebook, grumbling about the Oxford comma.