2018 Judges

Chris Baker, SVP & MD, EMEA North - SAP Concur

Chris joined SAP Concur in September 2014 and leads the EMEA North (UK, Ireland, Nordics, Benelux and France) region to achieve great customer relationships and sustainable high growth. Prior to joining Concur Chris was a long-term customer of SAP Concur, and has held a number of senior roles across his 20+ year career in enterprise software. These roles include managing the Financial Services vertical at Microsoft, running UK, Ireland & Africa sales as Regional Vice President at Salesforce.com, and owning sales as Senior Director at business intelligence vendor Qlik. Chris holds a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Keele University and entered the technology industry via an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex. Chris’s passion though is for the beneficial outcomes of technology for individuals and organisations, and not purely for the technology’s own sake. Outside of Concur Chris is chair of the board of trustees at the charity brainstrust, the brain cancer people, enjoys walking his dogs, and also kayaking on the Rover Thames and the north shore of Cornwall.

Marianne Calder, VP & MD for EMEA - Puppet

As VP and MD of Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) – Marianne Calder leads Puppet’s sales, marketing, and customer success throughout EMEA.. Marianne has more than 24 years in the IT industry, leading global sales and support teams, incl. growing Cisco’s Inside Sales Organization and Cisco Graduate’s Program for EMEA.

Marianne is deeply engaged in Diversity Programs and is a trustee of Disability Initiative, Camberley UK. At both Puppet and Cisco, Marianne has build highly diverse teams, specifically focused on supporting and enabling the Early-in-Career Talent.

Marianne (a Danish national) now lives in the UK with her husband and three children.

Alison Davis, CIO - Francis Crick Institute

Originally a graduate chemist, Alison has worked in IT roles in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sector for 31 years, 17 as a CIO.  She has delivered many projects, typically involving significant user change. Since November 2013, she has been the CIO for the Francis Crick Institute. The Crick is the largest centre for biomedical research in Europe, which was opened by the Queen in November 2016.  In her role, Alison was responsible for leading the setup and delivery of the IT for the new Institute and for the IT migration of around 1300 staff from legacy institutes into the new building.  She has been listed on the CIO UK top 100 list in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Pivotal Future List 2017 and is the winner of the Women in IT 2018 CIO of the Year award.

Debbie Forster, CEO - Tech Talent Charter

Debbie Forster is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education, and is CEO for the Tech Talent Charter, an industry collective which aims to deliver greater gender diversity in the UK tech workforce. Prior to the TTC, Debbie gained attention as the Co-CEO of tech charity Apps for Good.  Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for “Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development” and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016.  Debbie was also on Computer Weekly’s list of “25 Most Inspirational Women in UK IT” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

John Gibbs, Group CIO - Rolls Royce

John was appointed the Group CIO for Rolls-Royce plc in February 2016 and has over 25 years’ experience of delivering IT. As the Group CIO he is responsible for ensuring that Rolls-Royce plc has the digital capability (processes, applications, data and technology) it needs to succeed. This includes the full IT lifecycle; strategy & enterprise architecture, projects, services, security, risk & compliance, and ensuring value for money. He  is also champions people development and diversity across the business.  He is a strong advocate of women in IT: 50% of his senior leadership team is female and he has encouraged the development of the Women in IT and Parenting networks.

In Rolls-Royce,  John has held a variety of roles. He was previously the Divisional CIO for Aerospace, Engineering & CHQ; the IT Chief Technology Officer –  winning the Best IT Strategy award at the national IT Awards – and IT Transformation & Programmes Director,  where he led the Energy divesture and a £300m infrastructure modernisation programmes; he was also Director of IT Operations & Infrastructure.

John has previously worked for companies including Computer Sciences Corporation, Royal Mail, and Computer Resources International in various leadership and technical roles.

David Ivell, Chief Technology Officer - Good Energy

Pioneering technology innovation within the environmental and charity sectors, David is passionate about using technology for social good. At Good Energy David is bringing radical innovation to the renewable energy sector.  As special advisor and previously The Prince’s Trust’s Chief Information Officer, David has transformed the engagement, relationship and journey of the young people the Trust supports. 

David has been an ardent campaigner to bring more young 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 and Good Energy

David Ivell CIO Prince’s Trust. As the Trust’s Chief Information Officer, David is tasked at exploiting technology and innovation to transform the engagement, relationship and journey of the young people it supports. Utilising technology led transformation to achieve something extraordinary for disadvantaged young people. Passionate about developing talent within technology.

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 and The Prince’s Trust

Kathryn O’Donnell, Deputy Director and Head of Operations for Defence - BAE Systems Applied Intelligence (AI)

Kathryn is the Deputy Director and Head of Operations for Defence within Bae Systems Applied Intelligence (AI), and consults for In-Space Missions Ltd, a leading Space Mission SME. She has held various technical and delivery leadership positions within the Cyber Security and Space Technology domains, fulfilling roles across AI, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and other divisions of what’s now Airbus Space and Defence.

Kathryn holds a PhD in Astrodynamics and graduated from the University of Cambridge (King’s College) where she worked on the University Women’s Executive. She is passionate about gender equality and equity, particularly in relation to STEM activities.

Amy Wettenhall, Head of Commercial Management, Digital Services, Market Area Europe and Latin America - Ericsson

Holding more than 15 years’ experience, Amy is a Senior Executive within the Media and ICT sectors. Amy joined Ericsson in 2006 as Commercial and Governance Manager and within 4 years was running the Technology Division. She served for 5 years as Head of Technology Commercial Management at the BBC and in her current role, Commercial Director, Europe & Latin America at Ericsson, leads the commercial strategy and implementation for the Digital Services Portfolio, which represents 40% of Ericsson’s global Digital Services Business, spanning over 100 countries.

Amy also holds the role of Non-Executive Director at TeenTech, was named Women in IT Business Leader of the Year 2016, and in 2017 was named in the Management Today Top 35 under 35 Women in Management list.

Amy has a BA in Politics and an MBA from Imperial College London, is single mum to 6 year old Millie and is a regular speaker on women in ICT, both in England and abroad.