With voting for the winners of this year’s Digital Leaders 100 in full swing, we wanted to let you know more about the 100 nominees who have made it onto the list across all ten categories. Today we cover Digital Public Figure of the Year.
The award is specifically designed to recognise a high profile figure who has shown outstanding leadership in the last 12 months to champion the digital transformation of government, society or business.
The ten finalists for Digital Public Figure of the Year are:
COLIN COOK, SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
As Head of Digital Public Services and Business Transformation, Colin supports Scottish Ministers across their ambitious agenda to build a world class digital country. He is a regular speaker on digital strategy, has helped facilitate plans for an industry led Digital Skills Academy and spearheaded a business partnership to promote Scotland’s vibrant digital economy.
BARONESS MARTHA LANE FOX
Martha co-founded lastminute.com in 1998 and chairs Go ON UK, LuckyVoice and MakieLab. She is also NED at Marks and Spencer and the Women’s Prize for Fiction and was formerly the UK’s Digital Champion. Martha started Antigone, chairs Founders Forum for Good and is a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. Martha was awarded a CBE for services to the digital economy and charity, and in March 2013 was created a life peer and entered the House of Lords as a crossbencher.
ED SAPERIA, WIKIMANIA
Ed has done a lot of community building in the tech and open space and brought Wikipedia’s global conference to London in 2014. He is launching a community space and civic technology incubator in London in 2015.
HAYLEY LEWIS, CROYDON COUNCIL
Hayley is a passionate advocate of all things digital and how it can transform local government and the lives of residents. The leadership team that Hayley is part of always takes a holistic, “digital first” view when looking at improving the customer experience and delivering 21st century communications.
JOANNA GOODWIN, MONMOUTHSHIRE CITY COUNCIL
Joanna is passionate about continuously improving public sector digital services and focusing on development on what people need, not what organisations or technology allows. She is responsible for public facing digital platforms in Monmouthshire County Council and is also chair of a group called Web Group Wales.
MIGUEL-ÁNGEL RODRÍGUEZ-SOLA, LLOYDS BANKING GROUP
Under Miguel’s leadership, Lloyds Banking Group became the UK’s largest digital bank with 10.5 million internet banking customers, and the largest UK mobile bank with over 5m customers. Miguel is driving a three year, £1 billion investment in Digital Transformation across the Group. As a Go ON UK Board member, Miguel actively supports digital inclusion.
MIKE BRACKEN, GOVERNMENT DIGITAL SERVICE
Mike Bracken is the Executive Director of Digital in the Cabinet Office, as well as the government’s first Chief Data Officer. Mike joined in July 2011, and spent the first several months in government creating the Government Digital Service (GDS) which includes GOV.UK, the digital transformation programme, the Identity Assurance Programme, and the Data and Performance Platform for public services.
RICHARD GODFREY, PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL
Driving transformation across the council, Richard creatively spends the councils ICT budget to enable departments to transform and deliver more efficient services to residents. He created a strategy that underpins the council’s savings targets whilst enabling growth and sustainability in the city and advocates the use of technology to drive transformation across a number of other authorities.
ROBIN CHRISTOPHERSON, ABILITYNET
Robin is Head of Digital Inclusion and part of the accessibility and tech team at AbilityNet. He is himself blind but enthrals the audience with deft demonstrations of good and bad practice in website and mobile accessibility. He is a regular speaker at high profile events, aimed at web developers and policy makers.
SOPHIE PAYNE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
In the role of Head of Communications at Buckinghamshire County Council, Sophie has worked to create a comprehensive digital strategy for the council as well as bringing together management and design teams to enable a coherent digital policy and citizen-centric services.
You have until the end of May to select overall winners from 100 finalists across ten categories, including Digital Public Figure of the Year.
Who will win your vote? The results will be combined with the deliberations of an expert judging panel to determine the overall winners, culminating in a black-tie gala dinner on 25th June at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in Central London.
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