The tech sector was well-represented in the New Year Honours list for 2018 – a clear sign of how our industry is now helping to shape a modern society for all. techUK was proud to see our president, Jacqueline de Rojas, awarded a CBE and would like to congratulate the other leading lights from the tech sector who were honoured and whose work has been pivotal in shaping our growing, thriving digital economy in the UK.
From Demis Hassabis, CEO, DeepMind Technologies, receiving recognition for his services to science and technology through his work on artificial intelligence to Ron Kalifa’s financial services innovation at WorldPay to Dana Tobak, managing director of Hyperoptic receiving a CBE for her services to the digital economy, the UK showed itself to be a hotbed of innovation for high growth areas within technology.
It was great to see the contribution made by our thriving cyber security sector recognised as well, particularly due to the direct impact that this area has on our lives with the uptick in cyber-warfare and crime. Thanks and congratulations to Sian John, executive security advisor at Microsoft, and Bernard Parson, CEO at BeCrypt. Sian John is the vice chair and Bernard is an active member in techUK’s Cyber Security Management Committee, so it’s great to see their passion acknowledged.
Entrepreneur Vin Muria, Adetunji Akintokun of Cisco and Leanne Bonner-Cooke of Evolve all received honours this year as a result of their work in diversity and inclusion. Although there is still work to be done in these areas, we’d like to thank these individuals for their continued dedication and we’ll continue to support their efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in the coming years.
We were also delighted to see Ken Olisa, IT industry veteran with a career spanning more than three decades, knighted for his services to business and philanthropy.
This year’s awards highlighted how innovative our tech sector is and acknowledged the unrelenting dedication of our leaders. We’d like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to all those on the New Year Honours list and look forward to being part of the incredible work our industry will contribute in the next year.