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President's Award 2024

Find out more about the winners of our 2024 President's Awards

Sheila Flavell CBE
The techUK President’s Award is our opportunity to shine a spotlight on the amazing talent we have in the UK tech industry. We were bowled over by the quality of nominations received this year, and we want to thank every techUK member who put forward a colleague. Through each of the four awards: People, Society, Economy, and Planet, we recognise the positive difference individuals from techUK member companies are making through their work with technology. With over 1000 members, techUK now represents over 1 million tech workers in the UK so our award winners truly are one in a million.

Sheila Flavell CBE

President of techUK

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People Award Winner

This award recognises someone who, through technology, has made a positive impact on well-being, health, skills, safety, or diversity and inclusion.

 

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Chris Whitehouse, Customer Experience Director, Collaboraite

Chris Whitehouse, formerly with Counter Terrorism Policing, joined Collaboraite and spearheaded the development of Welfare Assist, a tool to protect the welfare of online investigators exposed to graphic content. This tool, now deployed across UK Law Enforcement, shields users from harmful material while preserving necessary data for investigations. It also provides leaders with insights into their team's exposure and distress levels, enabling proactive support. Chris engaged extensively with stakeholders and practitioners to refine the tool, ensuring it meets the practical needs of investigators. Feedback has been very positive, highlighting its tangible benefits for investigator welfare. The impact Chris is having is significant and he is making a real difference to the welfare of our officers.

 

 

 

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Society Award Winner

This award recognises someone who is helping society to live better, work better, or interact better.

 

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Jennifer Neff, Managing Director, Access Elemental

Jennifer Neff, co-founded Elemental (now Access Elemental), with a dedication to making sure social prescribing is available to everyone who needs it, not only addressing the social determinants of our community’s health such as debt, housing and loneliness, but also to reduce demand on health and social care services as a result. Over ten years, she has built a tech for good company supporting over 20 million people across the UK, Ireland, and Australia. Her platform has reduced primary care demand by 65% and created jobs in disadvantaged areas, revolutionising social prescribing and tackling health inequalities. Jennifer has had a pioneering role in transforming community wellbeing.

 

 

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Economy Award Winner

This award recognises someone who, through technology, has strengthened the UK economy. This could be through supporting the growth of UK SMEs, leading the innovation of UK tech, or accelerating financial planning or risk mitigation.

 

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Toby Jones, CEO, TJC

Toby Jones, founder and CEO of TJC, is dedicated to leveraging technology for public good. He created the Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE) for the UK Home Office, enabling SMEs to collaborate on government projects. Since its 2017 launch, ACE has handled over 500 innovation commissions worth £200 million, engaging 380+ suppliers, 80% of which are SMEs. ACE's impact includes AI and data science applications addressing high-level government challenges. Recognised by the OECD and cited as a model for replication, ACE has significantly boosted SME growth and UK technological leadership. 

 

 

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Planet Award Winner

This award recognises someone who, through technology, is supporting our planet. This could include initiatives to support the climate agenda, decarbonisation, projects that support reuse and recycling, or advancements in clean energy.

 

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Eric Zie, CEO and Founder, GoCodeGreen 

Eric Zie is CEO and Founder of GoCodeGreen, a UK SME focused on measuring and identifying actions to reduce the carbon and environmental impact of digital products and services. Eric’s ambition is to decarbonise software and the technology value chain. GoCodeGreen’s work across the private and UK public sectors has identified opportunities to reduce carbon emissions, energy usage, and costs by between 27 and 43 percent. Eric is working with the ITU to engage less developed nations on their digital transformation pathways; with CodeClan and CodeBase to offer free training to 50 next-gen coders in the UK; and with the Retail Trust to demonstrate how green coding can benefit the UK retail sector. Eric has an outstanding passion for promoting sustainability in the digital sector.  

 

 


 

Shining a light on extraordinary tech talent. 

The President’s Award was launched in 2023 to recognise the significant contribution and positive difference techUK members are making through their work with technology. Every day, individuals in our tech community are effecting real change, whether that is helping small, distinct communities, or enabling large-scale interventions across countries and the planet.

The techUK President’s Award is our opportunity to shine a light on colleagues in the industry who are one in a million. We're looking to recognise trailblazers, innovators, and problem solvers who are an inspiration to others. There are four awards: People, Society, Economy, and Planet.

Nominations closed in early May and we were bowled over by the quality of nominations we received. There was a great calibre of entries, and we want to thank every techUK member who put forward a colleague.  

We had a truly hard time shortlisting just three people in each category, but here's the shorlist:

🤝 People Award shortlist 🤝

Someone who, through technology, has made a demonstrable impact on well-being, upskilling and/or diversity and inclusion – this can be from a small distinct group to a national or international intervention. 

Katherine Ellis

Katherine Ellis

Gender Inclusion Lead, STEM Learning

Chris Whitehouse

Chris Whitehouse

Customer Experience Director, Collaboraite

Dimple Khagram

Dimple Khagram

Founder and CEO, Purple Beard

🌏 Society Award shortlist 🌏

Someone who, through technology, has enabled society, from micro to macro, to work better, live better, interact better, enable growth and deliver value.

Louise Wall

Louise Wall

Managing Director, e18 Innovation

Jennifer Neff

Jennifer Neff

Managing Director, Access Elemental

Richard Baylor

Richard Baylor

COO and EPR Practice Lead, St Vincent's Consulting

🎯 Economy Award shortlist 🎯

Someone who, through technology, has enabled improvements, mitigated risk, protected funds, facilitated advancements in financial planning and supported the growth of the economy.

Andrew Beverley

Andrew Beverley

CEO, Ctrl O

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, CO-FOUNDER, Uptitude Ltd

Toby Jones

Toby Jones

CEO, TJC

🌱 Planet Award shortlist 🌱

Someone who, through technology, is protecting the ground we walk on, the seas we swim in and the biodiversity around us. From small interventions to large-scale innovations, helping us to protect and nurture the planet we live on.

Eric Zie

Eric Zie

CEO and Founder, GoCodeGreen

James Hall

James Hall

Head of GreenOps, Greenpixie

Harriet Pugh

Harriet Pugh

Design Lead, TPXimpact

How we'll reward the winners  

  • Winners were announced on stage at the techUK Annual Dinner in front of 650+ leading tech companies and government stakeholders.
  • Winners will receive a physical ‘trophy’, and a digital ‘badge’ that they can add to their email signatures and social accounts.
  • Winners will be profiled and celebrated on the techUK website.
  • We will post a blog about each individual winner, project and company they work for on our website and on our social media accounts (80k followers) in the weeks following the Award.
  • We will create a video about each winner, project and company they work for and post on our website and on our social media accounts (80k followers) in the weeks following the Award.
  • We will profile the winners in the first techUK newsletter post the Award ceremony.
  • We will profile the winners in relevant techUK Programme newsletters post the Award ceremony (e.g. our climate newsletter, policy newsletter, SME newsletter, skills newsletter etc.)

Plus:

  • Event speaking opportunities: Winners will be invited to speak at a relevant techUK event. 
  • LinkedIn Newsletter: Winners will be profiled in the techUK LinkedIn Newsletter post the Award.
  • Tech for Good: Winners will be interviewed for the techUK ‘Tech for Good’ series
  • Webinar and blog: Winning companies will be invited to host a webinar and write a blog on a topic related to the project or work they were nominated for.

The four awards  

1. People Award

Someone who, through technology, has made a demonstrable impact on health, well-being, skills, safety, or diversity and inclusion – this can be for a small distinct group or a national or international intervention.

 

2. Society Award

Someone who, through technology, has helped society, from micro to macro, to live better, work better, or interact better. This would include initiatives around community cohesion, lifelong learning, travel, infrastructure, or helping vulnerable groups.

 

3. Economy Award

Someone who, through technology, has made real inroads into economic development. This could be through supporting the growth of UK SMEs, leading the innovation of UK tech, or accelerating financial planning or risk mitigation.

 

4. Planet Award

Someone who, through technology, has nurtured or protected biodiversity and the planet. This could include initiatives to support the climate agenda, projects that support reuse and recycling, or advancements in energy production.

 

Learn more about the President's Award from Sheila Flavell CBE  

What are we looking for in the techUK President's Awards?

 

Quotes from our 2023 Award winners   

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 Joe Hoy
“I was nominated for the Society Award because of the software tools that Forensic Analytics provides to law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Done right, technology can absolutely have a fantastically beneficial effect for society. Being recognised by the tech industry for our work feels a little bit surreal!”

Joe Hoy

Chief Product Officer, Forensic Analytics (Society Award winner)

Martina Colman
“I feel humble and proud because I feel techUK has recognised all the work that we have been doing with Climate Essentials in the past three years, and I feel super happy. Winning is amazing for me.”

Martina Colman

Head of Climate Science and Engineering, Climate Essentials (Planet Award winner)

Andrew Roughan
“I’m most delighted on behalf of my company, Plexal, because we’re on a real journey and real mission, and to be at the head of that charge is so exciting for me. A moment like this is recognition that we’re heading in the right direction.”

Andrew Roughan

CEO, Plexal (Economy Award winner)

Greg Jackson
"To be recognised as a company really making a difference in tech is wonderful. It’s incredible to have this room of experts at the cutting edge, really thinking about all of the implications of how tech can dramatically improve society.”

Greg Jackson

Founder and CEO, Octopus Energy Group (People Award winner)

Sheila Flavell CBE
The techUK President’s Award is our opportunity to shine a spotlight on the amazing talent we have in the UK tech industry. We were bowled over by the quality of nominations received this year, and we want to thank every techUK member who put forward a colleague. Through each of the four awards: People, Society, Economy, and Planet, we recognise the positive difference individuals from techUK member companies are making through their work with technology. With over 1000 members, techUK now represents over 1 million tech workers in the UK so our award winners truly are one in a million.

Sheila Flavell CBE

President of techUK


 

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For more information about techUK President's Award, please contact:  

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Head of Brand and Campaigns, techUK

Alex joined techUK in September 2021 as our Head of Brand and Campaigns.

Alex supports the development of the techUK marketing strategy, identifying and driving key campaigns across the techUK community that build our credibility, increase our influence, and provide thought leadership on the future impact of tech innovation across society, the economy, and the planet.

Prior to joining techUK Alex was Head of Marketing at UK Finance, the trade association for the banking and finance industry, where he led a team focused on commercial marketing strategies. Before that he was Head of Marketing at Payments UK supporting the payments industry to deliver world leading innovation.

Email:
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