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Judging panel 2020

Chris Ashworth, Chief Information Officer, Hermes
Chris Field, Chief Executive, Fieldworks Marketing, and Chairman, Retail Connections
Damien McCloud, Associate Director, Arup
David Price, Principal, Scala Advisors
Milan Radia, Managing Director, 2020 re:think
Kevin Riley, Chief Technology Officer, Ribbon Communications
Paul Scott, Head of Product Management, Samsung
John Small, Solicitor and Consultant (offshore) 
Beverley White, Chief Executive, Harvey Nash Group

Image titleChris Ashworth, Chief Information Officer, Hermes
Chris is the chief information officer at delivery company Hermes UK, delivering support services, flexible infrastructure and agile development capabilities and industry-leading projects and programmes. Having previously been IT director at Gentings Casinos and Yodel, he has expertise in applications support and development, operations, commercial management, transformation management and IT governance.

Image titleChris Field, Chief Executive, Fieldworks Marketing, and Chairman, Retail Connections
Chris is an independent retail analyst, industry speaker and broadcast commentator. He was a journalist for the Financial Times, Retail Week and edited Retail Technology magazine for 10 years. He is retained by the National Retail Federation in the US to recruit non-US retailer to the speaking platforms at the Big Show in New York each January. As well as being one of Sky News’ go-to retail commentators, Chris speaks regularly at international conferences on retailing and writes a weekly blog on tech in retail as managing editor of Retail Connections, a network made up of 12,000 senior EU retailers.

Image titleDamien McCloud, Associate Director, Arup
Damien leads a team of data and analytics professionals within Arup’s advanced digital engineering practice, supporting clients through better use of data. Having worked previously for Transport for London, the Environment Agency, KBR and BT, he was an early recipient of a chartership for his geographic information system work from the Royal Geographic Society. With over 20 years’ experience across a number of different sectors, he is a chartership assessor for the Royal Geographic Society, an honorary professor at University College London, whilst also sitting on numerous academic advisory boards.

Image titleDavid Price, Principal, Scala Advisors
David has driven advanced technology take-up in the TV and media industry since the transition to digital technology. Currently he holds a number of board and advisory positions in the industry and is principal at Scala Advisors. Previously he held the position of vice president, for strategic business development at Ericsson, based in Silicon Valley, and was a member of the executive team at Harmonic, helping grow revenues from less than $50 million to over $500 million when he left. David was also founder of the Ultra HD Forum, the VR Industry Forum and the DASH Industry Forum, and is past-president of the MPEG Industry Forum.

Image titleMilan Radia, Managing Director, 2020 re:think
Milan Radia is a technology research analyst focusing on coverage of European data centre operators, software vendors, payments processors and IT services providers. He has 25 years of equity market experience at major investment banks and asset managers, and has worked on many successful IPOs and other capital markets transactions. Milan started his career at Prudential Portfolio Managers, where he was latterly a fund manager responsible for portfolios worth in excess of £350 million. He was the managing director for equities research at Jeffries for 11 years, before becoming the managing director of consulting and research services firm 2020 re:think in 2017.

Image titleKevin Riley, Chief Technology Officer, Ribbon Communications
As chief technology officer and executive vice president of advanced research and development, Kevin drives Ribbon Communication’s innovation and development activities, with a particular focus on enabling cloud-based architectures. Prior to his current role he served as CTO of engineering and operations for Sonus. Kevin has more than 20 years of software development and engineering experience and previously led Sonus’ efforts to drive a technology roadmap. Before this, he served as vice president of platform engineering at Core Software, along with other software development director positions at Verivue, Sentito Network, Cisco and Telebit.

Image titlePaul Scott, Head of Product Management, Samsung
Paul has been at Samsung for 12 years and currently assumes the head of product management role for Samsung Mobile in the UK. He is largely responsible for bringing products to market and driving growth opportunities and development aligned with overall business strategy. Prior to his current role, Paul was at the heart of the team that launched Samsung SmartThings in the UK, working as a senior product marketing manager, and also worked within Samsung’s Digital Imaging division as head of marketing.

Image titleJohn Small, Solicitor and Consultant (offshore) 
John is a lawyer who works with financial services entities to develop their corporate, commercial and regulatory infrastructure. He was a seed investor in several leading FinTech companies and spent several years advising young insurance companies and InsurTechs in London with law firm and consultancy EC3 Legal. After a stint at M&G Prudential, he is now located offshore where his focus is on servicing and advising participants in global insurance and reinsurance markets. John has written on a range of topics and in addition to his legal qualifications, he holds MSc degrees in cognitive evolution and psychology from the University of Edinburgh and University College London respectively, and is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Image titleBeverley White, Chief Executive, Harvey Nash Group
Beverley leads the global technology recruitment, IT solutions and leadership services group. Following a degree in computer science, she began her career in technology, where she held CIO and IT leadership positions at Schlumberger and NTL (which became Virgin Media). Since 2002, she has combined a passion for technology with a career in recruitment and talent, where she has held various leadership roles, most recently as CEO in the UK and Ireland for GI Group, one of the world’s largest staffing companies.

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