At the end of September, after months of planning, The BCS and Computing UK IT Awards judging day took place at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. Every year, the event attracts an amazing amount of talent and innovation in terms of entries to the awards, and this year was no exception.

350 finalists from all over the country arrived at the stadium and presentations were made throughout the day to 65 specially selected judges and 4 moderators. As always, our expert panel of judges was drawn from all sectors of IT including academia, industry and professional bodies. Judging is a rigorous, multi-tiered process. It’s not just based on paper submissions, every finalist is seen and interviewed. During the process judges get to learn about incredible projects, teams and individuals. This can make choosing a winner in each category from so many deserving entries quite a challenge.

I speak from experience as this year I was a judge for the CIO category and got to see first-hand the exceptional talent in this particular field. It was an inspiring experience and I was extremely impressed with the high standard of entries and the wealth of talent in the industry.

Several new categories were added to this year’s UK IT Industry Awards including Digital Professional, IT Apprentice, IT Team, Digital Project and Workplace Transformation. The new additions reflect the ever changing nature of the profession. The IT profession is one of the most important professions of today and of the future. Therefore, I am particularly pleased that the IT Apprentices category has been introduced. Although just starting out in the industry, it is important that the contribution made by IT Apprentices gets the recognition it deserves. I hope those who participated in the process are inspired to continue on the path they have chosen and go on to enjoy a successful career in IT. They are positive role models for the IT industry and I hope their success will inspire others to join the profession.

Being named a finalist in the BCS and Computing UK IT Industry Awards is a significant achievement. The Awards are a platform for the entire profession to celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence.

IT makes a really important contribution to our society, health, wealth and happiness. The UK IT Awards are a great way of celebrating that positive impact. New technology and digital disruption is dramatically changing the way that businesses operate, public services are used and innovations are made. 

Winning an award not only demonstrates an organisation’s professionalism and impact in our digital world, but sets benchmark of achievement for all to see. These awards showcase the depth of quality and talent in our profession which is inspirational to us all and it’s fantastic to see this success story unfold.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is here to make IT good for society and the Awards are a major part of this, demonstrating how excellence is being achieved across the IT profession. The event highlights the success of products, individuals, organisations across all sectors.

There is much to celebrate in the UK’s IT industry. The next and most exciting part of the UK IT Awards will be when the winners are announced at a gala evening event at the Battersea Park Events Arena, London on 18 November and I am very much looking forward to being part of it.

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Paul Fletcher is the Group Chief Executive Officer of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Paul joined BCS in 2014 after ten years at RM Education where he was Group Managing Director of the Education Technology Division. Prior to RM, Paul held senior management consultancy roles with A.T. Kearney and KPMG. He started his career in the Aerospace Industry. Paul is passionate about the role of IT in education and society as a whole.

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