2007 Individual Excellence Awards winners and medallists

BCS is proud to announce the winners and medallists for the Individual Excellence Awards categories of its IT Industry Awards:

Winners

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NEC IT Leader of the Year

Al-Noor Ramji
BT Group

As the CIO of BT Group and CEO of BT Design, Al-Noor is charged with overseeing BT's transformation to becoming a world-class networked IT services company. In order to achieve BT's charter, radical measures had to be made in terms of the company's fundamental philosophy regarding its customers, as well as its business organisation and IT structures. BT's ambition is enormous, and its steadfastness has precipitated unprecedented results in terms of savings, revenue generation, and most importantly, customer satisfaction.

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IT Trainer of the Year

Rebecca Keen
City of York Council

 

Rebecca worked for City of York Council on a project implementing a new IT system for Adult Social Services. Rebecca has a commitment to education and a desire to help people achieve their best. This led her to the post of IT project trainer working with a diverse range of people and IT needs. As the sole trainer, her approach ensured a smooth and successful system implementation. Her success has further fostered her commitment to helping people achieve their best!

 

Project Manager of the Year

Sue Harding
Post Office Ltd

 

Sue is a key member of the Post Office Ltd Change and Information Systems team. Sue has recently completed delivery of a transformational programme for the business, which involved both substantial IT system development and radical business change. The Impact Programme fundamentally re-engineered an accounting process that had been in place for over 140 years. Sue also delivered significant financial savings in support of Post Office Ltd's business plan.

 

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Service Manager of the Year

Hazel Hogfress
RM

 

 

Hazel joined RM in 2003 and lives with her husband Simon and six year old daughter in a small village near Newbury. Hazel's entry covers the changes she made to the service management team and how they worked together to deliver excellent service to their customers and measure what they do. They have also worked hard to transform the experience of being a service manager at RM. Within a few years it's become a role people enjoy and are proud of.

 

Systems Architect of the Year

Mark Orford
Liverpool Direct Ltd

 

Mark Orford currently works for Liverpool Direct Ltd, a joint venture partnership between Liverpool City Council and BT in the role of head of technical architecture and strategy responsible for defining, presenting and delivering technology strategy and innovation for Liverpool Direct Ltd. Mark's submission for Systems Architect of the Year is focused on the work he did to help Liverpool Direct Ltd to deliver an infrastructure modernisation programme which has transformed the City Councils estate from Desktop to Data Centre providing a robust platform for the Council and LDL's future.

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Young IT Practitioner of the Year

Travers Powell
VocaLink

 

 

Travers has designed, built and managed a variety of diverse and complex infrastructures for a number of blue chip corporate clients and the UK government. His background includes specialist consultancy on a wide range of IT projects based both in the UK and abroad. At VocaLink Travers is recognised internally and externally, not only as a thought leader, but as a deliverer of leading edge, best of breed infrastructure.

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Business Analyst of the Year

Mark Belliss
BT

 

 

Mark has over 14 years experience in consulting and systems integration. He has performed roles at all stages of the project lifecycle including feasibility studies, cost/benefit analyses and project/service delivery management. His domain knowledge includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS), inventory management and billing and he has undertaken projects within the gas, electricity, water and telecommunications industries. He is a committee member of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Utilities and Telecommunications Special Interest Group.



Medallists

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NEC IT Leader of the Year

Ian Cramb
Citi EMEA GCG

 

 

Ian joined Citigroup in 1992 and worked in audit, the global warrants business (as COO) and the Consumer Group. In 2001, he became COO for the Germany Consumer Group, responsible for 2500 staff. In 2002 he became CIO for the Consumer Bank in EMEA and has recently been promoted to COO for the same division, with responsibilities over call centres, application processing, collections and Citi EMEA's Internet presence. Ian has recently been named (by Silicon.com) as one of the Top 50 CIOs in the UK, and one of the top 10 CIOs in Financial Services.

Ben Wishart
Whitbread plc

 

 

Ben is CIO of Whitbread plc, the UK's leading hospitality business. His career includes roles in Operations, Sales, Marketing and Consulting in a variety of industries. Ben entered the information profession in 2001 with Tesco plc and took on his current role in 2004. At Whitbread he has led the IS function through a period of enormous corporate portfolio change, in parallel with changing from a fragmented Business Unit structure into an agile, responsive, change embracing Shared Service operation.

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IT Trainer of the Year

Jill Clarke
Bear Computer Services Ltd

 

 

Since becoming freelance in 1995 Jill has used her experience in the computer industry (starting as a programmer in 1979) to work for many companies both as a trainer and as a software and website developer. She has worked with MK Women and Work over many years in several capacities since the early 1990's.

Helen Sussex
LogicaCMG

 

 

Helen Sussex is the LCMG GSD-UK skills development manager, providing IT Service Management courses, internal consultancy and advice on using and implementing ITIL® best practice and running UK training generally. After 21 years in IT, she believes passionately in the advantages of using ITIL® to improve the quality of IT services. Married with 2 children, she tries not to have anything to do with IT outside of work, letting the kids support the 4 computers and wireless network at home.

Project Manager of the Year

Wendy Williamson
Royal Bank of Scotland Group

 

 

Wendy is an experienced project manager within the Insurance division of Royal Bank of Scotland Group Technology. The most recent initiative has been to design a system using specialist technology that will deliver the business their strategic vision of being market-leaders in the detection and handling of insurance claims fraud. Wendy's personal objective is to promote a 'one-team' approach to projects to improve business satisfaction, and being leaner in executing projects to deliver faster and drive down costs.

Bernie Brown
Parity Solutions

 

 

With the Northern Ireland Electricity programme Bernie, the project manager, achieved something extraordinary. Many people were saying that the deadline could not be met, but as a testament to her planning, leadership and problem solving skills, the system was delivered fully tested to NIE at exactly the time promised; due for go-live in November. This large high profile, high pressure project involved Parity Group Plc, four subcontractors, and a team of over 100.

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Service Manager of the Year

S. Morteza Alamolhoda
Information Systems Aston (ISA)

 

 

Morteza is the direct services manager in Information Systems Aston where he is responsible for delivering ICT support for about 9000 staff and students in 4 schools and other departments of the Aston University. Before his current post, Dr Alamolhoda was the head of Computing Support in the school of Engineering and Applied Science (Aston University) where he received an award for Excellence in Teaching Support. Morteza was an academic in the University of Helsinki in Finland 1993-2000.

Jenny Nicholson
Lincolnshire Police

 

 

Jenny Nicholson, is a senior ICT support manager with Lincolnshire police. Educated to Masters level (MBA) she has a total local government service of 31 years (27 years within ICT). Jenny is responsible for the support and maintenance of Lincolnshire Police ICT Systems, currently with 21 staff that cover the range of Service Desk, User Support, Application Support, ICT Security, Server Support and Airwave Support.

Systems Architect of the Year

Douglas Smith
Graham Technology plc

 

 

Douglas has worked with Graham Technology in the 3.5 years since graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a first class honours degree in Computer Science. He began as a system developer, but over time Douglas became involved in project scoping, pre-sales demos and proof of concepts. These roles, along with his current role as a technical architect, have given him responsibility on not only the recent SBSA project but also with DTI, MTN Money and Standard Life Bank solutions.

Craig Beattie
RBS Insurance

 

 

Craig is a dedicated systems architect with a successful track record in the launch of innovative business propositions, systems integration and a strong commercial awareness. He has a broad understanding of technology but also a capacity to articulate the technology to a variety of audiences, both deeply technical and business focused individuals. Craig provides leadership and delivery of solutions through strong communication skills and technical understanding. This entry records Craig's recent success and reflects his qualities stated above.

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Young IT Practitioner of the Year

Kate Scott
Premier Inn - Whitbread Group plc

 

 

Kate graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first class degree in Business Studies and French and then joined Whitbread in an operational role within Marriott. Moving to Premier Travel Inn first to support the launch of a new brand and the integration of the acquired Premier Lodge business, Kate joined the Whitbread IT function 18 months ago. Recent success includes development and implementation of a web-based tool to support a brand wide sales drive and cultural change programme.

Chris Dale
IBM United Kingdom

 

 

Chris is a senior consultant within IBM'S Global Business Services. Between June - December 2006 he worked on a project for the South African Broadcasting Corporation to provide an IT solution that would support the SABC in achieving its vision to be "the pulse of Africa's creative spirit". Chris specifically worked on the implementation of the SAP IPM solution - a rights management package that had never before been implemented by IBM at any media client.

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Business Analyst of the Year

Ruth Challis
Severn Trent Water Ltd

 

 

 

Ruth is a young dynamic BA, who is always willing to get involved in things! She has been a BA for 3 years, before this, being involved in project management and other similar disciplines - she finds she enjoys the interaction with customers. Ruth has been involved in delivery of a variety of successful improvement initiatives, the latest being around the development and implementation of a benefits management approach. It is certainly encouraging the company to think about their investments!

Rémy Schneider
BNP Paribas

 

 

 

Finding a balance between technology and the environment is important to Rémy. Practicing business analysis at work, and studying BA techniques and principles, has provided him with many opportunities and useful tools to achieve this. By focusing on human needs and planetary issues, Rémy tries to raise trust in technology, and guide its application to their mutual benefit. He strives to make technology more accessible, user-friendly and eco-conscious and to achieve positive impacts on quality of life.