Each year, Computer Weekly launches a search for the most influential people in UK IT.

BCS members are well-represented amongst Computer Weekly’s long list of nominations for this recognition – with Andrea Palmer, Chair – BCS Women, Charlene Hunter, CEO and Founder of Coding Black Females, Freddie Quek, CTO, Times Higher Education and Sonia Patel – System CIO, NHS England amongst some of the names included.

Now in its 12th year, the UKtech50 list continues to recognise the technology leaders driving the digital economy. Congratulations to everyone who has made it onto the longlist. It is a great achievement and shows the depth of capability across the UK tech industry.

Over 20 BCS members are included on this year’s long list including:

Andrea Palmer Chair, BCS Women
Anne Marie Neatham COO, Kindred System, Ocado
Bella Abrams Director of IT, University of Sheffield
Charlene Hunter CEO and founder, Coding Black Females
Charles Ewen Director of technology and CIO, Met Office
Chris Howes Group CDIO, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Daljit Rehal CDIO, HMRC
Dame Wendy Hall Professor of Computer Science at University of Southampton; UK’s AI skills champion
David Henderson Chief technology and product officer, Global
Eben Upton Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Freddie Quek CTO, Times Higher Education
Jack Stockdale CTO, Darktrace
Martha Lane-Fox Entrepreneur, founder of Dot Everyone
Paul Fletcher CEO, Nominet
Sarah Armstrong-Smith Chief security advisor, EMEA, Microsoft
Sarah Burnett Founding partner at Emergence Partners; chief technology evangelist, KYP.ai
Sharon Moore CTO for public sector, IBM UK
Sonia Patel System CIO, NHS England
Sue Black Professor of Computer Science and technology evangelist, Durham University
Suresh Viswanathan COO, TSB
Tim Berners-Lee World Wide Web inventor; director, Open Data Institute
Tristi Tanaka BCS Women committee member; fellow, ForHumanity; technology change programme leader, currently at NHS