2008 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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APM Group IT Trainer of the Year

David Brown
U Can Do I.T.

David lost his sight and right hand in a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia in December 2000. He spent 3 years rehabilitating and once again learning how to use a computer. David found that using a computer provided an environment where he was once again independent, a "Holy Grail" for the blind. David is determined to pass on his knowledge and help improve the lives of as many disabled persons as possible, such is his enthusiasm for the benefits IT can bring to this group of people.

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Business Analyst of the Year

Leigh Taylor
Skandia

Leigh has been working as a business analyst within Skandia for the past 5 years, before this, working within an E-Commerce capacity in IT. She thoroughly enjoys her role as a business analyst and strongly believes that structured analysis within a project is the key to successful delivery.

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Service Manager of the Year

Claire Adams
NHS Connecting for Health

Claire is an experienced project manager who is directly accountable for a number of successful high profile, business and time critical projects within NHS Connecting for Health including the Essential IT Skills Programme. The purpose of the EITS programme is to ensure all NHS staff and associated professionals have a minimum set of IT skills and knowledge to enable them to ultimately use clinical systems safely and with confidence. The programme is a national initiative having a potential impact on 1.3 million staff.

Systems Developer of the Year

Simon Adams
Parallel

Simon is a 27 year-old developer, with a first class masters degree in computer science, working for Parallel under the title Software Development Manager. He is responsible for the technical development of the enterprise software suite SatManage that helps companies manage their hybrid satellite networks. Simon has been working fulltime for Parallel for almost 3 years and has spearheaded the development that has turned SatManage into the industry-leading, award winning product that it is today.

Consultant of the Year

Nandakumar Balasubramaniyan
Portal Technology Systems Ltd

Nandakumar is an experienced senior technical architect and principal consultant who has been delivering web-based enterprise application, ecommerce strategies, support services and SOA solutions for over 12 years. His expertise is in working on technologies such as ATG, BEA Weblogic, J2EE, .NET and Oracle for companies such as Royal Mail, Johnson & Johnson, Staples, Prudential and MDC Systems. He has exceptional planning, organisation and leadership skills to execute, deliver and maintain internet systems, enterprise portals and secure systems.

Project Manager of the Year

Tina Sands
National Grid

Tina has worked in the utility industry for 15 years, and in Programme Management for 10 years. She has been responsible for the delivery of a number of large scale, complex IT programmes which have been at the heart of significant business change programmes. The specific initiative was a three year programme to deliver and implement a re-engineered set of business processes and a major ERP system to create a Shared Services function in National Grid UK. 

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Young IT Practitioner

Sarah Christie
Procter & Gamble

Sarah joined P&G Information Decision Solutions after a successful summer internship. Within her first couple of years she has delivered excellent results, including $6.5 million annual saving for their Eastern European business by implementing a Instore Marketing Materials solution. She is now moving to a new challenge as one of our youngest implementation managers ever, leading the remaining integration of Gillette Manufacturing Plants. She has been awarded company shares by EMEA leadership in recognition of her great contribution. 

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Intel IT Leader of the Year

Richard Earland
National Policing Improvement Agency

Richard is the first national CIO for policing and a leader in transformational change. The police service is a complex environment and he is working towards aligning ICT systems with business processes. He is passionate about policing and his ultimate goal is to help push down crime and make a unique contribution to public safety. He has extensive experience of delivering major ICT programmes, most recently in the Metropolitan and Kent Police.



Medallists

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APM Group IT Trainer of the Year

Judith Rowe
AXA UK

Enthusiastic, approachable and perhaps slightly eccentric (by her own admission) - an IT trainer who has made it her goal to take the mystery out of IT and increase people's confidence in their own ability. When not staring at a computer screen trying to solve some interesting question that has been posed or standing at the front of a training room, Judith spends her free time on her mountain bike trying to keep fit.

John McGhee
Gem Upgrades Ltd

John has already had a successful career in IT and now works as an independent trainer designing and delivering training courses for a variety of Oracle-based Social Care Applications currently being implemented nationwide to help protect children from abuse. He finds it humbling to mix with people who deal with sad situations on a daily basis and considers himself fortunate to be able to use his technical experience in an area where IT is of real benefit to the community.

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Business Analyst of the Year

Vanessa Thompson
Lloyds TSB

Vanessa is a senior business analyst with experience gained both within and outside Lloyds TSB and proven skills in business analysis and relationship management complemented by experience of other IT disciplines. She is a firm believer in the benefit to be gained from the employment of skilled business analysts early in the project lifecycle and has worked over the last year to promote business analysts in the organisation and to improve capability in business analysis. 

David Wood
Berwin Leighton Paisner

David Wood is a qualified solicitor working in Legal IT as a business projects manager. Juggling a young family, increasing responsibilities at work and an Executive MBA keeps him extremely busy. He works with a highly effective team and IT Department that proactively adds value to the firm and is recognised for its innovative use of IT. As business analysis evolves, it is clear business analysts have much to offer the changing legal market, and David illustrates this perfectly.

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Service Manager of the Year

Margaret Corrigan
Service Birmingham

Margaret is the service delivery transformation manager for Service Birmingham, a strategic partnership between Birmingham City Council and Capita, and has overall responsibility for service desk and service management delivery for the whole of the council. She led the project to implement ISO 20000 for the council's IT services, achieving this in just 18 months and establishing the council as one of only three in the country to have attained this internationally-recognised endorsement of quality service.

Judith Rowe
AXA UK

Enthusiastic, approachable and perhaps slightly eccentric (by her own admission) - an IT trainer who has made it her goal to take the mystery out of IT and increase people's confidence in their own ability. When not staring at a computer screen trying to solve some interesting question that has been posed or standing at the front of a training room, Judith spends her free time on her mountain bike trying to keep fit.

Systems Developer of the Year

Nigel Byrnes
RBS

Nigel is a dedicated systems designer with a successful track record in the launch of RBS Insurance brands into the aggregator market, 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 focussed individuals. Nigel provides leadership and delivery of solutions through strong communication skills and technical understanding.

Rob Parsons
Allianz Insurance plc

Rob is a highly experienced systems developer with over 10 years of experience. Due to a change in the company's development policy he was re-trained to a completely different operating environment, being very successful in adapting to the changes and becoming immediately productive. Rob has also written some excellent standards and procedures for this new environment, gaining acclaim from IBM auditors. His new-found knowledge has enabled him to be selected as an ISEB Examiner for the Systems Development Diploma.

Consultant of the Year

Robina Chatham
Robina Chatham Ltd

Dr Robina Chatham qualified as both mechanical engineer and neuroscientist. Positions she has held range from project manager within the shipbuilding industry to European IT director for a merchant bank and lecturer at Cranfield School of Management. She is now director of her own training and consultancy practice where she specialises in helping senior IT managers to develop political acumen, to master the art of influencing others and hence increase their personal impact at board level.

William MacLeod
Seric Systems Ltd

William is a 32 year old technical consultant for services company Seric Systems specialising in IBM infrastructure. He is keen to encourage and grow knowledge in all clients and within his own company. This will result in maximum benefits for all involved. William along with his company share their social responsibility to use IT to bring about benefits throughout the community, be it their client community, their geographical community or the wider IT community.

Project Manager of the Year

Keith Bentham
System C Healthcare plc

Keith is a senior project manager with 18 years experience of implementing NHS Healthcare Systems. A colleague from his current project encouraged Keith to apply for the Project Manager of the Year Award. Keith has a track record of successful project management, is goal orientated, with responsibility to lead a team to deliver both departmental and company targets in terms of quality, time and budget. He is capable of embracing team working by supporting and encouraging colleagues to achieve aims and objectives. 

David Burnet
Network Rail

David is an experienced business professional within IT Programme & Project Management with an extensive and varied background with good business, commercial and technical skills. He also has excellent stakeholder engagement capabilities including regular multiple supplier engagements. A qualified MSP Practitioner and PRINCE2 Practitioner, David displays a reliable self-start team-playing attitude coupled with good time management, the ability to prioritise, solve problems, good communication and listening expertise. His Awards entry demonstrates his commitment and ability to deliver complex projects and programmes.

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Young IT Practitioner

Victoria O'Reilly
Allianz Insurance plc

Victoria is 24 years old and graduated from Loughborough University in 2005, where she studied for a BSc in Computing and Management. She has recently completed a two year rotational IT Graduate Scheme at Allianz Insurance plc and has gained a permanent role within the Web Development Team as a system analyst. In the last year she has completed the Chartered Institute of Insurance (CII) Diploma and is currently working towards the ISEB Business Analysis Diploma.

Luke Robison
IBM UK Ltd

Luke Robison is an IT consultant in IBM Global Technology Services. He joined IBM in 2006 on the IBM UK graduate scheme. He has worked on a variety of projects and assignments that have challenged and grown all aspects of his current skills and developed many new areas of interest and ability. Luke has a keen curiosity about all aspects of business and technology. His submission is based around his recent client engagement and within the Global Infrastructure Strategy and Architecture team.

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Intel IT Leader of the Year

Richard Muirhead
Tideway Systems

Richard is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of identifying, conceiving, building and selling innovative technology businesses. He is a creative strategist, with international expertise in product development, operations, finance and business development. His ability to recognise and analyse market trends and drivers, and develop new technology solutions that meet client and market demand, while driving revenues saw his first business, Orchestream, achieve a market capitalisation of £1 billion, and has grown Tideway into a multi-million pound business.

Patrick O'Connell
BT Global Services

Patrick O'Connell PhD joined BT in February 2005 as managing director of BT Health, with full P & L responsibility for the sector, which included the three major IT services contracts for the NHS, worth in excess of £2 billion. IT services contracts of this scale and complexity had never been attempted before by BT or by any other supplier in England. Three years on, Patrick's leadership, management and expertise has ensured that BT is successfully delivering against all three contracts.