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Finalists announced in the 2017 BCS and Computing UK IT Industry Awards

31 August 2017 - The Science Museum Group, NHS Digital and The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) are among the organisations announced as finalists in the 2017 UK IT Industry Awards. The annual Awards organised and run by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and Computing, are a platform for the entire profession to celebrate outstanding performance throughout the UK computer industry.


Paul Fletcher, Group CEO, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, says: “Congratulations to everyone who’s been shortlisted, they clearly demonstrate the highest levels of excellence and innovation across today’s IT sector. These awards showcase some of the brightest and best in our industry, and it is a significant achievement to be shortlisted.”


The Science Museum Group holds an international collection of objects, library and archive material relating to science, technology, medicine, transport, media, and industry. Jason Weir, the IT Manager at the Group has been selected as a finalist in the IT Manager of the Year category, for performing a pivotal role in transforming the Group's cyber security estate across its five national museums.


NHS Digital delivers core national services and provides governance for NHS IT services to support health and social care in England.  The organisation has been selected as a finalist in Best Not For Profit Sector IT Project category for its Project SOAP (Service Optimisation Agile Project) which delivers a cutting edge approach to Service Management comprising the best that ITIL and Agile methodologies have to offer.


IICSA offers an unprecedented opportunity to examine the extent to which institutions and organisations in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children. Its CIO, Chris Parr, has been selected as a finalist in the CIO of the Year category for his work as a  strategic leader of transformational change. His areas of focus include artificial intelligence (AI), cyber security, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics.


This year, the Awards feature 25 categories that focus on the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT in the past 12 months and include awards such as UK Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IT Apprentice, Digital Project, IT Team, Mobile App and Best Place to Work in IT 2017.


Finalists now face the second round of rigorous judging with an interview or presentation session in front of expert judges at the West Bromwich Albion Football Club on 22 September as they compete to win in their category. The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 15 November, at Battersea Park Arena.


Stuart Sumner, Editor of Computing adds: “The UK IT Industry awards celebrates the whole industry, including organisations of all sizes, and across every sector. What really sets it apart is its unique, rigorous and independent judging process. Shortlisted entrants now go forward to present to judging panels including industry experts and peer-level technology leaders. Very well done to all the finalists in being shortlisted, it's a fantastic achievement.”


The full list of finalists, plus details about the gala Awards evening on 15 November can be found at: