The IET Innovation Awards 2017 (image)

15 November 2017 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Chris Winter (photo)

Chairman - Chris Winter

Chris is an IBM Fellow (Retired), having retired from IBM in 2009 follwing a forty year career in the IT Industry. During his career Chris was responsible for the architecture and design of a number of large and successful application development and systems integration projects.

In the late 90s Chris invented IBM’s Performance Engineering Method, deploying it globally throughout the IBM company.

Chris was the inventor and driving force behind the ‘streamlined membership’ scheme that exists between IBM and The IET. This licensed scheme accredits the global IBM professions to ease entry for IBM professionals who wish join The IET.

In retirement Chris remains passionate about the health of IBM’s Technical Community who he continues to teach globally. He continues to undertake research on the subject of Browfield Engineering, which he considers to be one of the greatest challenges facing the IT Industry at the start of the 21st century.

Maurice Perks (photo)

Co-Chair - Maurice Perks

Maurice graduated in Physics from Aston University in the late 1960s. He joined IBM as a systems engineer and worked with many of the large industrial enterprises across Europe and in the USA.

For over 40 years he has been involved with complex design challenges of hardware, software and most of all, IT systems for large enterprises.

His expertise and skills were recognised by IBM when in 2002 he became the first IBM Fellow to be appointed from IBM’s service division. Maurice is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a  Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of IT Integration at the University of York.

Peter Daley (photo)  

Pete Daley

Pete is a Managing Director in Accenture Digital. He leads Accenture’s Digital Solution Design practice in Europe, defining the technologies, methods and architectures used in Accenture’s interactive, analytics and mobile solutions.

For much of the past 14 years, Pete has specialised in the delivery of mobile applications. Working with organisations with large distributed workforces, he has helped Accenture’s customers move from a world of custom middleware and device drivers, to a landscape of ubiquitous mobile apps, adoption of consumer devices, user-centric design, and now the internet-of-things.

Pete has an MEng degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and is a Chartered Engineer. After a short period at BAE Systems, he joined Accenture in 1996 as a technology consultant.

Since then, he has worked in industries as diverse as financial services, digital music distribution, websites for football clubs, and numerous utility, telecoms and engineering organisations. He is passionate about how technology can transform the way people and organisations work, and how techniques such as Agile can change the way we deliver software.

Mark Darvill (photo)  

Mark Darvill

Mark is an Innovation Partner in the newly formed Defence and Security Accelerator which has been setup by DSTL, part of the MoD. The Accelerator works with SMEs and Academia to further develop their innovative ideas into products that can be utilised by the UK’s Military and Security organisations. The accelerator is funded through the MoD £800M Defence Innovation Fund.

Previous to this Mark was the Managing Director of defence electronics companies including a Cyber Security and Surveillance & Security company which were both part of the Ultra Electronics Group.

Mark studied Computer Systems at the Polytechnic of Central London (now University of Westminster) before joining Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) as a systems engineer, latterly focussing on Communications and Networking.

Following DEC, Mark became a managing consultant, progressing to become the Technical Director of a large Systems Integration company and then focussed on technology strategy and marketing for a number of leading international companies including IBM, Vodafone and Alcatel.

Mark is still fanatical about technology and innovation but also strives to bring his experience to help companies build effective strategies about where to play and how to win and also develop alternative exploitation paths for companies looking to maximise their value.

Kevin Denyer (photo)

Kevin Denyer

Kevin is an Executive IT Specialist within IBM, currently working as a technical advisor to a global customer in the Beverage industry. In his 13 years at IBM he has also been responsible for promoting the Autonomic Computing initiative with customers and business partners worldwide and was the Chief Technologist for Tivoli in Europe.

Prior to joining IBM, Kevin worked as a Business Consultant in the Accounting, Distribution and Manufacturing disciplines, helping organisations to automate their business processes with customers such as The Body Shop and Formula 1.

Paul Siddle (photo)

Paul Siddle

Paul Siddle is a deputy general manager, working at HCL technologies; he has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering from Southampton University, a Master’s degree from the University of York and is a Chartered Engineer.

Paul has worked in Electronics design, systems engineering and programme management for global clients for the last twenty years in locations around the world.