Our Expert Panel of Judges:

Louise Downe

Government digital service
Louise downe

Louise Downe is Head of Design for the UK government. She leads a community of designers working across government to reform the relationship between the citizen and the state.

With a background in Art, Linguistics and Economics, Louise started her career as a journalist and producer at Tate.

Before joining government she worked at Seren and Engine, looking at the design of large, recently privatised utilities like health, telecommunications, energy and finance.

Deborah El-Sayed

Nhs england
Deborah el sayed

Originally from a teaching background Deborah has worked in the NHS for over 20 years. She has held senior positions in Acute and Community and Mental Health Services. Deborah has a passion for innovation and improvement, and has won awards for excellence and partnership in public sector services.

Prior to joining NHS England to lead the future development of NHS 111, Deborah was the Programme Director for NHS Choices and brings a wealth of digital and commercial experience to the NHS 111 and Digital Urgent Care programmes.

In addition to her role in health Deborah runs a small social enterprise which aims to provide employ-ment opportunities for people with disabilities and mental health problems and also supports local Further Education colleges find local business mentors for students.

Cllr. Peter Fleming

Local government association
Peter fleming

Peter was first elected to Sevenoaks District Council in 1999; he became leader of the Council in 2005 and remains in that post today. Having served on the Local Government Association’s Improvement Board for a number of years, he was made Chairman in 2011 and worked on a large cross cutting agenda ranging from procurement to sector led improvement and from digital to leadership.

Peter is a Deputy Chairman and national spokesman for the Local Government Association, he is a strong advocate that innovation rather than evolution is the only hope for the future of public services and that there is no better time than now to instigate significant change.

James Freed

Nhs health education
James freed

James trained as a molecular biologist for several years before making the move to process redesign and IT. He has worked in hospitals in South West London for the Cancer Services Collaborative; on national IT implementation following a move to NHS Connecting for Health; at the Health Protection Agency; then became Head of Information Strategy at Public Health England and authored the PHE Knowledge Strategy.

James now works as Chief Information Officer for Health Education England where he is responsible for describing and implementing the strategic direction for information and technology for the organisation. He is passionate about digital literacy and the professionalism of Health Informaticians across the health and care system. In this capacity he is programme director for the Building a Digital Ready Workforce programme as part of the NIB Paperless 2020 programme.

Georgina Maratheftis

Tech uk
Georgina maratheftis

Georgina joined techUK in March 2016 as the Programme Manager for Local Government.

Prior to techUK, Georgina worked for a public policy events company where she managed the policy briefing division and was responsible for generating new ideas for events that would add value to the public sector. Georgina worked across a number of portfolios from education, criminal justice, and health but had a particular interest in public sector transformation and technology. Georgina also led on developing relationships across central and local government.

She holds a BSc in Government and History from the London School of Economics.

Carl Harris

Carl harris

Carl Harris is Director of IT and Operations at BCS. He is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) with 15+ years of experience in the IT and digital marketing industry. A big focus of Carl’s work is in delivering large scale programmes to transform business operations and capability through technology solutions and innovation. He has led cloud-transformation programmes, shifting from on-premise legacy technologies to elastic, resilient and scalable solutions delivered via integrated Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services. His experience and background covers a range of disciplines including IT strategy, programme management, software development and enterprise architecture design.

Lisa Commane

Cipfa coventry council
Lisa commane

Lisa Commane is Director of Customer Services and Transformation at Coventry City Council. Lisa has a diverse skillset and a commercial mind-set gained from 7 years of private sector experience at KPMG and Deloitte and 10 years of senior experience in a range of roles at Coventry City Council. Lisa has been pivotal to the development and delivery of complex infrastructure projects and corporate trans-formation programmes to deliver income and efficiencies. She is leading work to harness digital trans-formation to reshape Council services and regenerate the City as the Council rationalises its office estate from 27 buildings to 8. This includes leading work on paper lite working, process and culture change. Lisa has volunteered as a CIPFA in the Midlands Regional Council member for 13 years and is Past President.

Raj Mack

Digital birmingham
Raj mack

Raj Mack is head of Digital Birmingham, a city wide partnership which aims to accelerate digital investment and opportunities for both businesses and citizens. Its key areas of focus include; attracting digital infrastructure and investment, improving digital skills and capabilities, and stimulating digital innovation and smart city activities. As Head, Raj works with local, national and international partners and organisations to shape and influence digital and smart city strategies and policies and is responsible for the delivery of a portfolio of projects and programmes ranging from digital infrastructure to innovative and cutting edge smart city projects as well as activities and applications to support public services transformation, improve business digital skills and capabilities and increasing digital inclusion for citizens.

Douglas Shirlaw

Douglas shirlaw

As someone working at the forefront of digital technologies and new media for close to 20 years, ‘early adopter’ is a phrase that doesn’t really do Douglas justice. He’s the architect, driving force and Brand Manager behind myjobscotland, having led the project from its inception in 2006 to become a UK award-winning jobs portal for Scotland’s councils, universities, charities and other partner organisa-tions. Since becoming Chief Digital Officer for COSLA, he’s an authority trusted across the sector and across the world, with speaking engagements in past year taking in Glasgow and Melbourne and later this year, Berlin. He has also been called upon to lend his expertise on many digital public sector projects across Scotland.

Meic Pierce Owen

Meic pierce owen

Meic is Records Manager for Fife Council. He has over 30 years' experience in delivering records-based business solutions in sectors as diverse as the UK Nuclear Industry, Offshore Government and Scottish Local Authorities. Meic is a past Chair of the IRMS, of which he is an honorary life member, a fellow and an accredited member. He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Information Management (Africa), a Trustee of the Scottish Council on Archives and a member of the National Records of Scotland Digital Preservation Programme Board.