Digital Leaders Announces the DL100 Finalists

7th Annual Digital Leaders 100 list highlights the latest champions of digital transformation across the UK

The public can now vote for their favourites across a range of award categories to put the list into a final order.

All 12 UK regions are represented in this year’s list, reflecting the national reach of the Digital Leaders Community. Outside of London and the South East, the strongest regions were Scotland, the South West, Yorkshire and the North West.

The DL100 Finalists and Voting can be accessed at

London, UK 11th April 7.30pm BST:

Digital Leaders, the nationwide programme for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across government, industry and charities, has today announced the finalists who make up the Digital Leaders 100 (DL100) list for 2019 and opened the public vote.

The independent list recognises 100 people and organisations across the UK who are leading the way in digital transformation in all sectors. Previously, the list has featured industry names such as: Martha Lane-Fox, Mike Bracken and Eileen Burbidge.

The two individual categories, Digital Leader and Young Digital Leader, have 20 names from five UK regions including Scotland and Northern Ireland. Those tracking diversity will be pleased to know our 21 judges chose a well balanced list with 11 women and 9 men of whom five are from BAME communities.

The remaining 80 places in the list are taken up by organisations. Over 500 public sector bodies, SMEs and charities were considered by judges for these 80 places and it is a credit to them all that they have been selected. They represent all 12 UK regions with the largest number outside of London and the South East being from Scotland, Yorkshire and the North West. #notjustLondon

There are two new categories this year, AI Innovation and HealthTech Innovation of the Year. The 20 finalists in these two categories are using the opportunities of emerging technology to change health outcomes, diagnose cancers, support adult social care and revolutionise the personalisation of learning - to name but a few.

Russell Haworth, Chair of Digital Leaders, said:

"The Digital Leaders 100 list 2019 once again highlights the progress in digitally transforming the UK. Our community of Digital Leaders have shone a light on the many hidden heroes, quietly getting on with the nation’s digital transformation. It is fabulous to see such a strong list from outside London this year reflecting our own inclusive national programme and the growing importance of digital transformation on companies irrespective of size or sector."

Robin Knowles, CEO of Digital Leaders, commented: "Our 7th Digital Leaders 100 published today reflects much of the fantastic work going on across the UK’s sectors. It’s a celebration of those leading change, but who are not perhaps household names yet.”

The most hotly contested category each year is the Digital Leader of the Year Category. Previous winners have included Martha Lane Fox, Maggie Philbin and Mike Bracken.

21 Cross-sector Judges for the DL100 2018 include:

● Russell Haworth, CEO, Nominet (Chair of Judges)

● Emily Ackroyd, Director for Strategy & Engagement, Government Digital Service

● Caron Alexander, Director of Digital Shared Services, Northern Ireland Government

● Robin Christopherson MBE, Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet

● Tim Cowell, CTO, Civica Digital

● Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK

● Gillian Docherty, CEO of DataLab

● Tim Ebenezer, Director of Digital at Foundation SP

● Simon Hansford, CEO of UKCloud

● Karen Lewis, Director of Communities and Inclusion and Digital Leaders' Digital Champion for Wales

● Yatin Mahandru, AVP, New Markets, Head UK and Ireland Public Sector at Cognizant

● Emma McGuigan, Global CTO, Accenture

● Alison Mckenzie- Folan, Chief Executive, Wigan Council

● Rachel Neaman, Digital Leaders Advisory Board

● Linda O'Halloran, Head of Digital Collaboration Unit MHCLG

● Jack Parsons, CEO, Big Youth Group

● Maggie Philbin, CEO TeenTech

● Lesley Seary, CEO, Islington Council

● Elizabeth Vega, Global CEO of Informed Solutions

● Nigel Watson, CIO, Northumbrian Water Group

● Nick Williams, MD Commercial and Consumer, Lloyds Banking Group

The Awards

The final list order and category winners will be announced at the DL100 Awards Dinner on 20 June 2019. To vote in the DL100 and find out more, go to:


About the Digital Leaders 100

Each year’s list is created from nominations submitted by members of the 120,000 strong Digital Leaders Community before being shortlisted by the DL100 judges, who are often members of the Digital Leaders Advisory Board.

This year’s list is the 7th cohort to join the alumni of previous winners that now numbers over 400 leaders from Government, Enterprise, startups and charities. These former members stay in touch, network and learn from each other through participation in the DL100 Club.

Find out more visit or follow #DL100 or #digileaders on Twitter

About Digital Leaders

Digital Leaders is a global initiative that has created a shared professional space for senior leadership from different sectors promoting effective, long-term digital transformation. Our community of 120,000 senior leaders are involved in leveraging technology to promote economic growth, increase social well-being and narrow social gaps.

To find out more visit or follow Digital Leaders on Twitter: @DigiLeaders

For further information please contact:

Robin Knowles on + 44 (0) 7710132900 or

Louise Stokes

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Full Digital Leaders 100 List (grouped by category)

Digital Charity

● Action for Children

● Best Beginnings

● Chasing the Stigma

● East Anglia's Children's Hospices

● Founders4Schools

● Foundervine

● Innovate Trust

● Scope

● Scottish Book Trust

● Tech Manchester

Digital Council

● Adur and Worthing Councils

● Ashford Borough Council

● Aylesbury Vale District Council

● Cambridgeshire County Council

● Carmarthenshire County Council

● LB Hackney

● Leeds City Council

● London Borough of Harrow

● Nailsea Town Council

● Newcastle City Council

Digital SME

● CybSafe

● Glow New Media Ltd

● Homelync

● Jadu

● mHabitat

● Pickr

● PlanSnap

● Therapy Box

● Zipabout

Cross Sector Digital Collaboration

● 100% Digital Leeds, Good Things Foundation

● Blue Badge Digital Service, Department for Transport

● AWS Mental and Physical Wellbeing Project 2019, By Career Colleges Trust

● Discovery with Three and Lewisham Council, Three UK

● HMCTS: Face-to-Face Assisted Digital Support, Good Things Foundation

● Leaving Well, Social Finance

● National Fraud Initiative, Cabinet Office

● RNIB In Your Pocket, O2 Business

● Southend TechCityOnSea, Enterprise4Good Group

● The CivTech® Programme, Scottish Government

Digital Public Service Innovation

● 111 online, NHS Digital

● AutonoMe

● Cambridgeshire Constabulary website development, Cambridgeshire Constabulary

● Find a job, DWP Digital

● National Record Locator (NRL), NHS Digital

● One Stop Shop for Regulation, Ofqual

● SentrySIS at Durham Constabulary, Durham Constabulary

● Somerset Digital Skills Talent Academy, Somerset Libraries, Somerset County Council

● StartWell SingleView of a Child, Wigan Council

● GovTech Catalyst, Government Digital Service

Digital Skills or Inclusion Initiative

● Digital Growth, GC Business Growth Hub

● GDS Academy, GDS / Digital, Data and Technology Profession

● The 'Welcome' Customer Service revolution, neatebox

● Brixton Finishing School, Brixton Finishing School

● Our Social Media Marketing training for mothers, Digital Mums

● iamtheCODE

● Universal Credit Get Online! Campaign, Northern Ireland Department for Communities, and Northern Ireland Department of Finance

● Connecting Lives, Deafblind UK

● The One Digital partnership, One Digital (hosted by Age UK)

● Get Online, Chorley Council

AI Innovation

● AIMEE (Automatic Intelligent Multi-feature Extraction Engine), IMGeospatial

● Always ON, Streetbees

● Arcus Answer, Arcus Global Ltd

● MXX Edite Suite AI, MXX

● NCC Adult Social Care Chatbot by Newcastle City Council

● OBRIZUM®, CamBioscience Limited

● Scaled Insights EMEA Ltd, IMC Business Architecture

● Tencent & Medopad AI for Parkinson’s disease, Medopad

● Hermes ChatBot, Hermes

● Goods-to-Person Robotics, Orderwise

Healthtech Innovation

● Artificial Intelligence Based Skin Cancer Checks, Skin Analytics

● Automated transcription and language analysis software to identify children with developmental language disorder, Therapy Box

● Cancer Central

● Heathside Telehealth Programme, Wigan Council

● Liva Healthcare

● MendelApp - The world’s most powerful search engine for hard-to-diagnose patients, Mendelian

● MyCare Patient Portal , Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

● MySense

● Virti

● Online Bereavement Counselling Service, Sue Ryder

Young Digital Leader

● Rachel Batchelor, Epilepsy Positivity

● Dominic Chapman, Stemx & Social Chaps

● Anthony Collias, Stasher

● Jack Culpan, Sponsor My Society

● Jon Edwards, Lloyds Banking Group

● Leon Ifayemi, SPCE

● Eishel Quinn, Sustainably

● Andrea Rodrigues, Ada. National College for Digital Skills

● Molly Watt, Molly Watt Talks

● Kirstie Wilkins, Deloitte

Digital Leader

● Alex Wrottesley, Ordnance Survey

● Catriona Macaulay, Scottish Government

● Dave Vincent, Tourism Northern Ireland

● Darren Curry, NHS Healthcare - Public Sector

● Margaret Whoriskey, Scottish Government

● Mariéme Jamme, IamtheCode Foundation

● Maryvonne Hassall, Aylesbury Vale District Council

● Sam Shah, NHS England

● Seyi Akiwowo, Glitch

● Vanessa Atkinson, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust