Guiding Principles
We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy impartiality and integrity. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles.

Equal Treatment of all Entries
Judges evaluate every entry with a discerning eye towards project scope and strategic goals. A professional execution under a limited budget is more worthy than a mediocre execution for a well-funded initiative.

It is execution that matters, not total project scope.

Ensuring Impartiality
We make all efforts to avoid conflicts of interest in the judging process (such as inadvertently assigning a judge to evaluate an entry with which he/she is associated).

At least three judges are assigned to each entry at random from within the pool of judges whose expertise is relevant. All judges are screened before being assigned an entry.

All of the judges are expected to and will excuse themselves from judging an entry that may present a conflict of interest.

The Judging System
To evaluate entries, judges utilise a points-based scoring system. Each judge will score each submission within their designated category; scores will then be combined to identify the short list/winner.

It is possible that more than one entry may qualify to win the same category.

Each category winner is scored again by the panel judges against the judging criteria to select the overall winner of a Real IT Award.

Decisions made by judges are final. The judges' decisions cannot be appealed.

The judging for the CITF Membership Award follows a separate process. The shortlist is chosen by CITF and forwarded for a final decision by the Membership Council.

2019 Real IT Awards Judges

Sabah Carter
Chief Information Officer

News Corp

Laura Dawson
Director of Information Management & Technology

The London School of Economics

Tim Burke
Chief Information Officer

Tullow Oil

Gilberto Rodrigues
IT Director

PepsiCo UK, Ireland & Nordics

Christina Scott
Chief Technology Officer

News UK

Ian Penny
Group Chief Information Officer


Mike Potter
Director, EU Exit Capability

Cabinet Office

Darryl Salmons
Group Chief Information Officer

DS Smith

Michele Hanson
Global Chief Information Security Officer

Micro Focus

Brigid McBride
Programme Director, Digital Change


Claire Dickson
Chief Information Officer Downstream


Dewi Price
Technology Director


Pooja Bagga
IT Director Parcels, Customer Experience and Channels

Royal Mail

Jane Seeley
Head of Distribution Systems & CI


David Henderson
Chief Technology Officer


Joanna Davinson
Chief Technology Officer

Home Office

Allan Jenkins
Group Director of Architecture

TUI Group

Lyndon Hearn
Chief Information Officer - Northern Region

TUI Group

Stuart Walters
Chief Information Officer


Elisabetta Aiello
Group Customer and Omnichannel Director

Travis Perkins

Alex Roth
Chief Information Officer


Paul Hume
Head of Technology Development

Marston's PLC

Giulio Tedeschi
Head of Technology


Sharon Cooper
Chief Digital Officer

The Economist Intelligence Unit

Marcus Würker
Chief Information Officer UK & Ireland

DHL Supply Chain

Neil Jarvis
Director of Information Technology

Aston Martin