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.

2020 Real IT Awards Judges

Andy Garrett
Group IT Director (CIO)

Lookers Plc

Angela Morrison
Stores, Technology and Supply Chain Director


Charlotte Light
Controller of System Delivery (CIO)

Channel 4

Christina Scott
Chief Technology Officer

News UK

Gilberto Rodrigues
IT Director

PepsiCo UK, Ireland & Nordics

Laura Dawson
Director of Data and Technology Services

The London School of Economics

Maggi Rose
Chief Information Security Officer

P&O Ferries

Mark Bramwell
Chief Information Officer

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Ned Stevanovski
Head of IT Operations & Security

Mishcon de Reya

Richard Newell
Chief Technology Officer

Wolters Kluwer UK

Tom Burridge
Head of Technology and Data

Good Energy

Kelly Olsen
Group Chief Information Officer


Nadine Thomson
Chief Technology Officer


Joaquim Cols
Director of Operations

Santander UK Technology

Alex Begg
Chief Technology Officer, Global IS

British Council

Sanjay Patel
Group CIO

Tate & Lyle

Nathan Bishop
Group IT Service Director

Grafton Group plc

Tiffany Hall
Chief Information Officer

Cancer Research UK

Joseph Soule
Chief Technology Officer

CapitalOne (Europe) plc

Karl Hoods
Chief Digital & Information Officer

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Christelle Heikkila
IT Director

Arsenal F.C

Rob Ryder
Technology & Data Lab Lead

Severn Trent

Peter Schofield
CIO Corporate Services

HM Revenue & Customs

Joanna Drake
Chief Information Officer

The Hut Group

Phil Scully
Chief Information Officer

Costa Coffee

Juan Villamil
Chief Technology Officer

Department for Work and Pensions

Tom Clark
Group Chief Architect & Chief Technology Officer


Russ Fry
Head of Global Infrastructure & Operations

PA Consulting

Caroline Abbondanza

Brooks Macdonald

Craig Bruce
Interim Technical Director

TUI Group

Claire Dickson
CIO Downstream


Yogesh Babbar
Chief Data Officer

Cabinet Office