The Celebration

Technology Presenter Spencer Kelly to Host RITA2017

Spencer is a respected broadcaster and journalist with more than twenty year's experience in radio and television. As part of a life-long love affair with science and technology, Spencer graduated with a double first in computer Science from Cambridge University and has recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University of Coventry. During his career he has reported from countries across the globe on a range of technology issues – from the latest mobile internet devices in Japan and the crazy walking robots of South Korea, to the life-changing impact of just one computer on an Indian Village, and one SIM card on the slums of Johannesburg. He has tested satellite broadband in the scorching Namib desert, and been turned into an alien in the studios of Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco. And he has reported on the re-emergence of 3D movies and TV in Los Angeles. He has also pursued some controversial investigations, including exposing security loopholes in Facebook, and giving the first television demonstration of a botnet - showing the power available to hacker who take control of a network of infected PCs.


Spencer regularly speaks at corporate events on his experiences and anecdotes as a technology tourist, and looks ahead to the exciting technologies that are just around the corner.”


Hilton Bankside Hotel
Hilton Bankside Hotel

The Real IT Awards 2017 will be held at Hilton Bankside, one of London's newest hotels.

The Hilton London Bankside represents the next generation of design-led Hilton Hotels. Ideally located in the heart of Bankside and only a stone’s throw away from some of London’s must-visit landmarks including Tate Modern, Borough Market and The Shard.


We will be dining in the spectacular ball room which has the space to make RITA 2017 our largest event to date.


The timing for the event will be;


  • 19:00 pre-dinner drinks and canapés
  • 20:00 Dinner served
  • 21:30 Real IT Awards commence
  • 22:30 Post awards party
  • 00:30 Carriages

Ticket Prices


Tickets are now on sale at the following prices. A full table seats 10 people.

Full TableHalf Table

Click on the 'ticket' image to download the table reservation form.


Please send your completed booking form to: Stuart Wilson -

Image from

Who Attends

CIOs and their IT teams from large organisations, with many entrants coming from FTSE 250 companies. Attendees include both members and non-members.


Essex County Council
John Lewis Partnership


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 Special Achievement Award follows a separate process. The short list is chosen by the CITF and forwarded for final decision by the Membership Council.


NameJob TitleOrganisation
Diane HamesIT DirectorAssociated British Foods
Giles EnglandHead of IT Security - Policy & Risk ManagementBAE Systems
Prosper WilliamsAssistant VP of Digital Adoption & CommunicationsBarclays
Tony CovellHead of Strategy & Innovation Barclays PCB Technology
Stuart WaltersCIOBDO UK LLP
Laura DawsonCIOBritish Council
Lee EdwardsHead of IT British Library
Anders MunckEnterprise Architect - Digital WorkplaceCarlsberg Group
Coran ThompsonVP IT Product, Platforms, Planning and ArchitectureDHL
Matt ScottCIOEast Sussex County Council
Gareth NaylorProduct Portfolio Manager Workplace and MobilityE.ON Business Services GmbH
David WildeCIOEssex County Council
Charlotte AdlamHead, Program Management OfficeEuropean Bank for Reconstruction Development
Hella SchraderDirector, PMO & GovernanceFinancial Times
Wei WangExecutive DirectorGE Capital
Nathan BishopGroup IT Services DirectorGrafton Group plc
Jolyon InghamGroup IT DirectorGrafton Group plc
Richard NoyleHead of Information TechnologyGreat Western Railway Ltd
Laura MayerCIOHarper Collins Publishers Ltd.
Simon TurnerHead of OperationsHaymarket Media Group Ltd.
Yuri MisnikGlobal Head of Digital IT, Digital CIOHSBC Bank plc
Sheridan HindleIT DirectorJames Hall & Co
Richard KneeHead of International ITKraft Heinz Company
Nick GoodDirector of Performance and MetricsLiberty Global
Brian WardHead of Group IT Governance, Security and PlanningMercedes Benz (UK) Ltd
Charles EwenDirector of IT & CIOMet Office
Andy TudorTechnology DirectorMonsoon
Murray DicksonHead of Business Engagement, Group ITNEC Group
Christina ScottChief Technology OfficerNews UK
Sabah CarterDirector Technology Business OperationsNews UK
Tom ZebedeeHead of Information SystemsOFSTED
Ian ShieldsPepsiCo Senior IT Director - Europe & Sub Sahara Africa: Commercial, Digital & Supply ChainPepsiCo
Vince KellyDirector of ITPRS for Music
Chris BarnicottCTOSSE plc
James MaltbyHead of StrategySThree
Tony PorrittManager, Applications & Infrastructure, Process Engineering & AutomationSABIC Petrochemicals
Nick ReeksDirector IT, Vendor ManagementTata Steel
Emma FelthamHead of IT Customer ServiceThe National Trust
Mike CroucherChief ArchitectTravelport
Tony HirdVP Enterprise Business ArchitectureTravelport
Allan JenkinsHead of ArchitectureTUI Group plc
Chris RivinusHead of Business SystemsTullow Oil Plc
Spencer SummonsHead of Information Assurance & ISTullow Oil Plc
Angela BeswickAssociate Director IT - OperationsUniversity of Bradford
Julian TurnerIT Commercial ManagerVirgin Atlantic Airways Limited
Ben GowardHead of DigitalWestminster City Council
Gareth HepworthIT Architecture & Technology Innovation ManagerXoserve
Andy McCleodHead of IT Service DeliveryYBS Group


Serve On

Serve On is a community-led charity that saves lives and transforms communities. Their members are people of all ages from teenagers to students, full time professionals to those who are retired. They actively promote inclusion and have members from all backgrounds. Their volunteers are people who want to belong to something extraordinary and can become a force for good across the UK and internationally.


From clearing up flood damaged homes, to helping someone leave his house for the first time in years, providing mentoring to young people or those who want to re-enter the workplace. Bringing together members from such diverse backgrounds not only makes their team stronger but empowers individuals and forms stronger and more cohesive communities.


They train their volunteers (and search dogs) to the highest standards recognised by the United Nations, so that they know what to do in any emergency situation and can safely help others.


Serve On


To find out more visit or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Gold Sponsor

We are delighted to welcome Centrality as the Gold Sponsor for RITA 2017.


RITA is sponsored by Centrality


Centrality are UK-based, Microsoft Gold-Certified nationwide providers of IT infrastructure and high capacity support solutions, offering the full spectrum of services and unrivalled, in-depth experience across the private, public and regulated sectors.


At Centrality, we believe in delivering a different sort of IT. So over the past 20 years, we have shaped our company around the unique needs of the end user, rather than making recommendations based on vendor commissions. The long term client relationships we have fostered over the years bear testament to this integrity-centred approach.


Silver Sponsor


RITA017 Silver Sponsor is Planview


Planview enables organizations to get the most out of their resources and achieve their goals. We are the global leader in work and resource management, with the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of solutions for strategic planning, portfolio and resource management, work collaboration, and enterprise architecture. Our solutions span every class of work, resource, and organization; addressing the needs of teams, departments, and entire organizations, from the mid-market to global enterprises.


Headquartered in Austin, Texas, our 700 employees serve more than 3,000 enterprise customers worldwide through a culture of product leadership, deep market expertise and highly engaged customer communities. For more information, visit

Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to be a sponsor? We have Sponsorship packages available. Click here for more detail.


For sponsorship queries contact:


Stuart Wilson, Head of Events

Telephone: 01442 866634