Judges

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Silvia Vitiello, Partner, Kingston Smith

I focus on helping my clients to achieve their goals by ensuring they make the very best of their businesses and ideas. 

Building an understand my clients and their needs is the key to this approach as solutions must answer not only the business' needs but also an individual's personal aspirations. 

I have over 30 years in public practice and have worked with start-ups through to growing and mature organisations. My commercial clients include property, technology and professional service firms and I work closely with a range of not for profit organisations.

I am proud to be part of the Kingston Smith team of enthusiastic and skilled professionals who have a real focus on simply giving clients the best advice and service possible. 

Specialties: Auditing and Accounting, Business Advice and Planning, International standards & reporting, Lexcel Accredited Consultant
Sector involvement: Entrepreneurial businesses, Not for Profit, Property, Professional service practices and Technology

 

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Enrico Daga, Senior Project Officer at the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University

Enrico Daga is involved in research projects on Web semantics and ontology engineering since 2008, participating to the development of intelligent systems first at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and then at the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University. His primary research topic is the management of data collections through intelligent processing of metadata. Former student of Music and Performing Arts (University RomaTRE), Enrico is founder and chair of the WHiSe Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web (http://whise.kmi.open.ac.uk). Currently, he is Technical Lead of the CityLABS project, a ERDF initiative aiming at supporting the development of SMEs in the SEMLEP region through knowledge transfer from academy to industry.

 

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Nick Lancaster, Director, Innovation and Enterprise, University Of Bedfordshire

Nick graduated from Edinburgh with a PhD and has worked in both industry and academia. He joined the University of Bedforsshire in 2013 and later set up the Innovation and Enterprise Service to help the University better develop its knowledge exchange and research support.

 

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Elizabeth Sheldon, Chairman, Evidence Talks

With a passion for running businesses Elizabeth has a renewed focus on the growth of Evidence Talks (ETL). Concentrating on the business strategy and building the processes and functions that have resulted in a robust business structure that will continue to keep ETL as the most innovative digital forensic technology company in its' sector.

Business never stands still and Elizabeth is continuously looking for ways to improve and move the business forward and creating connections and partnerships with relevant companies and people is a key part of this process. 

Part of Elizabeth's role is to channel the enthusiastic and prolific innovative ideas of the CTO Andrew so that the business can benefit from the most effective use of these new technologies.

Currently she chairs the ADS Special Interest Group CTSF the Covert Technology Suppliers Forum, she sits on the Security Sector Board and is a Director of ADS. Recently she was invited to sit on the SRGP Security Resilience Growth Partnership, a ministerial lead group which is the Ministerial Board with responsibility for supporting the security sector to both grow and work more effectively with HMG.

 

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Richard Kellett-Clarke, Non Executive Director, Idox plc

 Richard Kellett-Clarke brings to the panel over 25 years of management experience in the turn round and strategic repositioning and recovery of creative businesses in CMCG, media, electronics and software industries. He was a founder of AFX NEWS ltd, now part of Thomson Reuters, and Sealed Media, owned by Oracle. He has held numerous CFO roles in subsidiaries of large PLCs as well as the role of IT Director at Financial Times Information. He was part of the team as CFO which brought Pickwick Group PLC to the main market and Brady Plc to AIM.


He joined Idox first as CFO, then was appointed MD of the software division, followed by COO in 2007. He was appointed CEO in November 2007. He transitioned from the role of CEO to Non-Executive Director in November 2016.

 

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Cllr David Hopkins - Judge and Compare

Professionally, more than thirty years experience in the Telecommunications and ICT sector. Specialism in selling to the government sector - many years of success with Cable & Wireless and more recently Siemens AG and Siemens Enterprise Communications.

Elected member (councillor) for more than twenty seven years at Milton Keynes Council - Currently Deputy Mayor and formally Deputy Leader - Cabinet portfolio holder - Chairman of numerous committees, council e-champion and Transformation Champion and representative of the Council on the Board of Milton Keynes Partnership - the development and growth agency for Milton Keynes

Specialties: Understanding government and its many agencies

 

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