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Grant Reilly


19th January 2021


Scottish representation on the UKtech50: The 2021 longlist

Each year, Computer Weekly launches its annual search for the most influential people in UK IT, which is a mammoth task, with so many deserving candidates, particularly in a year heavily dominated by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. has just revealed all of the top 100 nominees who have been considered for their top 50 list for 2021. Congratulations to all who have made the list!

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has ensured that colleagues from across UK health services are added to the list as we strive to innovate, collaborate and co-design digital health and social care solutions for our citizens.

It’s fantastic to see a number of our partners from the Scottish Government, Scottish Local Government Digital Office, Scottish Tech Army, NHS Education for Scotland and NHS National Services Scotland make the top 100 shortlist.

This includes:

  • Alistair Forbes, CEO, Scottish Tech Army
  • Colin Birchenhall, CTO, Scottish Local Government Digital Office
  • Colin Cook, Digital Director, Scottish Government
  • David McColl, Associate Director – Digital, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Deryck Mithelson, director of national digital and information security, NHS National Services Scotland
  • Iain Wallace, lead developer, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Martyn Wallace, CDO, Scottish Local Government Digital Office

The UKtech50 list has been decided by a judging panel representing every area of the UK IT profession which has selected the top 50 candidates based on the following criteria:

  1. Influence: What authority or ability does the person have – either through their personal position or the role they hold – to personally influence the development of UK IT, or to influence others in positions of authority?
    Achievements: What has the person achieved in the past 12 months to help the development of UK IT?
  2. Profile: Is the person recognised as a role model for aspiring leaders? How widely are they acknowledged by their peers as an authority and influence on UK IT
  3. Leadership: Does the person demonstrate the skills and experience necessary to be seen as a leader in the development of IT in the UK? Do they have a leadership role and does that help them develop the role of IT in the UK?
  4. Potential: How likely is it that the person will have a significant impact on UK IT in the next 12 months? Will their authority and responsibility grow?

Keep an eye on for the shortlist of the top 50 names which will be published shortly. Once live you can vote to see who gets the top spot!

Read the full original article written by Lis Evenstad at:

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