Digital Leaders announces DL100 Finalists
10 May 2017by Chloe Green
, the global initiative for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across government and industries, has today announced the finalists who make up the DL100 list for 2017 and opened the public vote.
The independent list recognises 100 people and organisations across the UK who are leading the way in digital transformation in all sectors.
The 100 finalists that make up the list will now compete for the public vote
in one of 10 categories. This year’s list is made up of individuals and organisations with 50 private sector, 29 from the public sector and 20 from the non-profit sector.
Leading by example, the DL100 list has a 50/50 gender split, recognising the diversity in digital transformation roles and the leading women across the industry. A figure not seen commonly on many industry lists.
Nine UK regions are represented in this year’s list reflecting the national reach of the Digital Leaders Community. Outside of London and the South East, the strongest regions were Scotland, the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, the South West and the East of England.
The charity sector features heavily in the list of finalists. Good Things Foundation, Big Lottery Fund, Family Fund, Mind and Homeless Link have been recognised for their Reboot UK campaign. Meanwhile, Sheffield Flourish, Bristol Braille Technology CIC, RNLI, SpecialEffect, Paisley YMCA, Euan's Guide, UNISON, Age UK East London, 360Giving and Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) have all been listed in the Digital Charity of the Year category.
The most hotly contested category each year is the Digital Leader of the Year Category. Previous winners have included Martha Lane Fox, Maggie Philbin and Mike Bracken. This year’s list notably includes non-profit leaders including Asthma UK’s Kay Boycott, Helen Milner from The Good Things Foundation, Craig Steele from CoderDojo and Fred Langford from the IWF.
Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, said: “I am extremely honoured to have been included on the DL100 List – recognition which would not be possible without the hard work of the innovative and dedicated Asthma UK team.
“5.4 million people in the UK have asthma and three people still die each day from an asthma attack – even though the majority if these are preventable with good, basic care. Asthma UK has embraced digital to help raise awareness of the seriousness of asthma, support innovation to improve basic care, and provide advice and support to stop asthma attacks. Digital transformation is a continuous process and whilst we are proud of what we’ve achieved to date, there is still much to be done.”
Lord Francis Maude of Horsham, Chair of Digital Leaders, said: “The Digital Leaders 100 list 2017 is once again highlighting the progress that has been made in digitally transforming the UK across all sectors.
"Our Digital Leaders community have pulled out all the stops to let us know about the hidden heroes, quietly getting on with the UK’s digital transformation without themselves seeking recognition. It’s great to see such a strong list from outside London this year reflecting our own National programme and the growing importance that digital transformation has in organisations irrespective of size or sector.”
The final list order and category winners will be announced at the DL100 Awards Dinner at St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel on 22 June 2017.
To vote in the DL100 and find out more about the nominations, go to: digileaders100.com