The Northern Tech Awards, which recognise the fastest-growing technology companies in the North of England and Scotland have appointed Sherry Coutu CBE, Jacqui Ferguson, and Melinda Matthews to the judging panel for this year’s competition. The three business leaders the roster of judges, who will select the winners of each category from a short-list of fast-growth innovative companies.
Sherry Coutu CBE is an influential investor, entrepreneur and advisor, a board member at the London Stock Exchange and Zoopla Property Group as well as an angel investor to over 50 companies. Sherry also chairs Founders4Schools, a nationwide initiative to drive innovation through connecting business leaders with local students. Founders4Schools is also the chosen charity for this year’s awards.
Jacqui Ferguson is Non-Executive Director of Wood Group, the multinational energy services company headquartered in Scotland. She was previously General Manager of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services for EMEA. As an experienced business leader in the tech sector, she will provide vital insight to the strategies and innovations shaping the growth of digital businesses in the North.
Melinda Matthews is a former Vice President of Partnerships at IBM and current CEO of CodeClan, Scotland’s digital skills academy with campuses in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Melinda brings extensive experience in acquisitions and business strategy to the judging panel.
Other judges for 2018 include:
- Bill Dobbie, (founder of IOMart and serial entrepreneur)
- David Rowan (editor, Wired UK)
- Stuart Paterson (Co-founder and Partner of Scottish Equity Partners)
- Simon Calver (Chairman, Moo.com)
The full list of judges can be found on the awards website.
The Northern Tech Awards 2018 will take place in Edinburgh on 22 March, recognising the fastest-growing technology companies in in the North of England and Scotland, aiming to identify the UK’s next big tech success stories.
The annual event has showcased a number of successful technology companies in the region. Recent award winners include Skyscanner, The Hut Group, The Lad Bible, and OntheBeach (which has since floated).
Colin McLellan, CFO at Skyscanner, which was acquired in November 2016 by Chinese firm Ctrip.com for $1.7 billion, commented: “Championing the innovation and ambition of entrepreneurs across the North of England and Scotland will be critical to attracting the talent and investment required to fuel the next chapter of growth for both regions. The Northern Tech Awards provides a fantastic showcase of the rising stars of the Scottish and Northern English digital economy, particularly in this year’s host city of Edinburgh.”
Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner of GP Bullhound, which is backing the awards, commented: “Sherry, Jacqui and Melinda have been critical to the exceptional growth of the digital economy in the North of England and Scotland. The region is home to exciting companies leading world-class innovation in the tech sector. The Northern Tech Awards will showcase the best of these businesses, and support them on their ambitious growth path to global success.”
Entries Now Open
Businesses can enter on www.northerntechawards.com before 23 February 2018. The ceremony celebrates tech firms that have had at least three years of revenue growth with a minimum level of revenue of £0.5 million in 2015.