Why take part in the 2020 CIO 100? CIOs on the value of CIO 100 recognition


With CIOs, CTOs, Chief Digital Officers and IT directors invited to take part in the 2020 CIO 100 celebration showcase ahead of the Monday 17 February 2020 deadline, CIO UK is pleased to share some thoughts from CIO 100 members about the value of being part of the annual celebration showcase of those leading the technology function.

CIOs recognised in the 2019 and 2018 editions of the CIO 100 have spoken to the CIO UK podcast about what being part of the CIO 100 represented for their team, for for their organisation, and also for the CIO as an individual.

We present a series of testimonials from the CIO UK podcast, from CIO 100 panel members, social media posts, and from guest articles about what CIOs themselves believe are the benefits of being part of the exclusive community of senior technology executives.

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"Being part of the CIO 100 is acknowledgment, and not just you individually - it went down really well with the team here because we're trying to build a great technology business at TalkTalk.

"I represent the technology capability at TalkTalk, but actually there are 950 people behind me. They are doing all the hard work, I'm just taking the credit for helping them out so I think getting the team exposed to it is really good and great when you are trying to build that capability."
Gary Steen, TalkTalk CTO - Director of Technology, Change and Security

"It's been a really interesting, thought provoking, invigorating evening - lots of really interesting people who've done extraordinary things, and it's an honour to be in that company.

"Definitely come along, definitely put in an entry. If nothing else, actually to reflect on your achievements of the past year, rather than constantly looking at what your organisation wants and desires, is a really refreshing and really invigorating thing to do. And I recommend everyone to do it."
Sarah Winmill, Ministry of Defence CIO - Business Functions, then British Transport Police CIO

"I think the CIO 100 is a great process. It gets you to stand back from what you are doing and think about why it matters. It gives you the opportunity to talk about what the organisation is doing, what the team is doing, and how it's related to the business strategy rather than just doing things from a pure technology delivery perspective.

"I found it was a real springboard to meeting new people; there was quite a fraternity around who would take part in it. I found as a consequence of it I had more networking meetings with people and be able to fix things together when you have challenges.

"It was great for providing a showcase for what the team had been doing."
Trevor Didcock, CIO 100 panellist as 2013 CIO 100 leader as easyJet CIO

"It's been great to be part of the CIO 100 for the last couple of years. I was slightly apologist about being part of the CIO 100 at The Crick because it's not about the individual, it's very much about the team.

"It's been great to meet people and network."
Alison Davis, GE Healthcare Lifesciences VP-CIO

"The impact of being part of the CIO 100 can be felt throughout an organisation. No CIO is included without the development of a team behind them, and when the CIO 100 is announced it is the CIOs' teams that are celebrated.

"The CIO 100 has become less and less about the placing in the 100 list and more and more about the community that the CIO 100 creates.

"Being part of the CIO 100 provides you with what can become a 'badge of honour', a way of identifying you as an individual and your team as making the digital difference in your area."
Richard Corbridge, Boots Director of Innovation, then Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Digital and Information Officer

"I think this is a huge thing goes in my calendar as soon as I see the release date every year, because it's one of the few opportunities where you get some of the most amazing people in our profession come together on one evening, relax and talk in a social environment. And like we had on the stage, a set of really fascinating and funny stories."
Jason Oliver, University of Sussex Director of IT

"These things are vital. It gives us opportunity to network to collaborate to explore ideas that that we perhaps haven't thought about before.

"It's where it's where we get different views and different sectors meeting that we start to find really exciting opportunities. And I think this kind of forum is our first shot."
Claire Priestley, City University, London Director of IT

"The brand CIO 100 is really important to me. And I think getting out and meeting people and become becoming part of that network. It's absolutely vital to share best practice and know who's doing what."
Joanna Smith, Interim CIO at Operose Health UK, then Sidra Medicine CIO

"It's brilliant. The CIO 100 has been invaluable for me. In that room back there guys who I not only consider peers, but friends.

"It's a real nice collection; a brotherhood and sisterhood of people brought together and curated by Ed and the team - it's really nice because a lot of us don't really compete with one another and we're able just to to to get right down into what is it we're trying to do. What we're trying to do is help our colleagues to be the best they can be."
Pete Williamson, Knights Brown Business Systems Director

"I rely on things like this to help understand how other people are dealing with similar challenges to keep abreast of new technology and that's really important. The other thing is the recognition and it's it was quite quite apt actually of Ed to say in the opening speech that this is recognition for the organisation, the team, and the individual - the order of that was absolutely spot on it. This is good recognition for my organisation and, and good recognition for my team and finally for myself, but most importantly for the team and the organisation."
Alex Farr, Strictly Education CIO

"I think it's a great way of meeting your peers. There's lots of different ways of picking up on information, but nothing like talking to your peers to understand more."
Tom Clark, Lowell CTO, then Leeds Building Society CIO

"We're so busy. It's really difficult to spend 10 minutes thinking about anything other than what you've got in front of you, whether that's tactical or strategic from your own organisation, but being able to chat to other people with potentially similar challenges or similar opportunities and really just bounce ideas of other people facing the same thing is a real opportunity."
Fiona Humphreys, E.ON Digital Technology Director, then Compass Group UK and Ireland CIO

"I think for me professionally to go outside my industry, financial services, and meet others who do similar roles and different different sectors - that's quite interesting to see the parallels are the differences. Just getting the opportunity to talk about these challenges and share opportunities, challenges and successes is fascinating."
Fraser Ingram, Virgin Money Chief Operating Officer, then CYBG Plc COO

"It's a badge that we're able to use to introduce ourselves into organisations. So you're not just that lone voice, but actually you're part of a wider community."
Kevin Gibbs, Executive Director of Delivery at Bracknell Forest Council, then Royal Borough of Greenwich Director of Finance and IT

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