Digital Leaders has announced the finalists who make up the DL100 list for 2018, with two charity leaders among the 10 nominated for Digital Leader of the Year, half the number from the sector included in last year’s top 10.
Melissa Phillips, the programme producer at Bafta, and Michael Docherty, the director of digital at Cancer Research UK, have made the final list for the Digital Leader award. Larissa Suzuki, the head of data science at Founders4Schools, is the only third sector representative nominated for Young Digital Leader, a new award introduced this year. Overall, the sector is represented 24 times across the categories.
The DL100 is an independent list that recognises 100 people and organisations that are leading the way in digital transformation in all sectors, and comprises 100 nominees in 10 categories. This year the list features 24 nominees from the non-profit sector, and 44 and 32 from the private and public sectors respectively. Third sector figures in the 2017 list included Professor Richard Bentham, founder of the Cyber Trust, Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, Fred Langford, deputy chief executive of the Internet Watch Foundation, and last year’s winner, Helen Milner, chief executive of the Good Things Foundation.
The Foundation features again for 2018 as one of the three charities nominated in the Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year award for its Widening Digital Participation programme funded by NHS Digital. The NSPCC and the National Youth Agency are also finalists for their Net Aware and The Environment Now programmes respectively.
The Digital Charity of the Year category, which was won in 2018 by Sheffield Flourish, includes two nominees that also featured last year: Special Effect and YMCA Paisley. They are joined by Age UK London, Lifelites, Ada National College for Digital Studies, Help Refugees, NPC, Art UK, SafeLives and the Wales Co-operative Centre.
Jacqueline de Rojas, chair of Digital Leaders, said: "The Digital Leaders 100 list 2018 once again highlights the progress in digitally transforming the UK. Our community of Digital Leaders have shone a light on the many hidden heroes quietly getting on with the nation’s digital transformation. It is fabulous to see such a strong list from outside London this year, reflecting our own inclusive national programme and the growing importance of digital transformation on companies, irrespective of size or sector."
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