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Top Influencers: 11 UK Director of Innovation’s To Follow in 2022

Director of Innovation and Digital Technology play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Director of Innovation and Digital Technology role. We have selected these Director of Innovation and Digital Technology’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Director of Innovation and Digital Technology’s. The list is in no particular order!

Pete Samara

Director of Innovation and Digital Technology @ Formula 1

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With over 20 years’ experience in F1, leading a number of key technical areas such as IT, Electronics, Software, R&D and most recently Digital Delivery & Technology. Pete spearheads a division covering many exciting facets; from delivering the transformation of F1’s digital platforms all the way through to developing new and innovative solutions that facilitate new and exciting content to F1 products. Pete is passionate about pushing the boundaries of existing technologies in addition to leveraging new technologies, ensuring they achieve real business gain and increase fan engagement in the exciting and challenging environment of F1. Learn more about Pete Samara on Crunchbase…

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Nick Cook

Director Of Innovation @ Financial Conduct Authority

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Nick leads the FCA’s RegTech initiatives and the creation of an Analytics Centre of Excellence to drive the organisation’s use of data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. He represents the FCA on the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) Financial Innovation Standing Committee and is an advisor to the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator Programme.Nick’s background is as a Chartered Accountant with 9 years forensic investigation and litigation experience at the FSA and KPMG. Learn more about Nick Cook on Crunchbase…

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Dave Sandbach

Director Of Innovation @ Thrive Wearables

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Dave is a prolific inventor, with over 30 patent families to his name. As co-founder and CTO of Eleksen™ Group PLC, he took the company from concept, through start-up and venture capital investment to established production and AIM IPO; Eleksen™ grew to become the world leader in touch-sensitive smart fabrics. Dave is responsible for the identification and diligence on new products and smart materials. David can assist our licensee partners bring their inventions to market at industrial strength quality. Learn more about Dave Sandbach on Crunchbase…

Thrive Wearables is a European Wearables Agency who invent, innovate and deliver from idea to global mass production. Read more aboutThrive Wearables on Crunchbase…

Chris Brauer

Director of Innovation @ Goldsmiths, University of London

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Chris Brauer is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MSc Management of Innovation programme and the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies (CAST) in the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, University of London. Chris was formerly a journalist and a programmer and his research interests are in the intersections of emerging technologies and social life, psychology, economics, and culture. Learn more about Chris Brauer on Crunchbase…

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Simon Grundy

Technical Director of Innovation and Technology @ Amey

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Amey is one of the largest and most diverse companies working in the public and regulated sectors in the UK. Read more aboutAmey on Crunchbase…

Elisabeth Rochman

Director of Innovation, Strategy and Communication @ Xerox

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Elisabeth Rochman is an Information Technology engineer with 20 years’ experience in IT solution architecture, programming, advisory. She worked for IT giants as well as tech start-ups, lived and worked in different countries, in international roles. Learn more about Elisabeth Rochman on Crunchbase…

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Elisabeth Rochman

Director of Innovation, Strategy and Communication @ Xerox

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Angry! @PaddingtonAcad has locked my daughter in isolation room for 24h. Reason: 'not tracking the teacher (Spanish lesson)'. For the past 2 days, despite asking, she was refused access to class & missed 8h of teaching incl. STEM & English. #tyrans
http://paddington-academy.org

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Elisabeth Rochman is an Information Technology engineer with 20 years’ experience in IT solution architecture, programming, advisory. She worked for IT giants as well as tech start-ups, lived and worked in different countries, in international roles. Learn more about Elisabeth Rochman on Crunchbase…

Read more aboutXerox on Crunchbase…

Dinesh Majrekar

Director of Innovation @ Civo

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Cloud hosting specialists running the the world’s first Kubernetes service powered by Rancher Lab’s K3s. Read more aboutCivo on Crunchbase…

Joanna Bersin

Director of Innovation @ Sunburst Digital

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RT @doidlife518: Our student computer scientists had a BLAST sharing @sunburstdigital’s @codewithroot! This incredible me robot can teach anyone how to code! #TechADay2018 @BOCESNERIC @haleyatsunburst @JoannaBersin @CATatMohon @MohonCSD

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Joanna focuses on Kano’s education packages and partnerships. She works with schools, clubs, and communities across the globe on programs that bring Kano’s creative approach to computer and coding education. Prior to Kano, she spent 7 years with Knewton, where she was responsible for the execution of API partnerships with international publishers across EMEA. Before that, she led the codevelopment, classroom and curriculum design, and implementation of personalized courses with schools across the US. Joanna holds a B.S. from Duke University in Neuroscience. Learn more about Joanna Bersin on Crunchbase…

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Will Powell

Director Of Innovation @ Deloitte

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Deloitte provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax, and other related services. Read more aboutDeloitte on Crunchbase…

Dave Birch

Director of Innovation @ Consult Hyperion

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David G.W Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is a Director of Consult Hyperion (the secure electronic transactions consultancy that he helped to found), Technology Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (the London-based think tank), a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School and holds a number of board-level advisory roles. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion (one of the very first companies on the Surrey University Business Park) in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics. Dave was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine) and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); created one of the top 25 “must read’ financial IT blogs; was found to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson (PR Daily); was ranked in the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community (City A.M.), was voted one of the European “Top 40” people in digital financial services (Financial News), was listed of the world’s top 100 most influential FinTech leaders (Hot Topics) and rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments (Total Payments). Learn more about Dave Birch on Crunchbase…

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