EBTA AWARDS PANEL OF JUDGES FORMED BY HIGH PROFILE PLAYERS FROM E-BUSINESS, TELECOMS AND IT SECTORS

As the submission period for the e-Business Transformation Awards (eBTAs) draws to a close (September 1, 2002), Charteris, in conjunction with the Institute of Directors (IoD), is pleased to announce details of the judging panel for this year's prestigious awards. The winners of the eBTAs will be announced at a gala dinner at the IoD headquarters in Pall Mall, London on November 27, 2002.

The panel consists of six people who have had distinguished careers and an extremely broad range of experience spanning the field of e-business, telecommunications and IT. The judges will be:
" Richard Barrington, Director, Industry, Office of the e-Envoy,
" George Cox, Director General, Institute of Directors,
" David Mann, Chairman, Charteris plc,
" David Morriss, Vice President, External Relations, BCS,
" Jim Norton, Executive Chairman, Deutsche Telekom Ltd, and
" David Targett, Professor of Information Management, Imperial College
Management School.

The eBTAs, now in their third year, recognise those organisations which are genuinely improving business performance by developing and implementing e-business initiatives. The eBTAs are open to individuals and organisations of all sizes in the public and private sectors, within national or global markets, wishing to raise the profile of technology from a business angle and to encourage others by their achievements.

The profiles of the members of the judging panel are as follows:

Richard Barrington, Director, Industry, Office of the e-Envoy Richard Barrington is Director, Industry, Office of the e-Envoy, a post he has held for two years on secondment from industry. Reporting directly to the e-Envoy, he is responsible for encouraging UK business to grasp the opportunities that e-Commerce brings. He works with individual companies and trade associations to capture the concerns of business and influences policy in this area. The role also entails dissemination of the Government's messages and agenda to the business community at large. Richard is on secondment from Sun Microsystems
where he has held a number of senior roles including Market Development Manager for e-Commerce, e-Government Sales Manager and Java Evangelist.
Richard's working life has spanned the public sector, business and the IT Industry over a 28-year period; he therefore has a sound understanding of the business of IT and the role of IT in Business.

George Cox, Director General, Institute of Directors
George Cox has been Director General of the Institute of Directors (IoD) for over two and a half years. As an entrepreneur, George formed the highly-regarded IT consulting and research company, Butler Cox in 1977; he developed it, floated it on the London Stock Exchange, and presided over its sale to a major international group in 1991. George joined the IoD from Unisys where he was Managing Director and then Chairman in the UK, before taking over responsibility for all service-related business across Europe and for all the European Country Managers. He is an independent director of Bradford & Bingley and on the international supervisory board of Euronext. Until this year, George was an independent director of LIFFE (the London International Financial
Futures and Options Exchange), where he played a significant part in overseeing the restructure and turnaround of the exchange.

David Mann, Chairman, Charteris plc
David Mann has been Chairman of Charteris plc since he established the company with some colleagues in 1996; it was floated on AIM in 2000. He spent twenty-five years with Logica plc where he played a central role in leading increasingly large parts of the group's rapidly growing business.

David is a Non-Executive Director of Aveva Group plc, Non-Executive Chairman of Flomerics Group plc and a Non-Executive Director of Ansbacher Holdings Limited and Room Underwriting Systems Limited. He was President of the British Computer Society in 1994-1995, and Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists in 1997-98.

David Morriss, Vice President, External Relations, BCS David Morriss was appointed Vice President, External Relations of the BCS in 1999.
David graduated in Electrical Engineering at UMIST in 1964 and after two years with London Transport joined IBM where he held various general management posts both in the UK and internationally. He was made a Director in 1984 and promoted to the Group Board in 1987. Since retiring in 1997 he has been Chairman or a Non-Executive Director of several companies and is also an independent consultant. David is also a trustee of Abilitynet, an IT charity, and a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

Jim Norton, Executive Chairman, Deutsche Telekom Ltd
Jim Norton has been the Deutsche Telekom (DT) AG Country Manager for the United Kingdom and the Executive Chairman of Deutsche Telekom Ltd since last year. He is also a Director of T-Mobile UK and an advisory board member of T-Systems Ltd. Jim is an executive group member of the Broadband Stakeholders' Forum, and a member of the Advisory Board of the UK Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Securicor plc, Telemetrix plc, 3i European Technology Trust plc, F&C PEP & ISA Trust plc and E-Skills UK Ltd.

David Targett, Professor of Information Management, Imperial College Management School A former industrialist, David Targett held academic posts at the London
Business School and the University of Bath's School of Management before moving to Imperial College in 1998. David has consulted in both the public and private sector - working with international organisations including AstraZeneca, Guinness, ICL, Legrand, Marks and Spencer and Shell, as well as the UK government. In January 2000 he was appointed specialist adviser on e-commerce to the House of Lords Select Committee on Europe.

David Mann, Chairman, Charteris plc said: "I am delighted that the other five judges have been willing to devote their attention and time to studying the applications for the eBTAs. With the benefit of their considerable experience and insight, I am sure that we can rise to the difficult challenge of selecting the most deserving projects from the many different entries".

Completed application forms will be reviewed by the panel of judges after the September 1, 2002 closing date, and selected entrants will be invited to present their case at an eBTA judging day at Charteris House, London, on October 30, 2002. Category winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and black tie dinner in the Nash Room at the IoD in Pall Mall, London on November 27, 2002, and will be attended by shortlisted companies and invited guests.

All people with relevant interests are very welcome to buy tickets for the eBTA Awards ceremony and dinner. Please call Sam Broome at Charteris on 020 7600 9199.Tickets are priced at £50.00 per head.

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