Meet our Judges
Abi is the co-founder and Tech Lead of Community Growth Ventures, an angel investment firm. CGV invests helps passionate founders from minority and underestimated backgrounds create sustainable companies that deliver value to customers and the communities they operate in. Additionally, she is a Programme Manager at Tech Nation and a venture scout for Backed VC.
Founder of futurism advisory FutureScape 248, Shivvy uncovers the most powerful breakthroughs at the intersection of digital, science and human psychology. Cited a “a thought leader beyond compare” by the World Economic Forum, Shivvy reaches thousands each month discussing ‘human-perception’ AI, immersive workplaces, digital identity and the ‘Internet of Everything’.
Enrico has carried out R&D on Web Semantics at the Italian National Research Council and the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University. After developing intelligent systems for Ontology Engineering and Smart Cities, he is now exploring methods for data capture and curation and the application of computational, knowledge-based methods in the humanities.
Dr Fiona Aldridge
Dr Fiona Aldridge is Director for Policy and Research at Learning and Work Institute, responsible for leading L&W’s programme of research and development. Fiona has more than 20 years’ experience of research, policy and development in adult learning and skills, and currently works across a range of policy areas, including traineeships, apprenticeships, T Levels and the National Retraining Scheme.
Jyldyz is Head of Open Jobs Data at Nesta and is leading on a stream of research with the focus on helping workers navigate changing labour markets more confidently, specifically, leveraging big data to contribute to the development of innovative and actionable labour market solutions. Jyldyz has created the first data-driven classification of skills in the UK, that is publicly available.
Louise started out as a careers adviser in schools in Coventry and during this time, she set up Adult Guidance services. She moved to a national role and was responsible for implementing information advice and guidance policy in England. She is now the Head of the National Careers Service, ensuring that young people and adults are able to access inspirational careers information advice and guidance.
As the Service Owner for the National Retraining Scheme, Patrick is responsible for its design and delivery. The NRS will help prepare adults for future changes to the economy, including those brought about by automation, and give them the support and tools they need to retrain into better jobs. He has previously worked in the Department for Education and the Ministry of Justice.
Ryan is a lead data scientist in the UK government’s Department for Work and Pensions. He currently leads a data science hub developing digital data products to transform public sector decision making. Over the last ten years he has worked in data innovation roles where he has enjoyed establishing strategies, building teams and developing people.
Andrew commenced working with the union in 2005 to manage a team supporting members to access training and learning opportunities. In 2008 he created and launched www.learnwithunite.org the unions own virtual learning environment. This enabled members across the country to access free learning and support for career progression or personal development.