Meet the Judges

Deborah Leary
Forensic Pathways

Head Judge

Deborah Is the CEO and Founder of Forensic Pathways, a multi award winning organisation that supplies products/software and consultancy for the criminal and business intelligence market. As well as being the CEO, she is also the recipient of multiple awards including the British Female Inventor of the year Award in recognition of her skills as an innovator. Deborah is a mentor and speaker supporting Entrepreneurship and Start-Ups and is currently a VP at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

Dr Jagdev Bhogal FBCS
Oracle Certified Associate

Jagdev has a career in STEM academia spanning nearly 4 decades ranging from teaching, research and leadership as Head of Computing and Data Science Department at Birmingham City University (BCU). She is an Associate Professor in Computer Science who specialises in Database Technology and her research interests include areas such as Ontologies, Artificial Intelligence & Ethics; and Green IT.

Fay Gleeson

Fay Gleeson is Head of Corporate Services and EA to the CEO of SCC, Europe's largest independent technology solutions provider. She has over 20 years of experience in supporting senior executives and managing complex projects. Fay is passionate about empowering women in tech and has been involved in various initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in the industry.

Katherine Fuller

Katharine Fuller is the head of innovation services at Bruntwood SciTech, a company that creates and nurtures life science and tech ecosystems in the UK. She has over 10 years of experience in supporting startups, scaleups and corporates to innovate and grow. She has been involved in supporting women in tech through her work with Innovation Birmingham, a tech campus that hosts various programs and events for female entrepreneurs and leaders. She is also a passionate advocate for digital inclusion and social impact.

    Cliff Dennett
    Bruntwood SciTech

    Cliff Dennett is Head Of Commercial for Bruntwood Scitech, including Innovation Birmingham the region’s largest campus dedicated to software companies and the West Midlands’ brand new life sciences campus, Birmingham Health Innovation Campus. Focussing on innovation, technology and commercial dealmaking in; Orange Communications, AT&T, HP, LEGO and Bruntwood SciTech.

      Daniel Evans

      Daniel Evans is CEO of BEC, a social enterprise that empowers entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, and networking. He is also the director of NACUE, a charity that supports student entrepreneurship across the UK. He has a background in engineering and innovation, and has worked with various organisations such as UNICEF, Google, and the British Council. He is passionate about creating positive social change and promoting diversity and inclusion in the tech sector.

      Tara Tomes
      East Village PR

      East Village PR

      Tara Tomes is the founder and managing director of EAST VILLAGE, a PR agency that helps brands with purpose and impact to grow and thrive. She has over 10 years of experience in branding, PR, and digital marketing, working with clients across various sectors, including tech. She is a passionate advocate for women in tech and a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs.

      Anthony Darch

      Anthony Darch is the Business Development Director at Methods, a company that offers digital transformation solutions for the public sector. He joined Methods in 2018 and leads new business development and strategic partnerships. He is also part of the techUK’s Digital Justice Working Group. He has a Computer Science degree from Warwick and over 20 years of IT experience.

      Iain Mansell
      Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands

      Deputy Director at Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands. Innovation champion across the West Midlands, breaking down institutional barriers to drive collaborative partnerships.

      Jo Seabright


      Joanna Seabright is the Marketing Director at WM5G, a company that delivers 5G innovation and growth in the West Midlands. She joined WM5G in 2021 and leads the brand, propositions, and communications strategy. She has over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, and digital transformation, working with clients such as BBC, HSBC, and Jaguar Land Rover.

      Amandip Jheeta

      Delivery Director at NTT DATA UK. An Experienced Information Technology Leader with a demonstrated history of managing projects/ portfolios and maximising benefits and returns. A results-oriented individual with a proven track record of delivering challenging projects on time to budget.