This year, Harvey Nash Group has launched its Tech Champion Award. The Award will recognise members of the UK Parliament who have campaigned on technology issues.
Each week we will unveil a candidate for the Award and the reasons that the candidate has been identified as a tech champion.
The process will culminate in one of the candidates being selected as the ultimate winner. They will receive the Tech Champion Award and a donation to a charity of their choice.
Week 4 - November 25th
Caroline Dinenage MP - Member of Parliament for Gosport
Our fourth candidate is Caroline Dinenage MP. Caroline is the Member of Parliament for Gosport, a constituency on the South Coast in Hampshire.
Caroline served as Minister for Digital and Culture at the Department for Digital, Media and Sport between February 2020 and September 2021. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Caroline championed the resilience of the UK’s tech sector and underlined the importance of supporting people to build their digital skills to help them succeed in the growing digital economy.
Week 3 - November 18th
Carol Monaghan MP - Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West
Our third candidate is Carol Monaghan MP. Carol represents Glasgow North West, a constituency in Scotland. Carol is an active member of tech-focused All-Party Parliamentary Groups including on Artificial Intelligence, Data Poverty, and Internet, Communications and Technology.
With the rise of AI, Carol has called for ‘more expertise’ around machine learning systems with more policy input in particular from ‘people working in developing AI systems’.
Week 2 – November 11th
Julian Knight MP - Member of Parliament for Solihull
Our second candidate is Julian Knight MP who represents Solihull, a constituency in the West Midlands. Julian also serves as Chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
Julian has highlighted the importance of 5G roll-out and stressed the need to deliver on targets for gigabit-capable broadband. Julian has also emphasised the critical nature of the Online Safety Bill and the significance of having a Bill that addresses the ‘fast-changing digital environment’.
Week 1 – November 4th
Julie Elliott MP - Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central
Our first candidate is Julie Elliott MP who represents Sunderland Central, a constituency in the North East of England. Julie has consistently campaigned for investment in digital skills and for increased digital connectivity.
Earlier this year, Julie highlighted the need for children to have access to digital devices to keep them connected to vital education.