2020 Judges

“The Digital Enterprise Top 100 Index clearly demonstrates that there is a vibrant network of businesses tapping into all sorts of exciting technology– and their experience is there for businesses of all sizes to share."

- Muz Mumtaz, Head of Digital Enterprise.

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Muz Mumtaz, Head of Digital Enterprise.

“Driving digital transformation of small and medium sized business”

 

An economist and economic development practitioner, Muz is the head of the highly successful Digital Enterprise business support programme, which aims to help businesses in the Leeds City Region grow and develop by investing in digital solutions and skills.

Muz and his team of digital growth advisors are dedicated to driving digital transformation across the regional economy by working with small and medium sized businesses to identify their key priorities for investment and help them access funding so that they can improve their digital capabilities.

Muz says, “It has been an amazing experience to see so many young and established businesses prosper and improve their productivity and competitiveness with the help of Digital Enterprise.  The programme continues to evolve and expand by offering innovative and impactful interventions, which address the growing needs of businesses.”

Never happy to stand still, Muz is aiming to further develop the strategic vision around how digital technology can provide new solutions for firms to achieve digital transformation by bringing together the vibrant digital supply sector and business community, so that entrepreneurs can exploit the opportunities that digital technology offers.

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Mark Temple, Local Digital Skills Partnership Manager at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Mark is currently leading the exciting Local Digital Skills Partnership in West Yorkshire, which is a key element of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority devolution plans. The focus of the role is to grow the provision and adoption of digital skills across West Yorkshire to benefit all, whether as an individual to enhance your life or as a business to build resilience and sustainability.

 

Prior to moving into this role, Mark ran his own Digital Inclusion consultancy, working closely with many LEPs across the UK to develop their digital skills inclusion strategies. Previously Mark worked for Lloyds Bank in numerous roles, latterly leading on their Digital Inclusion strategy and working closely with many Government Departments to evolve this strategy and grow digital skills adoption across the UK.

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Leanne Miller, Senior Project Manager at UMi

Leanne oversees digital programmes at UMi, helping businesses go further through doing more with digital technology. She has over 12 years’ experience in working with SMEs as part of business support programmes and events, and 8 years direct experience in managing digital programmes, including the Digital Knowledge Exchange as part of Digital Enterprise.

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Richard Brook, Digital Adviser at Digital Enterprise

Richard is one of the Digital Enterprise Growth Advisors.  After 15 years in the IT sector specialising in Office Automation Richard moved to Leeds to become one of Yorkshire Water’s Commercial Managers.  which involved developing American based renewable energy power stations fuelled by chicken manure.

In the 1990’s, as Marketing Director of a London based IT reseller Richard implemented a company-wide CRM system.  This required an understanding of sales & marketing as a process. Over the last 20 years Richard has been involved in the digital transformation of the customer journey.  The last 10 years have been working in Business Support focused on growing and sustaining small businesses.

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Simon Goon, Chief Technology and Investment Officer at UMi

As a member of the executive team and a director of the company, Simon has strategic responsibility for UMi’s technology and investment programmes, including R&D, innovation, data and product development.

  

As Head of Business Investment at One NorthEast from 2005 to 2010, and Managing Director of Business Durham from 2013 to 2017, Simon has extensive experience of developing and managing public sector economic development initiatives, providing him with an understanding of the strategic aims and practicalities of ensuring the initiatives achieve robust economic returns. 

Having served as a non-executive director and school governor and trustee, Simon adds experienced governance to his broad technology, financial, commercial and economic development skills.