The 2017 CIO 100 will be announced on April 27 with a formal celebration and drinks reception at The Waldorf Hotel in London.

After a series of deliberations during February and March the CIO 100 judging panel has put together the 2017 edition of the CIO 100 having received responses from CIOs, CTOs, Chief Digital Officers, IT directors and equivalent from every industry representing the private, public and non-profit sectors in the UK as well as UK CIOs overseas.

The annual CIO 100 is an acknowledgement and recognition of the role of the CIO and the value senior business technology executives provide to their organisations. As in previous years, the CIO 100 is a showcase of the crucial technology projects, IT strategies, innovations, ideas, change management and transformation initiatives CIOs in and from the UK are delivering to customers, organisations, partners and sectors.

Previous CIO 100 leaders have included then Halfords CIO Anna Barsby, Nissan Europe CIO Stephen Kneebone, former UCLH Director of IT James Thomas, ex-easyJet CIO Trevor Didcock and Andy Williams from Save the Children.

The 2017 CIO 100 panel brought together CIO 100 alumni, former CIOs, NEDs, and advisors to startups, boards and C-suite executives. They were Christine Ashton, Matt Ballantine, Ian Cohen, Ian Cox, Janet Day, Trevor Didcock, Jerry Fishenden, Jayne Nickalls, Richard Sykes, Adizah Tejani and Edward Qualtrough

Former Thomson Reuters CIO Ashton said that the 2017 CIO 100 reflected the pace of change happening in the industry. "Change is increasingly the 'new normal'," she said.

Didcock, CIO 100 leader in 2012 as easyJet CIo and on the judging panel for the second year, said: "This year's CIO 100 provoked plenty of debate and some surprising results. Digital transformation is now taking place across all sectors with CIOs fostering and leading innovation in products, channels and collaboration with the startup community. Particularly notable is the level of change taking place in already lean organisations with CIOs promoting Agile practices to accelerate the pace."

Nickalls, a non-executive director on a number of organisations and the first Chief Executive of Directgov, stressed the theme of the best CIOs being leaders of change and innovation.

CIO UK Editor Edward Qualtrough said: "The CIO 100 is a showcase of CIOs as business leaders that deliver change, IT projects and customer benefits through information and technology, as well as a recognition of the unique and challenging roles CIOs play in their organisations.

"I would like to thank all CIOs who took part in the initiative which we hope will be of benefit to all CIOs and equivalents as a community. My appreciations and gratitude also extend to the CIO 100 panel for their input, insight, experience and expertise and without whom the CIO 100 would not be possible."