Save the Children CIO Andy Williams has been named the leader of the 2016 CIO 100, a celebration of UK technology and business executives driving transformation at their organisations, alongside Atkins Group Chief Digital Officer and previous Group CIO Richard Cross, and BMJ Chief Digital Officer and former CTO Sharon Cooper. [View the CIO 100]

Williams was praised by the CIO 100 panel of judges for his achievements in helping a company with a global remit to operate innovatively in one of the most difficult environments imaginable.

While themes in previous editions of the CIO 100 saw the emergence of leaders in technology transformation and business transformation, the 2016 version of CIO UK's annual celebration of CIOs, CTOs, IT directors and technology executives saw those leading cultural change initiatives which touched every part of the business honoured. These achievements are showcased throughout the CIO 100 and epitomised by the likes of Cooper, Cross and Williams who were recognised for helping deliver a change of culture and helping create a new legacy in their organisations and sectors.

Mark Chillingworth, Contributing Editor to CIO UK, said: "A number of the leading CIOs have been involved in cultural change projects throughout their career. This group of CIOs took on the challenge and delivered it because it was only with a culture change they could transform their organisation and its use of technology."

CIO UK Editor, Edward Qualtrough, said: "The 2016 CIO 100 demonstrates that technology is changing our culture - and vice-versa - both in and out of an enterprise environment. What impressed the CIO 100 judging panel in 2016 is that CIOs, CTOs, IT directors, Heads of IT and a myriad of other tech titles are often leading the change to enable their organisations to remain relevant and optimal in a shifting digital landscape."

The CIO 100 is completely independent and subjective and showcases 100 examples across UK industry of CIOs and technology executives driving change and transformation in their organisations, with each story unique to the challenges of the company, its market, and the needs of the community or customer they serve.

Previous CIO 100 leaders include easyJet CIO Trevor Didcock in 2012, UCLH Director of IT James Thomas in 2013, Nissan Europe CIO Stephen Kneebone in 2014, and Halfords CIO Anna Barsby in 2015.

You can view the CIO 100 here.