our judges

Meet the judges of the 2018 Wales Technology Awards

The 2018 Wales Technology Awards judging panel are:


Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper, Chair of Judges  

Ashley is Co-Founder and Director of Catalyst Growth Partners (CGP) a “Smart Capital” provider of expertise and funding, working with innovative businesses and positive people in a range of disruptive technology sectors including Digital Health, Careers, Communication, Education, Property, Clean Energy, Cell Therapy, Artificial Intelligence and Media. He is a Director of the #BeTheSpark CIC movement and Chair of the Board of the Business Wales Accelerated Growth Program.


Alwen Williams PicbAlwen Williams

Alwen was appointed as BT Director Wales in September 2015. Her career with BT began in 1996, and roles in marketing and internal communications led her to gain expertise and experience in developing and leading communication during transformational change. A specialist in employee engagement and culture change, Alwen leads the engagement, communication and business adoption strategy and plan for BT’s HR Transformation programme in the UK and across 71 countries globally. 




 PProf Hilary Lappin Scottrofessor Hilary Lappin-Scott

Hilary is a Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University responsible for Research and Innovation and Strategic Development. She is an active trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust and The Alacrity Foundation and is also the founder of the Swansea Employability Academy at Swansea University, which provides an essential function linking business and industry to students of Swansea University.



Ian DrewbIan Drew

The former Chief Marketing Office of British multinational ARM Holdings, Ian has extensive international leadership experience with FTSE and NASDAQ-listed companies.  A serial investor and company founder, Ian is now the Chair of Tantalum Corporation, a market leader in the connected car sector. 




David Buttress

David ButressDavid is a Partner at 83North – a global venture capital firm with offices in Israel and London. David was, until 31 March 2017, Chief Executive Officer of JUST EAT, and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in August 2017.  

David was also named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2014 Investor Allstars Awards, listed as one of the London Evening Standard’s top 1,000 influential people, and is named as one of Britain’s most influential people in the Debrett’s 500. 


 Richard -theobDr Richard Theo

A serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology, Richard is Co-Founder and CEO of Wealthify, a Cardiff-based online investment service that aims to make investing accessible to anyone. In October 2017 Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, announced a significant strategic investment in Wealthify. 2017 also saw the business secure the Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up Award and the Most Innovative Product Award at the Wales Technology Awards.



GGareth Bullockareth Bullock 

Gareth is Chairman of Development Bank of Wales, Senior Independent Director of Informa PLC and a Trustee of the British Council. Previously, he sat on the Board of Standard Chartered PLC where he was responsible for Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas as well as chairing Risk and Special Assets Management.