IBM,, Google and Mind Candy bigwigs make influential Brit list

The best and brightest in the UK's technology industry were honoured yesterday in a list of the most influential Brits.

The Debrett’s 500, which has been “recognising people of influence and achievement in British society” for the past 250 years, featured Mike Bracken, the Cabinet Office’s digital director, BT’s chief executive Clive Selley and Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, co-founder of

IBM’s chief executive David Stokes was given an honourable mention, but may prove to be an unpopular choice following yesterday’s rumours that the Big Blue is to give almost a quarter of its employees the chop.

Phil Male, chief executive of cloud hosting firm UK2 group and former CTO of Demon Internet - one of the world's first ISPs - helped choose the best and brightest in the technology sector.

Overall, 21 Brits in the technology sector made it onto the list.

Tech lawyer Andrew Hornigold, from Pinsent Masons, was named as “probably the most active and informed technology lawyer”. Cyber security professor at Oxford University, Sadie Creese, was also noted for “leadership roles in excess of £2.5 million worth of funded research”.

Who else made the list?

Ian Spence– founder and chief executive at research company Megabuyte

Colin Tyler– head of technology sector at consultancy firm OC&C

Neil Rimer - co-founder of Index Ventures, which funds many UK startups

Professor Tim O’Shea– principal at University of Edinburgh

Michael Acton Smith -founder of Mind Candy, a games company that brought Moshi Monsters to light.

Joep Van Beurden– chief executive of CSR plc

Lesley Cowley- chief executive of UK domain registry Nominet

Denise McDonaghHome Office’s chief technology officer

Professor Dame Wendy Hall– computer science professor at University of Southampton who was awarded the Queen's honour for her services to science and technology in 2009.

Matt Brittin– vice president of Google UK. Google's UK managing director quit in August last year to set up his own fintech investment fund.

Bernadette Wightman– managing director at Cisco UK and Ireland

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