Informed Solutions’ Global CEO Elizabeth Vega has been honoured by the Digital Leaders Community for her longstanding campaigning work on key industry issues.
Informed Solutions’ Global CEO Elizabeth Vega has been honoured by the Digital Leaders Community for her longstanding campaigning work on key industry issues. This includes levelling the playing field for SMEs competing for public sector business and encouraging Government to foster a more diverse and innovative supplier marketplace by procuring more products and services from small and medium sized companies. Elizabeth is also a role model and female founder in technology that is vocal in championing greater diversity, inclusion and investment in training and capability development in tech and digital skills.
Elizabeth was presented with the 2018 Founders Award at the Digital Leaders Awards gala dinner on June 21st in London and praised for her positive impact.
The CEO of Digital Leaders, Robin Knowles, said: "The Founders Award is given to a member of the Digital Leaders Community who has in the last year made a substantial difference to the work of Digital Leaders. It could be through the scale and impact of their organisation’s work in digital transformation or as a direct significant contribution that they have personally made to the Digital Leaders Network.
“This year's DL100 Founder's Award winner, Elizabeth Vega, has committed large amounts of her personal time to supporting government procurement reforms, as well as government and industry initiatives to help increase public sector spend with SMEs. She is also a Department of International Trade Export Champion helping increase the number of UK tech businesses exporting their expertise.
“It is always very humbling when you receive recognition from your respected peers. I’m very proud to receive this award for the difference that I and Informed Solutions are making."
“Her efforts were recognised by the Queen's Award for Enterprise and Innovation earlier this year. With Informed Solutions, the tech business she founded, also celebrating 25 years in business, it was an easy decision to give this year’s Digital Leaders Founders Award to Elizabeth."
Staff across Informed Solutions also reacted with pride to the news.
“We’re all really thrilled for Liz,” said Project Associate Shannon Donoghue. “Her passion about making our industry fairer and more inclusive is infectious and it motivates everyone in the company. We know how committed she is to making a difference and it inspires others to want to do the same. We’re delighted she’s won this award.”
Commenting after she received the award from the radio and television presenter, Maggie Philbin, Elizabeth said she was very proud to be recognised by highly respected peers across the digital community.
“It is always very humbling when you receive recognition from your respected peers,” she said. “I’m very proud to receive this award for the difference that I and Informed Solutions are making. The issues that I champion and advocate are big and complicated, with many moving parts and stakeholders. A lot of hard work over many years doesn’t always seem to shift the needle as much as I’d like and this can be disheartening at times. The Digital Leaders Founders Award reassures me that my contribution is valued, that I am making a difference and that my voice is being heard. I couldn’t champion and dedicate the time that I do to these causes without the support of the incredible people that I work with, who are also personally committed to making a positive difference in our industry and in the Digital Leaders community.”
The award caps a highly successful year for Elizabeth and Informed Solutions. As well as winning a highly coveted 2018 Queen’s Award for innovation, the Company won four prestigious Australian national and state government innovation awards for a pioneering environmental data portal, and went on to be the only British and Australian company recognised at the World IT Congress with an ICT Excellence Award for an emerging digital platform.
Elizabeth Vega receiving her Digital Leaders Founders Award from Maggie Philbin (left).
To her right is Rachel Neaman and Louise Stokes