The Herald Digital Transformation Awards 2022

The Herald Digital Transformation Awards are back for a second year!

2020 saw businesses adapting quickly and without hesitation, which has helped the process of digital transformation across all sectors.

Although the covid pandemic has accelerated the process of digital transformation for many organisations, Scotland’s digital strategy has made it clear that this will continue to be a focus for many businesses.

The awards recognise and reward Scottish businesses from across all industries and sectors who are using digital technology in new and innovative ways. This can be to benefit the people they work with, grow their business, deliver successful digital marketing campaigns, or completely change the way they are working on a daily basis. We will also recognise those extraordinary individuals who are setting trends, showing passion and creativity, and making a significant contribution to their sector.


Thursday, July 14


Thursday, 25 August

Entry Deadline :

2022/07/14 18:00:00


We would like to thank our 2022 sponsors for their support.


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If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Linsey Hunter, Events Manager on or 0141 302 6019.


Best use of Technology in Healthcare Award

This category will recognise an organisation that has made exceptional use of digital technology to ensure or enhance healthcare. We are looking for an organisation that can demonstrate how this use of technology has benefitted their customers in the short-term but also the long-term.

Best use of Technology in Education Award

This award will be given to an organisation that has made exceptional use of digital technology to promote learning. This could be a school, higher education institution or group that has used technology in a creative and innovative way to ensure other people have access to education.

Best use of Technology in the Third Sector Award

This award will be presented to an organisation that is using digital technology to drive social good in Scotland and beyond. We will be looking for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises where innovative digital projects have resulted in real and meaningful engagement with the people they work with.

Digital Professional of the Year Award

This category will recognise the best digital, media or creative professional. The individual will demonstrate technical and creative expertise as well as commercial success for their team or business.

Digital Young Person of the Year Award – sponsored by Glasgow City Innovation District

This award will go to a young person, under the age of 25, who is showing passion and creativity with digital technology. We are looking for someone whose fantastic and innovative use of technology is contributing to their employer, expanding their own business or is putting them above and beyond in their education.

Digital Marketing Campaign Award

This award will be presented to an organisation that has run an exceptional and successful digital marketing campaign to raise awareness, increase revenue or promote a product or service. This can be through the use of social media, digital advertising and other means of viral communication.

Digital Community Award

This award will go to an individual, group or organisation who has used technology to help their local community. We will be looking for examples of how the use of this technology supported and brought the local community together.

Digital Diversity Award – sponsored by Be-IT

This category will award an organisation that has used digital technology to ensure diversity and inclusion. The organisation must demonstrate how the use of technology has made daily life for their employees or customers more accessible and promoted inclusion and diversity.

Business Growth Award

This award will be given to an organisation that demonstrates the successful use of technology to grow their business. This can include growth in terms of revenue, staffing and customer base.

Innovative use of Technology Award

This category will recognise an organisation that is leading the way with new technologies. We are looking for an organisation who has adapted an existing, or implemented a new technology to overcome a specific issue that was apparent within the business. We will be looking for evidence of how this has, or will be able to, make a positive impact.

Digitally Transformed Business Award

This award will be given to a business that can demonstrate an exceptional progression in using digital technology in their daily practices. This could be an organisation from any sector or industry that can demonstrate how they are using technology in a new and innovative way, how it has benefitted staff and customers, and how it has contributed to the success of the business.

Please note, this award is not open for entry and will be decided by the judging panel based on submissions within other categories.

How to enter

Once you have decided on the category, or categories, you would like to enter, please complete an entry form.

You can submit an entry online by clicking the ‘Enter Now’ button below or if you would like to be able to save your form and come back to it, please click ‘Download Entry Form’ and submit it by email when ready.

If you have any questions regarding the entry process, please see the FAQ section below or get in touch via the details at the bottom of this page.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Thursday, July 14


Donald is an award-winning Editor, with more than 30 years’ experience editing national, regional, Sunday, daily and weekly titles across the UK. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Newsquest’s Scottish titles and Editor of The Herald and the Herald on Sunday.

Previously Head of Publishing for DC Thomson’s magazines including The People’s Friend, My Weekly, Scots Mag, Scottish Wedding Directory and No1 Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of DC Thomson Newspapers and Editor of The Sunday Post and Weekly News.

Former Editor of the Evening Times in Glasgow, the Evening Express in Aberdeen, the North West Evening Mail in Cumbria, and deputy editor of the Cambridge Evening News.

He won his first editorship at the age of 24, launching the Edinburgh and Lothians Post before going on to become Group Editor at Thames Valley Free Newspapers.

Donald is the Scottish media representative on the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee of the Independent Press Standards Organisation and serves as a board member on the UK Society of Editors, the organisation representing the media industry. He previously served for many years on the National Council for Training of Journalists.

Donald Martin (Chairman)
Editor, The Herald & Herald on Sunday, Editor-in-Chief, Newsquest Scotland

Highly respected and trusted leader, Alisdair is recognised as one of Scotland’s prominent professional advisers in Scotland’s digital and technology sector. Alisdair is currently leading the development and growth as Director of the Glasgow City Innovation District, Scotland’s first Innovation District and is a board adviser to several of Scotland’s leading, prominent Digital Product SME’s. Alisdair also founded Framewire, an advisory practice focused on mentoring the founders of Scotland’s leading digital technology businesses and is also recognised for his passion and dedication to developing the growth of Scotland’s Tech Ecosystem and its Tech Clusters.

Alisdair is the co-founder of the internationally acclaimed Turing Festival (now Turing Fest) and at the inaugural Scottish Tech Startup Awards was awarded the first Tech Ecosystem award which recognised his expertise and commitment to developing Scotland’s tech ecosystem and investment across the sector. Alisdair was a finalist in the Barclays Entrepreneur Awards and has been inducted into the BIMA 100 as one of the UK’s leading digital tech leaders. Alongside being a board member of BIMA in Scotland, Alisdair is a board member of digital tech companies Amiqus, Cut Media and VeryConnect. Alisdair is also a member of the ScotlandIS policy steering group, which provides strategic advice to the UK and Scottish Governments on developing Scotland’s tech sector and is a member of Johnston Carmichael’s Tech Advisory Board.

Alisdair Gunn
GCID Project Director, Glasgow City Innovation District

Christina Hall is Client Director within Be-IT Resourcing and Be-IT Projects and has been involved in the Scottish digital and technology markets since 2014.  Since starting within tech in Scotland all those years ago she has been lucky to have worked alongside some fantastic businesses and people working with anything from exciting start-ups and ambitious SMEs to large multinational businesses and corporate giants.

Christina joined Be-IT Resourcing in early 2017 and has taken great pride in contributing to the substantial IT growth they have been part of within a range of different industries.  Within her day to day working life she partners with fantastic clients to help them understand the wider market and how this impacts their own internal plans for growth and development to help match their ambition.  Since launching Be-IT Resourcing’s sister company Be-IT Projects in 2020 Christina’s role as Client Director has allowed her to play a critical part of large scale digital transformation projects by advising and supplying integral resource which has been essential to both delivery and success.

Christina Hall
Client Director, Be-IT

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson has spent her 28-year career as a leader in technology. She is currently the CEO of CodeClan where she leverages her passion for people and her business skills to drive growth into the Scottish Digital Economy. She has held roles as a VP of Sales, Global Executive of Business Development & Enablement, Director of Marketing and VP of Alliances and Partnerships.

Melinda has a BS degree in Sales and Marketing Education; has certifications from UCLA Women in Leadership, Executive Coaching, and Mentoring from Edinburgh Coaching Academy, and has been recognised in the Top 100 Women in CRN Software Channel publication from 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has been nominated for many awards as the CEO of CodeClan including Inspiring Women in Tech and was recently named one of the Top 7 Women to watch in Scotland Tech.

She is a judge for Scottish Edge start ups, a cheerleader for Smart Works Charity that focuses on assisting women back into the workforce and on the Board for Scottish Apprenticeships Frameworks. She is the leader of CodeClan’s Digital Diversity which supports and inspires individuals to reach out and discuss social challenges that limit opportunity for women and diverse individuals to be the best they can be.

When she is not thinking about technology, she can be found in her garden, on her yoga mat or in the kitchen creating wonderful tasty dishes.

Melinda Matthews-Clarkson
Chief Executive Officer, CodeClan

Toni is a Secondary School Computing Science teacher, the Founder of the multi-award-winning charity dressCode and Turing’sTesters, and also the Co-founder of the festival.

The aim of dressCode is to help close the gender gap in Computing Science. dressCode have also launched Computing Science Scotland, a national initiative with the aim to help support Computing Science teachers and inspire as many pupils as possible to continue to study Computing Science.

Toni is extremely passionate about teaching Computing Science, and encouraging more pupils into the subject, particularly more girls. The work Toni has done to raise the profile and to support Computing Science as a subject at schools to inspire the next generation and to help close the gender gap has been recognised by a number of awards.

Toni Scullion
Founder, dressCode


The Awards Ceremony

The Herald Digital Transformation Awards 2022 will take place on Thursday 25th August in Glasgow.
The evening includes an arrival drink, three course meal, half bottle of wine, entertainment and the awards presentation. There is also the fantastic opportunity to network with other attendees from across all industries in Scotland who are embracing digital transformation.

The event will be hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Catriona Shearer.


Catriona Shearer is a broadcaster, journalist and event host with over 16 years’ experience in the media.

Best known for presenting BBC Reporting Scotland, she’s racked up thousands of hours of live TV.

Away from the newsroom she’s helped ring in a few New Years on BBC’s Hogmanay Live programme, has hosted BBC wildlife show Midsummer Live from the Isle of May, presented live programmes from T in the Park music festival and Wimbledon and was host of BBC Scotland’s game show Wonderball.

A keen music and football fan, Catriona can be heard on BBC Scotland’s Off the Ball, Radio Clyde and Greatest Hits Radio.

Catriona Shearer

Interested in finding out who has been shortlisted and won these awards in the past? Download our previous winners PDF


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