Retail Times editor ranked as top influencer in UK tech sector

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Today, European tech PR agency, Tyto publishes its second annual Tech 500 Power List, revealing the most influential individuals in the UK tech sector and the Retail Times’ editor, Fiona Briggs, has been ranked 261st on the list.

The ‘Tech 500’, which is the only impartial data-driven influence study in the UK tech sector, shows that small company leaders and independent tech evangelists are outranking representatives of large tech firms when it comes to being heard. In fact, only 13 FTSE 100 companies had any representatives at all among the top 500.

80% of the individuals on the Tech 500 are independent or from smaller organisations, suggesting that working for a major firm doesn’t necessarily equate to increasing your personal influence. In fact, among the Tech 100, there were no individuals from FTSE 100 companies, as even last year’s overall top influencer Stephen Kelly has since departed his role at Sage.

The top 10 influencers for 2018 are:

    2017 Change
1 Chris Skinner – Blogger 199
2 Graham Cluley – Self Employed 38
3 Stephen Kelly – Entrepreneur Investor 1
4 Simon Taylor – 11:FS 46
5 Bill Buchanan – Napier University 54
6 Emma Jones – Enterprise Nations 215
7 Mike Butcher – TechCrunch 2
8 Anne Boden – Starling Bank 6  
9 Reshma Sohoni – Seedcamp 47
10 Jamie Burke – Outlier Ventures NEW

Brendon Craigie, co-founder and managing partner of Tyto, commented: “The lack of major tech firms on year’s Tyto Tech 500 Power List, shows that the size of your marketing and public relations budget does not guarantee you a position of influence. Individuals and smaller organisations who are passionate, committed and purposeful, have an equal if not better chance of making a major contribution to the direction of the UK tech sector. This is evidence that the UK tech sector is a dynamic environment, where innovation thrives.”

The Tyto Tech 500 Power List was created in partnership with delineate, using a five-stage data-driven analysis process, assessing an individual’s traditional and social media influence as well as prominence at public events.

To see the Tech 50 or download the Tech 100 visit: www.tytopr.com/powerlist

Further key trends revealed by this year’s study include:

  • Influencers are becoming more influential

The raw scores used to determine the ranking of the Tech 500 have increased by an average of 45% compared with 2017, suggesting that the UK’s tech influencers are in fact becoming more influential. Several names have achieved the same scores as 2017, but have slipped down in the rankings as the environment becomes more competitive.

  • FinTech dominates

95 of the Tech 500 influencers come from the FinTech sector, equal to a 19% share. No other sub-sector made up more than 6% of the overall list and fintech influencers made up 30% of the top 10.

  • The gender gap narrows (a little)

31% of this year’s list is made up by women, and increase from 24% in 2017, showing hopeful signs that there is an increasing platform for women to rise to the top in tech.

  • Business leaders grow their authority

68% of this year’s Tech 500 is made up of business leaders, an increase on 60% in 2017. Conversely, while journalists still retain the number two spot by sub-group with 18%, they have slipped down from 24% last year, reflecting a challenging year for the media industry more broadly.