Interview: Steve Capper, AtkinsRéalis, UK IT Industry Awards finalist

'We believe that digitally enabled engineering has the power to radically improve our relationship with our communities and our planet'

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As society emerges from the pandemic years, IT finds itself ever more central to our personal and working lives, and IT professionals have never been more crucial to the functioning of businesses and society.

The UK IT Industry Awards are the largest and most well-known event in the technology industry calendar. Owned and operated by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and Computing, the awards enjoy a level of professionalism and industry knowledge not seen at other shows.

This year's winners will be announced at a live awards ceremony on Wednesday 8th November in London.

AtkinsRéalis is a finalist in four categories: IT Leader of the Year; Best Place to Work; Special award - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; and Data Project of the Year.

We caught up with Steve Capper, Chief Information Officer at AtkinsRéalis, to ask him more about the company's priorities for the next 12 months.

Steve Capper is a results-driven Fortune 150 Executive CIO with 30 years of experience. Steve has proven his ability to develop and lead large, successful IT teams of 600+ staff with budgets in excess of £200M. With a solid track record in creating and delivering business transformational projects that exceed stakeholder expectations, he is hands-on as well as strategic leader. Steve currently serves as the CIO of AtkinsRéalis, a world-leading fully integrated professional services and project management company with a yearly turnover of £4.5BN and 36,000 employees, across various markets and regions.

We asked Capper what makes AtkinsRéalis different from other companies?

"What makes us different is that together with our global team and our industry partners and clients, we create positive impact in the world," said Capper.

"We believe that digitally enabled engineering has the power to radically improve our relationship with our communities and our planet. From designing entire cities to delivering nuclear power stations, we focus our business in the areas that have the most impact on the way we live and the resources we demand from our planet."

Asked about one company achievement in the past 12 months, Capper said rebranding the company was one of his proudest achievements this year.

"Transitioning from SNC-Lavalin to AtkinsRéalis was a colossal undertaking for many teams, including IT. We updated 42,500 email addresses, 37,000 computers, and over 200 corporate applications.

This complex project required meticulous planning across seven time zones with a tight 48-hour implementation window. The transition to AtkinsRéalis marks the emergence of a revitalised company strengthened by our extensive global capabilities."

On the topic of the UK IT Industry Awards, Capper said they provide "a valuable opportunity to spend time with an inspiring community of IT professionals and strengthen our industry relationships."

Watch the video above to hear more from Steve Capper.

The UK IT Industry Awards will take place on 8th November in London. Click here to view the shortlist and here to book your table.

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