CIO Awards For ThingCo and Covea

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Jonathon Valentine, Chief Technology Officer at ThingCo, the fast-growing telematics insurtech, has been selected as one of the top CIOs in the UK, in the 2021 CIO UK 100.

Every year, the CIO UK 100 recognises the most transformational and disruptive technology and information executives in and from the UK. The CIO 100 celebrates technology and business leaders driving change at their organisations and provides a showcase for the selected 100 executives and their teams.

Jonathon Valentine has been recognised for the role he and his team has played in launching next generation telematics technology to the UK insurance market, utilising AI, Intelligent Voice and second by second driving data.  This has helped insurers and brokers deliver more personalised motor insurance to customers during the pandemic and beyond.

Jonathon Valentine, CTO, ThingCo said: “I am really proud to have made this year’s CIO UK 100. Telematics based insurance is complex and challenging at the best of times, but launching our next generation solution mid-pandemic really tested our metal. We innovated around the barriers and now our insurance partners and their customers are reaping the benefits.

“Our team has been incredible throughout the pandemic and I would not be receiving recognition like this without all of their efforts in the last year.”

A record number of applications were received this year from CIOs, CTOs and senior IT executives from a broad range of organisations and industries, with the final 100 shortlisted following a rigorous judging process by the CIO 100 judging panel. The panel brought together former CIOs, NEDs, and advisors to start-ups, boards, and C-suite executives.


Covéa Insurance Chief Technology and Information Office (CTIO), Graeme Howard, has been named 2nd in the UK 2021 CIO top 100 technology leaders ranking. The ranking features the most disruptive and transformational UK technology leaders, highlighting those businesses with leaders and teams that are using digital technologies successfully to drive business growth.

The 2021 judges commented on the breadth and depth of progress made by the insurance company in the key areas of infrastructure and culture. They also noted Covéa Insurance’s early decision to move over to a micro-services platform which the company developed in under two years, working with insurtechs during the pandemic to deliver the project. The new platform has repositioned the company at the leading edge of the UK’s the rapidly developing insurance eco-system, helping it to drive innovation in the UK insurance market.

Covéa’s new technology platform has seen the insurance business deliver a raft of new partnerships and product propositions with businesses including DriveScore, British Gas, Animor, ByMiles and Vitality.

The pace of the company’s progress saw Graeme Howard jump up the CIO 100 ranking by nine places, from No. 11 in 2020 to No. 2 this year. Speaking about the achievement Graeme comments:

“I’m thrilled with this ranking which reflects just how far we’ve come as a business in a relatively short period of time. It wouldn’t have been possible without the brilliant people and the fantastic culture we have at Covéa, so I want to offer my congratulations and thanks to everyone who contributed to making it happen. I don’t think there’s ever been a more exciting time to be working in the insurance industry thanks to rapid advances in technology which are helping us to improve the experience for customers, business partners, and employees.”

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