Avril Chester, aka 'Ave'

   An award-winning Technology Entrepreneur, experienced CTO, Author, Podcast Host and Cancer Thriver.
Avril is passionate about Social Impact Technology. She loves good food, big dreams and a giggle.   

Multiple Award Winner


Entrepreneur of the year
Women in IT Awards 2019

Founder of Cancer Central
 short awards video 



Healthtech innovation
of the year
Digital Leaders 2019

Founder of Cancer Central Article in the Evening Standard

Best public sector project
Computing Digital Technology Leaders 2021

Founder of Ask Ave, engineered by Amido, enabling NHS 24 to rapidly scale to meet huge spikes in enquiries during COVID-19

Best Cloud-Native Project 
International Cloud Awards 2022

Watch how a collaboration between Cancer Central, Amido & NHS 24 enabled NHS Inform to meet huge spikes in enquiries during COVID-19

Podcast Host


The 3 Digital Amigos is a podcast series where Craig Ambler, Chris Lord & Avril Chester have a
fun conversation in a non techie way about all things digital.


Experienced CTO


Avril is currently Chief Technology Officer at the Royal Institute of British Architects, finalist for CTO of the Year at the Women in IT awards 2022 and joins the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as Chief Technology Office in June.