Graham collected the award at the third annual Connect ICT awards organised by PublicTechnology's sister title, Holyrood, in Glasgow earlier this week.
Aberdeenshire also saw off competition from Edinburgh College and the University of Edinburgh to collect the ICT team of the year award.
Over the last two years, Aberdeenshire has become one of the first Scottish local authorities to fully embrace a ‘cloud-based’ service management tool for ICT delivery.
“Don’t let anybody tell you that IT in the public sector is not exciting and innovating – it’s a fantastic place to work,” Graham told an audience of almost 200 as she collected her award.
The awards, winners of which were chosen by a panel of six ICT experts chaired by ScotlandIS public sector liaison, Tommy Laughlin, also saw the Scottish Housing Regulator and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde collect two awards apiece.
Full list of winners
Project Delivery Award – Shetland Islands Council
ICT Team Award – Aberdeenshire Council
Citizen Award – The Scottish Housing Regulator
Mobile Award – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Innovate Award – Future City Glasgow
Security Award – John Campbell, the Scottish Government
Digital Health Award – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Insight Award – The Scottish Housing Regulator
Digital Leader Award – Nicola Graham, Head of ICT, Aberdeenshire Council