President@digileaders | Chair@Institute of Coding
Non-Exec: Rightmove plc | Costain Group plc | FDM Group plc
Business Advisor & Mentor at Merryck |
Advocate for diversity & Inclusion. Advisory positions at @accelerate-Her @BigYouthGroup and as tech ambassador at the @girlguiding association
"If we are to thrive in a digital future which includes everybody, we must ensure that we have all of our voices heard when it comes to designing technology. If we do not, we risk creating a world which is for the few and not for the many."
Awarded CBE in Queen's New Year Honours 2018 for services to International Trade in Technology | My journey: Desert Island Discs March 2019| Happily married with three children and a grandson. Yoga and meditation is how she finds her balance…
June has enjoyed a 20‐year career, in which she has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television. June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland. It was when she started on Channel 4’s T4 that she became a household name. June hosted 2005’s Make Poverty History event and presented at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 she hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park. June has also interviewed and introduced some of the world’s biggest names including HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and George Clooney.
She has worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, whilst campaigning for The One and Produce (RED). June was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, making her one of the youngest people ever to receive an MBE. June was awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Years’ Honours List.
June is also an author of two award winning books; ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration’ and The Power of Women. Diversify was launched across the USA and Canada earlier this year, where June toured over summer 2019.
June is currently the Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC, having been appointed in the role in 2019. Acting as the broadcasting giants’ first ever Diversity Director, June will work to increase representation throughout the company and ensure that the BBC’s content reflects the public they serve.
Roberta, aka Beta Lucca, is a serial entrepreneur and keynote speaker on Futurism, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. The unconventional British-Brazilian is the co-founder of the BAFTA-winning Bossa Studios, a VC-backed, multi-million-dollar video games company based in London. She was listed in Forbes as one of the Top 50 Women in Tech, and amongst the Most Influential in Creative Arts by the Evening Standard. Through her speaking engagements Beta tackles topics that include: the future of technology and the impact of games in our society, how to become a successful multipotentialite (building a portfolio career), and igniting an entrepreneurial mindset by embracing your failures. Roberta is also the host of Hyper Curious podcast, a weekly conversation with change-makers, explorers and entrepreneurs.
From child prodigy to MBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of impactful events and opportunities.
One of the youngest ever to be awarded a Masters' degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford at age 20, Anne-Marie, unsurprisingly, continued to soar. In 2018 alone, she was listed among the top 50 women in tech in the world by Forbes, voted the 5th most influential woman in IT by Computer Weekly and was the recipient of the prestigious Barclays UK ‘Woman of the Year' award. 2017 saw her featured among the top 50 most inspiring women in tech by Inspiring Fifty (an accolade she received for a second time in 2018). In recognition of her significant influence and achievements, Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors. In June of the same year she was also made an Honorary Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. Not only a champion of getting women into STEM positions, Anne-Marie has previously worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, amassing a wealth of experience. She is also a recognised thought-leader in the tech space, regularly appearing in the media as a talking head, and giving talks at tech giants such as SXSW and Founders Forum.
Vinita Marwaha Madill is a space engineer and Founder of Rocket Women. Previously, Vinita has been based at the European Space Agency (ESA) (as a contractor via TERMA B.V.) focused on human spaceflight operations for future projects, including the European Robotic Arm to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS). Vinita has worked at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and ESA on International Space Station (ISS) operations and spacesuit design. At ESA's European Astronaut Centre, Vinita helped design the SkinSuit and conducted a study on future spacesuit design for lunar exploration.
At the German Aerospace Centre, she guided astronauts through experiments and wrote astronaut procedures in Germany's version of Mission Control. Vinita studied Mathematics and Physics with Astrophysics at King’s College London and went on to gain master’s degrees in Space Management from the International Space University (ISU) and in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, UK.
Vinita is an advocate for STEM outreach, founding the platform Rocket Women (www.rocket-women.com) that aims to inspire women to study STEM and consider a career in the space industry. Rocket Women has been featured in media including Fast Company, BBC, Stylist Magazine, She The People and The Telegraph. Based in Canada, Vinita led an Intelligent Transportation Systems team as an Engineering Manager and took part in an intimate round table discussion with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, highlighting the importance of education. She was mentioned in ELLE magazine’s feature on '12 Genius Young Women Shaping The Future'.
Named as one of the Top 100 women working in Technology, Natasha Sayce-Zelem is the Head of Technology at Sky across their extensive Digital Service estate.
Sky is one of The Times Top 50 employers for women, with an award winning ‘Women in Leadership’ programme and a number of external free initiatives to encourage more women to get into a tech career. Natasha speaks and writes nationally to inspire more people to consider side-stepping into a tech career using existing transferrable skills and reinforcing how important it is to focus on the creativity aspects of a tech career, especially in encouraging more diversity into the sector.
Outside of Sky, Natasha is the founder of the national initiative ‘Empowering Women with Tech’ which aims to elevate, educate and empower women working in Digital, Science and Technology. Over 1000 people have attended an EWWT event and they run a successful industry mentoring programme.
Natasha also founded the Leeds ‘Ladies of Code’ group and is on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Leeds School of Computing.
Jane Murison is a Head of Design in the BBC's UX&D team, looking after Sport & Live, UX Specialists and Ethical Experiences. She leads a group of around 45 designers, user researchers, UX architects and writers, who make digital services loved by millions of people in the UK and worldwide. She takes pride in developing great UX leaders and practitioners. Alumni from her teams now work for Government Digital Services, Coop Digital, Google, and IDEO.
Annette is the Chief Information Security Officer at the Met Office and has overall responsibility for Cyber Security and Resilience. The Met Office is the UK’s National Meteorological Service which utilises world leading Super Computing to underpin globally recognised science and meteorology. Annette has over 10 years IT leadership experience with the last 7 years in key information security leadership roles.
Annette designed and implemented new and innovative approaches to Cyber Security and represented the Met Office at Big Data Analytics (White Hall Media 2015) on the use of analysing large data sets to deliver actionable security intelligence for the business. She is on the external advisory panel for Computing at Plymouth University and was a keynote speaker at Women in Stem 2016.
Marina is a big supporter of STEAM careers for women and girls. She herself has started as a management trainee with Siemens Telecom and stayed true to technology since then. Now Marina is a Global Business Analysis IT Manager in BAT.
Her international career spans across Russia, Germany, Singapore and UK and she fluently speaks languages of those countries. Love for optimisation and structure topped up with the International Management Master’s degree and passion for art giving Marina a powerful mix for creative problem solving. Within her team she instils the idea that nothing is impossible.
Marina has championed the potentially risk-reduced products as a step-changing addition to the traditional tobacco business in BAT. Overseeing IT side of this start-up within the corporation she was instrumental in defining the operating model and data structures, lately integrating new products into the overall company business, and finally launching B2C e-commerce platform as a service.
Marina is an ambassador for the family related work-life balance and the life-long learning. She is a proud mother of her teenage son and baby daughter.
Gemma Bloemen is the proud Chief Operating Officer at Elder. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University after leaving her hometown of Utrecht, Netherlands. Gemma was a Strategy Consultant for McKinsey & Company before getting her MBA at INSEAD.
In 2014, she joined Uber where she managed a variety of operational teams as Senior Operations Manager before joining Elder in early 2018. At Elder she manages the Carer recruitment and support function as well as the marketplace balance and clinical teams. She also recently started doing some angel investments and is on the board of Howamigoing, an HRtech startup.
She feels passionate about the inclusion of women in business and has led the Women in Business club at INSEAD and co-chaired the Women of Uber resource group. She has an interest in all things tech, politics, workplace diversity and is a dedicated foodie.
Lina Chan is the CEO and co-founder of Parla. Lina spent most of her career working as a
private equity investor in the US and the UK. After experiencing pregnancy loss and difficulty
conceiving, she realised the need to build more companies by women for women to help make
fertility health more proactive. She founded Parla in 2018 and quickly built the skills, network
and team necessary to lead as CEO of a high growth technology company. Lina has also
helped inspire and support a wave of new women in the space and regularly mentors other
entrepreneurs while participating in key forums like GIANT Health, and London & Partners. She
is also involved in several women’s networks.
Indonesian Rika Christanto grew up in the US.
A Harvard MBA graduate she has worked as an investment banking analyst in the technology group of Morgan Stanley and has over four years of consultancy experience in McKinsey. Christanto's first experience in the logistics sector was when she worked for an NGO in Uganda leading the operations to create a nationwide dairy supply chain. She left the consultancy world in 2016 to join Ontruck, a digital road freight platform that offers the most efficient and low-carbon solution to transport goods, as a co-founder and CFO. She’s currently the company’s COO, leading both operations and finance.
Abigail was in Neath College completing her A-levels in IT, Textiles and Business, when the opportunity to become an apprentice in the DVLA arose. This is a two year course which works along-side Gower College. She saw this as an ideal opening for her as she wasn’t sure about going to University at the time. Apprenticeships are perfect for people like Abi who wish to continue their education whilst in a working environment. She has found that working with people of all ages and experience has helped her dramatically throughout the scheme. At the beginning of the year a full-time position became available within her area and due to her hard work and diligence, Abi applied for this role and was successful. This has further encouraged her to consider the opportunity to apply for the Software Engineering Degree that is offered to internal staff within her directorate at DVLA.
Andjela has worked for KPMG within the Tech Risk sector for four years following her university studies at the University of Bath. Her day to day job involves supporting external and internal audit clients, including the use of data analytics, as well as attestation over the use of technology at third parties. Andjela works on advising clients on how to control risks related to their information assets, either in IT management processes, business applications, infrastructure or projects. Technology Risk has given Andjela a platform from which to develop a broad-based understanding of the usage of technology to assist with the implementation and maintenance of a secure control environments across several clients and industries. This role has so far given Andjela a keen understanding of not only IT systems, but also the risks arising from the widespread usage of technology as a driver for business. Her degree background in Modern Languages and Politics has also allowed her to work internationally and expand her network more globally.
Devon Edwards Joseph is a Senior Data Engineer at Soho House & Co. She feels strongly about supporting those who find themselves underrepresented in tech, both to enter the field, and to thrive once they are there. Devon is a Co-Organiser of the AI Club for Gender Minorities, and in 2019 sat on the Young Professionals’ Board of the UK WISE Campaign for gender equality in STEM, after being awarded the Future Star of Tech in AI award in 2018 for her achievements. Having switched into tech from a completely non-technical background, she is a strong advocate for those who are trying to do the same, and enjoys mentoring people to achieve those goals.
Lisa has been CIO at the Royal Marsden since August 2018, overseeing a comprehensive programme of digital transformation, having previously been CIO at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust from 2014. She started her career in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist (Microbiology) before moving into a variety of technology roles within healthcare, including a stint in Dubai.
Lisa is currently Chair of the London CIO Council and a member of the Digital Health CIO Advisory Panel.
Anita Fernqvist is the Director of Operations and Chief Data Officer for Zurich Insurance in the UK. She is responsible for defining and delivering the Operations Strategy in support of our customers, looking after 200 FTE across several disciplines and locations across the UK.
As Chief Data Officer, Anita is responsible for the Data & Analytics strategy, and has lead the data transformation programme she laid out since January 2016, delivering wholescale change to people, process, technology and culture in order to build a strong data centric culture.
Alongside this as Operations Director, Anita has responsibility for the shared service functions delivering across all business lines. This involves measuring and consulting on operational efficiency and customer satisfaction, and using operational disciplines to effect change and deliver excellent customer outcomes.
Anita has 15 years of transformation experience in Financial Services, having joined Zurich in 2005 from IBM.
Anita is chair of the Zurich UK Women’s Innovation Network, and sits on the Independent Governance Committee overseeing the Zurich Life business.
Anita is solo mum to two energetic boys and passionate about supporting others in maintaining and growing their careers regardless of what life throws at them!
Ann Francke is Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute. She started her career at Procter & Gamble and has held senior executive positions at Mars, Boots, Yell and BSI. In 2020, Ann was awarded an OBE for services to workplace equality.
Ann is an expert on gender balance in the workplace and speaks frequently in the media and conferences on this and other management topics. Her book on gender balance - Create a Gender-balanced Workplace, published in September 2019. Ann also authored the ‘Financial Times Guide to Management’ and has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE Cranfield report. She was awarded the MemCom award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body in 2016.
Ann holds several Board positions and five Honorary Doctorates for her work in management and leadership.
Ann and her husband live in West London; she has one daughter.
Nike Folayan MBE is Chartered Electronics Engineer with a doctorate in Electronics engineering. Nike is currently Technical Director and the Technical Discipline Leader for within the Transport and Infrastructure Division of WSP, an engineering consultancy where she leads a team of telecommunications engineers in the UK and India working on a variety of projects within the transport sector in the UK, Australia, Middle East and Africa. She is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Nike is chair and co-founder of AFBE-UK a not for profit organisation which promotes higher achievements in education and engineering particularly among people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) backgrounds. Nike was featured in Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage 2012 Powerlist. She is also a Trustee at Stemettes Futures, on the Strategic Planning Committee of University of the West of England and Engineering industrial panel at the University of Kent. She is also on Diversity Steering committees for the Royal Academy of Engineering, Transport for London, the Science Council amongst others. Nike was awarded an MBE for Diversity in Engineering in the Queens 2020 honours list. Nike’s vision is to continue empower people all around the world to use Engineering and Technology as a platform for positive change in the world.
Julia Harrison is a Head of Product for Government Digital Service, which she joined in April 2019. Starting out in desktop support 25 years ago, she got here via roles in engineering, project management, IT service management and product management, at companies including eBay, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft and American Express. Describing herself as a recreational showoff, Julia occasionally delivers communication workshops based on comedy improvisation, as well as speaking about leadership, product management and social mobility.
Christelle Heikkila is the IT Director of Arsenal Football Club, responsible for technology at the Club which underpins a very diverse business environment spanning football analysis of on-pitch games to retail operations.
Prior to her current role, Christelle was Head of IT Applications at Superdrug responsible for the support and development of its core systems and project delivery. However, Christelle’s first industry role in IT was working at Sainsbury’s (UK’s third largest supermarket chain), her later years there being spent in their newly-created digital lab, an exciting time to be part of their digital revolution.
Christelle started out her career as a pharmacist but transitioned to Accenture as a management consultant which put her on her eventual path to IT Director.
Charlene has been a software developer for over 10 years in a range of languages and technologies. She is the founder of Coding Black Females, a non-profit to inspire, provide opportunities, and showcase the talents of black women in tech. She is also the co-founder of Meet Up and Code, a community to bring developers together and code together. Charlene is passionate about increasing diversity in tech.
Mary Hunter is the Chief People Officer for Columbus and leads the global strategy for culture and people. An experienced industry leader Hunter has led one of Microsoft’s most successful UK channel partner businesses for 18 years. She has a deep passion for motivating and inspiring people to realise their full potential, both in the workplace and actively supporting the next generation too. Diversity and inclusion is an important element to creating the innovate continual learning culture needed in a global technology business like Columbus; therefore building confidence and personal leadership capabilities in underrepresented areas of the workforce is a critical focus area in her role to enable a successful diverse workforce of the future.
Hunter has been recognised by several organisations for her work winning the International Association of Microsoft Channel partners Global Leadership of the year award in 2018, finalist for Computing in IT’s Digital Leader of the year 2018, winner of UK Regional Businesswoman of the year 2018, finalist for CRN’s Woman of the year 2019 and most recently finalist for Women in IT’s Woman of the year 2020.
Mary is on numerous boards including an Advisory member to the Business School at Nottingham Trent University. A member on the Women in Technology and Women of The Channel boards and the Culture Chair for IAMCP UK Board.
Mohibi Hussain is currently working at the University of Cambridge as a Security & Strategy Architect. Her current role involves overseeing the technical design aspect of new and existing services offered by the University’s central service provider. Mohibi has a masters degree in Technology and Policy from MIT USA, is a CISSP, and is now finishing up her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, U.K. She also has 19 years of professional experience in information technology and information security management and team leadership, and has worked in some of the world renowned companies such as IBM, etc.
Inas Ismail, PhD engineering, is the co-founder of Autsera and leads the product design team. She was inspired to start Autsera to support her autistic child to develop socially, boost his self-confidence, integrate socially, and learn better. Inas has been selected for the Google for Startups first female founders residency in London, the Deutsche Bank funded WeInSocialTech business support programme, and the TechHub Diversity Programme.
Insiya Jafferjee is the CEO at The Shellworks, where they aim to make plastic waste a thing of the past. She is originally from Sri Lanka and holds a B.Sc. in Product Design from Stanford University. Fascinated with how products were made, Insiya spent her time in consumer electronics working at corporations like Bose, Ford Motor Company and Apple Inc.
She moved to London in 2017 to pursue a Masters in Innovation Design Engineering from Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. The masters program was the inspiration to start The Shellworks and she's passionate about putting her skillset towards making meaningful environmental impact.
In B2B Marketing Magazine’s Top 10 list of women making the biggest impact in tech in 2019.
Author of a free e-book: From anxious to unstoppable: how to be more confident at work.
Pauliina Jamsa is passionate about diversity and digital. She is an engaging motivational speaker, life coach, global manager at Siemens and Head Tutor overseeing disruptive strategy Programme for the University of Oxford.
At Siemens she is responsible for global enablement across 120 different countries by providing digital advice and workshops, leading agile projects and encouraging a fail-safe culture.
She has lived in 5 different countries, speaks 7 languages and has worked in agencies, start ups and blue chips like SAP and Microsoft.
Having developed a method to overcome her social anxiety and fear of public speaking, her story from a bullied small-town girl to a global manager has been inspiring people around the world. She’s a chairwoman, keynote speaker, panellist, moderator and a judge in tens of conferences in over 12 different countries from New York to London.
Shola Kaye is a communication consultant, author of two books and an award-winning speaker. Her keynote and masterclass topics include communication for diversity and inclusion, workplace communication, in particular for teams that deal with complex information, and workplace empathy. She also speaks about how to create a more inclusive environment for introverts, especially within the technical/data/STEM work space. She has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, a background in IT consulting and spent more than 15 years as an international performer, which has been the foundation of her unique, creative and energetic approach. Shola has been featured in Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and on the BBC.
An experienced marketer, Louise is a digital native that started her career in 2006 doing sms and online marketing at 16 years old. At the start of 2020 Louise joined Independent News and Media, as the Acqusition and Lifecycle manager across a number of online titles, including Independent.ie and Sundayworld.com. In the past 15 years Louise has helped businesses transition to doing business online through digital marketing, online conversion and technical process changes, notably introducing internationally award winning chatbots into AA Ireland. Louise believes that having technical skills like coding, website development or hands on experience working with development teams, is a key asset to a modern business career portfolio. "Business skills take years to develop, but digital skills can be learned in a short space of time, by anyone who's looking to learn."
Tara McGeehan is President of CGI’s UK and Australian Operations and a member of the Group’s Executive. Previously, she was responsible for CGI’s UK Energy and Utilities business and for delivering the UK’s national Smart Metering programme. Prior to that Tara was a senior manager at National Grid, the UK’s electricity distribution network. She is passionate about diversity and encouraging young people and women to enter the technology industry.
Tara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with a focus on understanding the financial and practical considerations of commerce. She is a loyal and often disappointed follower of both the Yorkshire and England cricket teams.
Sonya is a lifelong traveler who lived in the Middle-East, North Africa and Asia and is always looking for new challenges. She has made a career switch from International Business Consultant in Saudi Arabia and Singapore to Full Stack Software Engineer in South Korea to Lead Security Engineer at Photobox Group. Before coming to the UK, she was based in South Korea for 6 years where she learnt Korean and worked for several Korean companies. Sonya is a Tech Advocate and a public speaker in the UK tech scene. She is also a mentor for women in tech, a cybersecurity writer for FreeCodeCamp publications and an active member of the tech community in London. Her motto is #GetSecure, #BeSecure & #StaySecure
Anisah is the founder of 23 Code Street, a coding school for women and non-binary people. For every paying student on their courses, they teach digital skills to women in the slums of Mumbai. She is also the CTO of Vinokilo, a second-hand fashion company making waves in creating a real alternative to fast fashion.
Anisah believes that diversity breeds innovation. She is driven to ensure that the future is built by people that reflect the society we live in.
VP global community and belonging Brandwatch Co-Host Techish podcast (Top 20 Tech podcast on Apple Podcasts). Author of Dream Big. Hustle Hard: The Millennial Woman’s Guide to Success in Tech.
Abadesi is the Founder and CEO of Hustle Crew, VP global community and belonging Brandwatch and the Co-Host of the Techish Podcast, which is listed in the top 20 Tech podcast on Apple. She was recently included in the Financial Times list of Top 100 Influential Leaders in Tech and Tech Nation’s 50 most prominent and influential voices in Tech. She graduated from the London School of Economics in 2009 and wrote for the Financial Times before joining London's tech scene. Prior to her current roles she worked at Product Hunt, Elpha, Amazon, HotelTonight and Groupon where she was promoted after her first 8 months and helped scale her department 5X leading up to their record breaking IPO. In 2016 she published her careers advice book, Dream Big Hustle Hard: A Millennial Woman's Guide to Success in Tech which is rated 5 stars on Amazon. She has been featured in Elle, Stylist, BBC, Forbes, The Times and The Independent.
Jodi came to coaching after a 10-year career in management consultancy with Accenture, followed by 10 years of working in-house in organisation development. She always admired people who proactively plan their careers. Her own career story was largely accidental, for the first 15 years at least, until she decided to make some deliberate choices about the kind of work she loved, and loathed, doing. Jodi has met some incredibly talented people along the way and have worked for some fascinating organisations (ITV, The Football Association, BT, British Airports Authority). Jodi is delighted to count a wide variety of organisations as her clients, such as Bloomberg, WeWork, Activision Blizzard King, All3Media International, FIS WorldPay, Burberry.
Jodi is intrigued by organisational culture and how this shows up in leadership behaviours. She is endlessly curious about what drives individual and team performance, happiness and motivation at work. Whether she is doing one to one exec coaching, working with teams, or delivering talks on topics like Imposter Syndrome, she never stops being grateful that she has found something she loves doing.
Gomathi completed a master’s degree in Computing in 1997, whilst raising a family. Ten years later, she ventured out to work in academia, with the North East Scotland College, as an IT instructor and later a Learning Technologist. Though Gomathi had often thought about reverting to a career in programming, rapid developments in the field were an intimidating factor until an opportunity presented as a career at the DVLA that included completing a MSc in Software Engineering. Getting back into education as a student after 25 years was hard but enriching. As part of the course, she developed a proof of concept Progressive Web App for the DVLA vehicle enquiries services and was awarded the best research project for the year by the University of Wales Trinity St. Davids. Gomathi continues to work with the DVLA developing web services, aiming to provide the best digital services to over 40 million customers.
Louise Smith is Lloyd’s first Chief Digital Officer. This newly created role within the Corporation is critical in supporting Lloyd’s to further build its digital capabilities and offering across the insurance industry.
Louise is nationally and internationally recognised as a thought leader on digital innovation, disruptive technologies and the emerging workforce. She is currently laying the groundwork to ensure Lloyd’s has a strong, consistent digital approach in its Future at Lloyd’s programme of work. As well as shaping Lloyd’s digital strategy, Louise will also be working with the Corporation on how it uses agile methodologies and collaborative ways of working, as well as growing its digital skills.
With an extensive career in creating and running digital business models, Louise is at the forefront of influencing and changing the shape and evolution of the financial services sector in the UK and globally. In her current role, she uses customer experience, data, and insight to differentiate the services Lloyd’s offers to its customers.
Louise is also a regional FinTech ambassador, appointed by the UK Government. In this role she supports new incumbents in the financial services sector and collaborates with the ‘start up’ community and challengers.
Rachel is a creative junior software engineer at Covéa Insurance, from studying Computing at both college and university to getting involved with the ever-evolving Leeds tech community. Rachel supports the tech community buzz by voluntary teaching Code First Girls classes, co-hosting Leeds Frontend meetup and organising other free community events for everyone in tech and those who want to get into tech. Following this, Rachel set up her personal blog, started her public speaking journey, and stepped into her first management and mentoring role, whilst beginning to study the ILM Level 3 course in Leadership and Management at Covéa Insurance.
Wincie Wong uses her background at the leading edge of creative and disruptive innovation in the banking industry to break down barriers and transform the shape and diversity of the engineering workforce. An international speaker and a digital evangelist, she is passionate about spearheading the growth of a diverse technology workforce as co-founder of the NatWest Girls Can Code network and founding member of Tech She Can, an organisation of 165+ corporates working together to increase the number of women in technology roles in the UK through education. She is also co-host of the NatWest Technically Speaking podcast series discussing current topics in the evolving world of tech. She has a background working with the UK government to tap into the huge unrealised economic potential of female entrepreneurs by making the UK one of the best countries in the world for women to start and grow a new business as recommended in the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship. A serial entrepreneur herself, she has been featured in Season 2 of BBC’s My Million Pound Menu with host Fred Siriex for her business running Burmese supper clubs – now available on Netflix globally. In 2019, she was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leaders in UK Tech by Inclusive Boards & the Financial Times. Having grown up in New York City, she’s spent the last 10+ years across the pond in London where she is passionate about making innovation useful for customers.
Amie joined Worldline as a PMO apprentice in 2014 and in 6 years she has progressed through different roles in the organisation including as PM in successfully delivering a number of high profile and strategic projects. Amie is currently working towards a Chartered Manager CMgr (MCMI) status and recently, Amie has been promoted to Head of Business Office where she’ll be leading a team of 8 providing support for the delivery organisation and driving the change to improve co-ordination between different teams within the business to achieve better on-time delivery for projects and services.
Apprenticeships are a great alternative to going straight to University and Amie has been a keen advocate for apprenticeship schemes. She led the Atos and Worldline team in the 2016 Apprentice Brathay Challenge winning two awards, ‘Highly Commended Team Leader’ and ‘Outstanding Community Project’, worked with other apprentices to promote apprenticeships to businesses and presented at schools to encourage more young people to consider this route.
In 2009 having spent 10 years in the performing arts industry Hannah took nine months out to explore India. When rediscovering Yoga in its birthplace, Hannah discovered meditation. After a life-enriching journey, Hannah returned to the UK to complete Yoga teacher training to share her new found passion: the pursuit of its goals and the search for inner harmony both mentally and physically.
During the last 10 years of teaching yoga, Hannah has also gained training in mindfulness which she was able to use to work with families with autism and within education. Hannah is passionate about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and has been teaching courses for the past five years for adults with mental health issues that prevent them from working. Hannah has worked alongside the NHS running workshops for staff and service users in the Mental health department.
Dr Nerina Ramlakhan has worked as a professional physiologist and sleep therapist for 25 years. She worked for a decade conducting sleep and wellness programmes at Nightingale Hospital in London, coaches on burnout prevention at Ashridge Business School and is the original founder of BUPA’s Corporate Wellbeing Solutions. Nerina works with individuals as well as numerous corporate clients from various industries including sport (Chelsea Football Club) and hosts a regular sleep programme at Vale De Moses yoga retreat, Portugal.
Nerina is author of Tired But Wired (Souvenir Press, 2010), Fast Asleep, Wide Awake (Thorsons, 2016), and The Little Book of Sleep: The Art of Natural Sleep (Gaia, 2018) and her work has been featured in The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, New Scientist, Psychologies, Red and Healthy Living magazines. She has also appeared on numerous national TV and radio programmes including This Morning, Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, Sky News and BBC Radio 2.
As a former insomniac, Nerina combines her professional experience with academic and personal insights, and believes sleep problems are not simply about sleep, but rather about how we deal with life and its inevitable challenges.
Nerina enjoys yoga, meditation, running and cycling and has completed 7 marathons and several iron man triathlons. She has a fifteen-year-old daughter and lives in London.
Kimberley Robinson is an award nominated mental health activist, creator and founder of Keep Real. Recently named in the UK Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise, Kimberley’s focus lies on inclusive health and wellbeing campaigns and projects in the UK; from utilising her degree in Counselling by running mental health workshops and facilitating live music events with her business Keep Real, to consulting on wellbeing projects to support further access to mental health support. With clients who have included Mind, Twitter, Sky UK, NHS Leeds, The Women’s Org and more under her belt, Kimberley lends her activism and empathic approach to a milieu of wellbeing ventures.
Daniel Cuthbert is the Global Head of Security Research for Banco Santander. With a career spanning over 20 years on both the offensive and defensive side, he's seen the evolution of hacking from a small groups of curious minds to organized criminal networks and nation state we see today. He is the original co-author of the OWASP Testing Guide, released in 2003 and now the co-author of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS).
Fiona is an experienced CIO and Business Transformation Leader, delivering sustainable Business value and improved Customer experience through Digital & IT solutions. She has worked internationally, living in the US and Asia where she learnt the power of diverse teams. She has had a wide and varied career initially joining BP as a Graduate in Geology. She has successfully delivered across many sectors from Trading to Retail at BP, Publishing at Elsevier, Telecommunications at Vodafone, in Utilities as CIO for Thames Water and presently leading Global IT Delivery at Mars enabling Mars’s Digital Transformation.
A leader with a passion for people, she actively develops capability and talent across her teams in technology and leadership. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and is a member of BCS Women Committee where she actively supports and encourages more women to have a successful and lasting career in Technology.
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Andrew Isenman is Head of DevOps at Heathrow Airport. Previously he led Heathrow’s Innovation Department, where he steered the delivery - amongst other innovations - of a number of award-winning enterprise mobile apps. Andrew has a deep understanding of aviation as well as the challenges faced by IT teams to deliver solutions in highly-regulated environments.
Eve leads on Economic Development at Leeds City Council where she is responsible for bringing forward the delivery framework for the city’s Inclusive Growth Strategy. Eve also leads on economic policy, business growth support, inward investment and visitor economy. Eve is a member of the Leadership Group of the Chamber of Commerce and a Director of North Invest.
Prior to joining Leeds City Council Eve worked for NHS Digital where she established a nationwide implementation team to support the delivery of major national IT programmes across health and care. She remains passionate about all things digital and the potential that the digital revolution brings for people and businesses.
When she is not at work Eve enjoys running with her local running club, Harrogate Harriers, and spending time with her family.
Graeme joined Softcat in April 2018. With 30 years of experience in the IT distribution industry, Graeme was most recently Senior Vice President EMEA, Advanced and Specialist Solutions, Tech Data Corporation ("Tech Data"), a position he held from March 2017. He was promoted to that role when Avnet's Technology Solutions business was acquired by Tech Data in early 2017. Prior to that, he was President for Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA for almost seven years and a member of Avnet's Global Executive Committee. He previously spent six years at Bell Micro (as President of Global Distribution) and his earlier career included roles at Tech Data (President EMEA) and Computer 2000 (Managing Director UK & Ireland). Graeme is a qualified accountant (ICAEW).
Following an injury during training as a ballerina, Jen took herself off to college and re-trained. Heading in to the IT industry as many people do, starting out on an IT Helpdesk. She then moved in to a support role within the finance industry, and in turn applied to become a Junior Server Engineer, before progressing to Senior Server Engineer. After ten years in the finance industry, Jen took on architecture roles within the construction industry first as an Infrastructure Architect and then Solutions Architect. Eventually, moving away from the private sector, Jen moved in to consultancy roles where she has spent the last 9 years working on datacentre and network architecture and solutions. Jen is now Head of Infrastructure Transformation for XMA and leads on Digital Transformation projects and technologies, as well as evolving technologies and strategy.
Neil Sinclair is the National Cyber Lead for the Police Digital Security Centre. Neil was recognised in The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2019 for his work in Technology and Cyber Security.
Neil has worked in UK counter-terrorism policing for over thirty years and has been involved in most of the Metropolitan Police’s biggest Terrorist Operations. He was a key member of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit for 10 years and is an accredited Financial Investigator.
Neil was the Lead for Financial Intelligence at GCHQ, prior to joining the Police Digital Security Centre.
Cassandra’s career began as technical consultant with responsibility for the design and delivery of IT security solutions and the management of a client support helpdesk before progressing into the world of financial control and audit. Cassandra joined the Internal Audit team at Thames Water in 2011 and has continued to progress her career at pace, spending 3 years as the Finance Manager for Major Projects which included the £4.1bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project, and most recently being promoted to an Executive Leadership (ELG) position where she has responsibility for IT business management across the entire company.
Angelique is a software engineer, specialising in publishing and content management systems for newsrooms. She’s worked at the heart of leading news publishers for over 10 years. Previously Angelique was an art director for several years with the Australian Financial Review in Sydney, then 7 years ago, decided to move to London to take up a role as a software engineer with the Financial Times.
She was completely new to the tech industry and was surprised at the lack of women in the department. Angelique became passionate about diversity and encouraging more women into STEM areas. She founded FT Women UK at the Financial Times in June 2017 and am currently co-chair, and prior to this founded and co-chaired Women in Learning and Leadership UK at Pearson in November 2014.
Viv Groskop is a writer, critic, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. She has presented Front Row and Saturday Review on BBC Radio 4, is a regular on BBC1's This Week and has hosted book tours for Graham Norton, Jo Brand and Jennifer Saunders. Groskop's books include The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature, and How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking. She is currently writing a self-help memoir titled Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature due out in 2020.
Kike Oniwinde is the founder and CEO of BYP Network, a platform that connects black young professionals with each other and corporations. She has an economics degree from the University of Nottingham and a Msc in Management from the University of Florida, where she gained a full Track and Field Scholarship. The idea of BYP Network came after Kike studied abroad and met talented black students who she didn’t know existed. Once back in London, the lack of diversity in the workplace coupled with low opportunities to meet others in the city; prompted the idea.
In 2018, Kike was named as a Sky Woman in Technology Scholar, F-Factor Winner, New Entrepreneurs Foundation Winner and named in the Maserati top 100! She was invited to Paris on a business trade mission with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan; won a STEM Trailblazer Batons Award at Houses of Parliament and was invited to meet ex-CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt. Kike is one of the top 100 UK BAME leaders in tech, Forbes 30 under 30 and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Anisah Osman Britton is the founder of the trailblazing London based coding school, 23 Code Street. It is a school for all women and non-binary people. For every paying student on their courses, they fund digital skills training for a woman in the slums of Mumbai.
Anisah is also the Director of Backstage Capital's London arm, Backstage London. Alongside her team, she set up the first accelerator for Backstage outside of the US which funds underrepresented founders, namely women and non-binary people, people of colour, and those who identify as LGBTQ+.