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2017 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards Finalists

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The finalists for the seventh annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards have been announced.

The awards recognise women who are changing the concept of technology in the UK. They aim to encourage a greater number of women to work in tech, driving awareness of career opportunities, as well as showcasing the breadth and diversity of talent contributed by women in tech across all industries. They aim to discover the most inspiring female role models within the sector, and motivate other women to pursue a career in STEM.

The 33 finalists were handpicked from hundreds of entries by a panel of some of the UK’s most senior technology leaders. They were chosen for their outstanding contributions to the sector, both inside and outside their organisations, in recognition of their career achievement to date and potential for growth. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 9th February at the London Hilton at Part Lane.

Notable finalists include, Gabrielle Corria, Resource and Recruitment Lead at CGI, who has been nominated for the Rising Star Award, sponsored by T-Systems. Finalist for the Team Leader Award, Catriona Simmonds, Director of Business Architecture at American Express. Plus, Mivy James from BAE Systems, Applied Intelligence where she is Head of Consulting – National Security, is up for an Inspirational Award. The Inspirational Award recognises men and women who are championing the progress of working women in technology.

Since the awards launched in 2011, there have been huge advances made in the technology sector to achieve gender balance. In the past two years, there has been an increase of 25% in the number of women holding management roles in STEM industries[1]. Plus, digital employment requirements are predicted to increase by 5.4% by 2020, creating even more opportunities for women to advance in tech[2]. However, a recent study published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) discovered that young women still lack the confidence to pursue careers in technology after studying STEM subjects at school[3]. This is considered to be the main reason for the ongoing gender gap in STEM industries. The awards aim to change this by encouraging young women to excel in STEM subjects beyond their studies and into long-term careers within the technology sector.

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, commented “Seven years ago we began to showcase the exceptional women working in technology in response to the industry’s concern over a lack of female talent and role models. Today we are delighted to see the gender divide closing, but despite this our Awards continue to play an important part in celebrating role models at every stage of the journey from students up to senior leaders. The calibre and quality of this year’s nominations was impressive with all those nominated demonstrating a commitment to making a difference not only within their organisations but within local communities, schools and the future of the technology sector.”

Sponsors of the awards include, Barclays, T-Systems, American Express and CGI.

The finalists for 2017 are:

Rising Star Award - sponsored by T-Systems. This is awarded to a woman aged under 26 who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.

  • Jade Carlotta-Jones, Software Engineer, BP, from London
  • Gabrielle Corria, Resource and Recruitment Lead, CGI, from Bridgend
  • Charlotte Hutchinson, Technical Consultant IBM Cloud, IBM, from Surrey

Team Leader Award – sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch: This is awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success. She is leading a team of up to 100 employees.

  • Silke Eggert, Global Head of Opportunity Programme Management & Demand Management, Vodafone Group Services Limited, from Newbury, West Berkshire
  • Lisa Reed, Development Team Manager, Sage, from Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Catriona Simmonds, Director of Business Architecture, American Express, from Brighton, East Sussex

Software Engineer Award - sponsored by American Express.  This is awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of software engineering. She has built something new, shifted the art of the possible and is moving the profession forward.

  • Maxine Glennerster, Senior Developer, Deloitte Digital, from Belfast
  • Elizabeth Irwin, Insight Analyst, QueryClick, from Edinburgh
  • Lisa Kelly, Principal Technical Lead, BP International, from Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey

The One to Watch Award - sponsored by CA Technologies.  This is awarded to an individual aged under 20 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level. This award seeks to identify young game-changers and is open to inspirational students or apprentices

  • Kodi Gledhill, Engineering Apprentice, Coca-Cola European Partners, from Leeds
  • Ellora James, Student, Wick High School, from Caithness, Wick
  • Amy Naden, Student, The Royal Masonic School for Girls, from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

Leader Award - sponsored by BP.  This is awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation. She will be making a contribution to the strategic direction of the business. She is leading a team of over 100 employees.

  • Dana Berceanu, Head of Connectivity and Security Practice, Vodafone Group Services Limited, from London
  • Alice Cooper, Global Head of Credit & Interest Rates Derivatives IT, BNP Paribas, from London
  • Vicky Higgin, Head of Corporate Information Services, National Grid, from Warwick

Academic Award - sponsored by Dell.  This is awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in STEM. This could include using technology to enhance and support research and teaching, achieving technological breakthroughs or leveraging one’s position to significantly encourage more talent into stem subjects.

  • Muffy Calder, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering, University of Glasgow, from Glasgow
  • Semali Perera, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, from Bath
  • Sarah Spurgeon OBE, Professor of Control Engineering and Head of Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, from Dover

Start-up Founder of the Year Award - sponsored by Barclays.  This is awarded to the most inspirational female founder of a start-up business (under 18 months old).

  • Nell Bennett, Co-Founder and Design Director, doppel, from London
  • Sophie Deen, Founder and CEO, Bright Little Labs, from London
  • Sarah Hesz and Katie Massie–Taylor, Founders, Mush, from London

Innovator Award - sponsored by Equiniti. This is awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.

  • Kim Antoniou, Founder, Kafoodle, from London
  • Kate Newhouse, CEO, Doctor Care Anywhere, from London
  • Megan Lucero, Data Journalism Editor, The Times and Sunday Times, from London

Entrepreneur Award - sponsored by Arm Holdings.  This is awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology related venture.

  • Emily Brooke, Founder and CEO, Blaze, from London
  • Sarah McVittie and Donna North, Co-Founders, Dressipi, from London
  • Joanne Smith, Group CEO, RecordSure, from London

Digital Star Award - sponsored by CGI.  This is awarded to a woman who is excelling in a digital role. This could include innovative digital content, social media, web development or developing online solutions.

  • Ljiljana Holden, Lead Software Engineer, Aviva, from Norwich
  • Chi Igboaka, Global Head of Performance Marketing, Travelex, from London
  • Amanda Mulquiney, Digital Marketing Manager, Maginus, from Manchester

Inspiration Award - sponsored by VMware.  This is awarded to an individual, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.

  • Beverley Dean, Founder and CEO, Special iApps C.I.C., from Durham
  • Mivy James, Head of Consulting - National Security, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, from Guildford, Surrey
  • Sophie Newton, COO, Brainlabs, from London

Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of title sponsor FDM, said, “FDM is delighted to be sponsoring the everywoman in Technology Awards 2017 for the fifth consecutive year. FDM takes pride in being an award-winning company that champions diversity in the workplace and leads by example with circa 50% of the senior management team being women. We are committed to driving gender diversity in the workplace and encouraging more women to pursue rewarding careers in technology and STEM. The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards provide tangible examples of successful women in the sector to encourage the next generation, which supports our core purpose to create and inspire exciting careers that shape our digital future.  We are proud to continue supporting these awards and look forward to celebrating more female tech talent throughout years to come”

Julian David, CEO of techUk, commented, “techUK is proud to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards for the third year running. The digital skills gap is one of the most urgent policy challenges facing the UK - without enough talented workers, the UK will fall short of its potential in supercharging its already successful digital industry. In particular, we need to encourage women to enter and thrive in the tech industry at all levels. That way we become more robust, more competitive and more innovative. Through targeted action, techUK is committed to facilitate the attraction and retention of talent from as broad a demographic as possible to increase diversity within the tech sector.”

The 2017 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards ceremony and dinner will take place on 9th February, 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane preceded by the everywoman Technology Forum. The Forum will consist of a day of inspiration, learning and development, bringing together over 600 women who are aspiring to advance their careers or become future leaders in technology. Keynote speakers include Nick Jenkins, founder of Moonpig.com and senior leaders from Harvey Nichols, Worldpay UK, ARM and Dell, as well as technology entrepreneurs and innovators. To find out more about the forum, please click here.

For more information on the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards ceremony, please click here.



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[1] IB Times (2016)*

[2] Business Reporter (2015)**

[3] IB Times (2016)***

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