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Finalists revealed for Women in IT Awards 2017

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Finalists Revealed For Women In IT Awards L

The finalists for the annual Women in IT awards has been announced, with nominees including, Lisa Neale (Openreach) and Vicki Cadman (BT) for Advocate of the Year; Maggie van’t Hoff (Shell), Samantha Fisher (Lloyds Banking Group) and Tracy Willis (UWE) for CIO of the Year; Diana Asnani from Atos is up for an Editor’s Choice award; Scope IT Director Avril Chester is predicted Future CIO of the Year; and Michele Hanson (TfL), Ruth Davis (BT Global Services), Sarah Boyd (UWE) and Sharon Barber (Lloyds Banking Group) are shortlisted for Security Champion of the Year.

The winners will be announced at the gala ceremony on 25th January in the prestigious Great Room venue in Grosvenor House, Park Lane. The event has been proclaimed as the largest tech diversity event with over 1000 business and tech leaders in attendance.

The Women in IT awards aim to help tackle the technology industry’s lack of gender balance as only 16% of roles are filled by women, whilst also highlighting the importance and benefits of diversity and inclusion. The initiative is championed by business-technology magazine Information Age in partnership with headline sponsor Amazon Web Services.

“Gender diversity in business helps drive innovation, gives business a better understanding of customers, and means you can always hire and develop the best talent,” said Gavin Jackson, UK and Ireland managing director at Amazon Web Services.

“We all have a real responsibility to ensure that the next generation of women are able to do so on ability and merit, and we’re delighted to support the Women in IT Awards’ efforts to shine a spotlight on some of the country’s most inspirational technology leaders.”

The Women in IT Awards aim

The Women in IT awards is the flagship event in Information Age’s ongoing campaign to rectify the lack of women in IT. A study by The Tech Partnership recently revealed that only 16% of the IT industry is made up of women and the gap is worsening. The awards hope to highlight the value that women already bring to prominent tech roles and inspire young women to pursue a career in the industry.  

Joining Amazon Web Services as partners of the Women in IT Awards 2017 are premium sponsor Salesforce and diversity partner BMC Software, as well as Accenture Security, Ada College, Direct Line Group, EOL IT Services, Equal Experts, Ericsson, Frank Recruitment Group, Informed Solutions, KPMG, Schroders, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group and Zayo.

This year’s keynote speaker is a high-profile, senior Whitehall figure who cannot yet be revealed. The event will be presented by TeenTech CEO and TV presenter Maggie Philbin, who was appointed OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her work in inspiring young people to pursue a career in STEM and the creative industries.

“I’m delighted to host the Women in IT Awards again and it’s been a joy to see this diversity initiative grow over the last few years,” said Philbin. “It’s vital that we inspire women to engage with technology at a young age, help them see the increasing number of opportunities and change the misconceptions that deter them from pursuing it as a career.”

Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today

In conjunction with the Awards, Information Age are hosting a careers fair for female students called Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today, one week after the event. The Careers Fair, in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, will give an unprecedented and exclusive opportunity for bright young women to connect with the country’s top IT employers, including BT and Tesco.

The careers fair will take place on the 1st February in Leeds.

“Achieving diversity in technology has remained a priority campaign for Information Age and we’ve been overwhelmed by how the enormous demand for the Women in IT Awards has seen it double in size in the last 12 months,” said Ben Rossi, editorial director at Information Age publisher Vitesse Media and founder of the Women in IT Awards.

“The fact we’re able to bring together 1,000 prominent industry stakeholders to celebrate female tech leadership and identify new role models for young women is testament to how invested people and companies are in this cause, and it’s a privilege to host the platform that makes it all happen.

“Meanwhile, it’s been great to see Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today, our independent careers fair connecting female university students and early graduates with IT employers, continue to grow and expand.”

Click here to book a place at the Women in IT Awards 2017, and here to register for Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today. Both events will take place in the Great Room at Grosvenor House, Park Lane on 25 January 2017.

2017 finalists


  • Bernadette Andrietti, InteL
  • Ciena
  • Elizabeth Eastaugh, Expedia
  • Kayleigh Bateman, WeAreTheCity
  • Karolina Oseckyte, KPMG
  • Lisa Neale, Openreach
  • Rebecca Taylor, ResponseTap
  • Shantok Karavadra, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
  • Vicki Cadman, BT


  • Elsa Chen, Entanet
  • Hayley Roberts, Distology
  • Kirstin Duffield, Morning Data
  • Lynn Collier, Hitachi Data Systems
  • Maggie Zaboura, Zaboura Communications
  • Marieke Flament, Circle
  • Ravleen Beeston, Microsoft
  • Sarah Haran, iomart Group
  • Sophie Harrison, Panaseer


  • Amy Bellshaw, Verizon
  • Carole Drape, BP
  • Charlie Timblin, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Claire Stead, Smoothwall
  • Emma Helt, Showpad
  • Kathy Schneider, Level 3 Communications
  • Liz Walker, BT Global Services
  • Tracy Pound, Maximity
  • Wendy Tan-White, Entrepreneur First


  • Alison FitzGerlad, London City Airport
  • Caroline Manzor, CBRE
  • Cindy Fedell, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kelly Olsen, NHS Property Services
  • Maggie van’t Hoff, Shell
  • Nadira Hussain, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Samantha Fisher, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Tracy Willis, University of the West of England


  • Arabel Bailey, Accenture
  • Beverley Bryant, NHS Digital
  • Claire Calmejane, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Gabriella Poczo, WorldRemit
  • Helen Milner, Tinder Foundation
  • Jyoti Sharma, EY
  • Sarah Wilkinson, Home Office
  • Sharon Cooper, BMJ


  • Accenture
  • Amali de Alwis, Code First: Girls
  • Anna Somaiya, KPMG
  • Celine Boudier, Ocado
  • Debbie Forster, Apps for Good
  • Hema Marshall, Cisco
  • Sarah Atkinson, CA Technologies
  • Shell
  • Stephanie Daman, The Cyber Security Challenge UK


  • Charlie Costello, Ordnance Survey
  • Cristina Sabau, Chiral Systems
  • Diana Asnani, Atos
  • Helen Mitchell, Blukudu
  • Hsu Hlaing, Sumerian
  • Jane Frankland, KnewStart
  • Leila Powell, Panaseer
  • Lynne Warham, Teachers Progress
  • Vladlena Benson, Kingston University


  • Accenture
  • CA Technologies
  • Intel
  • Mindtree
  • News UK
  • Ocado
  • Podsystem Group
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Thoughtworks


  • Alice Bentinck, Entrepreneur First
  • Alysia Silberg, Acceleforce
  • Anne Stokes, Streamwire
  • Brynne Herbert, Move Guides
  • Kim Nilsson, Pivigo
  • Nancy Cruickshank, MyShowcase
  • Nicola Byrne, Cloud90


  • Avril Chester, Scope
  • Charlotte Hutchinson, IBM
  • Claire O’Connell, Boots Opticians
  • Claire Priestley, City, University of London
  • Ioanna Hadjivasili, Bluewolf
  • Marta Muszynska, AECOM
  • Patricia Kateiwaho, Tullow Oil
  • Rhiannon Jones, Deloitte


  • Bethany Mayer, Ixia
  • Julie Cullivan, FireEye
  • Lynda Saint-Nwafor, MTN Nigeria
  • Magda Chelly, Responsible Cyber Pte
  • Monica Eaton-Cardone, Chargebacks911
  • Patty Hatter, Intel Security
  • Vanessa Pegueros, DocuSign
  • Yasaman Hadjibashi, Barclays Africa Group


  • Caroline Harding-Gelbard, Paperless Post
  • Estelle Lloyd, Azoomee
  • Jan Smith, EOL IT Services
  • Joanna Wake, RAW Digital Training
  • Nicole Eagan, Darktrace
  • Sarah Mintey, Developing Experts
  • Stina Ehrensvard, Yubico
  • Tania Kinal, Podsystem Group


  • Eleanor Harding, Twitter
  • Elizabeth Stutchbury, Informed Solutions
  • Hannah Baugh, Fujitsu
  • Harriet Lester, Internet Watch Foundation
  • Helena Horsburgh, Dropbox
  • Ioana Finaru, Oakbrook Finance
  • Irina Tsyganok, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group
  • Jess Dyer, Ordnance Survey
  • Kalpana Chari, Schroders
  • Nicole Covey, IBM


  • Charlie Timblin, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Julie George, Arriva
  • Lisa Hamilton, Deloitte
  • Mary Jo de Leeuw, Women in Cyber Security Foundation
  • Michele Hanson, Transport for London
  • Natasha Whybrow, Check Point
  • Ruth Davis, BT Global Services
  • Sarah Boyd, University of the West of England
  • Sharon Barber, Lloyds Banking Group


  • Alison Wilson, Ciena
  • Helen Gowler, Avon
  • Helen Kirby, NFU Mutual
  • Judith Burditt, First Utility
  • Karen Elenor, Sky Betting & Gaming
  • Kelly Olsen, NHS Property Services
  • Louise Cheetham, APS Group
  • Michelle Jordan, Centrica


  • Alison Ross, Auto Trader
  • Alison Vincent, Cisco
  • Anne Marie Neatham, Ocado
  • Carmina Lees, IBM
  • Charlotte Finn, Salesforce.org
  • Elizabeth Vega, Informed Solutions
  • Lisa Heneghan, KPMG
  • Maxine Mackintosh, HealthTech Women UK

Judging process

The judges have been sent a pack detailing all of the information on the finalists and met on 11th January to discuss the nominations and vote on the winners, chaired by Information Age. The judged assess each nomination according to the category’s criteria. When a judge is deemed to have a vested interest in a particular category, they are asked to leave the room for that round of discussions, ensuring the process remains entirely independent and objective.


  • Alastair Kane, Zayo
  • Amy Wettenhall, Ericsson
  • Claire Lamb, Yoox Net-A-Porter Group
  • Christina Scott, News UK
  • Christine Ashton, Thomson Reuters
  • Damilola Erinle, Salesforce
  • Elizabeth Vega, Informed Solutions
  • Gavin Jackson, Amazon Web Services
  • John Gibbs, Rolls-Royce
  • Lyn Grobler, Hyperion Insurance Group
  • Olivia Neal, Government Digital Service
  • Paul Cant, BMC Software
  • Triona O’Keeffe, Direct Line Group
  • Ursula Morgenstern, Atos 

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