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…
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.
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'.
Andjela has worked for KPMG within the Tech Risk sector for two years and three months 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.
Julie is a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks who specialises in Product Strategy and Advisory. For the past 15 year's she has helped healthcare, retail and telecommunication organisations create and deliver disruptive growth strategies grounded in customer needs.
One of her passions is building highly collaborative purpose led teams to deliver new products and services to the market which make a meaningful difference to people, balanced with sustainable business returns. Julie often speaks as a Thought Leader on corporate innovation, culture, and mindset with a focus on being purpose led and how this can make or break an organisations culture.
She is also the proud founder of a failed start up; 'Popping Up' whose purpose was to reinvigorate once vibrant community shopping districts with online retailers on a semi-permanent basis. This was a big learning curve for Julie and it enabled her to have a deeper understanding of the founders dilemma and the importance of cultivating an optimistic mindset. This has since led her to become an active mentor in the start-up community, especially those who focus on social/community innovation.
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 leads the supply and community operations departments, as well as being responsible for safety, clinical and people.
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.
Zaynah studied a multimedia course at The Global Academy: this is where her passion for tech grew. During Year 12 she set up her cupcake business @Zaynah's Bakes on Instagram (as a small school project) and accidentally gained a reach of 16,000 within 2 weeks. She now runs this as her side business with regular customers. She is 10 months through completing her Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with Facebook.
At the start of this year she was voted Vice President by her apprentice community to represent them and action the changes they want to see at WhiteHat. In May this year she was the youngest to win a BIMA award for being a young trailblazer in tech and has recently been nominated for The Asian Apprenticeship Awards for her work in advocating for apprenticeships and supporting young people of colour in this industry.
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.
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.
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.
With many more to be announced!
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.
Listed as one of the UK's Top Most Influential Women in Tech and an international multi-award winner for her services to Diversity and Inclusion in industry, Sheree (@nirushika) is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Monzo; Board-Appointed Global Ambassador, Women Who Code; Contributor, Forbes.
Sheree is a global Diversity and Inclusion leader, having worked in many regions providing leadership and training to C-suite/Executive leadership to develop fully formed focused diversity and inclusion strategies.
As a passionate advocate for gaining/retaining women in the industry, she launched & led the award-winning U.K. expansion of Women Who Code (womenwhocode.com), since 2013.
As an industry leader, she has spoken at many global events, conferences and leadership sessions and is regularly profiled for her work.
Sheree and her work have been featured in many publications, such as Forbes, FastCompany, Evening Standard, HuffPost, Business Post, Marie Claire, Wired, ComputerWeekly, The Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Newsletter and many more.
The aim of her career is ensuring people are aware of the fantastic opportunities the industry has to offer and make certain that all humans are able to benefit from these and reach their full career potential.
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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.
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+.
Anne McMunn is Professor of Social Epidemiology and is currently the Head of the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. Her research focuses on the ways in which aspects of the social environment influence health. In particular, Anne investigates work characteristics, unpaid domestic work, and social relationships and their impact on health and wellbeing from a gender perspective using the UK’s wealth of population data sets that follow large numbers of people over time. She is Deputy Director of the International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society & Health as well as a PhD programme in biosocial research. Anne grew up in Los Angeles but has lived in London for 23 years. She has three children and worked part-time for nine years while they were young.
Anusha has worked in the tech industry for over 10 years. Her most recent roles include advisor at music technology start-up Sofar Sounds, Head of Growth, Data & AI at Just Eat and Head of Product, European Product Development at eBay. She has led and contributed to a variety of diversity and inclusion programmes in the corporate and voluntary sector and speaks publicly about invisible illness. She has a Computer Science degree from Queens’ College, Cambridge University, a CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and a Diploma in Counselling.
Aubrey Stearn, currently CTO of the Nationwide Digital Accelerator Platform, she deeply believes that the DevOps movement redefines what we need to nurture and grow in our current and future engineers, actively seeks to build super awesome teams of excellent people.
Connie Li is Head of Business Solutions at Pentland Brands. Connie leads a team of IT business partners and solution architects to shape and define key business strategic initiatives for all brands (Speedo, Canterbury, Kickers and Ellesse), key functionals such as Supply Chain, Digital and Innovation, Finance and key markets such as APAC and US.
With a background in programme management and change management, Connie built her expertise in leading and managing large technology solution (ERP, Retail Solution and Teamwear) definition, selection and implementation globally in companies such as ColArt International Holdings and Xaar Technology. A big believer in success is a team game, Connie’s mission at Pentland Brands is to partner with key stakeholders to turn their proposal from concept to reality and deliver the most commercially viable technology solutions.
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).
Deborah joined WISE in January 2019 as a Membership Manager and is responsible for establishing and developing relationships with new and existing members.
WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Working in partnership we can boost the talent pool from classroom to boardroom and drive economic growth.
Deborah previously held the position of Head of UK Sales at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official economic development and promotional company, bringing a range of best-in-class international tech events to London. She also worked at Marketing Manchester, where she spent seven years within the marketing and business tourism teams. A graduate in both international tourism management and event management, she has prior experience working in foreign direct investment at the Manchester Investment and Development Agency Service.
Emma served as an Engineer Officer in the RAF before transitioning to the influence capability of Military Intelligence. Over five tours of Afghanistan, she was placed in leadership and governance roles, leading teams to collect life-saving information.
After a realisation that she was using the same influence skill set and methodology in her interactions with politicians and military commanders as she was with the Taliban, Emma co-founded the Applied Influence Group. She was honoured with an MBE in 2015 for her service in Afghanistan.
Leaving school I began a business admin apprenticeship at an agency in Norwich and quickly fell in love with the digital industry. Since then I have worked as a visual designer, moved to Aviva as a front-end developer, and helped run Aviva’s global Women in Technology programme. Most recently I started my new role as Product Owner making me one of the youngest people at Aviva in this role at the age of 23.
Gemma Carver is Director of Digital and Innovation at Pentland Brands. Gemma leads the digital, e-commerce and innovation output across a global portfolio of brands including Speedo, ellesse, Berghaus, Canterbury and Kickers.
With a background in data and CRM, she's built her expertise at businesses including eBay Enterprise, Bookatable, the Guardian and Auction Technology Group. A natural innovator and leader with over ten years' experience in the digital space, Gemma's mission at Pentland Brands is to mobilise digital and innovation tools, knowledge and expertise to transform how consumers connect with its brands worldwide.
Gill Holloway has been in the IT industry for 30 years and at Insight for 23 of those. Currently Insight’s Director of Operations for EMEA, Gill is responsible for over 200 team-mates in 8 countries covering purchasing, product data management, facilities, warehouse, logistics, integration, software contract management, sales and marketing operations.
With critical focus areas for the coming years of Automation Everywhere, Sales Enablement and Client Experience, Gill is motivated by driving a Next Generation working environment for team-mates that gives them, our clients and our partners confidence in who we are, what we do and how we do it.
One critical unique with Gill in her current role is that of her years within Insight 22 of them were as a sales-person, manager or director. Having led 4 sales divisions in this time, her breadth of understanding of our clients, how to engage and how to deliver are second to none.
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.
Liem has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and operations from start-up and corporate environments, including Fortune 500 companies. She is an advocate for social good and a champion of work-life purpose, and founded Little Lion to help organizations advance investments in people and community. She has spoken globally at industry conferences and company events as a thought leader, game changer, purposeful leader, and keynote speaker.
Liem received the 2018 Best of Best Leader Award from the Network of Executive Women. She serves on committees for several non-profits including The Field Museum Board of Trustees' Marketing Committee.
As Chief Technology and Product Officer, Matthew Postgate is responsible for the corporation's Technology & Systems.
Prior to his current role within the organisation Matthew was Controller, Research & Development. He was part of the management team that launched BBC iPlayer and was in charge of BBC mobile where he was responsible for building the corporation's world leading mobile services.
Before joining the BBC, Matthew worked as a telecommunication consultant, was the director of an internet infrastructure start-up and worked at a digital strategy agency for clients including the Royal Mail, BT, Lloyds TSB, Visa and Qinetiq.
Nic joined the Met Office as a graduate in 1992 with a degree in Maths and Computer Science. After spending her first three months working in the personnel department and the next nine months on maternity leave, she then returned to work part time. From that point in her career Nic has worked in a range of IT-focused roles, from developing mainframe and PC applications to supporting the Met Office’s public website. About seven years ago, by which point Nic was working full time, she moved into an IT Service Management role. This proved to be a fantastic opportunity, enabling her to gain valuable experience of working with external suppliers, of producing and managing budgets, and of decision making in fast-moving situations. It gave her the experience she needed to take the next step, into the role of Deputy Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations with day-to-day responsibility for all of the Met Office's IT services.
Two years ago Nic took the next step up into the role of Head of IT Infrastructure and Operations. Here she lead the delivery of the Met Office IT estate and associated services. In April 2019 she began a two year secondment, working as the Supercomputing Technology Lead in the Programme that will implement the Met Office's next supercomputing capability.
Santa is currently working as a Junior Risk Analyst with Financial Times.
She started working in the IT industry during the 2nd year of her undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Computer Control, obtaining experience in customer support and IT project management. After working for nearly 3 years in the industry she decided to continue her studies and specialise in Cyber Security. Santa then graduated from University of Southampton and obtained a Master's degree in Cyber Security.
Now she is part of the Cyber Security team, where she's working on identifying and addressing Cyber Security threats.
Rapid development of technologies on both attacker and defender's sides is what makes her job challenging, but at the same time - incredibly exciting, which is why she's so passionate about it.
Sara Yirrell left Incisive Media in December 2016 to become a freelance journalist and content consultant specialising in all things IT channel.
Before that she had worked at Incisive-owned CRN since August 2000, holding the title of Editorial Director since October 2014. She was the editorial driving force behind the brand since becoming Editor in 2007, and oversaw the expansion to incorporate channelnomics.eu and channelnomics.com, which created the first true global channel network. She now also writes for Incisive Medias new channel brand Channel Partner Insight.
Before joining CRN, Sara worked on local daily newspaper The Northampton Chronicle & Echo for three years covering areas such as crime, local politics, education, business and transport.
Sofy is a creative problem solver and leader who firmly believes successful businesses are all about the people. Sofy focuses on building and leading teams of collaborative, empowered people who are accountable, able to take risks, and learn from their mistakes. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, most recently as "Problem Solver in Chief" for the Managing Director of EE/BT Consumer Digital where she led the creation of their multi-brand Digital strategy.
Sofy is passionate about using technology to deliver amazing customer experiences and recently won Computing's "Future CIO of the Year" award at the 2018 Women in IT Excellence awards.
She loves to explore new places, experience different cultures, and push her boundaries - be it swimming (without a wetsuit) in a frozen lake in -33 degrees centigrade, zip lining down a mountain to try and conquer her vertigo, or learning Arabic.
Sophie Adelman is the Co-founder and President of WhiteHat, a tech startup that is transforming apprenticeships and creating a credible alternative to even the best universities by developing high quality education and training that supports the needs of both employers and young people. As President, Sophie is responsible for all internal operations in the business from product to sales to apprenticeship training delivery.
Prior to WhiteHat, Sophie was the Head of Sales EMEA and European GM for Hired.com, the developer recruitment platform, which she launched in the UK in 2014 as Hired's first international employee. Previously, Sophie worked for RIT Capital and Egon Zehnder. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in London. Sophie has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an MA (Cantab) from Cambridge University.
Sophie was chosen as a 2018 London Tech Week ChangeMaker and has been nominated for several female founder awards as well as an Ambitious Women in Tech Mentor.
Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing, V3 and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.
Sukhi Jutla is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of 3 books. She is the co-founder of MarketOrders, an online B2B platform for the gold and diamond jewellery industry. Leading international speaker, influencer and thought leader in tech as well as a qualified IBM Blockchain Foundation Developer, she was recently named as one of the UK’s top 100 Women in Tech.
In March 2019, Sukhi was chosen by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to be part of a new group of leading figures to help London’s employers access the skills they need today and in the future. In April 2018, she made global headlines when she became the World’s First #1 Bestselling ‘Blockchain’ Author. Very involved in empowering women, especially in the Fintech industry, Sukhi spends a lot of her spare time sharing her personal experience as an entrepreneur and mentoring and supporting other women to find their career path.
Vanessa Lovatt founded Time 4 Equality to encourage more male leaders to share their thoughts and opinions on why driving gender equality in the workplace is vital to the future of work. Combined with strong female leadership voices, these powerful stories are encouraging more men and women to think about the story they are writing in their own business and how they can succeed in driving gender equality in the modern workplace. She is always keen to hear powerful stories of equality: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vanessa also works in the B2B Media sector specialising in commercial conferencing, digital community building and content creation and syndication. During her career she has become competent in a significant range of subject matters including digital transformation, machine learning and robotics, outsourcing, customer experience and process excellence. Vanessa is a passionate advocate and promotor of flexible working, an Accredited Customer Experience ProfessionalTM and holds a BSc Physiology from the University of Bristol.