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.
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'.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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+.