1 - 2 November Intercontinental London - The O2
6-7 September, 2018ICC Sydney, Australia
(We'll be announcing more every week!)
CIO, Global Operations @ HSBC
Chief Digital & Marketing Officer @ Virgin Atlantic
Fabiana Pierre Silva
International CIO @ KraftHeinz
CIO @ Lloyds of London
CTO @ Bloom & Wild
Dr Johanna Hutchinson
Director of Data & Data Science @ Department of Health & Social Care
Head of Programme Development - 5G Testbed & Trials, @ Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Head of Product Design & Research @ Moonpig
Julieta Suarez Ruiz de Huidobro
VP of Engineering @ Thortful
Digital & Change Director @ Hastings Direct
Head of Software Engineering @ GiffGaff
Chanuki Illuska Seresinhe
Director of Data Science @ Culture Trip
Cloud Digital Transformation Director @ HMRC
Engineering Manager of Search Platforms @ Twitter
Regional VP @ Salesforce
Head of Technology & Innovation @ Bloomberg NEF
Senior Multi-Cloud and MEC Platforms Management @ Vodafone Business
Head of Software Engineering @ BBC
Senior Director, Global Data & AI Initiatives @ VISA
Global Head of Data and AI @ WPP
Dr Indra Joshi
Director of AI @ NHSX
Director, Technology @ Paddy Power Betfair, Flutter Group
Karen McDonagh Reynolds
Cloud Programme Director @ Willis Towers Watson
Chief Digital Officer @ The Mind Gym
Digital Annealer Consultant @ Fujitsu
Head of Software Development @ Global Univeristy Systems
Product Director @ Songkick
CCO @ Bubble Childcare
Lory Piccirilli Thorpe
Head of Enterprise Product Line @ Nokia
Head of Android Engineering @ Tide
Head of Technology, Experience @ Marks & Spencer
Head of Growth @ Secret Escapes
Product Leader @ Booking.com
Service Management Lead @ Formula 1
Senior Manager of Support @ Zapier
Global Cybersecurity Communications Leader @ Cisco
Senior Manager: Data and Analytics @ PwC
Senior Engineer @ BCG Digital Ventures
Head of Customer Domain, Products @ H&M Group
Regional Director @ Codurance
Director @ Softwire Technology
Lead Security Engineer @ Photobox
Staff Consultant @ VMware
Cities Data Quality and Product Lead @ Citymapper
Senior Manager for Core Voice Strategic Initiatives @ BT
Senior Director of Product @ Hudl
Senior Software Engineer @ Zoopla
Senior Solutions Consultant @ Databricks
Senior Cyber Security Specialist @ Brit Insurance
Senior Product Manager @ YouGov
Lead Design Engineer @ Dyson
Senior Product Manager @ Impala
Senior Software Engineer @ Cytora
Software Engineer @ Cytora
Engineering Lead @ Apololitical
Principal Consultant @ Aire Logic
Founder @ Parent Cloud
Head of Marketing Analytics @ Farfetch
CEO & Managing Director @ Women on Boards UK
CEO & Founder @ AnyGood?
Following her previous positions as Executive Director of Technology and Operations in a range of sectors. Dax is currently CIO, Global Operations, HSBC with an exciting worldwide remit in an established financial services organisation. Prior to joining HSBC Dax was the Director for Operations at Macmillan, accountable for the management of the function and key technology deployments within the core infrastructure.
Recognised for her skills in operating and digitising functions and businesses, Dax has worked in a number of senior operational, technology and commercial positions within a variety of sectors and with financial services ranging from Fintech focused companies to established global banks. Having undertaken a number of customer facing positions, Dax led the Barclaycard Business Strategy function and subsequently led the operational digitisation at Barclaycard, bringing together the Issuing, Acquiring and International Acquiring Businesses.
In the early years, Dax worked as Head of Personal Finance for Santander. Working as Director of Technology and Business Operations for Europe at Visa, Dax held accountability for bringing together operational and technology areas of the Visa Inc. acquisition. Dax graduated with a Bachelors of Economics from Cambridge University, continuing her professional accreditation as an Associate of the London Institute of Banking and Finance together with complimented with Executive Education completed at Cranfield and Harvard Business School. Passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion Dax adopts an open inclusive approach to enabling potential in people and driving societally impactful results.
Siobhan joined Virgin Atlantic as VP, Digital & Distribution in 2018 after 15 years in senior roles in the retail industry at brands including Argos and Homebase.
Earlier, she gained deep digital experience through roles in media and publishing. Siobhan’s background includes digital commerce and transformation, customer experience and marketing. She is passionate about creating seamless experiences for customers, delivered through amazing people and great technology.
Siobhan lives with her partner, son, three cats, one dog and one horse. When she’s not on the horse riding, she’s normally avidly reading.
Fabiana Pierre Silva is the International Zone CIO at KraftHeinz. Previously, Fabiana served as Global Transformation Lead for GBS in Kraftheinz for 4 years, and spent 15 years at Accenture where she rose from ABAP programmer to become Manager Director acting as Technology Account Lead in various Clients in LATAM.
Rebecca is currently Chief Information & Change Officer at Lloyd’s of London having previously developed her career across senior technology roles in the consulting, insurance and real estate industries, both in the UK and the US. She enjoys leading transformation and change programmes.
She is energised by challenge and aspires to continue solving difficult problems as her career evolves. With a strong focus on delivering results, she holds high standards, both for herself and others. Her style is “collaborative yet decisive” and tends to balance analysis with action when considering her approach. She is sensitive to others’ needs and the culture she creates is likely to be marked by respect, consideration and mutual support. Colleagues should find her to be approachable and outgoing, and encouraging of teamwork and cooperation - she should engender their trust. She is resilient and upbeat and will take most things in her stride.
Rebecca is an experienced strategic leader having developed the Hiscox NA and EMEA strategies as well as building the technology, data and cyber security strategies and functions for Aldermore. Cyber, technology risk management and resilience were a key hallmark of her tenure at Aldermore.
Here are her career highlights:
Marta started her career back in 2006 as a J2ME engineer developing mobile games. She has spent 7 years in engineering roles focusing on building and operating distributed systems across gaming and e-commerce industries, working in Poland, France, and later on in the UK. She took on her first management gig in 2011 and for the last 9 years has been in various technology management and leadership roles. In 2018 she joined MOO's C-suite as CTO leading their Technology, Product, and Design teams and as of October 2020, she became the first CTO of Bloom & Wild, where she is responsible for developing an amazing team while building solid technical foundations for the ever-growing and evolving business. Marta is a gamer, comic book nerd, and an amateur illustrator and enjoys working in organisations that allowed her to play into her creative side.
Julieta has over a decade of experience in Technology. After getting her computer science degree she had the opportunity to work with companies like Google, IBM, Just Eat, Trainline, Verizon, across the globe. Having run projects of all kinds, from R&D Hardware initiatives to cinemas software implementations, creating Security roadmaps and running SRE teams; she found her passion in building engineering teams that can work using the best practices, enabling business value and rapid growth. Julieta is the loving mother of two dogs and a cat and in her free time she can be found hiking, cycling or baking if it’s too cold outside.
Sasha has spent the last 28 years working in financial services where she has performed roles in front, middle and back office.
This has given her a broad experience making her a versatile and adaptive enterprise leader focused on the delivery of excellence, building highly effective teams with a track record of leading large, complex, multi-year business transformation programme focused around technology and business change.
Currently the Chief Digital and Change Director at Hastings Direct, she is responsible for all application change including the digital roadmap and technology advancement.
I oversee the Commercial Engineering Teams at giffgaff and am responsible for the building out of both robust technical systems and also growing our engineering teams. I strive to build teams that can work to deliver rapid change using best practices with business value and growth in mind.
Having joined giffgaff as a Principal Engineer, writing software is close to my heart so I continue to remain hands-on as much as I can. Alongside this, I oversee the architecture, participate in healthy discussion about how to approach technical problems as well as manage the interaction across a number of different business stakeholders. I am also passionate about diversity and inclusion and sit on the board for driving change in this area.
Emely is a Regional Vice President at Salesforce where she is the Head of EMEA Customer Success Strategy and Architecture group, MuleSoft and also part of the Office of CTO.She has 19 plus years of industry experience of working with SAAS, CRM , ERP, Platform and Integration technologies. She holds a MBA in Business Systems and IT and is currently leading a team of highly experienced thought leaders and architects in the digital transformation and API Led space. She is a global sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion initiative at her organization and believes that technology is a strong leveller of equality.
Claire leads the technology & innovation research at BloombergNEF, a strategic research group specializing in covering markets and technologies driving the transition to a low-carbon economy. She oversees BNEF’s coverage of industrial digitalization, and the development of early-stage climate-technology. The work covers the application of technology to the energy and commodity sectors, the capital flow that enables them, and the company innovation strategies emerging around them. Claire’s team manages the BNEF Pioneers program, an annual climate-tech innovation competition.
Claire has held previous roles at BNEF as the head of Digital Industry, the battery and fuel cell analyst for the Advanced Transport team and the next-generation biofuels and chems analyst within the Bioenergy team. Claire was also head of the Applied Research work at BNEF. She regularly presents at conferences, publishes research notes and helps clients navigate the world of start-ups, strategy and technology platforms. Claire holds an MSc from Imperial College’s Sustainable Energy Engineering and a Chemistry BSc from Durham University.
Elizabeth Rumsey is the Senior Multi-Cloud and Multi-Access Edge Computing Platform Portfolio Team Lead at Vodafone Business. Elizabeth leads the multi-cloud and MEC portfolio as part of Vodafone’s Cirrus venture with IBM, connecting market-leading capabilities in communications and technology to help our customers succeed in a digital economy and building on Vodafone’s partnerships with other leading technology providers, including AWS and Microsoft.
Elizabeth joined Vodafone in 2012 as a Principal deal Architect, consequently taking roles including as the Commercial Intelligence Team Lead, before moving into 5G and Cloud, previously as the Digital Services Offer Manager. During her time at Vodafone, Elizabeth has simultaneously connected and empowered people, including supporting the CEO of Total Mama, supporting a partnership between Vodafone Group Commercial and Oxford University Innovation to achieve his mission to provide women a trusted digital source of personalised information for fertility and pregnancy, building on her experience as Chair of Vodafone Group’s Women’s Network.
Prior to joining Vodafone, Elizabeth held roles at Virgin after five years in UK Mergers and Acquisitions for both Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan Cazenove.
Elizabeth is an American citizen residing in the UK. She holds a CIMA from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a BA from Vanderbilt University
David is a technology leader experienced working in fast-paced environments. Passionate about creating high performance teams and developing individuals to deliver business results. With a very technical background, he moved toward leadership roles, having worked in different industries like advertising, betting & gaming and media. David is currently Head of Software Engineering at the BBC, leading the engineering teams developing two of the UK’s most loved technology products: BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds.
Jessica is a Senior Director in Visa’s Global Strategic Initiatives team leading on Data and Artificial Intelligence. Her work focuses on AI (policy, regulation, and ethics), privacy, data sharing, and consumer empowerment. She has extensive corporate affairs and strategy experience across highly regulated, technology-driven sectors including data and AI, digital and cyber, telecoms, cleantech and fintech. During this time, Jessica has advised political parties, businesses (start-ups to global PLCs), consultancies, trade bodies, think tanks, and NGOs.
Jessica sits on the Board of TechUK and is an ambassador for Microsoft’s National Council for AI. She is also a member of the Financial Conduct Authority/Bank of England Public-Private AI Forum and the Data Protection and Ethics Committee of UK Finance. She was previously at City law firm Linklaters, having completed an undergraduate degree in Law from Oxford University and a Masters degree in Political Theory from the LSE.
WPP”s resident data geek has over 20 years of technology and data experience across media, FMCG, finance and retail consulting for companies such as Hearst UK, dunnhumby & Walgreens Boots Alliance. She joined WPP in 2014 as MD of Acceleration (part of Wunderman Thompson) and left in 2017 to become a freelance Data Strategy Consultant. She didn’t go very far away and having consulted for Wavemaker, VML, Geometry, Wunderman Thompson and MediaCom, Di joined the WPP CTO team and became Global Head of Data and AI in January 2020. Di is a creative thinker with proven success in finding new solutions and revenue streams for traditional companies. She is particularly passionate about getting non-analysts excited about the possibilities of data. Di has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and is a qualified Project Manager and a Neurolinguistic Programme Practitioner. This year she joined Gartner’s Chief Data Officer Group as a Governing Body member and was delighted to be included in the Data IQ Top 100 data leaders list
Dr Indra Joshi is the Director of AI at NHSX and runs the NHS AI Lab - a £250m programme to accelerate the safe and ethical adoption of AI into health and care.
Indra has a unique portfolio with experience stretching across digital health, data and AI strategy and delivery; whilst remaining true to her professional training as an emergency medic.
She is a Founding Member of One HealthTech – a network which campaigns for the need and importance of better inclusion of all backgrounds, skillsets and disciplines in health technology. Alongside she is an associate editor for BMJ Leader, a member of the WHO digital health expert group, a consultant on digital health, and most importantly a mum to two wonderful little munchkins.
With over 15 years’ experience in technology transformation, in various technical leadership roles. She has worked in several sectors including Retail, Hospitality and now in Gambling. As well as being a technologist, she is passionate about creating high performing, inclusive teams that fuel innovation and growth. As a leader, she is always looking for opportunities to catalyse change for equity in business. She is one of the founding members of Tesco’s Women in Technology, and in her current role has sponsored the Lean In Circles initiative, across PPB to support female talent.
Global Technology Director for Willis Towers Watson. Focused on large change programs and cloud transformation since 2012 predominately in the Insurance Sector. Passionate about creating high performing inclusive teams that deliver outstanding results.
Elaine Safier recently joined Mind Gym as Chief Digital Officer to lead the Digital Business and manage the company’s Operations. She developed the company’s new digital strategy and is bringing together a team of product, technology, data science, sales and marketing talent to build a behaviour change e-learning platform that will change the way some of the largest and most forward looking organisations develop, motivate, and retain their most valuable resource, their people. Elaine also currently sits on the Digital Advisory Group at Rambert, the contemporary dance company, and advises the Board at River Valley Technologies, a high growth technical publishing platform.
Whether in large corporates, scale-ups, or start-ups, Elaine has always been drawn to developing and leading businesses where emerging technologies create new customer propositions and business models that drive exponential growth.
Until 2019, Elaine was Chief Commercial and Operating Officer (Digital Channels) at HSBC, where she led a global team rolling out and managing public web and digital experiences across 38 markets, driving significant revenue growth as part of the company’s multi-billion-dollar digital transformation initiative.
Prior to HSBC, she was MD International at Atosho, a start-up creating the first ecommerce platform to enable consumers to shop directly out of any digital content, where she expanded the company into the UK and France and developed a new business for online publishers. As Chief Commercial Officer at Tradedoubler, she led Sales, Marketing, and Operations across Europe and Latam and achieved double-digital revenue and profit growth in a company reinventing itself in the face of significant threats from the new adtech players. She also spent a few years building digital TV/VOD services for broadband players, including Cable & Wireless, taking advantage of iptv technology innovation to ramp up telco revenue and margins.
Ellen Devereux is currently working at Fujitsu in the role of Digital Annealer Consultant and product managing their inspiring Drug Discovery Platform bringing her passion and expertise in analytical thinking and complex problem solving.
Ellen is inspired to realise the potential that technology and people have to digitally transform the world. Since joining Fujitsu, she has been involved in a number of special high-profile projects including as the technical lead for the space debris program collaborating between consortium members and the UK Space Agency. Through the successful implementation of this project an invitation to present at the European Space Conference was extended.
Prior to Ellen’s work at Fujitsu she worked as a research analyst at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. Ellen has a background outside of her technology achievements as a sailing and gymnastics coach and has been approached to coach at a National level in a class of boat in which she was twice been Youth World Champion. Ellen holds an MPhys from the University of Bath.
Louise Cousins is the Head of Software Development for Global University Systems. GUS is a global network of higher education institutions that operates in multiple locations around the world and currently has 28 institutions in its portfolio. She is responsible for the full lifecycle of web and mobile technologies and manages global development teams in Manila, Hyderabad and Spain. Having worked for the company since 2012, she has now accumulated over 18 years of experience in the technology sector.
Louise is also passionate about diversity, accessibility and inclusion and has hands-on experience in navigating adversity within the workplace. Being a single, widowed mom to two wonderful children, alongside juggling a demanding work-life, she also has immense experience of managing adversity in her personal life.
Seri is currently Product Director at Songkick, a small tech company that helps music fans have great live music experiences. Her prevailing love of maths means she is great at using quant data to make decisions quickly (and should probably spend more time talking to customers). Previously she worked in Product roles at ITV and Sky. Seri is passionate about careers in general and loves working with others to help them identify and progress towards their best career path. She doesn’t know anyone that loves to talk about a CV quite as much.
Sarah Hesz is the CCO of Bubble Childcare; she also founded the first social app for new mums and now heads up the UK’s biggest platform for on-demand childcare and trusted family support, empowering over 100,000 parents. She’s an ex-adlander, TEDx speaker, mum of 3 and advocate for working parents.
Teresa is the Head of Android Engineering at Tide, who leads a team of 20 engineers (and growing!) across the UK, Bulgaria, and India. Coming from the East side of the world, she is passionate about mobile applications and has been working with many talented developers to craft various mobile apps throughout the years. Teresa likes to explore the world of cloud, Agile, multi-platform the fun of code sharing, and much more.
Jacqueline has over 17 year’ experience working in Technology across roles in the Retail Industry (Tesco International & UK Stores, M&S, Comet Group) and in Technology Consulting (Accenture). She has a proven track record of designing and planning for successful delivery of customer outcomes, building, leading and coaching successful teams to create exciting and great customer experiences.
Throughout her career she has been active in driving Gender Equality initiatives in technology with a strong desire to create a workplace in which every woman has the opportunity to reach their potential. She has experience of coaching and mentoring colleagues to help increase their confidence to have those self-marketable moments with authenticity in the workplace.She is also in the 2nd year of a part time MSc in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London where her research will be on the lived experiences of professional women through a global pandemic.
Scientist by education, operator by experience, Lina is passionate about solving hard problems to unlock growth. As the Head of Growth at Secret Escapes, she drives new business bets and initiatives across Product, Marketing and Analytics. Bold yet strategic in her approach, Lina is a strong believer that growth is more science than art. She holds a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh and is an alumna of New Entrepreneurs Foundation. Plus a black belt in karate in her spare time (don’t let the ponytail fool you)
Leah has a wealth of Product Experience having worked in Product at EE, Argos & most recently at Booking.com as the Product Leader in the London office.
Always customer obsessed & focused on solving the right problems to drive a better experience for customers while delivering business value. She is passionate about sustainability & travel, in her current role at Booking.com she is combining those passions to empower travellers to explore the world using Public Transport. She is also a founding member of the Women in Product UK community in Booking.com, striving to ensure Booking.com is an inclusive, welcoming & diverse working environment for all.
Outside of work her greatest passions are reading, travel & her cat the Gorgeous Gatsby!
Monika joined Formula 1 in 2019 to develop a Service Management framework for the growing F1 Digital department, drawing on almost a decade of service experience from Visa and ITV.
With her career spanning very different industries, the one common feature has always been Monika's approach to service and delivering value - through truly cross-functional collaboration and bringing the tech & business teams together. This meant that despite not being very technical herself, Monika's role at F1 quickly turned into one of a "fixer", stepping in where departmental lines of responsibility end, driving improvements and re-designing ways of working. This approach became especially valuable during the Covid-19 pandemic, when Formula 1 faced an unprecedented challenge of delivering 2020 Race Season in the midst of a global crisis - and Monika was at the heart of action.
When she’s not saving the world of motorsport, Monika puts her heels on and dances the night away to the beat of some good, old Argentine tango and is now trying to become a tango DJ (it’s a thing!)
Lauren Fearn is the Senior Manager of Support at Zapier. Lauren has over 10 years experience managing technical support teams for SaaS businesses and has spent the last 3.5 years of her career managing remote global teams at Zapier. Lauren is passionate about elevating the voices of women in the workplace and is responsible for member professional development for the Women Of Zapier Employee Resource Group.
Nish is responsible for influencing 70,000+ Cisco employees, customers & partners and helping them understand Cisco’s Cybersecurity strategy and offerings. Previous to this role, she held other roles at Cisco in Sales and Account Management, as well as leading Business Development for Media & Entertainment in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia. She has also held Sales Executive and Enablement roles at Vodafone and at Data Science company, IQVIA.
Nish is passionate about building inclusive cultures and leads Cisco Secure’s efforts for driving an inclusive future for all. She is a seasoned events host and presenter and most notably a friendly face of Cisco Live, Cisco’s flagship annual event attracting millions of customers and partners every year. Nish is also a regular speaker at technology events and is often at the heart of discussions on culture, diversity and leadership as well as the positive application of technology. In 2019, Nish spoke about all of the aforementioned topics she is passionate about in a TedX talk entitled “Technology for Good”.
Nish is most energised when working with high-impact teams to drive change for the better. She is passionate about giving back, particularly when given opportunities to advance Women in Technology. Her other interests include travel and learning about other cultures, boxing, and giving in to every demand of her nine-month sassy cockapoo puppy, Simba.
Carmelle joined PwC in early 2019 and has focused her career within cloud technologies, data & analytics for the last 8 years. She is always looking for new ways to test her understanding of modern technology innovation, and believes strongly in challenging the status quo whilst bringing her true-self to problem solving scenarios.
Known to bring strong technical, interpersonal and change management skills to help transform, shape and solve technical and often very complex problems, Carmelle believes that the best solutions integrate customer and organisational behaviours and cultures. Carmelles specific capability areas include cloud transformation, customer experience, data architecture and insights development, overlayed by solid stakeholder and programme management expertise.
Her Senior Manager role supporting Data & Analytics programmes across the UK has provided the opportunity to lead and support large scale finance transformation projects, cloud based call centre technologies and advanced analytics proof of concepts. Carmelle also enjoys seeking new ways to support and provide opportunities for her female managers and associates.
Carmelle hails from Glasgow, and when she’s not working she can be found spending time with her wonderful husband, friends and family...and slightly less well-behaved Jack Russell, Toby.
I’m Charlotte, a Senior Engineer at BCG Digital Ventures. I’m a career changer having worked in sales and marketing in a previous life, as well as the manager of a startup web community where I got hooked on code. At Digital Ventures I specialise in Front End Development inventing, launching and scaling game-changing businesses with the World’s most influential companies. For me, tech should be an enabler. You can find me on Medium where I often blog about this, from ensuring learning to code is accessible for everyone, to improving the tech that we build for everyone that wishes to use it.
Alexandra (Lexi) Sack is currently Head of Product for the Customer Domain at H&M Group where she oversees customer-facing digital capabilities for the group’s multiple fashion brands. She has helped lead the company through their recent digital transformation. Previous to joining H&M Group, Lexi was a Director at Stitch Fix, a data-driven personal styling service, and led the Collectibles & Toys categories at eBay. Lexi holds a BA in Economics & Philosophy-Mathematics from Colby College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Amelia Bampton is Regional Director for Codurance Manchester. Working for both in-house technology teams and also various global consultancies, in roles such as Business Analyst, Delivery and Portfolio Manager, Amelia has delivered large scale, customer centric technology solutions for companies in a wide range of industries. She is also a passionate advocate for driving greater inclusion, accessibility and diversity in technology, providing her support through mentoring and thought leadership to break down the barriers of entry into the industry.
Zoe Cunningham is an award-winning technology professional and currently a Director of Softwire Technology, one of the Sunday Times “Best Places to Work 2021”. She won Business Leader of the Year at the UK Women in IT Awards 2019 and has been selected by the BBC as the Brightest Woman in Britain. Zoe has published three books, including "Galvanising the Geeks" detailing her approach to technical project management. Zoe is a member of YPO, the global leadership community of extraordinary chief executives.
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
Michaela McCollin is a Professional Services Staff Consultant supporting Northern EMEA. She has enjoyed a successful 16-year international career in the IT consulting industry and has held a variety of positions, including Programme Manager, Business Analyst and Communication Director. As someone who is technology-adjacent, Michaela’s focus is on strategic programmes delivering transformation with a passion for the organisational and processes elements that underpin any digital journey. Outside of her “day job”, Michaela founded and co-leads the first international chapter of Black@VMware Power of Difference Community.
Victoria is a Senior Manager for Core Voice Strategic Initiatives at BT , where she collaborates with Senior Stakeholders and Leadership Teams to drive and deliver the future goals and ambitions.
Victoria thrives on making a difference and is not afraid to challenge the status quo. Her passion, energy and determination ensures the business goals are delivered and takes pride is ensuring we succeed.
UK & Republic of Ireland Emergency Services (999), UK Network rollout for Emergency Services, 4G Deployment and Strategic Joint ventures are all critical projects and teams that Victoria has led as a Leader and delivered against as part of her career within Technology.
Victoria is a strong advocate for developing, supporting and motivating more Technology Leadership roles for Women by bringing the best out in people to achieve their ambitions
Pooja has over 15 years of Product Management experience across a portfolio of global brands from Tesco, Marks and Spencer, The Financial Times, Virgin and now Hudl. Her passion for product management focuses on understanding and solving genuine customer problems to achieve positive business outcomes. She has successfully developed company visions and led cross departmental collaboration such as successfully managing GDPR compliance across the whole of the FT, pioneering cross functional business/product teams at the FT, bringing the B2C and B2B business teams working better together, winning awards for digital innovation within Marks and Spencers stores. She brought the retail store and digital experience together with some instrumental customer needs; ordering kiosks, virtual makeover apps for the beauty department, Style online lounge, style your perfect outfit on large format screens and purchase, to name a few. Currently at Hudl, she is responsible for subscription growth and services for professional sports, national governing bodies and universities across the US.
Pooja is passionate about Leadership and transforming teams to succeed in an environment of Servant leadership, empowerment and positive corporate culture. Pooja was a finalist for the 2018 ‘Women in IT Excellence Awards’ for outstanding transformation and her contribution to transforming teams and culture at the FT. Pooja is also an advisor for Middlesex University providing genuine industry/business knowledge to supplement their business school teaching.
Outside of work Pooja is a mum of two lovely boys, lives in London and is also a freelance Wedding planner. Passionate about travel, food, great wine and experiencing different cultures. Her mantra is: Live life with Integrity, Thrive on the front lines, Excel in everything & Lead in ways that ensures your impact is everlasting.
Rebecca is a software engineer, international speaker and ex-engineering manager, currently on the pendulum swing back to focusing on the code at Zoopla. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, she spent the last 4 years at WeTransfer and Usabilla in Amsterdam and is now based in London, excited to continue teaching and learning with all the amazing people in this community.
Holly Smith has over a decade of experience working with Data & AI teams in a variety of capacities from individual contributors all the way up to leadership. She has spent the last two years at Databricks working with many multi national companies as they embark on their journey to develop their data maturity. She also works with the non profits Datakind UK and Tech Talent Charter to advise on data strategy and operations.
Sunaina Aytan is a Cyber Security Specialist, a STEMettes Ambassador, mentor and an advocate for inclusion and diversity in Tech.
Winner of TechWomen100 2019, Sunaina has been given recognition for her contribution to the Women in Tech community.
Using her professional cyber security experience, she actively mentors young females who want to pursue careers in tech, delivers technical talks on a range of security topics, aids cooperate businesses and organisation in encouraging more inclusive recruitment and highlights the importance of practicing a more a sustainable and eco-friendly Tech future.
Since joining the industry, Sunaina continues to grow and go above and beyond to pave it forward for the future generation of girls in the STEM industry.
Sarah fell in love with product back in 2014, where she created the UK’s first social network for parents of autistic children, winning three awards and making a positive difference for thousands of families.
Sarah recently joined YouGov as Senior Product Manager after nearly a decade in senior product roles across hospitality, housing, social care, sport and fitness. She’s responsible for the team that builds engaging and rewarding experiences for YouGov’s 15 million panellists in 55 countries.
She’s passionate about changing the world with technology and believes the best way to do this is through brilliantly diverse teams focused on a compelling mission.
Sarah loves global adventures, good coffee, pink plants, her cat Pixel and her husband Alex.
I joined Dyson six years ago, just as Dyson were preparing to step into the world of Health and Beauty with the launch of the first haircare machine. Since then, I was involved in the Research and Development of all Dyson haircare machines, working part of the NPD Engineering team.
I currently work at Dyson as a Lead Design Engineer, leading the Voice of the Customer team in Haircare. My role involves researching and understanding consumer needs globally and translating these in engineering requirements and product specs. I am in frequent contact with consumers, to ensure we are embedding user insights in the fundamentals of our product development. This enables us to continuously innovate and offer the best user experience through our products.
After starting a small company at university, Yasmin decided to pursue a career in start-ups upon graduation. Yasmin has worked 7 years + in tech startups including Catapult, Revolut, and Impala. Yasmin is a board member of InnovateHer and Queen Mary Business School and in her spare time, she mentors young females and guest lectures on topics around entrepreneurship and innovation at Birkbeck, Kings and Queen Mary University. á§
Adelina is a Senior Software Engineer at Cytora, London. Cytora is on the way to transforming the insurance industry by digitising risk and improving underwriting productivity. She is currently working on features in our fully Go, serverless platform.
Originally from Romania, Adelina grew up in Denmark, where she obtained her MSc Mathematical Modelling and Computing from the Technical University of Denmark in 2013. She has been living in London since graduating and is now a true European mishmash. She is passionate about helping out the community by sharing her technical knowledge and providing easy to digest content for beginners. She has spoken at a few technical conferences and loves introducing people to Go!
Nicole is a Software Engineer at Cytora, London. Cytora is on the way to transforming the insurance industry by digitising risk and improving underwriting productivity. She is currently working on features in our fully Go, serverless platform. Born and bred in London, Nicole obtained her MSci Physics from University College London in 2014. She discovered the joys of coding during a computational research project as part of her MSc in Neuroscience also from University College London. She is a Go engineer by trade but enjoys dabbling in Python and learning new languages. She has hands-on experience building scalable systems at Cytora, which she cannot wait to share!
Laura is currently the Engineering Lead in Apolitical, a company geared towards helping public servants and policymakers across the globe get access to tools, policies, information and peers to help them do their jobs. In her current role, she has responsibilities in both the leadership and the technical side of things.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, she has a BA in Journalism, MSc in Multimedia and BSc in Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence and has spent the last 10 years in London. Throughout her career in tech, she has specialised in frontend development, working on a variety of things from projects for the NHS to well known consumer brands. She is particularly passionate about good design, accessibility and helping others to grow.
Kirstie is a Principal Consultant at Aire Logic, a consultancy specialising in healthcare IT. Over the years she's worked in a number of software engineering positions in industries from healthcare to digital marketing, all the way through to transport and logistics. In this time she's gained a wealth of experience, most recently as Data Engineer, which is a role she absolutely loves. Kirstie believes in technology for good, whether this be by delivering products that have a positive impact on the world, or building teams that allow everyone to thrive and make the most of their diverse skill sets. As a self-described delivery focused engineer, her favourite part of the job is being able to lead smart, passionate, and enthusiastic colleagues and see how much they can be capable of when they come together as a whole.
Karen Taylor is the Founder of Parent Cloud an organisation that is reinventing how businesses support parents in their workforce; reducing home and work related stress and having a positive impact on employee engagement and gender diversity at work. Parent Cloud offers support to working parents via their Resource Hub and also by giving employees access to on-demand, remote coaching and support to help families to thrive; covering a variety of parental issues including: birth, breastfeeding, sleep training, postnatal depression, career coaching, fertility and child behaviour. Their mission is to improve mental health and professional prospects for all parents, everywhere by equipping parents with the knowledge and skills they need to give excellent levels of care to their children, taking some of the anxiety out of parenting and giving them breathing space to be able to enjoy it.
Michelle has worked for over 13 years in data and analytics. She started her career in measuring advertising effectiveness of offline media with Gain Theory, which lead her to build this capability in Moneysupermarket. Soon after, she got an opportunity with Expedia to grow and manage a team globally optimising the performance of search marketing. Now, Michelle is responsible for BI and analytics across marketing and customer globally at Farfetch.
Michelle’s passion lies firstly in driving commercial value out of data, and secondly in transforming and building data and analytics teams and developing talent. She was selected as one of Twenty in Data & Technology in 2018 awarded by Women in Data and The Female Lead, and has since been an ambassador driving for diversity in this field.
Fiona is the CEO of Women on Boards UK and advisor to Peel Hunt, an award-winning UK mid-cap stockbroker. She is an expert in the areas of Governance, Regulation and Talent Management who has sat on marketing, nominations and audit & finance committees. Currently, Fiona is Chair of Hanx's nominations committee a sexual wellness fast moving consumer goods company.
She is a passionate angel investor who helped to found one of the first female angel investment clubs and one of the judges for The Sunday Times annual NED Awards.
Formerly Fiona was a director for Old Mutual Asset Management and Hill Samuel Asset Management, running the Global Equities and Emerging Markets Desks respectively. She has advised the board of the Thai Euro Fund and been the Director responsible for Pension Fund asset allocation for OMAM's Employee Pension Fund.
In 2012, Fiona launched Women on Boards to support women, and men, make the right connections and career choices to get to board level within their own company or to take on a non-executive board role. Since launch, WOB has supported over 1800 individuals get onto boards. Fiona and the WOB team work tirelessly to lobby influential directors to push for increased board vacancy transparency.
Juliet is CEO and Founder of AnyGood?, a platform where a diverse network of professionals recommend other professionals for roles. Prior to this her background was delivering multi £m change programmes within large corporates. After 20 years building high performing teams, her frustration with the process for recruitment collided with opportunity and the rise of sharing economy. Following years of research of best practise platform models, AnyGood? was launched in 2017 and now provides personally recommended candidates to organisations across the UK and beyond.
Juliet is also Chair of Sharing Economy UK, the trade body for sharing platforms, which works in partnership with the CBI. Juliet supports the growth of the sharing economy, maximising and highlighting the economic, social and environmental impact, enabling each business and the economy to reach its true potential. Juliet has deep knowledge of start-ups, network effects, two/three sided marketplaces, platform strategies and scaling. In addition, as part of this role, she is actively involved in providing input into Government regulation, policy and proposed taxation of platforms
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