Pc Weekly is happy to announce the 2021 additions to its Most Influential Girls in UK Tech Corridor of Fame.
Every year, Pc Weekly, alongside its group of skilled judges, selects ladies from essentially the most influential ladies in UK tech longlist who’ve made a lifetime contribution to the expertise trade to be recognised in its Corridor of Fame.
Because the checklist grew in reputation, the Corridor of Fame was launched in 2015 to recognise the achievements of ladies who’ve made a major influence on the tech sector, whiet additionally permitting as many ladies as doable to be showcased on the highest 50 checklist of essentially the most influential ladies in UK tech.
As this yr marks the tenth yr Pc Weekly is working its checklist of the highest 50 Most Influential Girls in UK tech, we’re proud to recognise 10 new additions to the Corridor of Fame in 2021:
Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO, Stemettes
Imafidon was initially named one among Pc Weekly’s Rising Stars in 2014, occurring to win the title of Most Influential Girl in UK Tech in 2020.
Imafidon is the CEO of Stemettes, which she based to encourage younger ladies to contemplate careers in science expertise, engineering and maths (STEM).
Outdoors of her work with Stemettes, she is a commissioner for the Hamilton Fee, an initiative arrange by race driver Lewis Hamilton to handle the shortage of black individuals each in UK motorsport and within the STEM sectors.
Imafidon can also be a fellow of the RSA, a council member of Analysis England, a visiting professor on the College of Sunderland, and a Division for Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS) digital expertise partnership board member.
Earlier than Stemettes, Imafidon held roles at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Financial institution and Lehman Brothers. She now hosts a podcast for the Night Normal referred to as Girls Tech Cost, and is a trustee for the Institute for the Way forward for Work.
Carrie Anne Philbin, director of training, Raspberry PI Basis
One other alumna of Pc Weekly’s 2016 ladies in tech Rising Stars, Philbin has a number of tasks inside the Raspberry Pi Basis, together with main technique, persevering with skilled growth programmes and studying sources.
In addition to her work at Raspberry Pi, she is a fellow of the Python Software program Basis, and her numerous experiences in board member and chair roles – together with her time as a board member for Computing at College and her stint as chair of CAS #embrace – have all been aimed toward making pc science extra accessible for everybody.
She can also be a YouTuber, author and secondary-level computing and ICT trainer.
Cindy Rose, president of Western Europe, Microsoft
Rose was just lately appointed the president of Western Europe for Microsoft, having served because the CEO of Microsoft UK since 2016, the place she was liable for the agency’s product, service and help providing throughout the area.
Beforehand, Rose labored in senior roles throughout the expertise and digital sectors at corporations corresponding to Vodafone, Virgin Media and Disney’s Interactive Media Group.
In early 2019, she was awarded an OBE for companies to UK expertise, and is at the moment a non-executive director for communications agency WPP.
Elizabeth Denham, data commissioner, Data Commissioner’s Workplace
In her function as data commissioner, which she has held for 5 years, Denham leads the workplace coping with the Knowledge Safety Act 2018 – the UK’s implementation of the EU’s Common Knowledge Safety Regulation (GDPR). She introduced she can be stepping down from the function in 2021, and is at the moment within the submit till her alternative may be organized.
Earlier than changing into data commissioner, Denham was the knowledge and privateness commissioner for British Columbia, Canada, liable for compliance with private and non-private sector privateness laws and entry to data legislation.
In 2018, she was awarded a CBE for companies to data safety.
Helen Milner, founder and CEO, the Good Issues Basis
Milner is founder and CEO of not-for-profit the Good Issues Basis (previously the Tinder Basis), having based the charity in 2011 to assist the digitally excluded turn out to be comfy utilizing digital and on-line applied sciences.
Most of her work is targeted on constructing tech inclusion for digitally excluded individuals. She is the a board member of each FutureDotNow and the Minister’s Digital Abilities Partnership Board, and is on the Grownup Advisory Group for the UK’s Cash and Pension Service (MaPS).
Milner was beforehand a specialist authorities adviser of digital engagement for the Public Accounts Committee, was named the Digital Chief of the Yr in 2017, and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for companies to digital inclusion.
Jo Twist, CEO, UKIE
Twist is CEO of UKIE, the video games trade commerce physique that goals to make the UK the chief in video games and interactive leisure.
In addition to being a London Tech Ambassador, Twist is vice-president of video games charity Particular Impact, the minister of tales at organisation Ministry of Tales (which helps younger individuals join with writing and storytelling), and is the chair of the video games committee at Bafta.
Twist was beforehand commissioning editor for training at Channel 4, and was multi-platform commissioner of leisure and Swap for the BBC within the early 2000s.
In 2016, she acquired an OBE for her contribution to the inventive industries.
Rebecca George, earlier managing accomplice for presidency and public companies, Deloitte
George is at the moment on the look out for non-executive directorship roles within the non-public and public sector targeted round training, local weather change or well being the place she will use her 20 years of tech and public sector expertise.
Up till spring 2021, she was the managing accomplice for presidency and public companies at Deloitte, main the agency’s public sector practices throughout Europe.
Previous to this function, she was lead public sector accomplice at Deloitte, the place she was liable for initiatives corresponding to serving to the general public sector enhance effectivity and develop greatest observe.
George is a non-executive chair for the DoE’s T-Stage reform programme, and just lately stepped down as president of the BCS and as a board member of the Metropolis Psychological Well being Alliance.
She was awarded an OBE in 2006 for her work on sustainable communities.
Sarah Burnett, founding accomplice and non-executive director, Emergence Companions
Burnett is a founding accomplice and non-executive director at administration guide agency Emergence Companions, the place she is head of expertise immersion and insights.
Previous to this, she was an govt vice-president and distinguished analyst at Everest Group, the place she used her expertise to steer the group on world service supply automation analysis and European observe throughout its world companies analysis areas.
Earlier than becoming a member of Everest Group, Burnett was vice-president of analysis at Nelson Corridor, protecting areas corresponding to infrastructure, IT outsourcing, cloud and authorities enterprise course of outsourcing. Till just lately, Burnett was chair of BCSWomen, and in 2017 launched the BCSWomen AI Accelerator.
She is a contributing analyst, author and writer for on-line moral tech publication Techopian.
Sue Daley, head of cloud, knowledge, analytics and AI, TechUK
Daley leads TechUK’s work on cloud, knowledge, analytics and AI and has been recognised within the UK Massive Knowledge 100 as a key influencer in driving ahead the large knowledge agenda.
She is co-chair of the Nationwide Knowledge Technique Discussion board, which goals to make the UK forefront in knowledge, and has acted as a choose for a number of awards such because the the Loebner Prize in AI, UK Tech 50 and the Annual UK Cloud Awards.
Earlier than becoming a member of TechUK in January 2015, she was liable for Symantec’s authorities relations within the UK and Eire.
In 2016, Daley swam the English Channel.
Trudy Norris-Gray, chairperson, Smart
Norris-Gray’s profession has been targeted on expertise and digital transformation throughout corporations corresponding to BT, Solar Microsystems, Oracle and Eastman Kodak, the place she held senior govt posts.
She now splits her time throughout the US and the UK and is chair of Smart (Girls in Science, Engineering and Expertise), in addition to chair of the UCAS board of trustees.
Till 2019, Norris-Gray was world managing director of native regional authorities, good cities and linked infrastructure for Microsoft in Seattle, US, adopted by a task as deputy CEO of enterprise and world partnerships at AXA.
The prevailing members of the Corridor of Fame are:
Amali de Alwis
Winner of Pc Weekly’s Most Influential Girl in UK Tech accolade in 2018, till just lately de Alwis was the CEO of the Founders Discussion board.
Previous to that, she was the UK managing director of Microsoft for Startups, and was beforehand the CEO of coding coaching programme Code First: Ladies, which not solely goals to extend variety within the tech sector, however in 2018 was instructing extra ladies within the UK to code than the UK’s college system.
De Alwis is an advisory board member of YSYS, sits on the board of trustees for the Raspberry Pi Basis, is a board member at Ada, the Nationwide Faculty for Digital Abilities, and is a member of the variety and inclusion board on the Institute of Coding.
She can also be an advisory board member on the Founders Academy, and a founding member at Tech Expertise Constitution.
In 2019, she was awarded an MBE for companies to variety and coaching within the tech trade.
Onwurah is the MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and shadow minister for digital, science and expertise.
She has held many authorities roles targeted on expertise, together with shadow minister for tradition and the digital financial system, shadow Cupboard Workplace minister main on cyber safety, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open authorities and transparency, and shadow minister for innovation, science and digital infrastructure.
Earlier than her roles in authorities, Onwurah labored in a number of connectivity and telecoms-based companies, together with Ofcom, Teligent, and Cable & Wi-fi.
The 2019 winner of Pc Weekly’s checklist of the Most Influential Girls in UK Tech, Debbie Forster, CEO of government-backed initiative Tech Expertise Constitution (TTC), is a long-standing advocate of variety and inclusion within the tech sector.
The Tech Expertise Constitution, which is aimed toward “connecting the dots” between variety and inclusion initiatives within the tech sector to extend the variety of underrepresented teams working in tech, just lately referred to as for a shift in focus away from getting extra ladies into the sector, and in the direction of enhancing variety within the trade extra extensively.
Alongside her work at TTC, Forster can also be a board trustee for the British Council, a member of the Digital Financial system Council, and director at consultancy Novel Design.
Beginning her profession as an English trainer after which faculty headteacher, previous to TTC, Forster was co-CEO for student-focused initiative Apps for Good, in addition to heading up training for e-skills UK. In 2017, Forster acquired an MBE for digital innovation, and was named Smart lady of the yr in 2016.
Incessantly showing on Pc Weekly’s checklist of the Most Influential Girls in UK Tech over the previous 5 years, Eileen Burbidge is a accomplice at London-based enterprise capital (VC) agency Ardour Capital, the place she affords expertise gained from numerous tech roles all through her profession, in addition to by serving as a non-executive director for a lot of small and rising companies, corresponding to Monzo.
Her profession in expertise has spanned 15 years and consists of roles at corporations corresponding to Yahoo!, Skype, PalmSource, Openwave, Solar Microsystems and Apple.
Alongside her function at Ardour Capital, Burbidge is the particular envoy for fintech for HM Treasury, a non-executive director at Dixons Carphone, and was a co-founder/startup angel and adviser for White Bear Yard.
Till final yr she was the chair of Tech Nation, and was beforehand a member of the prime minister’s enterprise advisory group.
Arnold is managing director of IT recruitment agency Tectre, which is aimed particularly at supporting ladies in expertise roles.
Beforehand chair of BCSWomen, she is now a non-executive director of the BCS, and has been within the tech sector for greater than 30 years.
Arnold has frolicked as chair of the European Girls in IT taskforce aimed toward growing greatest practices and Europe-wide actions to extend the variety of ladies within the tech trade.
In addition to having chaired a discussion board for IT commerce physique Mind (now TechUK), Arnold used to behave as a board member at Smart, which helps ladies in STEM.
Dee is an data safety and databases lecturer at Aberystwyth College, the place she researches pc imaginative and prescient, and can also be a founding member of on-line STEM journal Scientists Are People.
She based the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium in 2008 as a convention for feminine undergraduates. Now deputy chair of the colloquium, in 2019 Dee helped run the primary Girls in Tech Cymru summer time convention.
She has received awards in instructing and acquired a Suffrage Science award in 2018.
Dee sits on the committee of BCSWomen, and till 2020 was secretary of BCS Mid-Wales and has had an extended profession in science and expertise.
Jacqueline De Rojas
The 2015 winner of Pc Weekly’s Most Influential Girl UK Tech, De Rojas insists that you just “can have all of it” – she will not be solely president of two corporations and non-executive director of a number of extra, however can also be married and has three youngsters and two canine.
De Rojas is president of each TechUK and Digital Leaders, co-chair of the governance board for the Institute of Coding, and non-executive director of Rightmove, IFS, Costain Group and FDM Group.
She acts as a enterprise adviser and mentor, is chair of the monetary analytics platform Metapraxis, and was awarded a CBE in 2018 for companies to worldwide commerce in expertise.
Jane Moran was the primary winner of Pc Weekly’s Most Influential Girl in UK IT when it was launched in 2012.
On the time, Moran was CIO at Thomson Reuters, the place she took half within the Thomson Reuters Girls’s Community, Girls in Expertise Worldwide and the Nationwide Centre for Girls in Expertise.
Now she is the non-executive director of JP Morgan Europe, having stepped down as International CIO of Unilever, a place she held for nearly seven years.
Moran can also be a non-executive director for JP Morgan Securities and was beforehand a non-executive director for Institutional Money Distributors,
She actively participates within the IT group, and is an advocate for management expertise and making certain extra ladies contemplate a expertise profession.
In 2014, Moran was positioned first on the annual Pc Weekly UKTech50 checklist, a showcase of the highest movers and shakers within the UK IT trade.
The 2013 winner of Pc Weekly’s Most Influential Girl in UK Tech, Shields is now CEO of synthetic intelligence firm BenevolentAI, which goals to coach computer systems to vary how medication is developed.
She was beforehand parliamentary under-secretary of state at DCMS, and till early 2018 was the UK minister for web security and safety.
From December 2016, Shields acted because the prime minister’s particular consultant on web crime and harms, driving a extra worldwide method to web security and safety.
Previously CEO of accelerator programme Tech Metropolis, Shields based not-for-profit WeProtect.org in 2013 to battle on-line youngster abuse and exploitation.
Previously European chief of Fb, Shields has had a number of roles as an adviser on digital. She believes the UK should tackle digital transformation correctly whether it is to stay a pacesetter in digital growth.
Russell has been writing about expertise for the reason that mid-Nineteen Nineties, and is seen as a topic skilled in the case of the expertise sector. Earlier than her profession in TV presenting and journalism, she bought CD manufacturing to pc recreation corporations.
Russell is a frequent occasions speaker and works with organisations that goal to extend the variety of younger individuals who pursue a task within the tech sector, corresponding to TeenTech.
Till just lately, she was a presenter on BBC expertise programme Click on, which she stepped down from to create a Twitch channel devoted to rescued ferrets.
She has revealed many books, together with Working the cloud, Elite: principally innocent and A bookkeeper’s information to sensible sorcery.
Parsons based Decoded in East London in 2011 “with a bank card and a mission to show code in a day”. The coding faculty has taught individuals in companies worldwide concerning the interior workings of applied sciences corresponding to code, knowledge, synthetic intelligence (AI) and cyber safety.
Parsons launched the Decoded Knowledge Academy in 2018 and desires Decoded’s efforts to extend digital literacy in companies and authorities, and fill the information expertise hole.
Till early 2021, she was a non-executive board member for the Division of Enterprise, Vitality and Industrial Technique, and till 2020 sat on the enterprise advisory boards for the London mayor and 10 Downing Avenue.
Parsons was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her work in campaigning for code to be launched into the UK’s curriculum.
Berry is the director of Coronary heart of the Metropolis, which works with small companies to assist them develop enterprise programmes aimed toward selling variety and supporting native communities, amongst different issues.
Previous to this she was govt director for Europe at WEConnect Worldwide, the place she helped the agency to develop its company and public sector help, and develop its community of greater than 1,500 women-led companies to hook up with the company provide chain.
Berry beforehand ran on-line job board for recruitment and networking womenintechnology.co.uk, and is an advocate for variety within the expertise trade. She was awarded an OBE in 2019 for her companies to ladies in expertise and enterprise. She can also be a committee member of the Walsworth Group Centre and a variety advisory committee member for Founders4Schools.
The 2016 winner of Pc Weekly’s Most Influential Girl in UK Tech, Philbin is founding father of TeenTech and has spent greater than 30 years reporting on STEM topics for tv and radio.
She co-founded TeenTech with the goal of serving to younger individuals be impressed by – and search a future profession in – expertise by fixing real-world issues with expertise.
An enormous advocate of variety within the tech sector, Philbin has acquired eight honorary levels and an OBE to recognise her companies on this space – though she insists these honours belong to her “superb and devoted” group.
Initially on monitor to turn out to be a secretary, Margaret Ross, a professor at Southampton Solent College, went on to realize levels in arithmetic, which finally led her to programming and computing.
Though semi-retired, alongside her work at Southampton Solent, Ross is concerned within the BCS in roles together with as a member of council, chair of the Hampshire department, and vice-chair of high quality and e-learning specialist teams, and is part of BCSWomen.
In 2009, Ross was awarded an MBE for companies to training.
Martha Lane Fox
Co-founder of Lastminute.com, serial entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox continues to advertise the reason for ladies and variety within the IT trade.
She additionally works for digital expertise parity and believes extra ought to be finished to make sure the 12 million adults who can’t use the web can obtain even essentially the most primary duties concerned in a digital future.
Lane Fox intends her Doteveryone venture – which she launched throughout her speech on the 2015 Dimbleby Lecture – to behave as a platform to gasoline the dialogue round startups, governments, gender and expertise.
A agency believer that the web ought to be used as an enabler for change, Lane Fox has used her place as chancellor for the Open College, a member of the board of advisers for the Authorities Digital Service (GDS), and crossbench peer within the Home of Lords, to talk out about the necessity for variety and digital enablement.
Lane Fox is now a director at Twitter, having joined the agency’s board in 2016, and was appointed a distinguished fellow by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, alongside Wendy Corridor.
Max Benson and Karen Gill
Benson and Gill launched Everywoman in 1999 to behave as an internet group for girls throughout the UK and supply a community, help and sources for girls wanting to begin their very own companies.
The community finally grew to help not solely feminine entrepreneurs, but additionally ladies in sectors corresponding to retail, journey, transport and logistics, and insurance coverage and threat.
In 2010, it expanded additional to cater to ladies within the expertise sector, and Benson and Gill launched the Everywoman in Expertise Awards to showcase the sector’s function fashions and shine a light-weight on the several types of roles and careers within the sector.
As a part of Everywoman, the pair launched the charity Trendy Muse, a platform led by women to encourage younger ladies into careers they could not in any other case have thought of by giving them entry to function fashions and details about roles in numerous sectors.
Benson and Gill had been awarded MBEs in 2009 for companies to ladies’s enterprise.
Nicola Mendelsohn has been vice-president of Europe, Center East and Africa operations at Fb since 2013, the place she focuses on development areas within the area.
In addition to her function at Fb, Mendelsohn is a chairperson for the Follicular Lymphoma Basis, non-executive director of shopper items agency Diageo and co-president of charity Norwood.
Beforehand, she acted as trade chair of the Artistic Industries Council and a director of the Girls’s Prize for Fiction.
She has had an extended profession in expertise, in addition to promoting and advertising and marketing in roles corresponding to govt chairman and accomplice on the Karmarama promoting company.
In 2015, she was awarded a CBE for companies to the inventive trade.
Wooden based world promoting market Unruly, the place she was CEO till 2015 when it was acquired by Information Corp.
She is the non-executive director of Sign AI, senior impartial director of Tech Nation, and is a enterprise mentor for The Hatchery at College Faculty London.
Wooden just lately wrote a guide, Stepping up: Learn how to speed up your management potential, which she describes as a profession handbook for the millennial era.
In 2016, she was awarded an OBE for companies to expertise and innovation.
A member of the tech sector for 30 years, Sheila Flavell was appointed chief working officer of IT companies agency FDM Group in 2008, and is an govt board director of the agency the place she spearheads FDM’s International Girls in Tech marketing campaign and FDM’s Getting Again to Enterprise programme, aimed toward offering alternatives for returners to work.
She is deputy president of TechUK, a chairperson for the Institute of Coding Trade Advisory Board, and is regularly referred to as to advise authorities committees on numerous points, particularly across the digital expertise hole.
She received Chief of the Yr on the Everywoman in Expertise Awards in 2012, and in 2019 was awarded a CBE for companies to gender equality in IT and the employment of graduates and returners.
The 2017 winner of Pc Weekly’s Most Influential Girl in UK Tech title, Coutu is a serial entrepreneur, having based or co-founded corporations corresponding to Founders4Schools, Workfinder, the Scaleup Institute and Silicon Valley Involves the UK.
She continues to be concerned with many of those corporations, is an angel investor, and sits on the boards of a number of corporations, charities and universities.
Coutu is an impartial non-executive member of Pearson and the London Inventory Change, and is director of Raspberry Pi Buying and selling and trustee of the Raspberry Pi Basis.
In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for companies to entrepreneurship.
Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley
In 1962, Shirley developed a “software program home” for feminine freelance programmers, which finally employed greater than 8,000 individuals and paved the way in which for versatile working.
When she launched the agency, she started signing her title as “Steve” to beat male preconceptions about ladies in enterprise.
Shirley seems in each the Bletchley Park and California computing museums, was the primary feminine president of the BCS, a grasp of the Worshipful Firm of Data Technologists, and co-founded the Oxford Web Institute in 2001.
In 2016, Black launched her guide Saving Bletchley Park, which particulars her marketing campaign to cease the historic Bletchley Park from falling into disrepair.
In 2015, she was awarded an OBE for her companies to expertise, and is an outspoken advocate for making certain extra ladies and women take an curiosity in expertise.
Black at the moment acts because the founder and chief evangelist of the TechMums initiative, which goals to encourage extra youngsters into expertise by making certain moms achieve confidence and expertise in utilizing IT.
She additionally acts as a mentor for startups at Google Campus for Mums and an adviser for the UK’s Authorities Digital Service (GDS).
Corridor holds a number of positions on the College of Southampton, together with professor of pc science and affiliate vice-president (worldwide engagement), and is an govt director of the college’s Net Science Institute.
Corridor was named a Dame CBE in 2009, and is a fellow of the Royal Society.
She has held a number of outstanding positions within the STEM sector, together with president of the ACM and senior vice-president of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
In addition to having been a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Expertise, Corridor was co-chair of the UK authorities’s 2017 AI assessment, and was just lately introduced by the federal government as the primary expertise champion for AI within the UK.