Entrants to the Hall of Fame


Computer Weekly is happy to announce the 2021 additions to its Most Influential Women in UK Tech Hall of Fame.

Each 12 months, Computer Weekly, alongside its group of professional judges, selects ladies from the most influential ladies in UK tech longlist who’ve made a lifetime contribution to the know-how business to be recognised in its Hall of Fame.

As the record grew in recognition, the Hall of Fame was launched in 2015 to recognise the achievements of ladies who’ve made a big impression on the tech sector, whiet additionally permitting as many ladies as doable to be showcased on the prime 50 record of the most influential ladies in UK tech.

As this 12 months marks the 10th 12 months Computer Weekly is operating its record of the prime 50 Most Influential Women in UK tech, we’re proud to recognise 10 new additions to the Hall of Fame in 2021:

Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO, Stemettes

Imafidon was initially named one of Computer Weekly’s Rising Stars in 2014, happening to win the title of Most Influential Woman in UK Tech in 2020.

Imafidon is the CEO of Stemettes, which she based to encourage younger ladies to contemplate careers in science know-how, engineering and maths (STEM).  

Outside of her work with Stemettes, she is a commissioner for the Hamilton Commission, an initiative arrange by race driver Lewis Hamilton to handle the lack of black folks each in UK motorsport and in the STEM sectors.

Imafidon can also be a fellow of the RSA, a council member of Research England, a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland, and a Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) digital expertise partnership board member.

Before Stemettes, Imafidon held roles at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. She now hosts a podcast for the Evening Standard known as Women Tech Charge, and is a trustee for the Institute for the Future of Work.

Carrie Anne Philbin, director of training, Raspberry PI Foundation

Another alumna of Computer Weekly’s 2016 ladies in tech Rising Stars, Philbin has a number of tasks inside the Raspberry Pi Foundation, together with main technique, persevering with skilled growth programmes and studying sources.

As effectively as her work at Raspberry Pi, she is a fellow of the Python Software Foundation, and her varied experiences in board member and chair roles – together with her time as a board member for Computing at School and her stint as chair of CAS #embody – have all been geared toward making laptop science extra accessible for everybody.

She can also be a YouTuber, author and secondary-level computing and ICT instructor.

Cindy Rose, president of Western Europe, Microsoft

Rose was just lately appointed the president of Western Europe for Microsoft, having served as the CEO of Microsoft UK since 2016, the place she was accountable for the agency’s product, service and help providing throughout the area.

Previously, Rose labored in senior roles throughout the know-how 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 providers to UK know-how, and is at present a non-executive director for communications agency WPP.

Elizabeth Denham, data commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office

In her position as data commissioner, which she has held for 5 years, Denham leads the workplace coping with the Data Protection Act 2018 – the UK’s implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She introduced she could be stepping down from the position in 2021, and is at present in the submit till her substitute will be organized.

Before turning into data commissioner, Denham was the data and privateness commissioner for British Columbia, Canada, accountable for compliance with private and non-private sector privateness laws and entry to data regulation.

In 2018, she was awarded a CBE for providers to data safety.

Helen Milner, founder and CEO, the Good Things Foundation

Milner is founder and CEO of not-for-profit the Good Things Foundation (previously the Tinder Foundation), 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 folks. She is the a board member of each FutureDotNow and the Minister’s Digital Skills Partnership Board, and is on the Adult Advisory Group for the UK’s Money and Pension Service (MaPS).

Milner was beforehand a specialist authorities adviser of digital engagement for the Public Accounts Committee, was named the Digital Leader of the Year in 2017, and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for providers to digital inclusion.

Jo Twist, CEO, UKIE

Twist is CEO of UKIE, the video games business commerce physique that goals to make the UK the chief in video games and interactive leisure.

As effectively as being a London Tech Ambassador, Twist is vice-president of video games charity Special Effect, the minister of tales at organisation Ministry of Stories (which helps younger folks 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 Switch for the BBC in the early 2000s.

In 2016, she acquired an OBE for her contribution to the artistic industries.

Rebecca George, earlier managing associate for presidency and public providers, Deloitte

George is at present on the look out for non-executive directorship roles in the personal and public sector targeted round training, local weather change or well being the place she will be able to use her 20 years of tech and public sector expertise.

Up till spring 2021, she was the managing associate for presidency and public providers at Deloitte, main the agency’s public sector practices throughout Europe.

Prior to this position, she was lead public sector associate at Deloitte, the place she was accountable for tasks corresponding to serving to the public sector enhance effectivity and develop finest follow.

George is a non-executive chair for the DoE’s T-Level reform programme, and just lately stepped down as president of the BCS and as a board member of the City Mental Health Alliance.

She was awarded an OBE in 2006 for her work on sustainable communities.

Sarah Burnett, founding associate and non-executive director, Emergence Partners

Burnett is a founding associate and non-executive director at administration advisor agency Emergence Partners, the place she is head of know-how immersion and insights.

Prior to this, she was an government vice-president and distinguished analyst at Everest Group, the place she used her expertise to lead the group on international service supply automation analysis and European follow throughout its international providers analysis areas.

Before becoming a member of Everest Group, Burnett was vice-president of analysis at Nelson Hall, masking areas corresponding to infrastructure, IT outsourcing, cloud and authorities enterprise course of outsourcing. Until 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, data, analytics and AI and has been recognised in the UK Big Data 100 as a key influencer in driving ahead the huge knowledge agenda.

She is co-chair of the National Data Strategy Forum, which goals to make the UK forefront in knowledge, and has acted as a choose for a number of awards corresponding to the the Loebner Prize in AI, UK Tech 50 and the Annual UK Cloud Awards.

Before becoming a member of TechUK in January 2015, she was accountable for Symantec’s authorities relations in the UK and Ireland.

In 2016, Daley swam the English Channel.

Trudy Norris-Grey, chairperson, Wise

Norris-Grey’s profession has been targeted on know-how and digital transformation throughout corporations corresponding to BT, Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Eastman Kodak, the place she held senior government posts.

She now splits her time throughout the US and the UK and is chair of Wise (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology), in addition to chair of the UCAS board of trustees.

Until 2019, Norris-Grey was international managing director of native regional authorities, good cities and related infrastructure for Microsoft in Seattle, US, adopted by a task as deputy CEO of enterprise and international partnerships at AXA.


The present members of the Hall of Fame are:

Amali de Alwis

Winner of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in UK Tech accolade in 2018, till just lately de Alwis was the CEO of the Founders Forum.

Prior to that, she was the UK managing director of Microsoft for Startups, and was beforehand the CEO of coding coaching programme Code First: Girls, which not solely goals to improve range in the tech sector, however in 2018 was instructing extra ladies in 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 Foundation, is a board member at Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, and is a member of the range and inclusion board at the Institute of Coding.

She can also be an advisory board member at the Founders Academy, and a founding member at Tech Talent Charter.

In 2019, she was awarded an MBE for providers to range and coaching in the tech business.

Chi Onwurah

Onwurah is the MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and shadow minister for digital, science and know-how.

She has held many authorities roles targeted on know-how, together with shadow minister for tradition and the digital financial system, shadow Cabinet Office minister main on cyber safety, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open authorities and transparency, and shadow minister for innovation, science and digital infrastructure.

Before her roles in authorities, Onwurah labored in a number of connectivity and telecoms-based companies, together with Ofcom, Teligent, and Cable & Wireless.

Debbie Forster

The 2019 winner of Computer Weekly’s record of the Most Influential Women in UK Tech, Debbie Forster, CEO of government-backed initiative Tech Talent Charter (TTC), is a long-standing advocate of range and inclusion in the tech sector.

The Tech Talent Charter, which is geared toward “connecting the dots” between range and inclusion initiatives in the tech sector to improve the quantity of underrepresented teams working in tech, just lately known as for a shift in focus away from getting extra ladies into the sector, and in direction of bettering range in the business extra broadly.

Alongside her work at TTC, Forster can also be a board trustee for the British Council, a member of the Digital Economy Council, and director at consultancy Novel Design.

Starting her profession as an English instructor after which faculty headteacher, prior 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 Wise girl of the 12 months in 2016.

Eileen Burbidge

Frequently showing on Computer Weekly’s record of the Most Influential Women in UK Tech over the previous 5 years, Eileen Burbidge is a associate at London-based enterprise capital (VC) agency Passion Capital, the place she gives expertise gained from varied 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 know-how has spanned 15 years and contains roles at corporations corresponding to Yahoo!, Skype, PalmSource, Openwave, Sun Microsystems and Apple.

Alongside her position at Passion 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.

Until final 12 months she was the chair of Tech Nation, and was beforehand a member of the prime minister’s enterprise advisory group.

Gillian Arnold

Arnold is managing director of IT recruitment agency Tectre, which is aimed particularly at supporting ladies in know-how roles.

Previously chair of BCSWomen, she is now a non-executive director of the BCS, and has been in the tech sector for greater than 30 years.

Arnold has hung out as chair of the European Women in IT taskforce geared toward creating finest practices and Europe-wide actions to improve the quantity of ladies in the tech business.

As effectively as having chaired a discussion board for IT commerce physique Intellect (now TechUK), Arnold used to act as a board member at Wise, which helps ladies in STEM.

Hannah Dee

Dee is an data safety and databases lecturer at Aberystwyth University, the place she researches laptop imaginative and prescient, and can also be a founding member of on-line STEM journal Scientists Are Humans.

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 first Women in Tech Cymru summer season convention.

She has gained 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 know-how.

Jacqueline De Rojas

The 2015 winner of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman UK Tech, De Rojas insists that you simply “can have it all” – she shouldn’t 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 canines.

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 providers to worldwide commerce in know-how.

Jane Moran

Jane Moran was the first winner of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in UK IT when it was launched in 2012.

At the time, Moran was CIO at Thomson Reuters, the place she took half in the Thomson Reuters Women’s Network, Women in Technology International and the National Centre for Women in Technology.

Now she is the non-executive director of JP Morgan Europe, having stepped down as Global 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 Cash Distributors,

She actively participates in the IT group, and is an advocate for management expertise and guaranteeing extra ladies contemplate a know-how profession.

In 2014, Moran was positioned first on the annual Computer Weekly UKTech50 record, a showcase of the prime movers and shakers in the UK IT business.  

Joanna Shields

The 2013 winner of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in UK Tech, Shields is now CEO of synthetic intelligence firm BenevolentAI, which goals to prepare computer systems to change how drugs 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 as the prime minister’s particular consultant on web crime and harms, driving a extra worldwide method to web security and safety.

Formerly CEO of accelerator programme Tech City, Shields based not-for-profit WeProtect.org in 2013 to battle on-line youngster abuse and exploitation.

Formerly European chief of Facebook, Shields has had a number of roles as an adviser on digital. She believes the UK should handle digital transformation correctly whether it is to stay a frontrunner in digital growth.

Kate Russell

Russell has been writing about know-how since the mid-Nineties, and is seen as a topic professional when it comes to the know-how sector. Before her profession in TV presenting and journalism, she bought CD manufacturing to laptop sport corporations.

Russell is a frequent occasions speaker and works with organisations that purpose to improve the quantity of younger individuals who pursue a task in the tech sector, corresponding to TeenTech.

Until just lately, she was a presenter on BBC know-how programme Click, which she stepped down from to create a Twitch channel dedicated to rescued ferrets.

She has printed many books, together with Working the cloudElite: largely innocent and A bookkeeper’s information to sensible sorcery.

Kathryn Parsons

Parsons based Decoded in East London in 2011 “with a credit card and a mission to teach code in a day”. The coding faculty has taught folks in companies worldwide about the interior workings of applied sciences corresponding to code, knowledge, synthetic intelligence (AI) and cyber safety.

Parsons launched the Decoded Data Academy in 2018 and needs Decoded’s efforts to improve digital literacy in companies and authorities, and fill the knowledge expertise hole.

Until early 2021, she was a non-executive board member for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and till 2020 sat on the enterprise advisory boards for the London mayor and 10 Downing Street.

Parsons was awarded an MBE in 2016 for her work in campaigning for code to be launched into the UK’s curriculum.

Maggie Berry

Berry is the director of Heart of the City, which works with small companies to assist them develop enterprise programmes geared toward selling range and supporting native communities, amongst different issues.

Prior to this she was government director for Europe at WEConnect International, 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 join to the company provide chain.

Berry beforehand ran on-line job board for recruitment and networking womenintechnology.co.uk, and is an advocate for range in the know-how business. She was awarded an OBE in 2019 for her providers to ladies in know-how and enterprise. She can also be a committee member of the Walsworth Community Centre  and a range advisory committee member for Founders4Schools.

Maggie Philbin

The 2016 winner of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in UK Tech, Philbin is founder of TeenTech and has spent greater than 30 years reporting on STEM topics for tv and radio.

She co-founded TeenTech with the purpose of serving to younger folks be impressed by – and search a future profession in – know-how by fixing real-world issues with know-how.

An enormous advocate of range in the tech sector, Philbin has acquired eight honorary levels and an OBE to recognise her providers on this space – though she insists these honours belong to her “amazing and dedicated” crew.

Margaret Ross

Originally on monitor to turn out to be a secretary, Margaret Ross, a professor at Southampton Solent University, went on to achieve levels in arithmetic, which ultimately led her to programming and computing.

Although semi-retired, alongside her work at Southampton Solent, Ross is concerned in 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 providers to training.

Martha Lane Fox

Co-founder of Lastminute.com, serial entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox continues to promote the trigger of ladies and variety in the IT business.

She additionally works for digital expertise parity and believes extra needs to be finished to guarantee the 12 million adults who can’t use the web can obtain even the most simple duties concerned in a digital future.

Lane Fox intends her Doteveryone challenge – which she launched throughout her speech at the 2015 Dimbleby Lecture – to act as a platform to gasoline the dialogue round startups, governments, gender and expertise.

A agency believer that the web needs to be used as an enabler for change, Lane Fox has used her place as chancellor for the Open University, a member of the board of advisers for the Government Digital Service (GDS), and crossbench peer in the House of Lords, to converse out about the want for range 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 Hall.

Max Benson and Karen Gill

Benson and Gill launched Everywoman in 1999 to act as an internet group for ladies throughout the UK and supply a community, help and sources for ladies wanting to begin their very own companies.

The community ultimately 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 in the know-how sector, and Benson and Gill launched the Everywoman in Technology Awards to showcase the sector’s position fashions and shine a lightweight on the differing types of roles and careers in the sector.

As half of Everywoman, the pair launched the charity Modern Muse, a platform led by women to encourage younger ladies into careers they could not in any other case have thought-about by giving them entry to position fashions and details about roles in varied sectors.

Benson and Gill have been awarded MBEs in 2009 for providers to ladies’s enterprise.

Nicola Mendelsohn

Nicola Mendelsohn has been vice-president of Europe, Middle East and Africa operations at Facebook since 2013, the place she focuses on development areas in the area.

As effectively as her position at Facebook, Mendelsohn is a chairperson for the Follicular Lymphoma Foundation, non-executive director of shopper items agency Diageo and co-president of charity Norwood.

Previously, she acted as business chair of the Creative Industries Council and a director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

She has had an extended profession in know-how, in addition to promoting and advertising in roles corresponding to government chairman and associate at the Karmarama promoting company.

In 2015, she was awarded a CBE for providers to the artistic business.

Sarah Wood

Wood based international promoting market Unruly, the place she was CEO till 2015 when it was acquired by News Corp.

She is the non-executive director of Signal AI, senior impartial director of Tech Nation, and is a enterprise mentor for The Hatchery at University College London.

Wood just lately wrote a guide, Stepping up: 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 providers to know-how and innovation. 

Sheila Flavell

A member of the tech sector for 30 years, Sheila Flavell was appointed chief working officer of IT providers agency FDM Group in 2008, and is an government board director of the agency the place she spearheads FDM’s Global Women in Tech marketing campaign and FDM’s Getting Back to Business programme, geared toward offering alternatives for returners to work.

She is deputy president of TechUK, a chairperson for the Institute of Coding Industry Advisory Board, and is often known as to advise authorities committees on varied points, particularly round the digital expertise hole.

She gained Leader of the Year at the Everywoman in Technology Awards in 2012, and in 2019 was awarded a CBE for providers to gender equality in IT and the employment of graduates and returners.

Sherry Coutu

The 2017 winner of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman 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 Comes to the UK.

She remains to be concerned with many of these 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 Stock Exchange, and is director of Raspberry Pi Trading and trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for providers to entrepreneurship.

Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley

In 1962, Shirley developed a “software house” for feminine freelance programmers, which ultimately employed greater than 8,000 folks and paved the method for versatile working.

When she launched the agency, she started signing her identify as “Steve” to overcome male preconceptions about ladies in enterprise.

Shirley seems in each the Bletchley Park and California computing museums, was the first feminine president of the BCS, a grasp of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and co-founded the Oxford Internet Institute in 2001.

Sue Black

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 providers to know-how, and is an outspoken advocate for guaranteeing extra ladies and women take an curiosity in know-how.

Black at present acts as the founder and chief evangelist of the TechMums initiative, which goals to encourage extra youngsters into know-how by guaranteeing 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 Government Digital Service (GDS).

Wendy Hall

Hall holds a number of positions at the University of Southampton, together with professor of laptop science and affiliate vice-president (worldwide engagement), and is an government director of the college’s Web Science Institute.

Hall was named a Dame CBE in 2009, and is a fellow of the Royal Society.

She has held a number of outstanding positions in the STEM sector, together with president of the ACM and senior vice-president of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

As effectively as having been a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, Hall was co-chair of the UK authorities’s 2017 AI evaluation, and was just lately introduced by the authorities as the first expertise champion for AI in the UK.



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