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Vacancy Spotlight: EMEA Technology Associate Programme | Invesco

Invesco logoDid you know that there are great careers for IT professionals within Investment Management?

When people think about Investment Management firms, they don’t always think about the huge variety of career paths there are for people who are not fund managers. There are many teams behind the scenes who make incredibly valuable contributions to the success of our firm.

We are one of the world’s leading asset managers, solely dedicated to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life.

The Invesco Technology Associate Programme

We are looking for enthusiastic graduates to join our EMEA Technology Associate Programme in Henley. This rotational program will begin on in December 2020, and is designed to infuse our technology teams with fresh, innovative thinking and increase collaboration and partnership across the Technology organisation.

You will experience classroom-like training, in addition to completing a case study, followed by multiple rotations throughout Technology. At the end of the programme, you will roll off into a full-time position within the organisation. This full-time role will be awarded through a collaborative conversation involving you, the Associate Programme leader, your mentor, and relevant people from the business and HR.

Following the initial classroom style training, participants will commence rotations and ongoing fixed assignments to support technical, leadership and management training.

You will be pushed outside of your comfort zone with technical project work. Each Technology Associate will be assigned a personal mentor to help guide, coach, and provide support throughout the programme.

Rotation Opportunities

Several exciting rotations are available, which will allow you to get an understanding of the varying types of roles on offer within the investment management industry.

Distribution Engineering

A truly agile team which is creating a world class client experience when accessing the Invesco global web platform.

SIP (Strategy, Innovation and Planning)

Maybe strategy and innovation are your passion? This team is changing the way we use and interact with technology in a corporate organisation so that we remain cutting edge.

Investment Engineering

The core of our business revolves around how we manage our client’s money. Be part of a team that manage and have insight into the systems that support these processes.

Enterprise Architecture

Help set the strategic technology direction for our firm, learn from our team of experienced architects to gain knowledge that will last a lifetime.

These rotations and the course content will help give you a great start your career in one of the following roles

  • Engineer
  • System Architect
  • Solution Architect
  • Scrum Master
  • Technology Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Enterprise Architect

During the programme, you will:

  • Complete the required classroom-like training and the programme case study over 1-2 months
  • Participate in delivery of technology solutions end to end. Build one or more of the following core capabilities (business analysis, project management, application development, web development, enterprise architecture, quality assurance)
  • Learn the end to end Invesco business model and growth strategy (product, investment, sales, operations and corporate services)
  • Participate in 2-3 rotations within the Technology organisation over the course of the program
  • Participate in cultural, technology and management training
  • Collaborate with the EMEA Associate Programme Sponsor(s), personal mentor, and other people from within the business

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Possess a relevant degree in Science, Technology or Engineering
  • Have a keen interest in technology and how it can be used to shape an organisation
  • Use transferable skills acquired from your degree to help you excel in your new role
  • Have the ability to communicate and work with both technical and non-technical partners
  • Possess excellent communication and networking skills
  • Love collaborating and working with great teams
  • Have a resilient and innovative attitude, with the ability to challenge the status quo
  • Be willing to challenge the definition of a well-rounded technologist
  • Strive for success beyond title and status; go beyond manager’s expectations
  • Collaborate with multiple departments and effectively influence positive change and ideas
  • Keep up with the latest trends and be a disruptive thinker

Our commitment to you

We recognise that everyone is different and that the way in which people want to work and deliver at their best is different for everyone. As part of Invesco’s commitment to ensuring our teams have the broad range of experiences and backgrounds required to promote diversity of thought, and to maintaining a positive, engaging work environment, we champion flexible working.

Please feel free to discuss flexible working options with us.

The Good Stuff

Joining Invesco is just the start. We focus on nurturing internal talent, offering a variety of tools to support your career advancement, including ongoing learning and development and internal career opportunities.

We have an outstanding benefits package, which includes

  • Competitive salary and bonus
  • Company-provided healthcare
  • Annual leave + bank holidays
  • Generous pension provisions
  • Income protection
  • Health and wellness benefits
  • Volunteering days
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Life insurance
  • 26 days' annual leave

Our Commitment to the Community, the Environment and Responsible Investing

We partner with charitable organisations globally to make an impact in the communities where we live and work. Our people are encouraged to support the charities they feel most passionate about and are offered two days’ volunteering leave annually.

We are committed to adopting and implementing responsible investment principles and practices that uphold our fiduciary responsibility to our clients, as well as being good stewards of the environment.

Invesco is committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. We serve our clients in this space as a trusted partner both on specific responsible investment product strategies as well as part of our commitment to deliver a superior investment experience.

Join Us

We’re driven by a passion to exceed. Our people are our greatest asset and we take pride in supporting our colleagues both personally and professionally. If you're looking for challenging work, great colleagues, and a global employer with a social conscience, we invite you to explore your potential with us.

People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply for employment with Invesco may request this by sending an e-mail to EMEA- Talent Acquisition. Please include your name, the job you are interested in, and the type of accommodation you are requesting.

Closing date for applications – 14th October 2020


Victoria McKay

Victoria McKay appointed CEO of #techmums to reach more digitally excluded mums in post COVID-19 age

Victoria McKayVictoria McKay has been appointed CEO of #techmums to help reach more digitally excluded mums in post COVID-19 age.

Victoria McKay founded and ran the Women's Jewellery Network, a global community of women in the jewellery industry. She was also Chief Operating Officer of the highly respected, London Diamond Bourse.  Victoria also serves as Clerk to The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers.

Victoria succeeds Lauren Allison, who served as CEO of #techmums since 2019. Lauren successfully transformed #techmums into the organisation it is today, launching popular national clubs and launching a new online offer.

Speaking about her appointment, Victoria said, "Ensuring mums have great digital skills is the best way to tackle poverty, reduce inequality and build a fairer and more inclusive society."

"My own professional success started with someone giving me a computer, dial up and an opportunity."

"Digital literacy is vital to communities and my aim is to scale our ability to make a difference to reduce the digital skills gap."

"We need to ignite the potential in even more mums, who in turn can then become tech role models for their children."

"We need to invest more, so that mums are better represented in the tech sector."

"I look forward to advocating for that."

#techmums was created by Professor Sue Black OBE in 2012 as a direct response to the noticeable lack of  female representation in the Technology Industry, which still only sits at around 17% in 2019.

#techmums works with partners to train mothers in key areas including social media, The Cloud, staying safe online, right through to the basics of app design, web design, and coding.

Black said, "We recruited Victoria not only for her professional expertise in growing an organisation, whilst being a champion for female inclusion but also, because she identifies with those we seek to help."

"At 20, having had a disadvantaged upbringing  she was single with a baby, living in poor temporary accommodation."

"She’s now risen to become an established business leader."

"Learning tech skills helped her do that. We are delighted to have recruited someone who understands challenge and transformative opportunity.”

Kate Platonova, #techmums Chair and herself a #techmum added, "Victoria brings considerable experience and shares the vision of the #techmums board."

"This year, we have revitalised our board with two new additions including me and we have spent the summer working with Victoria to define our future growth strategy."

"We all very much look forward to working with her to deliver support to #techmums in raising awareness of the need for greater digital inclusion, particularly for people from hard to reach communities."

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Inspirational Woman: Carol Hamilton | Director of Compliance & Fraud, EMEA, GBG

Carol HamiltonAs Director of Compliance & Fraud, EMEA at GBG, the global identity data specialist, Carol Hamilton is responsible for growing and developing the group’s Fraud business.

Carol Hamilton studied (MMath) Mathematics and progressed rapidly at global technology giants BAE Systems and SAS, and is regarded as an industry expert on the fraud landscape.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I grew up in Birmingham and went on to study a Masters in Maths at the University of Bath. After various roles in rotation at HSBC, I joined Detica (which was subsequently acquired by BAE Systems) as a Business Consultant in the ‘Global Financial Service Solutions’ group.

I felt lucky to be in a growing part of the business at the right time and supported by a fantastic manager. I was ‘thrown in at the deep end’, travelling around the world to talk to different customers. I gained a lot of valuable insight and understanding in a short space of time and really enjoyed the richness of that experience.

During this time, I quickly developed a passion for fighting fraud – it is complex, ever increasing, and there are a range of societal issues that underpin it (e.g. terrorism, money laundering, people trafficking). I was really struck by just how devastating the impact of fraud was on victims. I could see how important technology was for organisations, giving them the power to disrupt the bad behaviour, and help people globally.

From there, I wanted to extend my learning and drive greater impact. I joined SAS to further develop my expertise in advanced analytics in fraud and compliance, and within a couple of years I progressed to be the Director of Fraud, leading a cross-functional team of experts in EMEA. This was a transitional point for me, as I started to lead and manage people on an international scale. It was hugely rewarding.

In November 2018, I joined GBG as Director of Compliance & Fraud, EMEA. It’s been a great opportunity to build on my experience and delve deeper into the identity data and verification side of fraud – which is increasingly important in our digital world. I really enjoy taking GBG’s leading technologies out to customers as well as working to drive sustainable growth in this key area, making a serious impact for the business. I am responsible for the overall development and execution of GBG’s fraud business across Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

I think, as many women can attest to, I can sometimes put my own barriers up. I’ve learned that projecting confidence is key, and it’s important to be aware of these learned behaviours and challenge them, so we are not holding ourselves back. For example, in the early days of my career, I didn’t apply for a promotion role as I initially felt, on paper, that I hadn’t sufficient experience. A male colleague strongly recommended I apply and I soon realised I could thrive in the role but I nearly lost out due to lack of self-belief. That experience motivated me to keep being ambitious, which has been important to getting me to where I am today, successfully leading an international team.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success? 

I think it’s been really important – throughout my roles – to be flexible and always look for opportunities to develop my expertise. For example, it’s been vital to keep up to date with the leading edge technologies to fight fraud and money laundering. As fraudsters continue to become more sophisticated in their methods and technology, both myself and my team actively research and test new technologies, such as machine learning, to continually improve our ability to stop fraudsters.

Another factor for success has been working with diverse teams. It’s so crucial to get a range of views and ideas, and this is something I prioritise within the teams I lead. I am proud to work daily with my global colleagues across the diverse EMEAA team, and our success is partly down to that international, cultural, age and gender diversity we have fostered.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

I started out as one of few women studying MMath Mathematics at the University of Bath. Since then, it’s been an unavoidable fact throughout my career that I’ve been in predominately male dominated environments, often being the only female in a room - either in my own organisation or a customer’s. I’m rather used to this now but I know it can faze others. These experiences have shaped me as a leader as well as a colleague, so I try to actively mentor young women within the industry to give personal, applicable advice and guidance. I think it is important for women to support women in this way, to help continue improving the representation of women in technology.

On a positive note, during my career I have seen the role of women in our sector evolve and improve. It is important we continue to embrace more diversity in general in leadership to continue to break down any barriers and furthermore better our collective success; statistics show that diverse boards regularly lead to improved company performance.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

In short, no! Following my maths degree, technology and consultancy was a good fit for my skills and interests. Once I had my springboard into consultancy at Detica, I soon found that tackling fraud was something I was incredibly passionate about, and that has propelled me to want to stay in this field and plan a longer career here.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech, eg Podcasts, networking events, books, conferences, websites etc?

Having two young children doesn’t leave as much time as I’d like to join networking groups! It’s a juggle and, where I can, I enjoy listening to the latest podcasts and reading books. Hearing stories of successful women and their journeys is really inspiring - it reminds me that anything’s possible and I can work to make a positive impact on the world.

I’d also recommend keeping an eye out for GBG’s new podcast; Connected Commerce: Business beyond borders. We’ve got some great speakers talking about the key topics and issues within the digital economy. Hopefully it will ignite your passion for this technology, which I have found truly rewarding in my career!

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Inspirational Woman: Stacy-Ann Sinclair | Co-Founder & CTO, CodeREG


Stacy-Ann Sinclair

Stacy-Ann Sinclair is the Co-Founder and CTO of CodeREG, a regtech startup codifying financial regulation into machine executable rules.

Stacy-Ann is a Computer Scientist who has spent the last 10 years building trading systems and globally scalable data platforms for UBS, Barclays Investment Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is interested in building complex systems and intelligently extracting meaning and insights from data.

Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to the UK when I was 16. I studied Computer Science at City University London and spent the next 10 years working in investment banking. I always knew computer science is what I wanted to do from a very early age; so the technical challenges posed by the investment banks were exciting. I found my passion in algorithmic and high frequency trading, soon transitioned into building large scale data pipelines, deriving and enabling data driven strategic decisions and predictions.

I join Entrepreneur First in March 2018, to start my own company.  I was accepted onto the Entrepreneur First(EF) programme, EF is a founders first company builder, investing in exceptional founders with deep technical ideas.   I found my cofounder at EF and together we created CodeREG.

At CodeREG I drive both commercial and technical decisions, This involves customers, product, fundraising and technical solution designs. As a founder you need a wide range of skills and be willing to take on a lot of responsibility to get an idea and business off the ground.  Luckily,  I enjoy a varied role and straddling multiple roles is where I am most happy.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I never really sat down and planned it, however I am aware of what makes me happy and I always seek out interesting challenges. The moment the challenge curve wore off or if I am no longer excited by my role, I know it is time for a change.

I love problem solving and technology, and usually that was enough to keep me happy.  It's very important that I love whatever it is that I am doing.  The moment that is no longer true, I know it time to reassess the situation.  This is the compass I live by.

I need to be solving an interesting problem, it needs to be technically challenging and I need to be happy doing it, if these aren’t aligned then that’s my trigger.  Money was never really a motivator for me, it was more of a nice to have :-)

Have you faced any challenges along the way?

Interestingly a lot of the challenges I faced were only realised retrospectively.  Working in a male dominated industry has its own challenges.  I fought with fair pay for women compared to our male counterparts and bonus transparency - these were both outrageously disproportionate in the investment banking industry, I believe this is changing now, but you had to fight harder to be heard and taken seriously.

Unfortunately the default was that you had to prove why you were good, instead of it being a given, whilst my male colleagues wouldn’t go through the same thing. Their default starting position was the opposite.  I could back up the things I say and could demonstrate why I was good at my job, so I never really noticed what was happening at the time.  I also quite enjoy proving people wrong, so I didn’t notice the negativity behind it all, it shouldn’t be that way.  It discourages women from really growing in that industry.  The barrier to entry shouldn’t be harder just because of your sex.

Most male engineers I come across are actually very cool, helpful and thoughtful in a progressive way - the biases most of them showed were unconscious and wasn’t intended to deliberately cause harm.  Majority of the negativity would stem from non-technical people interacting with the tech community funnily enough and wasn’t just limited to men.

Not having enough female leaders in tech was always a struggle, and it probably affects how you learnt and improve. I had great male colleagues and friends who have helped me along the way, but there are some unconscious biases for sure, I don’t think it was something they did knowingly, it just exists from being a history long male dominated industry. Encouraging more women into tech will undoubtedly change the subtleties.

How do you feel about mentoring? Have you mentored anyone or are you someone’s Mentee?

I like the idea of mentoring, I’ve had mentors help me along my career and in return I ensured I passed it on, as I’ve seen firsthand its benefits.  I am also a mentor myself, it’s important to give back.

I’ve had some great mentors in the past, both men and women - at different points of my career I had different requirements, so I’ve had mentors who were successful women working in technology at senior levels, I’ve had mentors whose managerial style I really like and I wanted to embody more of their values.  I had mentors from particular industries or areas I was keen to find out about.  I had mentors who were technically brilliant.  I had mentors as an intern, learning from the experience of other recent interns.  The requirement for a mentor may change many times throughout your life/career, this is very normal.

I believe a mentor mentee relationship should be two sided and beneficial for all involved.  Learning from someone else’s experience is super valuable when there is direct and deliberate insight. Being open to new ideas, interesting perspectives, and discussing issues/problems from different angles can add another dimension you were not privy to before.  Always try to give as much as you receive, a mentor/mentee relation that’s one sided may not return the results you might expect.

What you bring to the table could be a variety of things, experience, your views, your approach, your background, your ambition(s), your skills.  Mentors and mentees at different stages of their careers can be massively valuable to each other.

These relationships also need to be fun for both, a mentor/mentee should be someone you get along with well, someone you can talk to in a very relaxed, stress free manner.  Its shouldn’t be rigid, with a well structured official mentor/mentee assignment.  Some of the best mentor/mentee relationships are the ones that are achieved organically.

What do you want to see happen within the next five years when it comes to diversity?

I want to see diversity and diverse skills celebrated and not seen as a tick boxing exercise, I want to see more girls being encouraged to write code at an early age, there is no real reason why there is this divide, it was just something that was always seen as something boys did.

If we teach them how to code and create from an early age with no bias, they may actually just love it.  My little sister at the age of 9 was designing and making games, just from a non biased exposure, it was just something she enjoyed doing.  This stigma of what is a ‘girl’ activity and what is a ‘boy’ activity which is so present in our society usually have lasting effects on the skills we tend to develop.

How would you encourage more women and young girls into a career in STEM?

I am a firm believer in getting them started early.  The pool is very small to begin with and we need to increase that pool of talent from the very early stages - as an example I was the only female to graduate computer science at my university, one from a graduating year isn’t a lot at all; but it just goes to show that the amount of women studying computer science is very small. So seeing technical women in the industry is even harder, at executive level it gets worse, because the pool is so tiny to start with.  The root of the problem needs to be addressed.

I am very involved in initiatives that encourages women into tech, especially younger girls.  Whilst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch I co-founded the Women Developer Group,  the aim was to encourage women interested in learning how to write code, learning from experienced female developers, and delivering solutions together - instead of the traditional male dominated environment.  This is not a setup that you would find easily within tech and we felt it brought a lot of advantages, that weren’t initially obvious.

I love and support the Code First Girls initiative, run by the amazing CEO Amali de Alwis - they aim to increase the number of women in tech, especially women who fancy a career in technology, but don’t yet have the required skills. I have been a keynote speaker at their last two annual conferences and just being able to talk to so many young female entrepreneurs and tech enthusiast is extremely rewarding, I have mentored quite a few of them looking to make a start or grow in the industry.  I try to play an active role in this community whenever possible, it’s really dear to my heart.

I have studied computer science and have always pursued a career in technology, however if you don’t fit that profile, don’t let that stop you entering the industry - writing code is a skill and it can be learnt.  Initiatives like Code First Girl tackle this problem, they teach women with no prior technical skills on how to get started.  ‘Technology’ is a big field and getting started somewhere is a great start.  No matter how long you’ve been doing it, there is always more to learn and more to do, so the best thing you can do is get started and keep going.

Stemettes is another great initiative I’ve had the pleasure of working with and they do target the age group I have the most passion for - they encourage girls from the age of five to pursue a career in STEM - this is a fabulous thing.  Tackling the problem at the root will yield amazing results.

Being a programmer is a creative job, it’s analytical, but it is very creative.  Building something from nothing is a very rewarding experience and I would love to share that feeling with more people.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

My biggest achievement to date is probably CodeREG, being able to create a company that is now venture backed is just amazing. Being able to solve hard technical problems that underpin our intelligent regulation solution is highly rewarding.

What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?

My next challenge is to take CodeREG to global significance, changing the way finance operates and changing the face of compliance, making codeREG the defacto for systematic compliance.

Growing a team and driving a culture within the company that is fresh and spearheaded by how I beleive the workplace should be is something I want to make a reality.

female coder, coding, National Coding Week

Why National Coding Week is for the women

female coder, coding, National Coding Week

In today’s digital age, coding is becoming less of a rare skill, and more of a basic literary skill. If you think about it, without code, there is no software, and without software, there are no computers. 

But as with seemingly every STEM subject and industry, there is an underwhelming percentage of women making up the amount of coders out there. This is surprising considering the first coder in the early 20th century was a woman! Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper and Annie Easley are just three examples of great women who knew how to code.

So why is there still such a tiresome gender gap? WeAreTechWomen spoke to five women in STEM – all at different stages of their careers – to hear their thoughts, reasonings and advice as to why coding isn’t just for the boys.

Starting at school

Sam Humphries HeadshotAs Sam Humphries, Security Strategist at Exabeam explains, “The technology industry has transformed considerably over the last few years, and with it brings the emergence of a new standard of employee: modern-day technologists who must possess creativity, innovation, and be talented technical problem solvers. Coders encompass these skills, responsible for both constructing complex solutions from scratch, and navigating any obstacles that come their way. Their unique skillset means employees with coding abilities are now integral personnel in the modern workforce.”

Being able to code is a skill that will only heighten in value. As Humphries goes on to confirm, “access to digital skills is a crucial enabler of digital transformation, fuelling increased demand for people with the skills to manage evolving technologies such as AI and cloud. However, despite digital skills becoming ever more important in today’s economy, according to the CBI, two thirds of businesses already have unfilled digital skills vacancies and 58 per cent say they’ll need significantly more digital skills in the next five years.

“National Coding Week serves as a great way to promote the importance of coding skills for our current and emerging business landscape. It also contributes a fun solution to help encourage young people, especially young women, to pursue a career in technology. Women represent a small percentage of the technology workforce, which makes looking for skills in an all-but untapped female talent pool an obvious solution. By encouraging women and girls with the possibilities of an education and career in technology, we can help address the skills shortage by introducing new perspectives and problem-solving skills to the industry.”

Building a career

Hannah AlexanderThe ability to code is a skill that is beneficial in many different organisations, and can open many different doors. Hannah Alexander, Graduate Data Scientist at Mango Solutions shares her reasons for choosing data science as her first role after university: “Data science is such a rapidly developing field that it is easy to feel at the forefront of innovation. It is applicable in a vast variety of areas, so there is always something exciting developing and to contribute towards.

“Code underpins our everyday lives, from taking the train to work to flicking through Instagram,” Alexander continues. “However, very few people understand how this works. By learning how to code, you get a better understanding of the modern world! Code can be applied to any workplace. Menial tasks can be automated, tasks can be undertaken more efficiently, and you can become a more valuable member of the workforce.

“Unfortunately, I think there is a misconception amongst the younger generation that working with code or in STEM is dull, when in reality it’s anything but. The boring office worker stereotype should be broken by showcasing the exciting opportunities these jobs can provide, such as travel, global events and the opportunity to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.”

Isabel HutchingsThis idea around STEM being dull for girls is something that Isabel Hutchings, Applications Engineer at Content Guru agrees with. Hutchings explains:

“As a woman working in a technical role, National Coding Week is a time for myself and probably many of my fellow female colleagues to reflect on the lack of women in the industry. It’s an issue as obvious in 2020 as it has been for many years and one that shows no signs of changing soon. Indeed, recent A-level and GCSE results showed a continued gender divide in students taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. Today’s students are the foundation of tomorrow’s workforce and when it comes to encouraging girls into careers in coding and other technical job roles, the gender divide in most of these key subjects is still a telling reflection of a grass-roots issue we need to solve.

“Being an engineering graduate and now working as an applications engineer, I know first-hand how hard it can be for girls to make the decision to pursue a career in things like coding and engineering. The education system as a whole needs to do more to build not only awareness and knowledge about what coding can be as a career – but passion in the subjects more generally. Young girls are at a particularly impressionable age at school, with relatively fluid perceptions of what they want to do in the future, so it’s important to capture students’ imaginations. Unfortunately, we’re not yet getting this right. Until we expand the perception of coding in young people – particularly girls – and unlock the hidden passion in students to pursue the many opportunities this area offers, we can expect to see the same stark statistics year after year.”

Elizabeth BrownElizabeth Brown, Professional Placement Student, Data Science at Mango Solutions, is someone who is currently making this decision. Brown explains: “I chose to do a work placement with Mango because in a world where data is abundant, it is vital that we stay data driven - and data science allows us to do this. I ultimately wanted a job in coding as I really enjoy it! Coding is an important skill to learn as we are constantly surrounded by computers and what they produce, and so being able to write code is a great advantage. The idea of coding and where to start with it can be daunting sometimes and so making it easier and more comfortable for people to start learning to code would help encourage the younger generation into it."

It’s never too late to learn to code

Although encouraging the younger generation into choosing STEM at schools is a great way to help close the gender gap, you don’t have to be a teenager to be able to begin to learn to code. Essentially, learning to code is learning a new skill – something you’re never too old to do!

Svenja de Vos LeasewebSvenja de Vos, CTO at Leaseweb Global explains that, “Coding is and will remain a skill for everyone to learn, it’s not just for the male part of our population. In fact, Ada Lovelace is still remembered today as the world’s first computer programmer. When it comes to coding and programming, technical accuracy and creativity marry well together. Coders support organisations across various industries from healthcare and manufacturing to cybersecurity. With a notable rise in cyber attacks, exacerbated by the global pandemic, the latter is absolutely vital. Those able to analyse their company’s IT infrastructure for potential vulnerabilities due to their skillset, will be in high demand.”

De Vos rounds things off nicely by additionally sharing the following advice: “National Coding Week is an opportunity to shine a light on how important, and how much fun, it is to learn to code and take an interest in technology as the world around us constantly evolves. With various coding platforms and language courses available for both younger and older learners, you can start learning to code at any age.

“With the digital skills gap growing, it’s crucial that schools and universities support their students in learning to code to help widen future pools of developers."

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Women in Tech Awards - TechWomen100 Awards 2020

Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen's 2020 TechWomen100 Awards

Women in Tech Awards - TechWomen100 Awards 2020

Nominations are now closed for WeAreTechWomen's 2020 TechWomen100 Awards.

A shortlist of 200 women will now be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and will be published in October.

The shortlist will then be open to a public vote. Judging for the final 100 winners will take place with independent judges across November. The TechWomen100 Award winners will be announced on 16 November and all winners, sponsors and supporters will be invited to attend a virtual award's ceremony to celebrate on 08 December 2020.

For the TechWomen100 awards, we are leveraging the extensive experience and industry knowledge of 14 amazing judges. Each judge has been carefully selected for their expertise in a particular field or their breadth of knowledge across the tech landscape.

On behalf of WeAreTechWomen, our sponsors and nominees, we would like to sincerely thank all of our judges for their dedication to the female pipeline and for donating their valuable time to judge the TechWomen100 awards in 2020.

Meet our judges here

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way.

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Half of UK’s tech sector calls for more to be done on fostering a diverse workforce

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Half of the UK’s tech sector has said they feel their employer makes token gestures that feel surface level when it comes to diversity and inclusion.

According to a new report from UK-based tech-for-good developer, Culture Shift, 49 per cent also admitted they believe diversity seems like less of priority in the workplace currently.

Despite 79 per cent of employees across the industry confirming that working somewhere with a diverse workforce is an important factor for their happiness at work, 48 per cent think their employer could do more when it comes to diversity. The same report also uncovered that 21 per cent of respondents are calling for training to the workforce on diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and inclusion have long been key factors for ensuring a positive and happy work environment, however the events of recent months, such as the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, have resulted in these climbing up the agenda of many employers.

Speaking about the findings, Olive Strachan MBE, founder of Olive Strachan Resources Ltd, global business woman and diversity and inclusion specialist, said, “The insights on diversity and inclusion uncovered in Culture Shift’s report really do resonate with me, as they shine a light on the lack of true representation across the UK’s positions of power."

"Employees are calling for their employers to focus on recruiting people from more diverse backgrounds, while providing training to the workforce on diversity and inclusion, confirming action really does need to be taken."

“If organisations want to create a happy work environment then they should take heed, as most employees confirmed working somewhere with a diverse workforce was an important factor to their happiness at work.”

The research found that fostering a diverse workforce representative of reality is a key factor for creating a positive culture and a key component for most employees’ happiness at work. With many calling for more to be done when it comes to ensuring that not only do under-represented groups have a presence in businesses, but also a seat at the table and a voice, there are various factors organisations should be keeping front on mind whilst planning for the future.

Gemma McCall, CEO, Culture Shift, said, "To create an empowering culture for all employees, it’s absolutely essential for organisations to be diverse, inclusive and showcase true representation across all levels of the business."

"Not only do recruitment processes need to be inclusive, but promotion opportunities too, and employees from marginalised backgrounds need to be supported through their career, as well as other employees."

"We firmly believe this is an incredibly important conversation to have and the insights uncovered in our research solidify that we’re not alone in believing more action needs to be taken by those at the top."

"It’s a shift that won’t happen overnight, but there needs to be clear intent from employers to keep diversity and inclusion at the top of their agenda."

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Vacancy Spotlight: Software Engineer (Full Stack) | Elliptic

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At Elliptic, we believe cryptocurrency will play a huge role in the future of value transfer, and we care deeply about helping to build this future.

In order for cryptocurrency to flourish, it’s important to prevent criminal abuse of the technology. Elliptic is the global leader in detecting, preventing, and pursuing criminal activity in cryptocurrencies. Our clients include the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges, financial institutions and government agencies.

Our unique platform gives us an unparalleled understanding of cryptocurrency capital flows, using a combination of network science and machine learning to aggregate and interpret vast quantities of transaction data. We provide anti-money laundering (AML) compliance software and investigative services to the leading participants in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Customers rely on us to analyse more than $150bn of their transactions every month, and include cryptocurrency businesses, major financial institutions, and federal government agencies.

The company has offices in London, UK, New York City, Singapore and Tokyo. We are backed by SBI Group, Albion VC, Octopus Ventures, SignalFire, Paladin Capital, Santander InnoVentures, and Digital Currency Group.

Software Engineers at Elliptic:

  • Take pleasure from clean code and see writing tests as core to software engineering
  • Are an integral part of the product discovery process and work closely with product managers, designers, and Elliptic’s customer base
  • Use data to make decisions about what to build and how to iterate
  • Measure their successes with usage data rather than release milestones
  • Are not afraid to fail, experiment often and learn quickly
  • Are keen to learn new technologies and challenge existing tools, methodologies, processes
  • Ship code to production every day

In a typical week you will:

  • Work in a fast, lean, Kanban environment with minimal process overheads
  • Be involved in product discovery, helping to figure out what your customers need
  • Build those things and ship them to production
  • Review the code of your peers, and test that it works
  • Participate in various “chapter” debates about new ideas and interesting tech
  • Support your software on production


  • 5+ years of experience in Software Engineering
  • You enjoy working across the entire stack, from infrastructure to css
  • You have built production scale applications with Node.js, Typescript and React
  • You take responsibility for the quality of your output and are opinionated about testing


  • Competitive salary
  • Share options
  • Private health insurance & wellness incentive programmes
  • Strong focus on personal development with $1,000 per annum personal training budget & LinkedIn Learning subscription
  • Collaborative, flexible and friendly environment with options for remote working
  • Social events which include monthly team lunch on us, quarterly full day events and an annual company 3 day event
  • Being part of a business with a purpose, working with a passionate team of mission-driven people who’ll stretch and challenge you


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Tina Valand

TechWomen100: What happened next for Tina Valand

Tina Valand

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fourth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Tina Valand, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2019.

Tina is an experienced strategic alliances and technology director who has been driving industry changes and collaboration between partner ecosystems.

With 16 years of experience driving large scale digital transformation in financial services, healthcare and government projects, Tina is currently working at a leading anti money laundering and know your customer (KYC) Fintech as the Partnerships Director for Encompass Corporation. She is responsible for developing strategic relationships with multi territory managed services providers, working closely with the technology teams and executing the partnerships strategy.

Tina started her career as a consultant with Accenture. Tina project managed complex large scale strategy led technology and infrastructure transformations. The next step in her career was working at PwC managing technology strategic alliances working across pure-play software vendors. Tina also has led large scale digital transformation in finance transformation and regulatory change.  She is experienced in leading disruptive technology initiatives including cyber security, AI, blockchain and cloud transformation and has a proven track record with designing and implementation of governance and best practices methodologies. She operated across multiple teams where she was responsible for flagship EMEA sales and marketing events.

Tina has won the PwC award for “winning team”, and was a nominated for the PwC consulting Awards 2019 for “Being agile & flexible”. She was also a nominee for the Win Tech Series awards 2019 under the category “Leader of the Year”.

While her role in coaching start-ups, C-Suite tech partners, D&I focus groups and Women-in-Tech initiatives gives her opportunity to change industry, Tina is an active force in school workshops and with maternity returners, demonstrating her passion for the workforce of the future. Tina firmly believes that technology has a crucial role in climate and sustainability, diversity and inclusion and always strives to make a difference. Following her passion to help others, Tina has founded VinayHelix which is a coaching and mentoring network set up to support people whose career has been impacted by the pandemic.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I remember the moment clearly when I received the email I had won TechWomen 100 2019, it honestly meant the world to me. If anyone had told me a few years ago when I had just returned to work (after my second maternity leave and was really struggling) that this would happen two years later. I would have said it was impossible! I celebrated over breakfast with my husband, daughter and son who are the core of my world. My coffee tasted so good that day! I called my parents who have always believed in me, supported me. I called my younger sister and best friend who is wise beyond her years always offering pragmatic, logical advice. I called my coach who two years earlier changed the direction of my career. That weekend we celebrated at my favourite restaurant and it felt like the feeling I got as a child when it was your birthday and you are excited, glowing of being a year older! (unlike in adulthood when you start counting the greys and wrinkles!)

Everyone was super proud but to me it was so important for people to know that it's been a journey. I hope to inspire other mums, flexible workers, people who are carers, people who have loved ones facing mental health challenges that you don't have to come from privilege to represent something and be a role model.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

TechWomen 100 award was life changing. It wasn't just about the recognition, it opened doors, created meaningful friendships, networks and opportunities to attend great events including the virtual We Are The City conference and gave me a platform and confidence to be brave and take risks.  One of the first things was the opportunity to speak at schools inspiring children to study STEM subjects, sharing my journey and path to the  accolade.  I am very passionate about the importance of supporting the next generation of talent.

I had a fantastic ten years at PwC and worked on innovative technology projects building my skills in strategic alliances.

After the winners were announced, I had several new job opportunities and was asked to speak at webinars and events. Ultimately, I found a role that really aligned to my core values as the Partnerships Director at Encompass Corporation where I joined in March 2020. It was the first week the UK went into lockdown, so I onboarded completely virtually.  I only met my team in person months later for the first time! Regardless, I felt such a strong bond, I knew what their homes looked like, who they lived with and what they like to drink- all over virtual interactions.

Sometimes you feel something in your gut is right for you and you need to be brave and embrace change. Three things that are really  important to me are:

  1. People - for me it's about being around talented, inspired individuals in technology.
  2. Common Purpose-  To be working together for a goal that everyone is aligned to and be part of something big and exciting.
  3. Doing the right thing. I think this one is the most important to me. I heard the founder's story of how something bad happened and they aspired to ensure it didn't happen to anyone else.

Encompass is a leading RegTech SaaS based platform that provides Know your customer due diligence on demand powered by intelligent process automation. At Encompass the leadership creates a collaborative culture with clear direction, you can feel the energy, passion and we are lucky to be growing in the current climate. My team is kind, hard working, always willing to share ideas and lead by someone who is inspirational, has emotional intelligence combined with integrity and always puts family first. Positive people with positive intent.

Over the next few months I am working with  fintech recruitment companies to promote female talent in this sector.  I am studying for a qualification and aim to finish my book.  I am also working with my colleagues and the leadership to explore D& I initiatives at Encompass. Diversity is crucial to success in business, and creates the type of environment to attract exceptional talent. Recent events have highlighted we all need to do our part. I've made time in my life to do what I love; focusing on Art, painting and creative activities with my children. Career wise, I am focused on developing some really exciting partnerships, and have learnt so much about the importance of data and automation in KYC. I would love it if some of the great talent we have at Encompass win TechWomen100 2020 and of course I am doing everything to support this!

Meeting other TechWomen100 has disrupted the way that I think about myself.  I was so clouded with self doubt of what I was capable of. Sometimes struggling to acknowledge that thoughts I had would be valid. Feeling different and wanting to hide it. I saw some core things about me as flaws, so for example I always seemed to take things personally if something had gone wrong at work, I would hold myself accountable for the team and had my heart on my sleeve caring for those around me. I wished I could be more of a robot and be able to just switch off. I couldn't.  I saw having my heart on my sleeve and caring so much, as a flaw I needed to fix. I felt so much emotion and often drowned in a vortex of self doubt trying to hide it.

That has completely changed. I see it as a gift. The ability to create new relationships with people whom I've never met, to inspire junior people to voice their opinions about diversity and inclusion in their own organisation.  To use the emotions and help people in the current environment. I realised because of my openness, people trusted and turned to me with some really difficult situations. The global pandemic has given rise to so many people facing adversity, losing their jobs, medical professionals seeing things they can't unsee.

This is why I'm working to set up  Vinay is my son's name in hindi it translates to humility and guidance. Helix, is a structure representing steps in the right direction ( which aren't always linear). I am creating a platform where people can share the challenges they faced, discuss what they have learned,  where people can  exchange offers of mentoring, advice and help to inspire to be the best version of you at work. I want people to know that there are people out there that are willing to help. Just be bold and ask.  Based on four themes:

  • I need help
  • I want to learn.
  • I want to improve
  • I want to contribute

I was lucky enough to come across some exceptional mentors at PwC who believed in me. I had senior sponsors in the UK and US firm that really invested time into my development goals and aspirations. I will always be thankful for their belief and seeing my potential at a time when I did feel a bit lost. To be that is true leadership - getting the best out of your diverse team. This support helped me lead strategic relationships, build talented teams and most importantly feel fulfilled at work. Not everyone has access to mentors like that in technology.

The last year has been the best and also the difficult with several personal challenges. My LinkedIn and social media is full of all the positive images but I want women out there to know that in reality we all struggle, have our own doubts, face adversity and unexpected challenges that we share with those closest to us. It's how you deal with them, take the learnings, be empathetic and inspire others.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Don't underestimate yourself. Make sure you reach out proactively to your network, past TechWomen100 winners to help and guide you. Really take time to write your submission and ensure to include what you have done, what you want to do and be transparent about where you started, where you are now and where you want to go! Also, be mindful of the big impact you can have by doing small things. If you notice someone around you that isn't themselves. Don't ask " Are you ok? " as people are conditioned to say " Yes, I'm fine". Make yourself vulnerable, share a genuine insight and see what amazing, surprising,  worrying thoughts you get back. Finally, be brave to ask the questions no one else is.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

Be kind, be real, be free is my advice to anyone who wants to enhance their careers. Find the core values of what makes you happy.

"The world is full of rights and wrongs, black, white, brown and a spectrum of the rainbows in between, sometimes all we see is different versions of social media facades. Our internal perceptions make us who we grow to be, our interactions with those around us is what matters.  In the end there is nothing left of the real you but an interpretation of yourself in someone else's mind. In this world, everyone has a secret they cannot share. Open your thoughts and look inside and you will see the broken fragments of the pictures that makes us who we are today. Be kind. Be real. Be free."  Tina Valand

The 2020 TechWomen100 Awards are open for nominations on 03 August 2020. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.

Emma Horsfall

Inspirational Woman: Emma Horsfall | Digital Eagle, Barclays

Emma Horsfall

I’m Emma Horsfall, I’ve been working for Barclays for 14 years. My career at the bank began with me as an admin assistant, but I soon moved to work within the branch network and now working as part of the Digital Eagle team.

While working in the branch I signed up to become a Digital Eagle. This gave me the opportunity to help people – which is something I’ve always felt really passionate about. I specialised in teaching digital skills to people with disabilities and people who were unemployed and struggling to find work. To help them, I created work experience programmes, which helped to change the way employers look at employing people with disabilities. The programme was a huge success and remains one of my career highlights – seeing a group of people who are autistic or have Down syndrome thriving while working the line in a busy fine dining restaurant made me feel so proud.

Working in a branch, you get to meet lots of different people. I had a customer who came in weekly who is deaf. It felt rude talking to him via scraps of paper, so I took the plunge and signed up to learn British Sign Language (BSL) at night school, where I studied for two years. Word soon spread throughout the deaf community, and more and more deaf people came to our branch for support.

It was this work that caught the attention of the Digital Eagle team, and I was offered a training and development role within the team. My job is to teach a group of our Digital Eagles, based around the country, BSL and to create a learning module to help more colleagues learn the basics. The work I’m doing allows Digital Eagles, all over the country and in different roles, to better support our deaf customers and to help the deaf community boost their digital skills.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I’ve never sat down and planned out my career. I got married and had children when I was very young, and although I wouldn’t change that, it put my ideas of going to university on hold. I’ve always had a passion to help and support people as much as I can, particularly those groups that tend to be forgotten or left by the wayside. Having a disability myself, I know how that feels – so that’s definitely propelled by career direction and the decisions I’ve made throughout my career.

Once my children hit their teens – my eldest is 21 now – I felt more able to concentrate on my own career and think about the work that was important to me. It was at this point that I started getting involved in more things at Barclays – like becoming a Digital Eagle. I also chair the Reach medical and physical focus group – which I’m incredibly proud to be part of.

 I’d still love to study and get a degree – but I can’t decide what to study.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

There have of course been challenges along the way. No one’s life or career is completely plain sailing, but I feel it’s our attitude towards challenges that helps to shape us and the direction our career takes.

When my eldest daughter was 15 she was diagnosed with a blood condition. Later she chose a career as a pastry chef – which she loved. As a result of her condition she developed an issue with her wrists and after several corrective surgeries she needed to change the career she’d chosen. She was devastated and struggled terribly. On two occasions, she tried to take her own life. It was an incredibly difficult time for us all and part of my passion for helping people with disabilities comes from my determination to show her that living with a disability doesn’t need to hold you back in life.

I’ve had career challenges of my own. The perception that you must have a qualification to be successful has hindered job applications for me, often not even progressing to interview. But that teams loss is another teams gain and I won’t let their preconceived ideas of what success should look like affect my believe in my own ability.

When I was diagnosed with cancer my sickness record at work took a subsequent, inevitable hit. I wanted to continue to work as much as I could but that meant many short periods of absence on my work records. I felt it was important for me to continue to work, to show people in similar situations how hard work and determination could help them, and to make sure I was there to support them through difficult situations. I was often told that my illness would prevent me from progressing in my career, and that I’d be held back to have a least a full year without surgeries or time off before being allowed to apply or new roles. I’ve never let anything hold me back and continued to move forward with the same drive and determination I’ve always had.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

I’m in the very privileged position of struggling to choose my biggest career achievement.

I suppose there’s a mixture of three things. As a Digital Eagle, one of the key programmes we work on is Code Playground, which helps children – predominantly in key stage 2 – learn the basics of coding. I put together a team of people to help me create a coding device that allows blind or partially sighted children to learn how to code just like their classmates. Learning to code is a huge part of future proofing children’s futures and I didn’t want anyone to be left behind. Creating the Megabit won me the top Women in Tech award in 2018, something I’m hugely proud of.

I’ve also worked as part of the transgender taskforce, helping to change the way that we identify and behave towards LGBTQ+ customers and colleagues. That work earned our team a diversity award in 2018. In that same year, I also won an award for my work as a business impact champion.

I’ve also had the pleasure of representing Barclays as part of a panel discussion at the Houses of Parliament on International Day of the Disabled Person to talk about my experiences, which was massive highlight.

Finally – I know this is technically the fourth thing - joining the Digital Eagle team became a coveted role for me, so being asked to be part of it is up there with my biggest achievements.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success? 

I put my success down to my determination to show my daughter that life can be amazing with or without a disability and that having a disability doesn’t mean being stuck behind a desk or sat at home. She’s now working, studying for a degree and happily engaged to a lovely man. She’s even started giving talks to parents whose children have also tried to commit suicide.

Knowing that the work I’ve done has inspired her to help people too has been a huge force continuing to drive me forward. The work I do has a clear and tangible benefit to people, from building digital skills and teaching BSL, you can see the difference it makes almost instantly, that’s incredibly rewarding.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

My biggest tip for success is to never stop learning and never stop believing in yourself. Set your sights on what you want to achieve and just go for it. If you don’t know how, learn how. Pick up a book, go to ngiht school, search the internet, find the answer. We all begin knowing nothing. There’s no such thing as can’t. if you want to do something, you can find a way to do it.

Do you believe there are still barriers for success for women working in tech, if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

I think there will always be barriers to success for lots of people, but do you know what? You just have to prove people wrong. If you really want to do something, then put your mind to it and do it. Be the person who puts themselves forward and gets involved. It’s never crossed my mind that I shouldn’t do something because I’m a woman. And I would never let my gender dictate what I can and can’t achieve, because I don’t let my gender dictate what I’m capable of, I’ve noticed others don’t either.

What do you think companies can do to support to progress the careers of women working in technology?

I’ve been lucky to work with brilliant innovators, role models and leaders during my time with Barclays. Some have been men and some have been women, and I’ve learned something from them all. I do think Barclays stands out as a leader in its field when it comes to equality in general. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some truly inspirational female leaders in my time here who are paving the way for other women coming up the ranks.

There is currently on 17 per cent of women working in tech, if you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry?

If I had a magic wand, I’d give every woman the confidence to know that their gender can’t hold them back. I’d let them know – and make the believe – that there is a role for them in the tech industry. I think it’s that belief that’s holding us back, and so believing in yourself is the only way to accelerate the pace of change in the industry.  I think our ability to believe is affected by our experiences in life. I’ve never lived a life with stereotypical gender roles – when our children were little, my husband stayed home and I went to work – so it is easier for me to push through those barriers. But, belief is the key. Whatever your experience, keep going and know that you are strong amazing, powerful and capable humans and can do anything you set your mind to. Don’t look back, only look forward to what you’re going to achieve.

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