Cornelia Boldyreff | University of Greenwich

Professor Cornelia Boldyreff lives in Greenwich and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. She was previously the Associate Dean (Research and Enterprise) at the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at the University of East London from 2009 - February 2013.

Cornelia gained her PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Durham where she worked from 1992; she was a Reader in the Computer Science Department when she left.

In 2004 she moved to the University of Lincoln to become the first Professor of Software Engineering at the university, where she co-founded and directed the Centre for Research in Open Source Software.

She has over 25 years' experience in software engineering research and has published extensively on her research in the field. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a founding committee member of the BCSWomen Specialist Group and maintainer of their website, a committee member of the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group, and from 2013 to 2017 she has chaired the BCS Open Source Specialist Group and currently serves as Secretary to the group. She has been actively campaigning for more women in STEM throughout her career.

Together with Miriam Joy Morris and Dr Yasmine Arafa, she founded the start-up, ebartex Ltd, and together they are developing a new digital bartering currency, ebarts.

Elaine Bucknor | Sky

Elaine is currently Sky Plc’s Group Chief Information Security Officer and a Group Director in its Technology Executive team. Elaine has overall responsibility for Cyber Security at Sky, covering all aspects of information security strategy, governance, risk and compliance.  Alongside this critical role, she leads a core team of technology and other specialists who work across the 5,000+ people in the Technology Group to define a cohesive technology strategy and operating model; ensuring the development and delivery of Sky's large-scale international technology programmes across broadcast and digital platforms, networks, infrastructure and IT.

With over 20 years in operational and strategic technology consultancy roles, Elaine has worked across numerous sectors from defence to financial services media and telecommunications. Beginning her career writing code and designing and architecting technology platforms and systems, she then moved onto consulting in business change and technology, directing and delivering major programmes of work, before joining Sky's senior leadership team.

Elaine is part of Sky's ‘Women in Leadership' group, an initiative to get more women into the most senior leadership positions at Sky. She is also a key sponsor in Sky's drive to get more women into technology and is very active in the Sky’s ongoing programme in this space.

Sheila Flavell | FDM Group

Sheila Flavell is Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Board Director of FDM Group. She has circa 30 years’ experience in both the public and private IT sectors internationally. She is passionate about enhancing diversity in the workplace and creating exciting careers for the next generation of digital talent. Her experience has been key in driving the Group’s global expansion programme and to FDM listing in the FTSE 250 in 2017.

Sheila spearheads FDM’s Global Women in Tech campaign and the Getting Back to Business Programme, aimed at providing opportunities for returners to work. She sits on the main board of techUK and the Women in Tech Council, is the Chairwoman of the Institute of Coding’s Industry Advisory Board and is a liveryman and court member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. She is also frequently called to advise government committees on various issues, especially around the digital skills gap.

Sheila is a firm believer that “you cannot be what you cannot see” and knows the importance of highlighting strong role models within business. She acts as a mentor to several women within the IT sector to support them through their career progression and travels extensively around the world leading FDM’s expansion and championing a career in tech for all. Sheila was conferred with a lifetime achievement award by Scotland Women in Technology and named Computing’s Woman of the Year 2017. She has also been recognised as Woman of the Year at the Information Age Women in IT Awards 2018.