Angela Bos

Angela Bos | Microsoft

Angela Bos

I am a senior technical sales professional with almost 20 years of global experience working for major communications vendors including Nortel, Avaya, Cisco, Polycom and Microsoft in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

I regularly speak at Microsoft and industry events and use social platforms like LinkedIn as a vehicle to evangelise technology innovations, customer stories, share ideas and connect with other like-minded individuals. I'm passionate about diversity, inclusion and accessibility, currently sitting on the [email protected] UK Board as Women in Technology lead, supporting activities and initiatives to attract, inspire, develop and retain women in technology careers.


Anahita Mahmoudi

Anahita Mahmoudi | Capgemini

Anahita Mahmoudi

In 2012, Anahita started her career as an application consultant in Sogeti UK – Part of Capgemini, with a drive for design and innovation in the technology sector.

Anahita had shown exceptional performance in delivering Sogeti's client engagements, and a strong contribution to internal company operations. Her approach to technology, customers and services had been perceived as a compelling combination during her time in Sogeti which made her the fastest promoted graduate to the role of Managing Consultant. She is now a digital consultant in Capgemini UK where she uses innovation to embrace change in the workplace and life. As a Digital Consultant for Capgemini, she mediates across client teams and people, who have conflicting information and opinions, to gain successful and positive outcomes for the client and Capgemini.

During her time in Capgemini, Anahita has created a training roadmap for junior talents within Digital Customer Experience, providing a viable route for advancement, particularly for women in a traditionally male-dominated environment. She also promotes cultural transformation using modern training and coaching methods.

Anahita discovered leadership at an early stage in her career, when she was involved in a youth leadership programme at St.Ethelburga Reconciliation and Peace, aiming to make an impact in the society which later on inspired her to start her coaching career as a young professional. In 2014, she was elected as the young talent of Sogeti Group in the UK and led a youth leadership initiative called ‘Meet The Future’, which was a calling for young employees from different backgrounds and roles to get involved in the company’s mission and introduce a new idea of leadership. In 2016, she was involved in The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, helping exceptional young people who want to transform lives. Her ethos and approach considers the potential and energy of the younger generations as they lead us in the transition from the present time to a new future world.

Anahita supports Capgemini recent partnership with Code Your Future, a not-for-profit developer course to create a Digital Academy, providing digital skills training and employment opportunities to refugees and others from disadvantaged backgrounds. Prior to joining this project, Anahita had co-founded Change the Future, a volunteer campaign to leverage technology to help educate displaced children in refugee camps.


Amanda Silvey

Amanda Silvey | Telefonica UK

Amanda Silvey

I started in Telecoms 20 years ago, starting as an Accenture Analyst and Trainee Java and C++ Programmer building the first web based electronic programme guides for a leading UK Telco, followed by stints in testing and configuration management activities and building incident management systems for other global Telcos.

As outsourcing became more prevalent I focused on operating model efficiency opportunities, offshoring transactional functions for clients and leading outsource units. Business change and transformation became my passion during my later years at Accenture, and leaving the consulting life in 2013 to join one of my clients, I have spent the last 7 years working predominantly in Operations and leading cross organisation business transformation activities. A founding member of the first Business Architecture Team, I went on to set up a cross business Operational Excellence Programme driving rigour and a fresh approach to quality management into the organisation. In 2017 I took on a new challenge in a different part of the organisation leading over 160 predominantly male Engineers in a 24/7 Network Operations environment. Taking a 'customer led and people first' approach I set out to transform my Network Operations Centre into a Service and Performance Management Centre with our millions of customers at its heart. The future for operations is now all about automation and real-time customer engagement in their experience, ultimately creating an experience where there is no need for complaints. I am excited to be leading talented teams on this next stage of our transformation journey.


Amanda Heslop

Amanda Heslop | Rolls-Royce

Amanda Heslop

The intriguing nature of flight and propulsion captured my 10-year-old imagination and, coupled with my curious and inquisitive nature, inspired hobbies, experiences and studies that led me to read Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University.

This was a not a traditional academic path for a woman, but demonstrates that I had an interest in technology at an early age. By the time I had graduated with a First Class Master’s degree, I had accumulated experiences at major airline maintenance facilities, small composite aircraft design studios, marine fabrication businesses, and the gas turbine engine design and manufacturing firm - Rolls-Royce.

I was accepted onto a one year internship programme with Rolls-Royce after competing for a place amongst thousands of applicants. Surpassing expectations, I started on the graduate programme in 2009 and shortly after gained Engineering Chartership status. I gained a breadth and depth of technological knowledge and experiences navigating the different Defence and Civil gas turbine engine teams including Component Manufacturing, Engine Systems Design, Life-Cycle Management, and Product Support and Investigations. After 6 short years, I was promoted to a role on the Chief Engineer’s first line and became one of a few female engineering managers globally in the Company.

More recently, my career has focused on supporting Rolls-Royce customers with their operational ambitions and issues. On the Trent 1000 engine programme, I worked closely with airlines and I was responsible for the corporate responses to in-service reliability and safety findings. Today, I am the Chief Project Engineer across Rolls-Royce Defence Legacy programmes (eg: Pegasus engine [Harrier Jump Jet], Merlin engine [WW2 Spitfire]). This involves working with international senior stakeholders and military organisations on multi-million pound projects, managing product safety, and identifying the best technological solutions to issues.

In parallel to performing in my management role in the Company, I have recently completed a second Master’s degree (Distinction) in Service Design and Management at the University of Warwick. Moreover, I passionately believe in promoting and supporting women in engineering. I contribute practically in cross-industry mentoring programmes and through various Rolls-Royce forums, including leading employee resource groups, speaking at Diversity and Inclusion conferences, and was recently invited by the UK Ambassador in Italy to discuss opportunities and challenges for women in engineering.


Amanda Sorribes Svensson

Amanda Sorribes Svensson | Government Communication Service (GCS)

Amanda Sorribes Svensson

Amanda S. Svensson is the Chief Media and Marketing Data Officer at the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office, leading the ​Media and Marketing Data team in the Government Communication Service (GCS).

Amanda is passionate about driving best-practice in digital marketing policy and technology, working cross-functionally with a focus on transparency, brand safety and transformation for Her Majesty's Government’s multi-million pound media buying contract. Combining vision with a strong drive for implementation and partnership work, both internally and externally, she ​leads the development of industry-leading standards for the Government, which is one of the UK’s top-five largest advertisers. She also leads the development of data strategy, data-driven platforms and initiatives to improve insights, effectiveness and value-for-money for Government Communications.

Previously, Amanda joined the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office Communications as the Chief Data Scientist, spearheading the data science ​function delivering high-value innovative tools, analysis, methodology, and insights. Highlights include developing the first analytics skills model for GCS; developing novel and robust social media monitoring capability with ​strong processes ensuring accuracy, privacy and ethics;​ and building tools such as an online mapping platform for government communication professionals with an intuitive user interface to bring statistics to life for local insights.

Amanda has a PhD and Masters in Biophysics from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain; and a Master of Physics from the University of Lund, Sweden. Amanda’s research spanned neuroscience, statistics and ethology while studying the dynamics of spontaneous sleep-wake behaviour, using technologies such as genetics, electrophysiology and development of analysis tools. During her thesis Amanda developed an open source analysis software for the sleep research community named ​FlySiesta​, to analyse fruit fly sleep patterns through statistical modelling of fine-scale dynamics, and remains a passionate champion for open science.

During her time in academia, Amanda continued to develop her coding and data science skills through online courses and project work. She also undertook several pro bono tech activities including participating in several data-for-good hackathons and launching ​SociSalud Madrid​, an online platform for finding health and social care providers for disadvantaged and marginalised populations.

As a tech leader, Amanda is involved in a number of networks to share best practice including the Chief Data Officer (CDO) Hub, Science to Data Science (S2DS) network, and Lesbians Who Tech. Amanda has also led a series of talks on data and technology-enabled insights as part of 'Civil Service Live', delivered across the UK. Alongside this she avidly champions analytics and technology skills both inside and outside her role.


Alison McAlroy

Alison McAlroy | HSBC

Alison McAlroy

I was an area manager in Retail Banking for over 20 years and when the crash happened I lost my job 8 times in 7 years.

I decided a change of career as needed. I applied for a role in a Third Party Assurance Team, which was in an Operational Risk Department. I was lucky to be offered the role, and readily accepted. I didn't have a clue what InfoSec/cyber was really about. My colleagues were very supportive. The other members of the team were advised that they needed to study the CISM qualification. I was tasked with arranging this and ordering all the material for them. Naturally I assumed I was to be included, and I ordered myself the material. However, I was informed by my line manager that he felt this was going to be to much for me and I was not to do it. I did appeal and he relented. I was determined I would pass. I started searching on line for any support from ISACA and there was a study evening being held in Edinburgh. I was the only one from our team to go and I was so nervous I had to get my husband to drive me and wait on me! I went and that was the start of my amazing journey. I met the President and Vice President who helped me. I sat the exam and passed. When passed the asked me to join the committee which I did. I then volunteered to be part of a working group of 6 to go to ISACA HQ in Chicago to set the pass mark for the CISM exam the next year. I couldn't believe I was selected from all the applicants throughout he world. So off I went. It was fantastic. I volunteered again and was selected to be part of a Chapter Services Working Group which was to deliver improvements for all the Global Chapters. There were 12 of us selected from the Global applicants. It covered lots initiatives. It was an engagement for 12 months. I then had to take our work and present it at the European Leadership Summit in Munich. I couldn't believe that from being so nervous before the study evening - I was actually in front of all these people delivering a presentation. I then hosted event for ISACA Scotland and became very involved in the community. I was in October 2018 elected the President of ISACA Scotland, to my great delight.

I moved from my role in Third Party Assurance, as the Vice President was working as a contractor in a bank and he said to me that there was a role available in one of the Technology Teams, and he encouraged me to apply - I did, and that's when I really got my first big break into a proper techy role. I have been encouraged and supported throughout my journey - and it has been an absolute pleasure. I was involved in the ISACA European Leadership conference this year in Venice, and I am off to Geneva in October, where I will be taking an interactive role again. Thanks for reading my journey - and I hope if anyone is thinking about a career into Tech/Cyber/InfoSec Risk, they are brave and jump - they people who work in this industry are the net - they will catch you - I will catch you!!


Alison Choy

Alison Choy | Starling Bank

Alison Choy

I didn’t mean to get into software engineering.

I started out as a chemist and did a PhD in cheminformatics, applying machine learning and data mining techniques to predict drug absorption and metabolism. As part of my PhD I had to learn programming, so I taught myself how to code by watching YouTube videos. I enjoyed creating software so much that I created an application based on the scientific methodologies that I developed for my PhD. The software enabled a user to investigate the stability of specific drug candidate structures. If undesirable properties were detected, the application suggested strategies to improve the drug candidate’s profile.

Programming turned out to be what I enjoyed the most, there was no question if I was going to pursue a career in software engineering. I worked as a software engineer for Alfa, a financial technology company operating in the asset finance market. I was instrumental in transforming Alfa's culture from that of a management consultancy to that of a tech company by organising their first two company hackathons. Alfa’s CEO described it as the best conference in the organisation’s 25 year history. This set in motion a chain of innovation projects that have been sustained even after I left the company.

I moved from Alfa to Starling Bank in 2018. My role initially consisted of integrating the bank’s backend application with other financial services providers to offer customers the ability to transfer their data securely from one to the other. I have since moved into a data science / data engineering role within Starling, where I am responsible for gathering and fulfilling the organisation’s data requirements from compliance and regulatory reports to financial reconciliations and investor documents. I am implementing a data warehouse so business users can obtain the data they require and carry out their own data visualisation without any technical knowledge. Now as Starling’s head of machine learning, I am working to improve upon the organisation’s data foundation, to accelerate data driven decisions and work towards using AI to improve our customer’s experience and their financial lives.


Alice McCullagh

Alice McCullagh | Dyson

Alice McCullagh

Alice McCullagh entered the technology industry at Dyson four years ago, before that she was creating market strategies, in Germany, with brands Spin Master and Disney.

She’s been across three continents with Dyson, shaping the company’s world-class commercial and retail go-to-market strategy. This included a game-changing APAC launch of Dyson’s first ever beauty technology product: the Dyson Supersonic™ hairdryer. Training Stylists across Asia on Dysons advanced technology; Dyson’s V9 Digital Motor, Air Multiplier Technology and Intelligent Heat Control. She has designed marketing strategies for air purification technologies across Europe and led the launch of Dyson’s Global Flagship Demo store in Dubai. Now focusing on bringing engineering to cities in UK; building a better and authentic understanding of our increasingly urban populations; facilitating and educating Dyson’s passion for engineering with city dwellers.


Ali Reed

Ali Reed | RBS

Ali Reed

I joined RBS on the Operations Management Graduate scheme in 2005 and did a series of rotations including helping customers in debt, Sales Management, and Project Management.

I then became a Design Manager where I designed different solutions including a new bank wide customer messaging system, and I introduced several customer journey and process enhancements across many subjects which enabled me to build up my knowledge of technology across the bank. I also ran a global 'Voice of the Customer' working group which delivered customer best practice tips to staff across the world. I then became an Architect and was responsible for defining target architectures and roadmaps for multiple bank-wide Programmes and Franchises, and helped to define different architecture and design methodologies for use across the Architecture teams. Most recently I have been responsible for enabling more reuse across the bank through the development of reusable services and APIs; leading the design work for the complex bank-wide Open Banking Programme; and defining the target API architecture for the bank.


Ahsana Nabilah Choudhury

Ahsana Nabilah Choudhury | J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Ahsana Nabilah Choudhury

My taste of the technology world began during my teenage years, particularly the summer of 2010.

I loved literature, whether that was reading stories written by people across the globe on LiveJournal or publishing my own posts on Wordpress. I loved the way one could connect with the power of words. When I was sixteen years old, I eventually moved to a blogging site called Tumblr. I was mesmerised by the creative freedom it provided its users and spent that summer teaching myself web design and how to code. I loved the strong balance of analytics and creativity it had, so I continued.

I immersed myself in whatever resources I could find, I primped my online space to the latest standards, and I showcased my creations to my friends for feedback. Eventually, I soon had a decision to make: what am I going to study at University? With many of my peers preparing to enter the lavish lair of Law, I chose Computing. It was creative, it was fun, it was what I grew up in. Ultimately, it felt like me. I graduated in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Computing from the University of Portsmouth, was the School of Computing Prize Winner for the Best Business Solutions Project out of the 200+ student body, and already had two years of industrial experience with BAE Systems whilst studying for my degree. Following graduation, I returned to BAE Systems to begin my full-time role as a Junior Business Solutions Developer and produced numerous business intelligence reporting applications. I then progressed to my current position at JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a Software Engineer and deliver end-to-end solutions looking after the global financial infrastructure.