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Alice Williams-Allden | Royal Navy

Alice was born in Birmingham and educated in Worcester, showing a keen interest in engineering from an early age.

Encouraged by some good teachers and following participation in the Headstart Engineering Education Scheme, she went on to complete a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southampton in 2005, sponsored by the Royal Navy. Following initial officer training at Dartmouth, she joined her first Naval Air Squadron in 2007 where she was responsible for managing the aircraft maintenance programme of up to 14 Lynx helicopters.

Her next engineering role was on board the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious where she was the Deputy Air Engineer Officer, responsible for the embarkation planning of UK and foreign aircraft. In 2012 she joined Navy Command Headquarters as the officer responsible for conducting Harbour and Sea Acceptance Air Tests on all Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary aviation-capable platforms, assessing the capability of these ships to safely operate aircraft at sea.

Alice’s other roles include a short tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the EU Forces Spokesperson in 2014, a staff appointment in the Reserves and Cadets division at the Ministry of Defence and a short tour at US Central Command in Florida. Following a year-long MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University in 2017-18, she joined 1710 Naval Air Squadron where she is part of a team who assess, design and then embody repairs to rotary-wing aircraft worldwide.

Victoria Limont-Brown

Victoria Limont-Brown | HSBC

Victoria Limont-Brown

In 2006 I sat at the checkout desk of the then top computer store in the UK ‘PC World’, wondering how I had ended up there…I wasn’t about to be another individual living paycheque to paycheque unhappy with my career and my life choices….I knew something had to change.

Although my IT career really began in 2013, there have been a number of other significant events which have helped shaped my career to date. Whilst working full time I decided to undertake an Open University course, studying ‘Data, Computing and Information’ – completing this course was the push I needed to return back into full time education and take the first real step into a career within IT.

During my 3rd year of university I was extremely lucky to have been offered an industrial placement opportunity at the big blue chip company IBM – although this meant moving 250 miles away from home, I knew that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. Working there was a fantastic experience and gave me an initial taste into the corporate world of IT.

On completion of my degree I began my graduate management scheme at The Co-op, the 28 successful candidates made up only 2% of all the applications The Co-op had received for that intake. Moving across the business I undertook roles within Business Analysis, Project Management and a number of IT Architecture roles – this is where I developed my love of Architecture.

During my time within Architecture I fulfilled a number of roles, from starting as an Architecture Analyst and performing a largely supportive role, I worked my way up the ladder and finished my time at The Co-op as a Senior Solutions Architect, requiring little or no support, making companywide impacting decisions.

I have now moved on to new challenge within the global banking company HSBC. My role within HSBC is slightly different, although i am still “Architecting”, I am also now responsible for supporting the Chief Architect in guiding the team on best practices and embedding robust governance processes. As well as my day job I am also an ambassador for an internal HSBC initiative which aims to introduce and support women who want to break into the Architecture field. Additionally, I mentor a number of ladies who are at varying stages in their careers and require some additional support, guidance or just a friendly face.

All things considered, I feel like I’ve come a long way since working the checkout desk at PC World.

Veronika Field

Veronika Field | PwC

Veronika Field

Having been born during the period of the breakdown of the Soviet Union, I grew up in Russia and Latvia in an environment of major uncertainty and continuous change.

This had a major impact on my decision to do a degree in Engineering and dedicate my career to driving progress in the fast paced and evolving world of technology.

Since my move to the UK at the age of 18, I graduated from the University of Bradford with First Class Honours in Engineering and had two successful internships (AIRBUS UK & Xype Ltd) working as a junior consultant, focusing on strategy and development of technologies to support aircraft aerodynamics calculations.

After graduating from university, I spent 2 years on a Graduate scheme at Fujitsu UK, with a major achievement of an internal business case delivery that saved Fujitsu £3mln across a large technology outsourcing contract. I then joined PA Consulting Group, where I spent ~7 years in increasingly senior roles, including leading Technology operating model offering across a team of ~50 people.

My current position is a Senior Manager in PwC Technology, where I help Boards and Senior Management teams of Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 Financial Services companies to re-shape their technology functions, fundamentally changing the way in which they have delivered products and services for years. I and my team do this through the introduction of emerging technologies, growth of technology talent and setting up of an integrated cross-company delivery ecosystem.

Toni Scullion

Toni Scullion | dressCode

Toni Scullion

I have been a Computing Science teacher for 8 years and have seen first hand the lack of diversity coming through the ranks from Secondary school and going to university and also been one of the few females at university studying Computing Science.

Since going into teaching and examining the figures for my school and Nationally I have made it my absolute mission to encourage as many girls I can into Computing Science and show them the incredible world of possibilities that are available to them through Computing Science and the world of tech. I try to do this every day in my classroom and pleased to say our figures really illustrate a trend that unfortunately is not replicated across the country. My incredible department's work was featured in Education Scotland’s Digilearn Practice Pipeline for good practice in 2016.

This video was two years into my dressCode journey where I was just running it as a club and was excited of opening it up to West Lothian and making it council wide initiative. Since then meeting some truly influential and inspiring people they have made me adjust my aspirations and expand dressCode further to reach as many girls as possible as the gender gap is a global issue. I have since founded dressCode as a non-profit charity, that aspires to make a dent in the Computing Science gender gap, with the aim of engaging and inspiring young girls and raising their awareness of opportunities in the world of tech. This charity focuses directly at grass roots level and is open to any facility; school, after school clubs, libraries etc that can run a dressCode for girls aged 11 - 13, I’m pushing for this to be taking up world wide by any english speaking country, only because my videos are English.

Tina Valand

Tina Valand | PwC

Tina Valand

Tina is an experienced strategic alliances and technology consultant 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 currently manages relationships for PwC with Strategic Alliances working across multiple service lines. She is experienced in leading disruptive technology initiatives including cyber security, AI, block chain and cloud transformation and has a proven track record with designing and implementation of governance and best practices methodologies. She operates across multiple territories where she is responsible for flagship EMEA sales and marketing events. Tina led the iconic engagement roadshows and events and has managed digital campaign

Previously a consultant with Accenture, Tina project managed complex large scale strategy led technology and infrastructure transformations. Tina has won the PwC awards for “winning team”, and was a nominee 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.

Tiffany Okirika

Tiffany Okirika | SkySpace Global LLC

Tiffany Okirika

Tiffany is a Martech Consultant, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of SkySpace Global which includes serving as a Marketing Automation expert in the technology space.

She is a 33 year old rising a star and mother of 3, who’s indirect departure from corporate has been nothing short of amazing.

She began her career in writing, as a professional sports and news media writer and later transitioned her career in marketing where she developed deep passion for Marketing Technology. She has since accomplished unforeseen goals within the last 3 years as a new founder, and business woman. She finds time to give back to the community by serving as a mentor to both high school and university students to assist in building roadmaps for their future.

Tara Annison

Tara Annison | Elliptic

Tara Annison

She joined the HSBC Commercial Graduate program and completed two placements, one in Manchester and one in London before joining the newly formed Corporate and Institutional Digital team as a Product Owner.

In this role she led the ideation, creation and deployment of a new internal website for the bank, teaching staff about digital trends and new technology. The website launched to all 230,000 staff members globally and was the recipient of 3 external awards.

Tara was also a vocal advocate of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies within the bank, and left to pursue a full-time career in the industry, joining Lendingblock as the Product Manager. Here she led a development team for the industry’s first securities lending platform for digital assets and during her time in this role she was named at the ‘Young Leader of the Year’ by the Women in IT Awards.

Tara then joined the PR9 Network, a cryptocurrency exchange for digital assets held in cold storage and led the development/product team. Whilst in this role she was awarded the WeAreTheCity award for Rising Star in Digital 2019.

She is now a Product Owner for he cryptocurrency compliance company, Elliptic, where she leads development within the platform team.

Suzie Miller

Suzie Miller | AWS

Suzie Miller

Suzie works as a Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services (AWS) helping customers in the UK and Ireland with their journey into cloud adoption.

This is a technical role which draws from her 20 year career working in IT. As part of this role she also mentors and trains those starting off their careers within AWS, on different graduate and intern schemes.

In her first year of working at AWS she launched and Chairs the UK chapter of AmazonPwD an employee led network for People with Disabilities. AmazonPwD was established by employees to help make Amazon a more diverse and inclusive place to work, while also reflecting the diversity of our customers. It’s open to employees with disabilities and allies. The group supports employees through raising awareness, supporting career development, participating in community outreach and improving access for Amazonians and customers.

Suzie is passionate about universal and inclusive design in technology, and how this leads to more accessible products. She is always looking at ways AWS services can be combined to create better experiences for people with disabilities and in turn the greater population as a whole.

Previously Suzie has worked in global companies in areas such as Banking and Finance, Oil and Gas building IT platforms and payments systems still used across the globe.

Outside of work Suzie volunteers as an Independent Visitor. The Independent Visitor Programme matches volunteers with children and young people who are particularly vulnerable and in long term Foster Care. Each volunteer is matched with a child or young person in care in their local area. Volunteers commit to spending time with their young person each month – helping their child or young person to engage in new experiences, share interests and hobbies and have fun.

Selma Bambur

Selma Bambur | Dyson

Selma Bambur

Having studied a Bachelors in Materials Engineering and a Masters in Sustainable Energy, my passion for technology began during my studies.

I started my professional career at Jaguar Land Rover where I experienced a variety of teams from concept creation, engineering to product manufacturing. Working in Connected Car to develop a platform for innovation and the future technology roadmap. I learnt to use design thinking tools to help define customer focused experiences that could be delivered using new and innovative technology. Moving to the Special Vehicle Operations innovation team helping to progress unique ideas through concept design phase and onto vehicles.

I decided to expand my career with a new challenge at Dyson, working on their electric car project. I am currently leading a future concept creation phase within Dyson’s Design team and developing proposals for future product strategy. My passion for sustainability has been an important driving force throughout my career and how technology can be used to make positive environmental impact. Working in such a fast paced environment in technology has been an exciting journey and I’m looking forward to future opportunities that allow me to continue to grow my career in the tech industry.

Suthashini Appiah

Suthashini Appiah | Nomura International Plc

Suthashini Appiah

From my early teenage life, I have demonstrated an interest in technology by attending coding and graphic design afternoon workshops.

That is what motivated me to pursue a BSc Degree in Computer Science from King College London.

During my academic years I promoted technological initiatives by chairing the Computer Science Society of my University, organising technology career events while also representing the society at student fairs.

My professional career in technology has begun through the completion of a year in industry at Nomura International Plc followed by taking on the graduate scheme opportunity offered within the same company. The graduate scheme involved a rotational program that allowed me to gain exposure to various teams and roles within the technology department, including Web Operations, Middleware Operations, Network Engineering and Infrastructure Relationship Management (Project Management and Business Analysis). This allowed me to understand the role of different teams and their contribution to the business strategies.

After completing the graduate scheme, I worked as an Infrastructure Risk Officer within the Enterprise Infrastructure Services Risk and Governance team where I worked alongside the different teams in Infrastructure and with management to develop new tools and dashboards to improve the governance and risk reporting capabilities required by management in times of increased regulation.

My appetite for minimising risks along with my interest in Cyber Security has driven me to take on my current role as a Cyber Security and Risk Officer.

Philanthropy is one of my biggest passions as helping those in need and giving back to the community. It’s driven me to become one of the active members within Nomura’s Charity Committee which is responsible for organising fundraising campaigns for partnering charity organisations including Whizz Kidz and Rays of Sunshine. I take active part in mentoring students through Nomura’s mentorship programme while I also take part and contribute to Nomura’s Graduate and Women in Tech events.

Aside from my involvement within Nomura, I am a pioneer trustee for United Kingdom Tamil Students Union (UKTSU) where I help in various fundraising projects. One of my main responsibilities is to drive and coordinate initiatives that would improve the education and career prospects of children in Sri Lanka. That involved the coordination of a project which helped build a technology centre in one of the war torn areas in Sri Lanka. Moreover, through the creation of the technology centre, it is also aimed to enhance the communication between professionals in the UK to and young individuals in Sri Lanka with regards to career matters.  Furthermore, I have organised a careers network for UKTSU at London City University to provide an opportunity for students to meet professionals from various fields, enabling them to gain insight into the working world and finding similar role models who have made it to the top.