Sotira Georgiou

Sotira Georgiou | Ramboll UK

Sotira Georgiou

Sotira is a Senior Structural Engineer at Ramboll UK with five years of experience in the property sector and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

She graduated with First-Class in B.Eng. (Hons) Civil Engineering and a Distinction in M.Sc. Civil Engineering both from the University of Southampton. She is a co-author of a paper in International Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction (ACIC2013).

She has a lead structural role within multidisciplinary teams, designing buildings in the UK and abroad and managing the delivery of the structural design. Her experience involves conceptual and detailed design of new buildings (including multi-storey mixed use, retail and offices), refurbishment of existing structures, structural surveys and seismic design.

She is the Lead of Ramboll UK STEM Network as part of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a passionate and enthusiastic STEM Ambassador with an active role of inspiring the younger generation on the importance of STEM subjects. She is also a Committee member of the Women's Engineering Society Young Members’ Board and Women in Property Solent Branch.


Sjoukje Ijlstra

Sjoukje Ijlstra | J.P. Morgan

Sjoukje Ijlstra

Sjoukje is a full stack software engineer at JP Morgan in Glasgow and a recent mathematics graduate from the University of St Andrews.

She is a women in tech ambassador and has taught CF:G courses, mentored schoolgirls and organised many diversity focussed events. Sjoukje is working with BCSWomen Scotland to empower women at the early stage of their tech careers.


Sharon Jones

Sharon Jones | Barclays Eagle Labs

Sharon Jones

As the first engineer in Barclays Eagle Labs, I am part of a growing network of incubators and maker spaces supporting business growth and demystifying the fourth industrial revolution.

Every day is different; from supporting a start-up business with building a minimum viable product through to leading workshops introducing emerging technology to senior leaders. After 19 years in primary education, in a range of roles from classteacher through to Head leading a school from underperforming to improved, I was ready for new challenges and to regain my own enthusiasm for learning.

I joined Barclays on a temporary contract. I was immediately taken with the opportunities to learn new things and the digital culture across the global business. Moving into a permanent subject matter expert role, I was able to influence improving processes and became involved in facilitating training for colleagues. Alongside my day job in customer services I became a volunteer Digital Eagle and took my first steps in learning to code, building my first app 9 months later, which was used by 1600 colleagues. This involvement led to a secondment to Strategic Transformation, a small team committed to changing the face of Personal and Corporate Banking. I was responsible for leveraging connections in the community to raise awareness of Eagle Labs, and providing a programme of events to engage potential clients.

The labs network has flourished from the two launched in December 2015 to twenty-five sites. Following basic maker training in Fab Lab London, I have grown into a lab engineer; confident in facilitating and supporting individuals and businesses in product development and rapid prototyping. With a commitment to digital empowerment I host maker and innovation workshops with local schools, colleges and youth groups, aiming to inspire our next generation of engineers. The labs offering is constantly evolving and I am relishing the opportunity to influence this. As an established member of the team I am able to offer my expertise to newer sites, sharing best practise and engineering solutions to create everything our clients can imagine.


Reena Chawla

Reena Chawla | Fujitsu

Reena Chawla

I don’t come from a traditional tech background but I have developed my enthusiasm from working in different parts of the tech industry for 15 years.

I initially started in European Technology Recruitment and then forged a successful career in Public Sector Sales for Fujitsu UK.

I am currently the UK Framework Lead - Public Sector within Fujitsu and I have also been selected to be the Co-Chair of the Cultural Diversity Network for the UK. This is a voluntary position and I work very closely with other networks such as Women In Business, LGBT–Shine and Seed–Disability to ensure that we create and inspire an inclusive environment for everyone.

I am dedicated to making a change for the betterment of all genders, races and backgrounds within all areas of tech and beyond.


Sarah Bohndiek

Sarah Bohndiek | University of Cambridge

Sarah Bohndiek

Sarah Bohndiek completed her PhD in Radiation Physics at University College London in 2008 and then worked in both the UK (at Cambridge) and the USA (at Stanford) as a postdoctoral fellow in molecular imaging.

Since 2013, Sarah has been a Group Leader at the University of Cambridge, where she is jointly appointed in the Department of Physics and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute.

Sarah’s team develop new technologies that can be applied to understand the role of the tumour microenvironment in cancer progression. They are also are active in translating their findings into clinical trials. Sarah's research has received numerous accolades, including the CRUK Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prize (2018) and SPIE Early Career Achievement Award (2019) in recognition of her interdisciplinary research innovation.

In addition to her research programme, Sarah also takes an active role in teaching and mentoring the next generation of scientists. She has acted as an ambassador for public engagement and interdisciplinary research training throughout her career and acknowledging her generosity in this regard, Sarah has received the MSCA Award for Nurturing Research Talent and been invited to deliver numerous talks on career development at both national and international workshops.


Ruth Hurley

Ruth Hurley | Cancer Research UK

Ruth Hurley

Since graduating from Durham University, I have gained experience in multiple sectors and organisations.

I am passionate about working in a cause driven organisation and have developed my career at Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the UK’s largest charity.

I am currently the Technology Engagement Lead at CRUK. My role is to champion and drive forward the implementation of CRUK’s technology strategy and make the value technology can bring to the whole organisation clear to all. I am responsible for owning and iterating the technology operating model ensuring it meets strategic objectives.

I was a CRUK Technology Business Partner for 2 years, where I was a critical partner for diverse business teams, facilitating and prioritising strategic outcomes to enable optimal use of technology resources.

Prior to these roles, I worked in several relationship-based roles at CRUK, responsible for translating new opportunities into business processes. I have also held several event management roles, organising events ranging from medical training sessions to international business to business events.


Rupinder Garcha

Rupinder Garcha | GlaxoSmithKline

Rupinder Garcha

Scrolling through my Twitter timeline in 2016 – whilst free-lancing at a youth marketing agency – I saw a tweet that read ‘Myspace had us all coding and not knowing we were flirting with a six-figure skill.’

Aside from making me laugh out loud on my morning commute, thinking back to growing up using MySpace and styling my profile page with music, glitter text and fancy cursor, the tweet hit home that as a teenager I was using HTML but had no idea that this is what I was doing – it made me I wonder if I’d realised the possibilities of playing with webpages at that time if I’d have stuck with it. The tweet prompted me to explore how I could start learning to code again – I did some investigation and came across a great blog post by tech writer Catherine Heath on free UK wide coding groups for women. I found out about CodeBar, a non-profit initiative that facilitates the growth of a diverse tech community by running free programming workshops. I started attending CodeBar in October 2016 and learnt the basics of front-end development. I became part of an incredible and supportive community that excited me about joining the world of digital. My passion for tech continued to grow and in early 2017 I joined Code First: Girls as a Programmes Manager. My work at Code First: Girls centred on helping to lower the barrier for entry into tech and entrepreneurship for women through the free coding courses that the company run. Creating real social impact through Code First: Girls was important to me. Following my work with Code First: Girls, I joined a digital team in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British pharmaceutical company. It is an exciting time for GSK as it undergoes a radical tech transformation. I am excited to be part of this transformation by helping GSK to really embed digital at its core, for example, by adopting agile ways of working. I would like to move into product management and I am currently on a secondment with a digital product team, where I am getting to grips with bringing the business, technology and UX/UI together.


Roxane Heaton

Roxane Heaton | Morrisons

Roxane Heaton

Roxane is Head of Digital at Morrisons Supermarkets.

She is responsible for the customer and colleague digital journey and leads innovation enablement across the business. She previously was the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the UK Hydrographic Office, the only trading fund of the Civil Service.

Roxane previously served in the Royal Navy for 11 years and is still a Royal Naval Reservist. She is a keen STEM Ambassador often involved in School events, University and National Digital and Women in Tech events aspiring to inspire future generations. She won the everywoman in Technology awards Woman of the Year in 2015 and was selected for the Northern Power Women Future List in 2018.

She is a GB Age Group Duathlete and competes at World Championship level and has just finished an MBA specialising in optimising digital services to support the Circular Economy. She also holds a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and a Masters in Science across Defence Modelling and Simulation.


Noon Ali

Noon Ali | BNY Mellon

Noon Ali

In her current role Noon is leading the EMEA Innovation Centre to explore and deliver innovative technology solutions at BNY Mellon, driving client engagement and building relationships with the region’s burgeoning Fintech community.

Within her role Noon predominantly looks after the management of the client engagement process including tracking potential client needs and building out the external ecosystem across universities, accelerators and third party institutions. Noon consults with stakeholders to analyse, define, and prioritise business requirements and functional and operational specifications for a practical work stream, she then works to formulate and define the program of scope and objectives for clients and business lines by collaborating with business and technology to gain an understanding of business processes in a specific domain.

Noon has led specific projects where she has used her experience and skills to elicit, challenge, and prioritise business requirements in order to translate them into functional design and use case models. She works alongside the Innovation technology team and product management to develop project scope and identify objectives.


Nina Ma

Nina Ma | PwC

Nina Ma

Nina joined PwC’s Birmingham office as a Technology Risk graduate in September 2018 after finishing her degree in psychology at the University of Birmingham.

She was motivated to pursue a career in the technology sector after working part-time as an IT Service Desk Support Assistant and organising the Women in Tech Conference as part of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) society, both at the University. During her first year with PwC, she has been involved in a variety of engagements with a wide range of clients across different industries and sectors, e.g. banking, utilities and higher education. Following support on reviews on Change Management, Testing Capability and Business Readiness she is currently working on a Digital Transformation Programme where she takes on the role of PMO. She has been responsible for Project Plans, Programme Governance, Risk Management, Change Management, Communications, and many other aspects of the Programme.

Nina has always been keen to encourage and support other women within the industry. She is the Women in STEM lead in the Midlands and an active member of the national comms team of the Gender Balance Network (GBN) at PwC. She regularly contributes materials to the monthly newsletter where most recently, she wrote a report on the Women in Tech Risk Lean In event to celebrate the success and inspire other teams to develop tangible ways to encourage Women in Tech. Whenever there are the opportunities, she volunteers at school and recruitment events related to Women in Tech. She has been a panellist at both Females of the Future and Digital Insight Week events to give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to gain access to professional services. She also let students on the Women in Tech programme at PwC shadow her and shares her insights and experience with them. Furthermore, she supported Tech Trek, Dragon's Den Schools Day, Teach First Work Place Visit, STEM Women careers fair and various other Women in Tech and social mobility events. Currently, she is organising a series of bi-monthly Women in Tech Lunch & Learns with colleagues in the Birmingham office starting in September.

Nina is heavily involved in the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) activities within PwC. She sits on the Midlands’ D&I Council committee and is one of the Midlands' People Networks Coordinators. She is responsible for affairs related to the 17 People Networks in the Midlands. She has organised various cultural events on behalf of the International Working Group (IWG) which aims to promote intercultural understanding and provide support for the personal and professional development of individuals. She has successfully put on engaging educational sessions on Chinese New Year, Effective Communication as well as Eid al-Adha celebration, which she collaborated on with the Muslim Network at PwC. She also launched the Language Buddy Network in the Birmingham Office to support those who are learning foreign languages and encourage those who wish to start doing this. She also successfully put on a People Network Roadshow at the Midlands' AGM attended by more than 500 to promote the D&I agenda and attract more people into the activities. At the moment, she is organising various activities for the PwC Everyday Inclusion launch in the Birmingham office during the National Inclusion week. Furthermore, Nina is involved in training interns and apprentices. She has delivered sessions on Alteryx and Agile Project Management. She is keen to coach and mentor junior member of staff and help them with their joining experience at PwC.