Ellena Duffy

Ellena Duffy | WiredScore

Ellena Duffy

I’m the Senior Business Analyst at the PropTech SME, WiredScore, one of Europe’s largest property technology firms.

WiredScore’s mission is to improve technology in buildings and to help tenants find the buildings they need, and I work in the Research & Development team to support WiredScore in becoming a global leader in digital connectivity standards. I joined WiredScore as an intern in 2016 after graduating from Cambridge with a first class degree in History, with no knowledge of property, technology, or data. I was later invited to join WiredScore as the company’s first graduate employee, and two years later I now lead the data insights team. It’s been a huge transition from books to data, but I’ve really enjoyed it!

In my role, I am the lead admin and developer of the company’s CRM system and I provide insights to the business on revenue generation and operational efficiency. I also contribute to the commercial property industry's views on connectivity, and my recent research projects have concluded in defining the technical recommendations to be featured in the British Council for Offices (BCO) Guide to Specification for Intelligent Building design, which is the industry’s leading publication for office specifications. Outside of my role, I am involved in promoting diversity and inclusion in the business and I initiated the company's Reverse Mentoring programme and Apprenticeship scheme.

Elle Tweedy

Elle Tweedy | FutureGov

Elle Tweedy

Elle is the Product Design Lead at FutureGov.

For over eight years, she has been working extensively in the public sector to help solve complex issues within social care and health. She is a role model for young, female designers and developers who want to make a real difference in the lives of citizens everywhere.

Elle’s background includes working across multiple design disciplines, including product, user experience and service design. Graduating in 2011 with a BSc Product Design degree from the University of Sussex, Elle has dedicated the last four years of her career to ensuring that practitioners supporting people out of crisis (child protection and homelessness) have the right tools to do their job.

Leading FutureGov’s Product & Tech team, Elle hires, trains and mentors her colleagues, influencing and supporting them to shape new products and services for our clients that create better experiences and outcomes. Elle’s been at the forefront of designing complex end-to-end services within Children’s and Adult’s social care, and taken digital products from concept through to live services. She’s passionate about working with users from discovery through to delivery, supporting them to discover new ways of working and create elegant, focussed user experiences that meet user needs.

Eleanor Davill

Eleanor Davill | BJSS

Eleanor Davill

I started my career as a Business Analyst (BA) at a medical software development company, working both nationally and internationally, and in 2017 I joined BJSS, the UK's leading privately-owned IT and business consultancy.

I also have responsibilities as a line manager and Squad Lead.

As a BA I translate and quantify the needs of the end user into requirements that can be produced by developers/testers. I support the actual delivery of project, resolving blockers as and when they arise. When at my best I anticipate, and prevent them before they occur. The things I enjoy most about being a BA are getting to work as part of a team, and see an idea that was once just an idea in my head get turned into working technology. It is incredibly rewarding working with people to understand the opportunity they have/problem they are facing and then getting to see them use and benefit from what we have introduced.

The things I excel at are working with people, understanding what drives them, how they like to work, and how to get the best out of the team I am in. I’m known for my enthusiasm, and sometimes irritating habit of talking quicker the more excited I am about a project. Feedback from my peers suggests that I have succeeded in my attempts to replicate a swan like persona, seeming pragmatic and unflappable, whilst madly paddling underneath. I pride myself on being approachable, and if I don’t know the answer, I usually know the right person to speak to.

I am passionate about getting more people involved in the tech industry, which nicely aligns with BJSS’ CSR initiative to remove barriers to entry into the tech industry. I have shaped how our Leeds office supports this, working with two amazing initiatives;

  • Tech Up (https://techupwomen.org/) – an Institute of Coding funded programme that takes 100 women from the Midlands and North of England and retrains them into technology careers.
  • Leeds Libraries (https://www.bjss.com/csr2019/) – BJSS have partnered with Leeds Libraries to host a number of events throughout the year focusing on encouraging children into tech. Our recent Eco Family Hack was a great success!

Claire Donoghue

Claire Donoghue | 3M

Claire Donoghue

Dr Claire Donoghue works for the Corporate Research Lab at 3M, where she is researching disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and computer vision to invent and engineer new products.

She is currently the Technical Team Lead for AI in the EMEA region, where her innovations at 3M have had a global impact.

Prior to this, she completed her PhD in computer vision and machine learning at Imperial College London. Computer vision is a discipline in which engineers teach a computer to “see” and interpret images, giving computers capabilities analogous to human vision. Her first major innovation was during her PhD, where she created world leading computer vision algorithms to automatically diagnose arthritis of the knee from medical scans.

Claire’s work has been recognised by 3M awards, as well as by the IET, IMechE, RAEng, WeAreTheCity and Women In Business Magazine. For her academic work, Claire received 9 prizes for excellence in research and communication, a fellowship from the Software Sustainability Institute and was awarded two research grants to continue developing these algorithms for commercialisation. The most prestigious competition was SET for Britain (now STEM for Britain) and targeted the public communication of science, held at the Houses of Parliament, attended by MPs and awarded by the RAEng.

Claire co-founded and directed the London Chapter of the Geekettes. The London Geekettes' goal is to champion and promote excellent women in technology, highlighting the achievements of inspirational female leaders. She conceived and hosted events, attended by 100-300 people, usually ‘sold-out', collaborating with contacts in industry (Facebook, Google, Winton Capital and more) to fund the events and secure event space. One of the most memorable events was a hackathon for girls aged between 6 and 16, where they transformed creative ideas in to reality using Scratch and Python. Claire also supports collaborators’ STEM events by presenting her engineering work at Science Festivals and evening events.

Claire actively participates in technical communities outside of 3M. She regularly attends technical conferences, has been a keen participant in several hackathons and co-MC’ed London’s TechCrunch Disrupt Hack 2016 and Berlin TechCrunch Hack 2017, both attended by hundreds of software engineers.

Charly Lester

Charly Lester | Lumen

Charly Lester

Charly Lester is the co-founder and CMO of Lumen, the leading dating app for over 50s.

Lumen is Charly’s third business. Previously she established international awards for the dating industry, and a learning platform for female entrepreneurs. Charly is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on dating apps and websites, having run the Dating Awards for four years, and judged and tested almost every mainstream app on the market.

Charly is the author of two business books. Charly has spoken at the Oxford Union, and was a judge on the final of The Apprentice. She regularly appears on TV, radio and in the press. Charly teaches classes in marketing and entrepreneurship for The Guardian. She is the former Global Head of Dating for Time Out.

Outside of work, Charly regularly competes in Ironman triathlons, runs marathons, and she recently ran Marathon des Sables – six marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert.

Catherine Llewellyn-Jones

Catherine Llewellyn-Jones | Airbus

Catherine Llewellyn-Jones

I graduated with a Masters in Mathematics in 2005 and then trained as a secondary school teacher.

I taught mathematics and music before moving to France to develop my music further whilst teaching English. After moving back to the UK in 2014 I decided to change my career. After some research I decided that a career as an aerospace engineer would be challenging, fun, exciting and offer me good opportunities for the future. I am currently in my 4th year of an Apprenticeship with Airbus. During the Apprenticeship I have been working for Airbus full time, with 2 days per week studying at university and college. My apprenticeship involves a rotation of work placements and so far I have worked in Stress, Fatigue and Damage Tolerance, Finite Element Modelling and Flight Physics (Aerodynamics). I have now completed an NVQ level 2 in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering, an NVQ level 4 in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing and am in my final year of my degree in Aerospace Engineering with the University of the West of England.

Carly Britton

Carly Britton | Vualto

Carly Britton

Carly is the Head of Client Services for VUALTO.

Before University she presented on hospital radio and then throughout University presented on University radio whilst studying Media Studies with Information Technology and Computing. With equal interests in both broadcast and technology she wanted to pursue a career in that field. As a graduate, Carly worked with many different technologies which was great experience, but it wasn’t until she started her journey with VUALTO where she finally found the career she wanted to pursue. VUALTO was a start-up with 3 employees when she started, she joined the company as a webcast engineer but as with all start-ups, she did a bit of everything. She soon found a passion for technical support and as the company grew and moved away from webcasting, she worked on technical support full time. Over the past 7 years with VUALTO growing from 3 to over 40 employees, Carly grew and managed the technical support team, created a Network Operations Centre and she now manages the entirety of the Clients Services function which encompasses 4 separate teams. She has found a company and a career that is challenging and rewarding. Carly is extremely passionate about encouraging girls and women to consider careers in technology. She is a STEM Ambassador and regularly gets involved with local STEM events. She also visits schools and shares her journey into technology with career talks and workshops at STEM clubs. With the support of VUALTO she founded #GIRLCODE which is a free coding class for girls aged 8-14 who want to learn to code in a fun and friendly environment.

Bushra Burge

Bushra Burge | BB Studio

Bushra Burge

Bushra Burge has an extensive background in technology starting out as a financial database coder in the late 1990s working within insurance and investment banking, before having a career change and working in all aspects of entrepreneurial sustainable fashion businesses from digital to creative production in the 2000s (including help set up a successful consultancy advising mainstream brands) whilst completing 2 design degrees.

She was also course leader of Marketing at London College of Fashion while innovating wearable technology which lead to client work and winning a number of innovation grants. She is able to quickly mobilise high calibre, hybrid teams and use her solid science and technology background to systematically framework creative outcomes.

In particular, since 2015 she has been leading hybrid teams to conceptualise and craft award winning immersive stories integrating proprietary wearable technology with VR; embedded in striking aesthetics and demonstrated internationally to directly gain public insights. She also has a deep specialism in creating eco-ethical content and applying circular economy design with a recent experiential project highlighting plastic pollution. She is a passionate advocate of innovative digital craft and is a regular public speaker on this topic.

Awards and Publications

  • ​2019 Worth Grant Award
  • 2019 SXSW Shortlisted Style & Wearable Tech in the Interactive Innovation category
  • 2018 Wearsustain EU H2020 Award
  • 2016 Finalist at the New European Media awards

Publications and Press

  • Jul 19 Creation of an integrated multisensory wearable story using a considered eco-ethical design approach. British Computer Society.
  • Jun19 Tomorrow's world explored in Festival talks and exhibits, Imperial College Press
  • Jun 19 Sky Report - The New Dimensions of Media : 5 Trends for the Future created by Futuremade
  • Jan 19 Featured in "Exploring Computational Materials for Fashion", International Journal of Design
  • Dec 18 Thrive Issue, Brighton
  • Aug 18 Women in digital to share success stories at SheSays event, Brighton and Hove Local
  • Aug 18 London's BB Studio- Taking Innovative Fashion to AnotherLevel, WTVOX
  • Jul 18 Costume Embedded Haptics with Virtual Reality for Immersive Storytelling, British Computer Society
  • Feb 18 Apparel Futures: Five Learnings from Five Futurists, Interlaced
  • Feb 18 Projection Map Dress, Tech Style News
  • Jun 17 Featured in New Directions in Mobile Media and Performance by Camille Baker
  • May 17 Interview: Bushra Burge creates interactive Floral Dress, Interlace
  • May 17 Pushing the Body's Boundaries: Bodyhacking Conference 2017, Digital Trends

Bryony Grimes

Bryony Grimes | Telefonica UK

Bryony Grimes

I'm Bryony and I work within the Technology Strategy team at O2.

I have been working in the telecommunications industry for one year as of September 2019, having graduated from University last summer. However, I have been deeply interested in the latest gadgets and gizmos since I was a little girl and fulfilled her childhood dream by joining O2 last year. My route into tech was through the graduate programme and from day one I was thrown into the fast-paced and high-profile world of 5G!

Over the last twelve months I have been supporting the team in coordinating our extensive 5G Tests & Trials programme, pulling together our vision for what the future will hold for our customers and UK businesses. Additionally, I have been responsible for the end-to-end design and delivery of some of our exciting technology demos that debuted at a major customer engagement day in July, and will feature as part of O2's Blue Door Conference in October.
I have recently been shortlisted as a finalist for the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals' Graduate of the Year Award, an achievement that I am enormously proud of and for which I provided a paper on AR for social good.

Bianca Jemsten

Bianca Jemsten | Publicis Sapient

Bianca Jemsten

I’ve worked and studied across a number of different geographies.

I started out my life in Germany but since my parents are originally from Sweden, we moved back there when I was ten years old. In high school I ran a small business with a couple of friends, which lead me to apply to a business focused university. I then ended up earning a dual degree in International Business and Finance from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in Washington D.C.

After completing my studies in the states, I still didn't feel quite fulfilled by the prospect of moving into the finance industry. So, to give myself some time to think it through, I booked a one-way ticket to Argentina. Whilst I was there I met some software engineers working remotely. They encouraged me to start coding despite my non-existent technical background. This event triggered a love of coding and snowballed into spending endless hours teaching myself to code through online tutorials. Going from International Business and Finance to coding was quite a leap but definitely worth the experience and learning curve. I came across an intensive 3—month bootcamp in web development at General Assembly in London. I was thrilled at the prospect of learning a variety of frameworks so I immediately signed up and took part. When the course ended I began working at Publicis Sapient, a digital transformation agency. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects, up-skill in a variety of technologies and most importantly become involved in the tech community both internally and outside the office.