Gillian Lamela

Gillian M. Lamela started her career as a Web Developer at Lehman Brothers in 2004 and then joined Barclays Investment Bank in 2008 where she held additional roles ranging from web development, systems design & analysis, testing automation and end-to-end delivery programme execution resulting in over £1B cost savings to date.

Gillian is currently an Engineering Delivery Lead at Barclays Investment Bank where she focusses on accelerated migration enabling Markets and Corporate businesses to provide a simpler, faster access to storage and compute, reduce our physical server estate and data centre footprint, support cost optimization, drive developer productivity, and innovation solutions.

Prior to her current role, Gillian supported mission critical programmes enabling Barclays to complete first CCAR Submission in 2017 and following the financial crisis in 2008 driving ‘OneBarclays’ transformation programme where she simplified the technology estate across 7 legacy network domains, reduced operational costs, developed new operational models to support new processes and delivered collaboration tools across in Enterprise Technology.

Gillian is one of the co-founders and currently co-heads the Barclays Women In Technology Europe network whose platform to inspire and empower women across to achieve their career aspirations in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). She also sits on the Barclays Diversity & Inclusion Committee promoting gender and generational diversity at Barclays.

Gillian has received several recognition and awards throughout her career and most notably nominated by Microsoft UK for Computer Weekly’s “Most Influential Women in UK Tech” in 2020. Gillian was featured in ‘Careers in Tech’ campaign September 2020 can be seen in several publications in Barclays, London Tech Week, New Scientist magazine, Business & Industry, Media Planet UK, etc.

Gillian is extremely passionate preparing the future workforce in technology and presented at global events such as Microsoft’s Future Decoded Conference ‘Artificial Intelligence Panel in Financial Services’, FISD Technology Forum at J.P. Morgan, Refinitiv’s ‘Cloud Regulatory Controls and DevOps Innovation’, [email protected]’s Career Spotlight, Everywoman STEM Graduate Day Keynote, Northern Blockchain Group ‘Women in Innovation’ and ‘Diversity in Blockchain’, and many others.

Gillian has also done some work with schools and universities to promote STEM and is a featured judge/advisor for #Teens in AI’ organization who teaches students ages 10 to 19 years old programming fundamentals, Artificial Intelligence technologies, design thinking and innovation skills. Outside of Barclays, Gillian has competed in the 2018 Dutchchain Blockchaingers Hackathon with over 800 participants and placed 2nd in Global Digital Identity Competition where her team built a digital identity passport solution using blockchain in 48 hours.