Laura Rutter

It is important to me to help the next generation of women coming in to the workforce to understand opportunities available to them and to help the reach their potential, also to support gender balance in career opportunities and development within Atos.

I strongly believe that creating a gender balance and equal opportunity is incredibly important. After spending my career so far in male dominated fields, I have been very actively involved in promoting gender balance, supporting and hoping to inspire women both internal and external to the company for almost 4 years.

After graduating in 2006 with an honors degree in Business Management and IT, I have worked in a variety of roles such as working as a Recruitment Consultant in the construction industry, Stock Broker for HSBC, followed by Sales Consultant for chemicals for Lehmann & Voss in Hamburg, Sales Consultant in Bovine Genetics for Genus Breeding and Furniture Buyer for Focus DIY. I joined Atos in a Service Desk role in 2009, Incident Management, Workflow Coordinator for the Database team, then became Team Leader for Database Projects for 7 years – managing additional teams during this time; Middleware, Messaging, Unified communications and Unix. Since returning from Maternity leave a year ago, I have moved roles to be Project Team Leader for Digital Services, managing a much larger team of Technical Engineers, Technical Architects and Project Managers. It is increasingly important to employees and prospective new employees that our work environment is both welcoming and inclusive. I have built the STEM Ambassador network within Atos which over 3 years has increased from 10 graduates and a few experienced members of staff to over 200 people from a wide variety of roles and levels across the business. STEM Ambassadors are involved in many different types of activities such as both Atos and external recruitment fairs, careers talks, teaching interview skills to students, practical STEM activities with lateral thinking, coding clubs and many more activities. I am keen to ensure balance and have worked with a variety of mixed schools as well as separate boys and girls schools. I regularly participate in the company’s graduate recruitment events as well as external STEMNET events and work with colleagues at events in Scotland with Smartstems (Scottish equivalent of STEMNET).

Alongside this I have been a member of our Gender Network for over 3 years and after a lot of work towards promoting and supporting gender balance initiatives in the company, I became Co-Chair of this network at the start of the year. I have been involved in many activities to support developing the women in our company, such as delivering presentations to the Global Diversity network within Atos, STEM Ambassador network, delivering workshops for career development skills and support our Womens mentor programme. Also I have hosted site based celebratory events for International Women’s day involving 24 sites raising money for women’s charities. It is important to me to help the next generation of women coming in to the workforce to understand opportunities available to them and to help the reach their potential, also to support gender balance in career opportunities and development within Atos.