Sheila Flavell is Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Board Director of FDM Group. She has circa 30 years’ experience in both the public and private IT sectors internationally. She is passionate about enhancing diversity in the workplace and creating exciting careers for the next generation of digital talent. Her experience has been key in driving the Group’s global expansion programme and to FDM listing in the FTSE 250 in 2017.

Sheila spearheads FDM’s Global Women in Tech campaign and the Getting Back to Business Programme, aimed at providing opportunities for returners to work. She sits on the main board of techUK and the Women in Tech Council, is the Chairwoman of the Institute of Coding’s Industry Advisory Board and is a liveryman and court member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. She is also frequently called to advise government committees on various issues, especially around the digital skills gap.

Sheila is a firm believer that “you cannot be what you cannot see” and knows the importance of highlighting strong role models within business. She acts as a mentor to several women within the IT sector to support them through their career progression and travels extensively around the world leading FDM’s expansion and championing a career in tech for all. Sheila was conferred with a lifetime achievement award by Scotland Women in Technology and named Computing’s Woman of the Year 2017. She has also been recognised as Woman of the Year at the Information Age Women in IT Awards 2018.