Princess Bernard | Accenture

Born, raised and school educated within Brixton, South London, I was told that making it out of the 'hood' would be a near impossible task.

I was expected to live the life of poverty and low paid jobs, as per the stereotype of many kids from a single parent home, living on a gang affiliated council estate. Although at times we struggled with money and didn't have the generational wealth of knowledge my more privileged counterparts did, I was given the most love a child could ever ask for. This was enough to drive my determination and commitment to making my story a different one! I put all my power into getting the best grades I could, and my hard work paid off. I studied Accounting and Financial Management in Loughborough University, graduating with a 1st Class honors, and winning the The Accounting and Financial Management ICAEW Gold Prize for achieving the highest overall final year mark on the course.

I always had a passion for helping people, and from a young age was part of Lambeth Youth committees and boards working with my local council, and so I applied to Accenture for my industry placement, as consultancy would give me the ability to help people in the form of clients, with their Technology needs. This is where my technology journey began!

Fast forward eight and a half years, and I'm now an Enterprise Architecture Manager within Accenture's Technology Strategy and Advisory UK business. My role focuses on helping clients, primarily in the Communications, Media and Technology industry, define and optimise their IT strategy and Enterprise Architecture Roadmap to achieve high performance, agility and accelerated innovation. This could be from defining the strategy and roadmap to supporting them in developing and mobilizing their Enterprise Architecture function. I am the only black Enterprise Architect female, and although at times it comes with its challenges, I hold the position with pride. I am using my unique position to 1) drive a new Accenture offering within Architecture; advising technology leaders on how they can embed inclusion and diversity into their operating models and their Enterprise's Architecture to drive customer, employee and overall business value for their organisation 2) be a voice and role model within recruitment and junior engagement activities to change the narrative and drive up more diversity within Enterprise Architecture.

Outside of Accenture, I, along with a small team of gentlemen, built and run a youth orgnisation to mentor, educate and empower young people from less privileged backgrounds. I created a summer programme called Pattern Your Future which allows young people from low socio-economic backgrounds to experience careers and gain insights they would not otherwise have visibility of, due to social barriers such as gender, economic status, race, ethnicity etc. Technology has been the focal career in this programme – providing over 40 14-25 year old's with a free 2-week coding/AI course, a mini work experience with industry leaders in data and AI; WPP, and on-going mentoring carried out by myself. I have mentored a total of 52 young people with a passion for technology; supporting them in Uni applications and personal statements for Computer Science degrees, finding other internships and opportunities, CV guidance, and general well-being support as they transition into adults.


Jayoti Dutta-Genner | Accenture


After completing my Masters qualification, I joined an Indian technology MNC in 2004.

This being my first interaction with developers, testers and delivery of technology as a service, drew me to further pursue my career in technology. I joined Accenture in 2006 and got trained on SAP. There after there was no turning back. I have been consulting for clients in many industries in key technology packages like SAP, SalesForce. I was given opportunity and training to develop my skills as a Business Analyst.

In 2015, the organisation gave me a further opportunity to travel to UK on a major technology delivery for a Global Banking client. Since then I have been working for some of the largest UK, European and Global banks working in technology change enablement, including process re-engineering and automation, technology strategy definition for large regulatory change, deployment of niche technology and incorporation on FinTechs in the technology architecture.

I have also been given responsibility to share my learnings and knowledge with others and help build the inclusion and diversity portfolio for the organisation.

Currently I am and Associate Manager and a Lead Business Analyst within Accenture's Advanced Technology Centre.


Jo Larby | Accenture


Jo achieved a first class honours degree in Computer Science from Northumbria University in 2019.

During university, she participated in a placement year at Accenture gaining experience in technology architecture, front-end development and innovative solutioning through design thinking. Since graduating, Jo has continued working at Accenture where she has been involved in the development of large Government internal systems. With a keen interest in UX design, accessibility and architectural best practices, Jo has been able to help shape the solutions provided to the client whilst supporting junior members of staff in their technology careers.


She Talks Tech - The Future is Here- Today’s Realities, and Tomorrow’s Trends' with Emma Kendrew, Accenture

Listen to our latest She Talks Tech podcast on 'The Future is Here: Today’s Realities, and Tomorrow’s Trends' with Emma Kendrew, Accenture

She Talks Tech - The Future is Here- Today’s Realities, and Tomorrow’s Trends' with Emma Kendrew, Accenture

Today, we hear from Emma Kendrew, Cloud, Infrastructure & Engineering Lead at Accenture Technology UKI.

Emma will take a look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has propelled years worth of technological transformation, catapulting us into the future. As we now emerge from the crisis, Emma considers the new set of realities we face during this extraordinary moment of change.

Exploring what this change will mean to our future, Emma will discuss how the democratisation of technology can empower all of us to be agents of innovation and change, shaping our world for the better.

If you want to find out more about Emma, you can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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‘She Talks Tech’ brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

From robotics and drones, to fintech, neurodiversity and coronavirus apps; these incredible speakers are opening up to give us the latest information on tech in 2021.

Vanessa Valleley OBE, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen brings you this latest resource to help you rise to the top of the tech industry. Women in tech make up just 17 per cent of the industry in the UK and we want to inspire that to change.

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to bring this very inspiring first series to wherever you normally listen to podcasts!

So subscribe, rate the podcast and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Wednesday morning for a new episode of ‘She Talks Tech’.

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Technology Trends with Emma Kendrew | She Talks Tech podcast

Listen to our latest She Talks Tech podcast on 'Technology Trends'

Technology Trends with Emma Kendrew | She Talks Tech podcast

Today we hear from Emma Kendrew - the Intelligent Engineering Services lead in Accenture Technology UKI.

In 2015 Emma was recognised as one of the UK’s exceptional young businesswomen in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35.

Emma will discuss the clash between advances in technology, and people starting to express concerns about how it is used and what it is used for – and will explore the role of technology over the next 10 years in the wake of Covid.

You can find out more about and connect with Emma on LinkedIn.

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‘She Talks Tech’ brings you stories, lessons and tips from some of the most inspirational women (and men!) in tech.

From robotics and drones, to fintech, neurodiversity and coronavirus apps; these incredible speakers are opening up to give us the latest information on tech in 2020.

Vanessa Valleley OBE, founder of WeAreTheCity and WeAreTechWomen brings you this latest resource to help you rise to the top of the tech industry. Women in tech make up just 17 per cent of the industry in the UK and we want to inspire that to change.

WeAreTechWomen are delighted to bring this very inspiring first series to wherever you normally listen to podcasts – and the first three episodes are now live!

So subscribe, rate the podcast and give it a 5-star review – and keep listening every Wednesday morning for a new episode of ‘She Talks Tech’.

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Nicole Knott

Nicole Knott | Accenture

Nicole Knott

Accenture’s UK/Ireland HR Technology Consulting Lead, bringing 12years of experience in HR Transformations - primarily trailblazing programmes which test the limits of new technology and/or the ability of the technology to scale.

She has deployed the 'first' of many technologies which have been 'bleeding' edge at times! Working on global projects based in the US, Portugal, France, Singapore and the UK has given Nicole a new perspective and empathy for the unique cultures around the world and the implications to be taken into account with technology deployments. Passionate about innovation, positive end user experience and technology, she embraces new tech and drives her team to do the same. She aims to be a disruptive influencer in HR Technology and makes developing young talent and females a priority.


Hayley Taylor

Hayley Taylor | Accenture

Hayley Taylor

On leaving university, I searched for graduate jobs whilst I worked for free at my mother's company; a London Recycling firm.

Whilst there I met a manager who spoke passionately about the lack of Women in Technology roles & eventually offered me a role in his new Business Analytics Programme. He let me set my own salary. Here, I learnt to code and implemented a company wide Business Intelligence tool through open source software.

I quickly grew out of the role and taught myself some other coding languages before I applied to Visa Europe where I met the cleanest and most structured data i'd ever get to play with. I was a consultant analyst working with transactional data to build insights for Bank's in an internal data consulting team. I met some excellent statistician & coders here and worked for 2 highly intelligent female managers.

Whilst I enjoyed my time at Visa, I dreamed of diving deeper into technology and wanted to move away from stats & databases. I applied for Accenture and joined the team in May 2015.

Accenture has given me so many possibilities in learning & working with tech. I feel incredibly lucky to work with very motivated and intellectual technologists who teach me something new every day. I work with the Fintech lab, learning about brilliantly innovative new start ups and helping apply them to industry. I work on projects in dyer need of tech change, within retail banking, mortgages and payments. More recently I am working on exciting new propositions across financial services and beyond.

Above all, my MO is to be an inspiring and motivating leader. I want my team to feel like they're making a difference in impacting people's lives positively through tech. I always want to be excited & be wowed with whatever i'm working on and want my team to feel that too.


Bella Thornely

Bella Thornely | Accenture

Bella Thornely

I have always displayed the courage and energy to seek out challenges and not shy from taking the harder path to success and reward.

A technology focused career in Financial Services was just that path, one which I am passionate about inspiring others to follow.

Always seeking a challenge and with a desire to improve my technical skills, I chose to study BSc Physics with a focus on C++ Programming, Web Development and HTML. As one of only handful of women enrolled in the course, I sought to encourage greater uptake in studying Physics and therefore decided to spend my penultimate year of university working part-time as a GCSE Physics teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford. I used this platform to showcase the opportunities available to young women who study STEM subjects.

Since joining Accenture’s Technology Strategy practice as a Banking Enterprise Architecture specialist, I have established myself as a Thought-Leader in both emerging technology and new ways of working. Recently, I recognised an opportunity to reshape a leading high street bank’s approach to change, I defined and embedded a Design-Sprint methodology that has revolutionised the UK’s biggest transformation programme in Finance. Over the past few years, I have successfully driven a number of agile based sprints to define Cloud, Data & Analytics, AI, API, Security and Mobile strategies that enabled my client to thrive amidst current industry disruption. Driven by my interest in FinTechs, I spent a year working as a Product Manager at a start-up and have since returned to Accenture to share my experience of customer and data centric growth.

My passion for technology is evident in my rapid career acceleration at Accenture and the recognitions for my contribution that include; Client Account Innovation Lead, Head of Strategy Innovation Ecosystem and Technology Strategy AI Thought-Leader. A passionate and accountable people developer, I use the Women in Technology Strategy network to share my experiences, enhance other’s technical expertise and champion future female leaders.


Nicole Knott

Nicole Knott | Accenture

I lead Accenture’s Global FS T&O Technology Consulting, bringing 11+years of experience in HR transformations. As Solution Architect, I understand end to end solutions including data, integration, technical architecture and operational impacts. Innovation, the art of the possible and the future excites me!

Leading Accenture’s first end-to-end cloud SuccessFactors in 2012, built my skillset, enabling me to lead a project in Paris and then in London, where I have since decided to permanently transfer. Why risk leaving behind what I knew in the U.S. for the unknown in the UK? Well…why not? I decided to try something new and to be surrounded by a team of leaders who support my ambitions and long-term career objectives of continuing to innovate, create and work within the technology arena. It has not been easy, though the challenges form more of my character, showing my resilience and my adaptability.

People hold back because they fear failure. Brene Brown's work around vulnerability and having the confidence to stand alone resonated with me whilst applying this thinking in the working world. The ability to fail and to feel comfortable being uncomfortable is the new 'normal' which many struggle. I don’t hold back and I don’t want others to either! I support individuals, teams, organizations as they shift to the new ‘normal.’ Behavioral change coupled with open dialogue and a supportive environment are keys to rotating to the new.

I seek opportunities to break down stereotypes around what 'technology' means. I create safe environments where people can explore new areas, often challenging their perceptions. I invest significant time in people to coach them to find their niche and to empower them to achieve their goals. I foster discussions with girls and women in technology to further expand their presence and support them as our future leaders.


Syreeta Linsley

Syreeta Linsley | Accenture

I started a career in retail - FMCG to be specific - and worked at both ends of the spectrum. First in a managerial role managing a number of supermarkets that were focused on the end product and getting this to customers, then I moved to the opposite end of the spectrum and worked for manufacturer focused on getting the products into stores. Both jobs were great in giving me exposure to the world of work and retail specifically, but I knew I wanted something more.

Convinced I could find something more, I took a role in Commercial Finance working for a bank - I joined the bank just before the property market crash in 2008, so my role changed as soon as I joined, but I learnt a lot about risk management and how not to lend money. The market conditions were very challenging and so was the role, but I realised how much I enjoy working with customers, understanding more about their business and how the bank could support with tailored solutions, but I still wanted more….

I entered the world of technology later in my career after having spent time in industry where I learnt what I didn't want from a career, which was really important in helping me to understand what I did want. I wanted a career that provided me challenge on a daily basis, where no 2 days were the same, with the opportunities to continually develop and learn from others around me. I made the leap into technology 8 years ago and I have not looked back. I can honestly say, no client is the same, no project is the same (even though you may be delivering the same solution), the teams I work with are rarely the same, but I love the variety and thrive on the challenge this presents.