Computer Weekly Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Marija Butkovic, Sheree Atcheson & Sophie Deen amongst those named on the 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech list

Computer Weekly Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Marija Butkovic, Sheree Atcheson & Sophie Deen are amongst those named on Computer Weekly's 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech list.

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, CEO, founder and head stemette at social enterprise Stemettes topped the list for 2020. Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles via a series of events and opportunities. In three years 7,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also Co-Founded Outbox Incubator: the worlds first tech incubator for teenage girls. She sits on the boards of Redfield Asset Management, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU. She has previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.

Imafidon recevied an MBE in 2017 for her services to STEM.

In September 2020, Imafidon joined the Hamilton Commission, a research project set up by race car driver Lewis Hamilton to help find and break down barriers to recruitment for black people in UK motorsport.

Now in its ninth year, the 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech list, was introduced in 2012 to make female role models in the sector more visible and accessible.

While the original list in 2012 featured only 25 women, it was expanded in 2015 to include 50 women, going on to also introduce annual lists of Rising Stars and a Hall of Fame to ensure as many women in the sector as possible are given recognition for their contribution to the tech sector and the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the IT industry.

Also recognised in the list were Marija Butkovic, founder and CEO of Women of Wearables; Sophie Deen, CEO, Bright Little Labs; Sheree Atcheson,director of diversity, equity and inclusion, Peakon; June Angelides, venture capitalist, Samos Investments; Liz Williams, CEO, FutureDotNow; Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank; and Carrie Anne Philbin, director of education, Raspberry Pi Foundation.

You can view the full list here.

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Women tech department heads rise to 7% in 2016 finds survey

The number of women heading up IT departments has doubled to 7% in 2016, according to a joint survey by Mortimer Spinks and Computer Weekly.

The figure was found to be double that in 2015 and not far behind the 9% of male respondents who said they head up IT departments.

In addition the report found a 32% increase in women working in contracting roles within the technology industry. An increase was also reported in the number of people working in permanent technology roles within the same period.

Women tech departments heads riseThe survey found that most women working in technology roles either work in government or not-for-profits.

Furthermore, the study found that male IT professionals are more likely to have been mentored than their female colleagues. 56% of men said they had been mentored at some point, as opposed to only half of women.

Women were found to have taken maths at GCSE or A Level, whereas men were found to be more likely to take graphic design or computer science.

43% of males said that they moved straight into a technology role, whereas only 36% of females said their first job was in technology.

Of those questioned 45% of both male and females believe people outside of the tech sector held a positive outlook on what a career in technology look like.

Company initiatives were also found to be on the rise in a bid to increase diversity in tech teams. In 2014 only 12% of people said their firms were trying to increase diversity. In 2015 this figure rose to 15% and in 2016 this figure spiked to more than a quarter. However, 73% of respondents said they were not aware of any formal efforts being made by their companies to increase diversity within their tech teams.

Overall, the survey found a high level of career satisfaction from both male and females. 95% of men and 96% of women said they were happy with careers in technology.

Computer Weekly’s 2016 Most Influential Women in UK IT nominations close this week

computer weekly'sNominations for Computer Weekly's 2016 list of the 50 most influential women in UK technology close this week.

The deadline for submission of nominations to Computer Weekly's awards is 5.00pm on Friday 22 April 2016, which means there is not long left to submit!

This is the fifth year the programme has been run. It aims to recognise and reward female leaders and role models who are making a difference to the IT industry landscape.

A panel of industry judges will be whittling the nominations to a shortlist of 50 based on the achievements, potential, leadership skills and influence of each nominee.

Judges of this year’s awards include:

  • Kayleigh Bateman, head of digital content and business development at WeAreTheCity.
  • Andrea Palmer, performance lead in IT&S at BP and treasurer of BCSWomen.
  • Sharon Clews, director of people and talent management at TechUK.
  • Maggie Berry, founder of Women in Technology.
  • Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates.
  • Rubi Kaur, senior technical architect at Vodafone Group and BCS council member.
  • Clare McDonald, business editor of Computer Weekly.
  • Bryan Glick, editor-in-chief of Computer Weekly

Computer Weekly readers are then invited to vote in an online poll for who they think should be crowned Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2016.

The final order of the top 50 and the winner of the award will be announced at a special event in London on 23 June as part of this year’s London Technology Week.

Last year’s winner was Last year’s winner was TechUK president and Citrix area vice-president for northern Europe Jacqueline de Rojas.

You can submit your entry here.

Those chosen for Computer Weekly’s most influential women in UK IT list will also be added to the nominations for UKtech50, our annual search for the most influential people in the UK technology scene.

Welcome to Women in IT | New focus section

We are proud to launch our new feature section dedicated to women working in IT.

This section contains IT related news, inspirational stories, job opportunities, IT related events and most importantly visibility of organisations who are actively seeking technologists to give back and help future generations.

We are acutely aware that there is still a shortage of women in IT and that young girls in schools are not choosing Technology as a career.  We are also aware that there are not enough female technologists operating a senior or board level, we would like that to change.   Our contribution to that change is by helping to raise the visibility of the individuals, organisations and charities who dedicate themselves to the progression of women in IT everyday.

We hope you enjoy this new feature section and if we have missed anything or if there is anything you would like to see, please let us know – contact [email protected].

We Are The City is working in partnership with Computer Weekly to launch a Women in IT section on its website, which will include job opportunities, IT-related events, and visibility of networks.

This new section is aimed to provide opportunities for tech women to give back to the future of female technologists - Vanessa Vallely MD of WeAreTheCity

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