Sheila Flavell | FDM Group

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.


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Getting back to business | Returning to work after a career break

 

Are you looking to return to work after a career break of a year or more? Do you have five plus years business experience in areas such as project management, project support or business analysis? Join FDM as a Business Consultant through the FDM Getting Back to Business Career Programme.
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We will provide you with seven weeks of training to refresh and upskill your knowledge. Upon completion you will become a full time Consultant working onsite with one or more of our 180+ prestigious clients across various sectors such as finance, banking, media and the public sector.

As an FDM Consultant, you will work with us for a minimum of two years. After that time, you could either transition to the client permanently or stay with FDM as a senior Consultant.

You will receive:
  • Fully-funded professional business and technical training in our state of the art London training centre (includes PRINCE2 certification)
  • Flexible training hours of 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday during the seven week training period, to help accommodate personal commitments
  • Fast-track career progression to get you back into business·
  • Job security for a minimum of two years (with options open to you after this time)
  • Competitive starting salary
  • Continuous support and development throughout your career journey
Essential Criteria
  • Looking to return to work after a break in your career
  • Previous experience in either Business Analysis, Project Support or Project Management
  • A strong aptitude and interest in business
  • Be able to commit to a two year contract with FDM once the seven week training period is complete
  • Be able to work full time

Please click here to send us your CV for immediate consideration.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Julie at [email protected]

We are looking for professional and dedicated people to join us now. The next course will begin early 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspirational Woman: Sheila Flavell | COO & part-owner of FDM Group

sheila-flavellTell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role (eg what you studied, school, where you grew up)

I grew up in a small town outside of Glasgow in Scotland, where some of my family members still reside. I’ve enjoyed 25 years in both the public and private sectors of IT, completing both an MA and an MBA, whilst raising my family. I am the COO and part-owner of FDM Group and played a leading role in the flotation of the company on AiM, before taking it private again in 2010 and then re-floating on the LSE in 2014. I am passionate about diversity in the workplace and spend a lot of my time spearheading FDM’s Global Women in IT initiative in Europe, North America and Asia.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Not really, to be honest. The only constant in my life seems to be breaking the norm! I started my career working in the Police Force in Glasgow and was one of the only women patrolling the streets back then. After that I spent over a decade working for an Arabian Airline in the Middle East. Although that was a long time ago and IT is obviously a very different industry, I am still one of the few women working in the tech sector and one of the even fewer women on the Board of a tech company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

If I could change one thing for women in the workplace it would be equal pay. We still live in a world where many women earn less than men for doing the same job, which really is disgraceful.

Have you faced any challenges along the way and if so, how did you deal with them?

I’ve faced many challenges along the way. Working in male dominated industries all my life has taught me that you don’t have to prove you’re as good as your male counterparts, most of the time you have to prove that you are better and have to work even harder just to be seen as equal.

On a typical workday, how do you start your day and how does it end?

An ideal day starts with a warm black coffee and ends with a chilled glass of wine! Ha, If only! For me every day is different depending on what geography I’m in. The one thing every working day has in common for me is waking up to hundreds of emails despite where in the world I may be.

Tell us a little bit about FDM?

FDM is a professional services provider, with a focus on IT. Currently, FDM is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe and the UK’s leading IT graduate employer. We bridge the gap between academia and employment by training, employing and placing graduates on client sites worldwide. Through the FDM Careers Programme, we transform graduates and ex-forces personnel into successful IT or business Consultants.

Working in male dominated industries all my life has taught me that you don’t have to prove you’re as good as your male counterparts, most of the time you have to prove that you are better and have to work even harder just to be seen as equal.

What are you hoping to achieve with your Women in Technology programme?

Through FDM’s Global Women in IT initiative, we aim to increase the number of women working in the sector by promoting, training and placing more female IT Consultants onto our client sites. FDM has selected circa 20 Female Champions internally to showcase role model behaviour, support other women and mentor those in need. I personally mentor many of my management team and they do the same with others. Through the Global Women in IT initiative we have managed to increase the number of women at FDM to 25% as well as circa 50% of the management team being female. This is way above the industry average.

Do you have any tips on how to manage a demanding job alongside raising a family?

In my opinion there is no specific recipe for success in order to achieve this, because different strategies work for different people. From experience, something has got to give; it’s about what that will be and how much of it. Managing the balance and prioritising where necessary is essential.

The only constant in my life seems to be breaking the norm! I started my career working in the Police Force in Glasgow and was one of the only women patrolling the streets back then.

Have you ever had a mentor or a sponsor or anyone who has helped your career?

I’ve never had a mentor unfortunately. Having one may have saved me from making many mistakes in the past! However, I’ve had several sponsors at work that would have happily put their reputation on the line for me. I think it is crucial to build strong relationships and most importantly to lead by example so that people see the value that you add to the business.

If you could change one thing for women in the workplace, what would it be?

If I could change one thing for women in the workplace it would be equal pay. We still live in a world where many women earn less than men for doing the same job, which really is disgraceful.

If you were to look back in five years, what would you see in terms of your achievements?

I think I would be proud of my achievements. Completing an MA and an MBA, whilst working full time and looking after children is not easy. Being recognised as Corporate Leader of the Year at the 2012 Cisco everywoman in Tech awards and being named one of TechCityInsider’s top 100 remarkable people that make digital London tick was an honour. Last but not least, contributing to the impressive growth that FDM has experienced over the past 20+ years makes me very proud.