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.

Interview with the Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014: Wendy Hall

Dame-Wendy-Hall-290px_290X230Solving the gender imbalance in the IT sector is not just an issue for women to sort out, but men too, according to Wendy Hall, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, who has been named Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014.

Now in its third year, the Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT awards focus on role models and discuss the vital part that female IT leaders will play in making a difference to the future of IT.

Hall was unveiled as the Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2014 at an event in London on 3 July, which featured talks from male and female industry experts.

Long list of achievements

Hall topped the list due to her many achievements. She started out by studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in mathematics at the University of Southampton. She returned to the university in 1984 to join a newly created computer science group. There her team invented the Microcosm hypermedia system.

In 1994, she was appointed as the university's first female professor of engineering. She then served as head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science from 2002 to 2007.

In 2000, she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, in addition to becoming a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).

Along with Tim Berners-Lee, Nigel Shadbolt and Daniel Weitzner, she founded the Web Science Research Initiative, which was launched in 2006.

She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 New Year's Honours.


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