Gemma Willman | NatWest Group

Gemma Willman is a commercially focused Senior Transformation Director with a wealth of Technology experience in large corporate institutions and FinTech start-ups within the Banking industry.

As Head of Workforce Enablement at NatWest Gemma leads our Strategic Workforce Planning and Fulfilment capability inclusive of our Tech Academy Strategy, Early Career and Diverse talent pipelines, Internal reskilling programmes and External resourcing partnerships. She is driving a transformational approach to building the tech, data and digital skills of the future, lifting our organisational capability whilst driving down unnecessary cost. She is passionate about DE&I and co-sponsors the NatWest LGBTQ+ and Gender Balanced workstreams. Outside of work she is an active public speaker, is married with two kids, two dogs and has a passion for extreme sports, travelling and interior design.

Abbie McCallum | NatWest

I studied physics at the University of Strathclyde and towards the latter end of my studies I got interested in computational physics – using code to simulate experiments, document results and perform calculations.

This sparked an interest in all things technology and software development which led me to apply and receive a place on NatWest’s Software Engineering Graduate scheme.

The graduate scheme is rotational which means I’ve spent time working in different areas of the bank in different roles. I’ve been a software developer in Security Services, a Solution Architect in Payments and am currently working as Infrastructure Engineer in Hosting Solutions. Throughout which I’ve been exposed to a range of different technologies. I’ve written, tested, and deployed code and worked with our internal customers to implement the best solutions for them.

I am hugely passionate about inspiring the next generation into technology especially young women and as such I have made this a priority my life both in and outside of work. I am the secretary for NatWest’s Women in Technology Network, an active Stem Ambassador volunteer, a founding member of the Charity Tech She Can’s Scotland education workstream and a Tech We Can Champion, delivering lessons to school children about the world of technology. I am now driving a campaign within NatWest to build a bank of Tech We Can Champions and get more people volunteering, following in my footsteps.