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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce our 2021 TechWomen100 shortlist

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WeAreTechWomen is extremely proud to announce the TechWomen100 shortlist for 2021.

Since August 2021, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. With the support of headline sponsor Goldman Sachs, WeAreTechWomen has now identified a shortlist of 200.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent. Highlighting the achievements of these women is part of WeAreTechWomen’s campaign to shine a spotlight on 1,000 future female leaders in technology by 2025.

The shortlist showcases remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector, including Hana Bird, a Spacecraft Operations Engineer for In-Space Missions, who worked on their first mission, Faraday Phoenix; Alice Hendy, who founded the app, R;pple Suicide Prevention, after the tragic loss of her brother, Josh, in 2020; Priyanka Mittal, who led the Cloud-based architecture of two national programmes at NHS Digital, which have been the backbone of the government’s response to COVID-19; Esther Akpovi, also known as the Gen Z Cheerleader, who is an award-winning Youth and Education activist; and Manisha Ganguly, who is a multi-award-winning independent conflict journalist & filmmaker using open-source techniques to investigate human rights abuses under conditions of war.

The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. The TechWomen100 awards also celebrate women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.

The full shortlist includes individuals from leading firms such as the Royal Air Force, NHS Digital, EY, American Express, Bloomberg, Google, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, IBM, Mastercard, Transport for London, BT, and many more.

Over the nomination period, we received over 1,000 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

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The public vote of support is now open for our 200 individual shortlist nominees. Votes can be cast here*.

*Please note there is no public vote for Champions, Companies, Global Award for Achievement or Networks.

Orla Dunne, Goldman Sachs“Goldman Sachs is delighted to sponsor the TechWomen100 Awards in celebration of women making a huge impact on the technology industry.

As a firm, we are fully committed to developing and supporting talented individuals, advancing gender equality, and increasing diverse representation at every level. As we strive for excellence, a diverse workforce best positions us to serve our clients, as well as the communities in which we operate.

Awards such as this are a pivotal instrument for change, recognising our industry’s future leaders, and creating role models to inspire new talent into technology.”

ORLA DUNNE, PARTNER – HEAD OF CORE ENGINEERING IN EMEA, GOLDMAN SACHS

“At WeAreTechWomen, we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech. Our strategic aim is to highlight 1,000 female future leaders in technology by 2025.”

“The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding. I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and really look forward to seeing who our final winners will be in November.”

VANESSA VALLELY OBE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, WEARETECHWOMEN

The 2021 awards are kindly powered by Goldman Sachs and sponsored by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Ipsos Mori, Oliver Wyman, and OpenFin.

We would like to personally thank our judges who all gave up their valuable time to assemble our shortlist and to help WeAreTechWomen recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing nominees.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees and best of luck in the next round of judging.

The final list will be announced 15 November. Finalists will be invited to attend a virtual award’s ceremony on 08 December.

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WeAreTechWomen’s 2020 TechWomen100 shortlist announced

Women in Tech Awards - TechWomen100 Awards 2020

WeAreTechWomen is extremely proud to announce the TechWomen100 shortlist for 2020.

Since August 2020, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. With the support of headline sponsor BAE Systems, WeAreTechWomen has now identified a shortlist of 200.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent. Highlighting the achievements of these women is part of WeAreTechWomen’s campaign to shine a spotlight on 1000 future female leaders in technology by 2025.

The shortlist showcases remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector, including Susan Jason, a Principal Systems Engineer and Head of Outreach at In-Space Missions, who led the final test phases of the Faraday-1 commercial rideshare nanosatellite; Charlene Hunter, who founded Coding Black Females, to inspire, provide opportunities and showcase the talents of black women in tech; and Heather Black, who founded Supermums, which helps upskill mums (and dads) back into flexible work in the Salesforce ecosystem.

The awards also recognise Champions, Networks and Companies, who are all actively supporting the progression of women in tech and STEM. New for this year, the TechWomen100 awards are also celebrating women in tech from outside the UK, in the Global Award for Achievement category.

The full shortlist includes individuals from leading firms such as Monzo Bank, IBM, Adobe, PayPal, Trainline, BT, Visa, Jaguar Land Rover and many more.

Over the nomination period, we received over 700 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

Speaking about the awards, Theresa Palmer, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, said, “Year after year we choose to partner with the WeAreTheCity organisation for one simple reason. They get it. The TechWomen100 awards offers on-going opportunities and membership to a wealth of information and networking to a community of women at the forefront of changing an industry globally."

"At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence we want to help drive that in any way that we can. Our industry depends on the best and brightest and supporting the growth and development of women in all roles across the technology industry. In a year when we can no longer see the diversity in our meeting rooms and client sites it seemed fitting to step up and headline such an important event. We see the value in celebrating what makes us unique and are very proud to be headline sponsor of the TechWomen100 awards."

Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTechWomen said, “At WeAreTechWomen, we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech. Our strategic aim is to highlight 500 female future leaders in technology by 2022."

"The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding. I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and really look forward to seeing who our final winners will be in November.”

Please find the full shortlist in alphabetical order here

The public vote of support is now open for our 200 individual shortlist nominees. Votes can be cast here*.

*Please note there is no public vote for Champions, Companies , Global Award for Achievement or Networks.

The 2020 awards are kindly powered by BAE Systems and sponsored by Accenture, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Oliver Wyman and OpenFin.

We would like to personally thank our judges who all gave up their valuable time to assemble our shortlist and to help WeAreTechWomen recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing nominees.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees and best of luck in the next round of judging.

The final list will be announced 16 November. Finalists will be invited to attend a virtual award’s ceremony on 08 December.


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Sharon Boxer

Sharon Boxer | TechPixies

Sharon Boxer

With a background in Financial Services, I took time out to raise 3 kids, live overseas for 10 years overseas and as 50 approached I decided I was ready for something new!!

In 2019 I signed up for TechPixies course in Social Media and quickly realised that despite societal prejudices I had plenty to offer and was keen to develop myself. My focus and energy had been diverted to family but my ambition to get back out there and re-establish myself hadn't diminished. I was ready for whatever unfolded. I voluntarily ran the School Association social media accounts at my son's school. The Headteacher encouraged and trusted me to establish community links and build relationships with local businesses.

I invested in some software, taught myself new skills and implemented them on social media platforms.....my fav without a doubt is Twitter!! I attended the WeAreTechWomen Conference in November 2019 which consolidated my self belief.

During lockdown I took a free Open Uni Course in Design Thinking and attended a host of Virtual Webinars run by WeAreTechWomen which were invaluable in order to up my game and provided networking opportunities that wouldn't otherwise have been available to me.

In May 2020 I became 1 of 50 mentees on the Ada Lovelace Program sponsored by JP Morgan and in June I took up a position with TechPixies.


Bridie Sheldon

Bridie Sheldon | Hitachi Vantara

Bridie Sheldon

My passion for technology really started when I joined Inralinks as a sales associate in 2012 where I quickly progressed to Account Directing managing the top strategic global account and hitting 290% of my target.

I then moved to Hitachi Vanatara in 2018 where I was given the opportunity as Client Director to enable some of the largest global banks drive value from their data from storing it to running analytics, AI and machine learning. I was able to replicate the success I had at Intralinks at Hitachi hitting 300% of my target in 2019. This opportunity has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of technology and present opportunities to further develop how I can help meet my customers needs.


Sophie Sutcliffe

Sophie Sutcliffe | PwC

Sophie Sutcliffe

If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would have ended up with a career in technology, I would have been very surprised.

After leaving university, the extent of my technical expertise was very much limited to “if you turn it off and on again, that will probably fix it”.

After joining PwC as a graduate in 2016, I was motivated to pursue a career in technology after witnessing the fundamental role it plays in almost every engagement across the firm. Since specialising in our Technology practice for Government & Health, I have had the opportunity to work at the heart of some of our largest technology driven transformation programmes within the sector (a passion and interest I have held since completing a degree in Politics and International Relations). Over the last few years I have worked on a range of projects such as a £1 billion modernisation of the UK Courts Service and a major technology programme at one of London’s universities (focused on transforming the overarching student experience and supporting the university’s response to Covid-19). As part of these roles, I have developed a deep technical skill set spanning across design and delivery including; enterprise-wide operating model design, service design, technical debt analysis, business architecture and technical requirements development.

Outside of my day-to-day project work, I have a passion for community & inclusion, something which I have sought to promote throughout my career to-date. Within Technology Government & Health, I have organised various events over the last few years, across multiple regions (including an away day for over 100 of our staff). As part of these events I have sought to embed a culture of openness and support within our practice, where staff are encouraged to form genuine relationships. I have also acted as a mentor to new joiners within our team, ensuring that they are supported in their induction into the firm.

In addition to building our community within Technology Government & Health, I committed to supporting and nurturing female talent within our firm. I am an active member of our Women In Tech network which encourages women across the firm to share their experiences and support each other in their career progression. As part of my role within this community, I have acted as a mentor to women in more junior grades and have used this role to challenge preconceptions and to encourage women to pursue a career within technology. I have also previously been shadowed by work experience students as part of PwC’s “Women in Business Shadowing Scheme” where I have sought to provide a genuine insight into what it is like to work in technology as a way of attracting talent to the firm.


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WeAreTechWomen announces 2019 TechWomen100 shortlist

TechWomen100 2019 

WeAreTechWomen is extremely proud to announce the TechWomen100 2019 shortlist.

Since August 2019, WeAreTechWomen has been searching the UK for the best female tech talent in the country. With the support of headline sponsor J.P. Morgan, WeAreTechWomen has now identified a shortlist of 200.

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and to also recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way for future generations of tech talent. Highlighting the achievements of these women is part of  the WeAreTechWomens campaign to shine a spotlight on 1000 future female leaders in technology by 2025.

The shortlist showcases remarkable women within the technology and STEM sector, including Alice Williams-Alden, Royal Navy, who assesses, designs and embody repairs to aircraft around the world; Coral Movasseli, Founder and Managing Director of Girls in Tech Dublin, which has grown to be the largest organisation of its kind in the country and has trailblazed entry for women, by holding the first Women in Tech hackathon in Ireland earlier this year; Isabel Ashworth, Senior CAE Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd, who joined the organisation through a sponsorship scheme and now tests future products to meet the requirements of the customer; and Merici Vinton, who started in tech on the Obama New Media team during the 2008 election, and has since co-founded Ada’s List, a forum for women in technology in London and globally.

The full shortlist includes individuals from leading firms such as Deliveroo, Royal Navy, The Alan Turing Institute, Three UK, Microsoft, Fujitsu, John Lewis, Sky and Mastercard alongside founders and entrepreneurs.

Over the nomination period, we received over 700 nominations from across the UK and Northern Ireland. The calibre of entries for these awards was exceptional and all of the judges stated how difficult it was to arrive at the shortlist due to the amazing achievements of our nominees.

Speaking about the awards, Alison Macpherson, Managing Director, Head of Global Technology Workforce Strategy, J.P. Morgan, said, "The most impactful contribution we make as colleagues and leaders is to enable everyone to bring their best authentic selves to the workplace, so that we are diverse in every sense of the word and representative of the communities in which we live and work."

"We see the value in celebrating what makes us unique and are proud to be sponsoring WeAreTechWomen.”

Vanessa Vallely, Managing Director of WeAreTechWomen said, “"At WeAreTechWomen, we have made it our personal mission to shine a spotlight on women working in tech."

"Our strategic aim is to highlight 500 female future leaders in technology by 2022."

"The response to this year’s awards has been fantastic and the calibre of entries has been outstanding."

"I am so proud to see so many women in tech recognised for their achievements and really look forward to seeing who our final winners will be in December.”

Please find the full shortlist in alphabetical order here

The public vote of support is now open for our 200 individual shortlist nominees. Votes can be cast here.

*Please note there is no public vote for champions, companies or networks.

The TechWomen100 Awards is supported by J.P. Morgan, Accenture, BAE Systems, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Dell Technologies, Informed Solutions, Lloyds Banking Group, Oliver Wyman, OpenFin and Worldpay.

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We would like to personally thank our judges who all gave up their valuable time to assemble our shortlist and to help WeAreTechWomen recognise the fantastic achievements of all of our amazing nominees.

Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees and best of luck in the next round of judging.

The final list will be announced 03 December. Finalists will be invited to attend an award's ceremony in January. Tickets will be available to purchase on 03 December from the WeAreTechWomen site.


Nicola Entwistle

Nicola Entwistle | Mastercard Worldwide

Nicola Entwistle

I joined Mastercard in 2014 within the Digital Payments team and I am currently leading the digital strategy and development with our bank customers in order to enable consumers to use their banking apps safely and securely as a method of payment online with Masterpass. I previously led the engagement with banks and our digital partners in the UK to launch one of the biggest developments in the industry since chip and pin: Mastercard's tokenization platform, enabling mobile payments and digital payments such as Apple Pay. In 2015, I was chosen as one of 12 worldwide candidates to take part in the inaugural career talent rotation program for MasterCard, consulting on digital strategy in Mexico City for six months and providing internal digital training sessions whilst working on the digital strategy for some of our largest customers in the market. Previous to working for MasterCard, I worked in a sales role for an events company that specialized in payments conferences and started off my career in recruitment.

In addition to this I am a key member and campaigner for the Mastercard European Woman’s Leadership Network and a STEM ambassador, actively taking part in Girls4Tech, encouraging young girls to take up STEM subjects. In my spare time, I mentor female Master’s students at the London School of Economics, providing advice and mentorship in order to open up opportunities for our future female pipeline within the technology sector.

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Claire Burn

Claire Burn | Rapid7

Claire Burn
When I was sixteen, I was afraid of computers, because I didn't understand them. Technology was moving fast then - mobile phones were turning into smartphones, and the information age was upon us. So I decided that if I broke a computer I would just have to learn how to fix it again. I began to study Computing for A-Level and came across Alan Turing, and fell in love with the concept of cryptography and cyber-security. I chose to study Computer Science at Queen's University Belfast, and began my tech career.
In second year, I became a Peer Mentor and organised a Windows and Android app Hackathon for the entire School of EEECS, and it was around then that I discovered Women Who Code, which was just starting up in Belfast. I wanted to help out, so I volunteered to become a City Leader. I started the Youth Outreach programme as well as organising meetup events, and went into schools to give coding tutorials. I interned in a range of tech companies, because I wanted to find out what kind of technology I loved best - C++, .NET, Java, Python were a few of the languages I used. I then joined Belfast Google Developer Group as the Women Techmakers Lead, which encouraged me to organise a conference for the past two years running to celebrate International Women's Day. The first year, I did this single-handedly, the second year I formed a team.
I was studying Cyber Security as a Masters at this stage, having won a scholarship. As my first proper job, I worked at a cyber-security hardware startup called Titan-IC as an Applications Engineer and C++ Compiler Engineer. I then moved to Rapid7 to work as a Software Engineer using Python and AWS for data analysis, which is where I am today.

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Jodie Gilbert

Jodie Gilbert | Barclays UK

Jodie Gilbert

I have 12 Years experience in Finance. Starting my career at Barclays straight from college as a Cashier. I performed many front line roles and was fortunate enough to work in some of Barclays busiest and most challenging branches, which gave me valuable Retail Banking experience. I started my management career by rebuilding the performance of underperforming teams and lead several branches to 'best in class' for performance and service regionally. I am a strong believer in potential and enjoy seeing teams and individuals reaching their goals by focusing on personal development and coaching.

I have a personal passion for Digital, and with society and businesses recent shift to a 'connected' digital world, I believed I could make a difference and a positive impact on Barclays own Digital Transformation. In a digital world, it is all about people! and In 2014 I left the front line of Retail Banking to join Strategic Transformation and worked on an award winning project 'Digital Eagles' to build a 'Digital Culture' across our UK Bank, European Bank and African Bank. I reported directly to the Managing Director of Iberia, and was based in Spain for several months working with local teams to deliver an award wining Colleague App, Collaboration Services and Digital Products.

My present focus, as Head of Cyber Strategy for Strategic Transformation, came from a personal worry; as more people were empowered to go online and with fraudsters becoming smarter, more sophisticated and more creative everyday, it would be imperative that people felt safe online, not just because we were working harder than the fraudsters but also because they knew how to stay safe online. And so I petitioned my Director to create my current position and focus Barclays on taking proactive steps forward with fraud, collaborating with industry leading specialists to spread awareness, build tools and resources, drive education and ultimately protect the public and our business.


Charlotte Hutchinson

Charlotte Hutchinson | IBM

Charlotte Hutchinson

Charlotte is a Computer Science Graduate from the University of Kent, graduating with a 1st Class Honours in 2015. She started at IBM as a university placement student in 2013 and used her academic background to go straight into a Level 2 technical support role. Here Charlotte solved complex problems for customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa for the IBM Infosphere Data Architect and Data Studio. She handled problems escalated up from front line support and worked closely with the development team identifying code defects. She quickly became recognized in this field and then received referred problems from Asia and NA.

Charlotte re-join IBM in August 2015 as a new graduate hire and she immediately put herself forward as the European Lead SME for an API platform which enables you to quickly compose scalable APIs.

Charlotte operates as a Technical Consultant for IBM Cloud, specialising in the API Economy. Her skills have been tested in the last year as she has presented to numerous groups of Technical experts, run workshops for clients and provided overall specialist knowledge to clients in regards to architectural principals related to an API strategy. She has created a number of assets and product extensions which have been used to promote sales for the product and help customers with problems they face.

Charlotte has also presented and IBM biggest conference in Las Vegas to 150+ clients.

Outside of the day job Charlotte has had 6 articles published IBM Developer Works around APIs and assisted in creating 2 IBM certification exams. She also has 3 filed patents and 4 patents pending search and 2 prior Art disclosures published at IP.COM.

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