In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fifth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Amelia Hayward, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2020.

I create television and digital content watched by millions. Unusually, I have years of both technical and production experience. I am a Multi-skilled Technical Operator working on a range of TV programmes for the BBC’s World Service. In my spare time I direct and produce an award winning online documentary series about a British professional basketball team. My credits include BBC Panorama, BBC Glastonbury, BBC Click, BBC Radio 2, BBC News and Give Me Sport Women. I have also been chosen for talent programmes like the BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew and the BBC Women in Technical and Production programme.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I was genuinely surprised! It was a real confidence boost to be handed an award that had started with a nomination from someone I admire (Sarah Lambley from the BBC) and then voted for by people I know. That meant a lot to me.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award? 

I have left my staff job at the BBC after nearly 11 years, and become a full-time Self-shooting Producer/Director! It’s been a huge change, but I’ve already created a short project for Sky Sports and I’m developing my own documentary projects. I also wanted to use my award to make a difference, so before I left the BBC I organised and presented a Young Reporter Tech Panel aimed at 11 to 18 years olds. We had people from different departments and backgrounds explain their roles and how they got into the BBC. If we inspired at least one young person, then we did a good job.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Use it as a fantastic opportunity to meet new people from different areas of technology. It doesn’t matter if you are not a natural networker, just connect with people and have a chat. I’ve met lots of amazing women through this process, especially Marlene Spensley from Hitachi Vantara. (She is another award winner). We never would have met otherwise, and Marlene ended up interviewing me for her company’s “Tech In Her Words” series.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

Keep going. If you believe in something don’t give up. Ever.

Discover what happened next for some of our other TechWomen100 winners:

Tina Valand“TechWomen 100 award was life changing. It wasn’t just about the recognition, it opened doors, created meaningful friendships, networks and opportunities to attend great events including the virtual We Are The City conference and gave me a platform and confidence to be brave and take risks. One of the first things was the opportunity to speak at schools inspiring children to study STEM subjects, sharing my journey and path to the accolade. I am very passionate about the importance of supporting the next generation of talent.”

Tina Valand, TechWomen100 Winner 2019

Isabel Chapman“I was delighted and quite surprised to have been announced in the TechWomen100 award, to be honest. It was a huge accolade and a real sign of encouragement that I might not have had a conventional path into it, but that I do in fact work in Tech. The TechWomen100 Awards evening was one of the most amazing evenings, especially considering the next few months have been followed by the lockdown.”

Isabel Chapman, TechWomen100 Winner 2019