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Mountain became the first woman to be appointed chief executive of the influential public sector IT managers' organisation last month and is already closely involved in developing the society's long-term strategy for delivering e-government.
There is more to the IT industry than its male-dominated, techie image suggests, she said. "It is a wide-ranging career and very rewarding - not just financially - you get to really change things."
The former council IT manager believes that many women possess key skills that are invaluable for major IT projects.
Mountain has been involved in Socitm since its formation in 1985, and served as president between 1990 and 1992. She will take up her new post next month.