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Females in IT shine in 100 Women to Watch list

Kayleigh Bateman

Women in technology have shone in the 100 Women to Watch 2014 list, part of the Female FTSE Report.

First put together as part of the Female FTSE report in 2009, the list, by the Cranfield School of Management, aims to highlight the success of senior businesswomen and to further accelerate the representation of women in executive and non-executive roles.

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Notable women in technology to make the list include:

  • Ann-Michele Bowlin, CIO of Intertek Group
  • Beatriz Butsana-Sita, managing director of BT Global Telecom Markets
  • Delphine Ernotte Cunci, deputy chief executive officer of Orange
  • Tazim Essani, group head of corporate development
  • Lyn Grobler, vice-president and CIO of IT strategy and corporate functions at BP
  • Dame Wendy Hall, dean of the faculty of physical and applied sciences at Southampton University
  • Sally-Ann Hibberd, non-executive director for Loughborough University
  • Kate Jenkins, director of Carrenza
  • Amanda Jobbins, group chief marketing officer at Sage
  • Sheila Flavell, chief operating officer at FDM Group
  • Rosemary Martin, general counsel and company secretary for Vodafone Group
  • Lynn Minella, group director of human resources at BAE Systems
  • Hazel Moore, co-founder and chair of FirstCapital
  • Angela Morrison, CIO of Direct Line Group
  • Siobhan Reddy, studio director of Media Molecule
  • Cynthia Whelan, group managing director, strategic finance, at Telstra Corporation
  • Caroline Waters, regarded as a leading director in HR having stepped down from BT after 34 years

Chief operating officer of international IT services provider FDM Group, Sheila Flavell, spoke to Computer Weekly on making the list for a second year.

“You can only be included on the list for two years, and I was surprised to be included last year. I am very honoured to be included again, as there are so many talented ladies on there who I admire for their work. But this list is only the tip of the iceberg," she said.

“It puts the spotlight on encouraging more women into senior positions, as women are not very good at promoting themselves. It is encouraging to see that there are several other ladies in technology on the list and I hope this continues to grow next year.”

To ensure women have the skills and confidence to re-enter the workplace, Flavell pointed out that many females would like to job share, yet many businesses count the role as two on the headcount despite sharing a salary. 

"This means a lot of businesses are discouraged from offering job sharing in a big way. If we don’t get more women in, employability will only get worse. This is not just a moral imperative, but a strategic imperative too, for the industry to survive," she said.

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Nominations are now open for Computer Weekly's Top 25 Most Influential Women in IT list. 

“We all have to be doing more, for example going into schools, meeting the students and ensuring the subjects being taught are interesting.”

According to the top 100 list, "These are just 100 of a substantial and ever-growing talent pool of women search consultancies and nomination committees should be considering."

Flavell is also a judge for Computer Weekly’s Top 25 Most Influential Women in IT list. 


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