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The IT pioneers on the 2016 honours list

This year's honours list features many from the IT world for service to the technology industry, equality and Stem education

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The technology industry is well represented in the 2016 Honours List as industry representatives are recognised for their services to technology, diversity and Stem education.

Thiis year saw a heavy emphasis on the number of women on this year’s list, and featured 7% more women at senior levels than 2015’s list.

“Whilst maintaining a broadly equitable gender balance (48% female overall) the New Year’s Honours list sees a significant rise in the proportion of awards to women at senior levels - 38% female at knighthood, damehood or C-level compared to only 31% female at those levels in the 2015 Birthday Honours,” said a statement from government.

“In particular, there are a number of prominent women to highlight, recognised for their support to the UK economy.”

Among them was Techmums founder Sue Black, appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her service to technology.

Black has recently published a book about her  efforts to restore Bletchley Park, the site which was home to secret codebreakers such as Alan Turing during the Second World War.

Appearing at number seven in this year’s Computer Weekly most influential women in UK IT 2015 list, Black first began her campaign to save Bletchley after a visit to the site in 2003 left her shocked at its state of disrepair.

Also among those on the list was Clare Sutcliffe, founder and chief executive of children’s educational organisation Code Club who was recognised for services to technology education.

Sutcliffe also appeared on this year’s Computer Weekly most influential women in UK IT 2015 list, and aims to place coding communities into 50% of the world’s countries over the next three years.

Read more about women in Stem:

  • Volunteer organisation Stemettes holds events in London and Dublin to encourage young women to take up Stem careers
  • How to encourage girls to be more interested in Stem subjects at school - Kate Russell's talk at Computer Weekly's annual women in IT event

Among the other notable women recognised for diversity in business and Stem were Catherine Macphee, professor of biological physics at the University of Edinburgh who was recognised for services to women in physics and Jaz Rabadia senior manager of energy and initiatives at Starbucks and Stem ambassador who was recognised for services to sustainability in the energy management sector and diversity in the Stem sectors.

Men in the IT industry also appeared, including Bob Paton, managing director of Accenture’s delivery centre in the North East, who was recognised for services to the promotion of IT skills and apprenticeships, and Nicholas Jennings, chief scientific adviser for national security and Regius professor, who received a mention for services to computer science and national security science.





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