Announcing the finalists in the 2012 Everywoman in Technology Awards

Computing Weekly is once more supporting the annual Everywoman in Technology Awards to recognise the achievements of women in IT.

As readers of this blog will be aware, the proportion of women working in IT in the UK is shockingly low, and continues to decline – although 47% of the total UK workforce is female, only 18% of IT professionals are women, down from 22% in 2001. With growing skills shortages and the need for new blood to ensure the UK technology community can support the demands of business and government, encouraging more women into the profession is essential.

So it is with pleasure that we can publish the shortlists announced this week for the Everywoman in Technology Awards for 2012.

Maxine Benson, co-founder of everywoman says: “These women are shining examples of the diverse and rewarding opportunities that are available within the IT sector. It is a common misconception that senior roles within technology are an exclusively male domain, but these hugely enthusiastic and energetic women dispel this myth, showing how talent can take you to the top. Despite the current challenges facing the UK economy, technology is a growth area, and encouraging more inspirational women like these to pursue a career within the industry can only aid this positive growth potential.”

Congratulations to all the shortlisted candidates – the winners will be announced at the awards lunch on 29 March at The Savoy in London.

The finalists in the 2012 everywoman in Technology Awards are:

Rising Star of the Year – Sponsored by BP

  • Orla Baker, NTP Head Office Data Programme Manager, Accenture from London
  • Kim Cooper, Senior IT Consultant – Business Analyst, IBM from London
    Laura Earle, Executive Communications Manager, Services, EMEA & Russia, Cisco from London
  • Maria Navrotskaya, Information & Decision Solutions Manager, EMEA Financial Projects, Procter & Gamble UK from Newcastle Upon Tyne

Team Leader of the Year in an SME (with under 500 employees)

  • Kirstin Duffield, CEO, Morning Data Limited from Dorchester
  • Jules Howard-Wright, Broadcast Project Director, Digital UK from London
  • Poonam Joshi, Head of Advertising Operations, from London
  • Pam Maynard, General Manager, UK & Ireland, Avanade from London

Leader of the Year in a corporate organisation (with over 500 employees)

  • Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer, FDM Group from Brighton
  • Tracey Foster, Manufacturing Director- Peterlee, PepsiCo UK & Ireland from Peterlee
  • Alix Pryde , Director of Distribution, BBC from London
  • Emer Timmons, President, BT Global Services, UK, BT from London

Innovator of the Year – Sponsored by Cisco

  • Mandy Chessell, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Chief Architect for InfoSphere Solutions, IBM from Hampshire
  • Polly Gowers, Founder and CEO, Everyclick Ltd, Worcestershire
  • Cyndi Mitchell, Managing Director, ThoughtWorks from London
  • Jo Reid, Creative Director, Calvium Ltd from Bristol

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Nathalie Gaveau, CEO, Shopcade from London
  • Olga Kubassova, Founder and CEO, Image Analysis Ltd from Leeds
  • Vin Murria, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Computer Software Group plc from London

Inspiration of the Year

  • Gillian Arnold, Director, Tectre from Huddersfield
  • Hazel Moore, Chairman and Co-founder, FirstCapital Corporation Ltd from London
  • Sheryl Newman, Operations Director, Appetite for Learning from Aberdeen
  • Pat Ryan, CEO, Information Technology for Children in Hospital from Bletchley

Click here for more information on the Everywoman in Technology Awards.