The judging panel of the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards 2015 has announced the finalists.
Members of the judging panel base their choices on assessed career success, potential for future achievement and support for women in the industry.
The 2015 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards ceremony and dinner will take place on 17 March 2015 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Maxine Benson, co-founder of everywoman, said: “Previous winners have shared with us the impact their award win has had on their business and careers, with many being promoted on the back of the recognition it has brought. Since launching five years ago, these awards have uncovered dozens of role models that will inspire future tech stars.
“This year’s finalists are all exceptional in their achievements, driving change across international organisations and creating innovative, disruptive companies with the potential to become global brands.”
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Sheila Flavell, chief operating officer of title sponsor FDM Group, said: “FDM is delighted to continue sponsoring the everywoman in Technology Awards, allowing us to recognise and reward outstanding women and their achievements in the industry.
"Gender balance in the workplace is vital to the UK’s economy; it improves communication, accelerates productivity and drives innovation.
“It is inspiring to see more women taking on high-powered positions and becoming role models to females at the beginning of their IT careers.
Meet the finalists of the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards 2015
"At FDM, we are committed to supporting our workforce regardless of gender and recognise the lack of women in the industry as a whole.
"This is why we launched our global Women in IT campaign, which is already encouraging and supporting more women to enjoy a long-lasting and rewarding career in IT.”
Julian David, CEO of techUK, said: “techUK is delighted to support the 2015 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards and celebrate the winners’ achievements. These women will act as role models for the next generation. The tech sector needs to attract more women to increase diversity and address the skills gap.
“Through our Women in Technology programme, we’re committed to raising awareness of the career opportunities UK tech firms offer to attract smart, skilled women who may not have considered a career in this sector.”
The finalists for 2015 are:
- Fiona Bradley-Barlow, director, AQ4B, from Leicestershire
- Fiona Hudson-Kelly, CEO, Smart E-Assessor Limited, from Birmingham
- Patricia O’Hagan, CEO, Core Systems, from Belfast
- Justine Perry, managing director Ltd, Cariad Marketing, from Hertford
- Ayman Assaf, head of strategy & planning, BP, from London
- Monique Morrow, CTO-evangelist-new frontiers, Cisco Systems, from Zurich
- Bela Patel, project manager, Credit Suisse, from London
- Jenny Taylor, UK foundation manager, IBM UK Ltd, from London
- Christine Ashton, SVP technology, Thomson Reuters, from London
- Helen Lamb, VP-head of managed infrastructure services, Fujitsu UK & Ireland, from London
- Anna Helberg-Hansen, head of business analysis – Group IT Division, Lloyds Banking Group, from Bristol
- Emer Timmons, president BT global services UK, BT Plc from London
- Sadia Chuhan, apprentice IT project manager, Thomson Reuters, from London
- Kerrie Martin, IS process change manager, National Grid, from Warwick
- Louise Moules, technical consultant, IBM UK Ltd, from London
- Lucy Burnford, founder, Motoriety.co.uk, from London
- Alexandra Depledge, CEO, Hassle.com, from London
- Emily Forbes, co-founder, Seenit, from London
- Tina Mashaalahi, co-founder and COO, KweekWeek, from London
- Sinéad Brophy, founder & CEO, MySupportBroker CIC, from London
- Tanya Cordrey, chief digital officer, Guardian News & Media, from London
- Elena Corchero, founder & director, Lost Values, from London
- Lt Cdr Roxane Heaton, synthetics training policy staff officer, Royal Navy, from Portsmouth
- Vicky Davenport, director & general manager sales operations, Xerox UK Ltd, from London
- Samantha Smithson-Biggs, programme management director, Aviva , from London
- Marit Thowsen, director technical delivery, American Express, from Brighton
- Karianne Gaede, risk programme director, Credit Suisse, from London
- Heather Craig, infrastructure specialist, IBM UK Ltd aged 19, from Greenock
- Amy Mather, STEM ambassador, aged 15, from Manchester
- Zea Tongeman, student, aged 15, from London
- Cheryl Duke, director, American Express, from Broward, FloridaKaren Egan, Sr, Director Technical Support EMEA, VMware International Ltd, from Cork, Ireland
- Kirti Santene, head of IT EMEA Branches, Credit Suisse AG, from Zurich
- Cathrin Stöver, chief international relations & communications officer, GÉANT, from Alcala de Henares, Spain
The awards evening will follow the everywoman Technology Forum, which will bring together over 200 females from across Europe for a series of workshops and masterclasses
Computer Weekly is media partner to the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards and the everywoman Technology Forum. More coverage to follow.