Sergey Nivens - Fotolia

Nominations open: Most influential women in UK technology 2017

Computer Weekly’s 2017 awards for the most influential women in UK technology are now open for nominations

Nominations are now open for Computer Weekly’s 2017 list of the 50 most influential women in UK technology.

This year Computer Weekly is working in partnership with recruitment firm Mortimer Spinks to recognise and reward female leaders and role models who are making a difference to the technology industry.

This is the sixth year of the annual programme and, since its launch in 2012, the list has been expanded to include 50 of the industry’s most influential women.

Judges will work together to discuss this year’s nominations and decide on a shortlist of 50 women based on the achievements, potential, leadership skills and influence of each nominee.

Once the judges have decided on the 2017 longlist, Computer Weekly readers can vote in an online poll for their choice of the most influential woman in UK tech.

The final order of the top 50 and the winner of the award will be announced at a special event in London on 4 October 2017, sponsored by Skills Matter and Salesforce.

Last year’s winner was TeenTech CEO Maggie Philbin, who said she was “touched” to have been chosen as the most influential woman in UK tech in 2017.

“It’s been interesting listening to the number of people who say their careers in technology have been completely accidental – my career has been a total and utter accident,” said Philbin. “I love technology, it has been my life and I am so grateful to the whole tech community for always making me feel very welcome."

Having launched TeenTech to give young people the opportunity to discover the many opportunities tha technology can offer, Philbin has previously told Computer Weekly that the industry should be focused on increasing diversity across the board rather than just honing in on the sector’s gender imbalance.

She said: “It’s about encouraging kids from all kinds of social backgrounds who are eliminating themselves from an industry we know is fantastic and offers such amazing opportunities.”

Submit your nomination 

The deadline for submission of nominations is 9.00am on Monday 26 June 2017.

The judging panel that will decide the shortlist and order of the top 50 alongside the readers’ vote comprises industry professionals and experts, including:

  • Sharon Clews, director of people and talent management at TechUK.
  • Maggie Berry, founder of Women in Technology.
  • Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates.
  • Robin Beattie, director at Mortimer Spinks.
  • Wendy Devolder, CEO at Skills Matter.
  • Andrea Palmer, business change manager in IT and services at BP and treasurer of BCSWomen.
  • A representative from Salesforce.
  • Clare McDonald, business editor of Computer Weekly.
  • Bryan Glick, editor-in-chief of Computer Weekly.

Those chosen for Computer Weekly’s most influential women in UK IT list will also be added to the nominations for UKtech50, our annual search for the most influential people in the UK technology scene.

The Computer Weekly women in IT hall of fame

The winner of the most influential women in UK IT each year is inducted into the hall of fame, along with any other women who the judges feel deserve such recognition for their lifetime contribution.

The aim is to celebrate the most successful women in the sector and to offer judges the opportunity to introduce new entrants to the top 50 list as emerging role models.

Current members of the hall of fame are:

  • Jacqueline De Rojas, president of TechUK.
  • Joanna Shields, UK minister for internet safety and security.
  • Jane Moran, global CIO of Unilever.
  • Sue Black, founder of TechMums; Bletchley Park campaigner.
  • Wendy Hall, Regius professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton.
  • Stephanie Shirley, entrepreneur, philanthropist, legend.
  • Martha Lane Fox, founder and executive chair of; entrepreneur.
  • Maggie Philbin, CEO of TeenTech.

Tackling diversity in tech

Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates, said: “I’m honoured to be included on this year’s judging panel for Computer Weekly’s most influential women in UK IT, which celebrates inspirational women who have each made a mark on the UK’s tech and digital sector.

“Initiatives like these are crucial tools for highlighting amazing work which might otherwise go unnoticed, shining a spotlight on inspirational stories from some of the UK’s brightest talent.

“Tech still has a long way to go to tackle its diversity problem, but awareness-raising measures such as these are crucial for helping us work towards a more inclusive industry.”  

Read more about the most influential women in UK IT

Read more on CW500 and IT leadership skills