This article is part of our Essential Guide: Top 50 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2015

The 50 most influential women in UK IT 2015

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14. Susan Cooklin, CIO, Network Rail

Susan Cooklin is Group CIO and Director of Shared Services at Network Rail. Her career spans over 20 years in financial services, leading business, technology and operational teams across global organisations. She also is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Leeds Building Society. In 2013, she launched Could IT Be You?, a competition for girls aged between 16 and 18, aimed at raising awareness of IT as a career for young women. The winning girl has her first-year university fees paid for by Network Rail. Susan also sits on the CIO Board of the Tech Partnership and is a member of the Shadbolt Advisory Group on Accreditation of Computer Science Degrees.

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