Influential women in IT: Elizabeth Sparrow, Former BCS president

Elizabeth Sparrow—Former BCS president

Women and IT—time for a rethink?

Computer Weekly recently hosted an event to celebrate the most influential women in UK IT. We invited some of the top female IT role models in the UK to discuss the role of women in developing the UK's high-tech economy. This video is one of a series of the speakers talking to the audience of female IT leaders.

In recent years there have been many different programmes aimed at encouraging more girls to study computing and more women to join the IT workforce. What impact have they had? Are we doing the right things to tackle gender imbalance or do we need to think again?

Elizabeth Sparrow has had a very successful career in the IT industry for 30 years. Between 2009 and 2011 Elizabeth served as President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. During this time she focused on a series of award-winning, high profile public engagement programmes aimed at increasing public confidence in IT, helping everyone make better use of information in their lives and helping people become more active participants in the information society. Today Elizabeth continues her work for BCS and is also a trustee at AbilityNet.

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