2022 Judges

Milly Batchelor
Youth Banking at NatWest Group, chairs Scottish Financial Enterprise’s Young Professionals (SFE YP) Network
NatWest Group

Milly Batchelor works in Youth Banking at NatWest Group, chairs Scottish Financial Enterprise’s Young Professionals (SFE YP) Network and won Rising Star at the 2021 Women in Tech Excellence Awards. Milly is passionate about unlocking the potential of future leaders and technology to amplify the positive role of financial services in society. Under Milly’s leadership, the SFE YP network provides support, development and access to senior leaders and policy makers, enabling members to campaign and drive change on topics they care about. This was exemplified by the network’s recent pre-COP26 Green Finance Youth Summit and a report on tackling Mental Health discrimination. Milly was also listed in the Business Insiders’ 35 under 35 list in 2022.

Kate Beverly
VP of Digital & Technology
Pearsson

Kate is VP of Digital & Technology, at Pearsson, the world’s learning company, and leads its Office of the CIO function.

Kate is responsible for ensuring the rhythm and effectiveness of Digital and Technology’s operations in supporting Pearson, by way of global digital capabilities, in its endeavours to create vibrant and enriching digital learning experiences designed for real-life impact. This extends to leading and coordinating key CIO engagements internally and externally as well as setting Pearson’s Technology strategy around global digital platforms and capabilities, its operating model and digital culture.

Kate’s career at Pearson began in 2004 and she has first-hand experience in leading business and IT programs through which she has developed extensive knowledge of our technology foundations, ways of working and our relationships with customers. As a passionate champion for DE&I, Kate has steered Pearson’s Women in Technology program, as well as using Internship and Graduate opportunities as a force to bring in new ideas and thinking and bolster diversity. This work has received industry recognition from Google in its Cloud Customer of the Year awards – Pearson was the sole winner in the DEI category.

Gabrielle Bourret-Sicotte
Co-Founder & Head of Products
Greenr Technologies

Gabrielle is an innovative entrepreneur with a life-long passion for sustainability. She invented and patented a novel technology in Silicon Solar Cells, during her PhD from the University of Oxford, in Climate Change & Solar Photovoltaics. After her PhD, she worked in Climate Financial Policy before co-founding Greenr. She is passionate about bringing emissions data into the hands of everyone around her, to help them make their own educated sustainable decisions and help the planet one action at a time.

Sarah Cole
Head of PR at Fieldworks Marketing’
Fieldworks

Sarah spearheads the PR team at Fieldworks, a specialist retail technology PR and content agency, and connects innovators and technology providers – from enterprise tech to disruptive start-ups – with retail businesses and organisations operating in the consumer industries. Highly networked, Sarah is a passionate advocate of technology’s role in transforming business capabilities, and is an avid supporter of women in technology, helping to connect, promote and drive influence for women in the tech and digital arenas.

Sarah Croxford
Regional Vice President for Healthcare
Salesforce

Sarah Croxford has been in the technology sector for over 25 years accomplished across sales and marketing in companies such as Microsoft, Siemens and most recently as Regional Vice President for Health in Salesforce. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales Professionals and Fellow for the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has achieved several awards including Women in Tech awards for Lockdown Legend of the Year 2021 and TechWomen100 2020. Her passion for inclusion and digital inclusion is driven through experiences with neuro diversity and also has seen Sarah be a Board Trusteee for Parenting Special Children

Alice Genevois
Senior Data Science Manager
Lloyds Banking Group

Alice is a Senior Data Science Manager at Lloyds Banking Group. She has extensive experience in analytical consultancy, project management, data science governance and risk mitigation. In her current role, she oversees the safe delivery and efficiency of data science projects and models within the group to ensure fair and ethical outcomes are reached for all customers. She has a business analysis background and couples business knowledge and stakeholder management with a strong understanding of data science.

Alice is also a Mental Health advocate, and one of the leading members of the Lloyds Banking Group Women ConnecTech network, through which she co-founded the Coach to Code Programme, which launched in June 2020. When she isn’t working, Alice spends time with her son Theo born last year and enjoys practicing yoga and going on diving holidays (although these may be rarer in future with baby in tow!)

Stephanie Hart
End User Compute Lead
Network Rail

I’m Stephanie Hart, End User Compute Lead within Network Rail’s IT Services with over 10 years IT experience. I won the Hero of the Year: Enterprise award at the 2021 Women in Tech Excellence Awards. I am extremely passionate person and always look to empower those around me to help drive and enhance technology changes. Sustainability, the environment and how we contribute to and can help change for the better really matters to me. I have worked with hundreds of schools across the UK to donate over 2500 laptops to schools with another 5000 left to donate. I was recently invited to attend the Queens Garden Party later on in the year.

Alice Hendy
CEO & Founder
R;pple Suicide Prevention

Cyber Security Specialist QBE Insurance

Alice Hendy tragically lost her brother, Josh, on the 25 th November 2020 from suicide. Josh was her only sibling, and sadly passed away too soon at just 21 years of age. Alice’s day job involves working in IT and Cyber Security, with experience in working for global financial institutions and insurance firms in the city of London. After examining Josh’s phone and laptop following his death, Alice found that Josh had been researching techniques to take his own life via internet searches, suicide forums and video tutorials. To ensure more help and support is given to individuals in mental health crisis and searching for harmful content online, Alice set up R;pple Suicide Prevention. R;pple is a digital tool, which if a user searches for harmful content online, they will first be guided through a filter of breathing exercises and then very simple, uncluttered and calmly presented strategies and forums, help lines and mental health services they can access both now and longer term: accompanied with messages of hope and encouragement to keep safe.

  •  To date, Alice’s technology has been downloaded over 250,000 times , with schools, colleges, universities, parents, carers and charities able to download R;pple, free of charge 
  • R;pple has been ‘triggered’ 1,863 times , meaning her tech has intercepted 1,863 people from harmful online searches. 
  • 23 external individuals have approached R;pple to inform us that the tool intercepting them online at their most vulnerable point has saved their life and that they are now receiving mental health support. 
  • R;pple has won 9 prestigious awards in the mental health and innovation space 
  • R;pple has gained significant National media coverage (including Sky News , BBC Breakfast , BBC News , GB News and The Telegraph ), reaching over 8.5 million people
Tanya Holden
Senior Information Governance and Management Officer
Westminster City Council

More ‘I’ than ‘T’, Tanya originally fell into a Data Protection role, which turned out to be a lucky break as it has led to a career in the evolving field of information governance/management, becoming ever more relevant as the art of the possible in technology becomes even greater. As a result she has been a specialist in legislation such as Data Protection UK/GDPR, Freedom of Information and Regulation of Investigatory Powers, working in the public sector, for nearly twenty years.

Tanya won the Returner of the Year award 2022 in recognition of a number of achievements made following a return to work from maternity leave within a relatively short space of time, whilst still a new mother. Tanya believes in working to inspire her child as they grow and make decisions about their own path in life, and in supporting women to both recognise their potential and to celebrate their achievements (such as by way of these awards). Tanya has also been developing her personal leadership skills including coaching and mentoring.

Sarah Lucas
Head of Technology
Lloyds Banking Group

Sarah was appointed as Head of Technology in 2021, focusing on transforming the way we introduce technology change and new technology services, redesigning for automation and data-driven decision making to make the route to live simpler and more resilient. She recently completed the cloud transformation and data centre strategy programme at William Hill, where she was responsible for overseeing their migration to AWS and delivering on the company’s two-year plan to move all its applications to the cloud. She was named ‘Hero of the Year’ at IT publisher Computing’s Women in Tech Excellence Awards 2020, which recognises UK tech's most dynamic and influential leaders and returned as a judge for the 2021 awards

Louise McCarthy
Managing Director
Female Entrepreneurs @ Evrensel Capital Partners

Louise Mccarthy. Currently Managing Director Female Entrepreneurs @ Evrensel Capital Partners, CEO Athena Ventures also INED for Recognise Bank and Leumi UK and Board Advisor for a number of companies including Bain. Louise also supports as a CXO advisor for a number of innovative tech companies. Louise has to lead a number of complex organisations in creating their strategy for Global Digital IT transformation. Louise is an outstanding, award-winning and dynamic inspirational CIO transformational and business change leader with over 35 years experience in some large private and public sector organisations including HMRC, Aviva, HSBC, and EBRD. She is highly respected in the technology, digital industry as a passionate, energized and transformational leader who achieves amazing results. She is valued at the board level for the design of complex technology and digital transformational visions, and strategy. The ability to take complex organisations with the need for transformation and align to business objectives. A background in finance and commercial gives the ability to see the wider picture and achieved commercial creativity. Louise is also a role model for females in technology.

Cass McMann
DEI Community Leader
The Channel Company

Cass McMann is laser focused on bringing equity and inclusion to the IT Channel and Tech by building inclusive cultures and removing bias from institutional processes. As the DEI Community Leader at The Channel Company, Cass assists organizations as they create cultures that thrive in business because of their inclusivity. She’s an expert chaos whisperer, assisting leaders as they make sense of the cultural complexities of bias and exclusion. She builds on what teams do well, while filling in the gaps of what’s unknown to streamline processes to create healthy corporate cultures and increase a sense of belonging. Cass knows that data-driven change management is the key to inclusion, because when organizations know better, they do better. Cass received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from DePaul University, Chicago, and a Master of Human Relations, Inclusive Leadership, from the University of Oklahoma. Her 20 years as an award-winning sales, events, and hospitality professional has fueled her passion for people, processes, and organizational culture. Her superpower is making sense of what may feel like chaos while developing business practices that put people at the center. The future of successful businesses hinges on their organizational ability to maintain a space where their members are seen, valued, respected, and protected. Cass is an avid reader, podcast consumer, and mom to one tiny human and many plants.

Jude Murphy
Senior Technical Consultant
IBM

Jude joined IBM 3 years ago after graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree in Computer Science from the University of Liverpool. She has held diverse roles ranging from Automation Development to Delivery Lead across International Transformation Programmes where she has delivered huge business benefits and has received accolades from numerous senior stakeholders including clients. She has excelled in her career winning multiple prestigious awards such as UK IT Industry Award – Rising Star 2021 and Women in Tech Excellence Award – Graduate of the Year 2021. Jude’s career has been fast tracked - she has secured two promotions in less than two years.

Jude views it as an important part of her responsibility to be a role model and empower women to be Technology Leaders of tomorrow. She is key member of a women’s support group and works alongside and supports women to become more confident in the workplace and the industry.

Jude, a Type 1 diabetic herself, is passionate about improving the ease of regulating blood glucose levels. She is utilising her analytical skills and is continuing research that she originally undertook at university by writing a paper alongside her former Professor on the ‘Prediction of Blood Glucose Levels using Machine Learning.’

Jennifer Neff
Managing Director
Elemental Software

Jennifer is passionate to end avoidable health inequalities. She set up Elemental Software in 2013 with Leeann Monk to connect people, build communities and improve lives. The pair created the Elemental platform designed to establish, scale, and measure the uptake and impact of the social prescribing model of care, a more than medicine approach to health and social care.

Elemental is an award winning tech for good company based in Derry, Northern Ireland that employs over 35 people. Elemental was acquired in 2021 by The Access Group.

Jennifer strives to spread the word about social prescribing, the difference it makes to people’s lives, communities, and the health and social care sector.

As the leading digital social prescribing software provider in the UK, Elemental is bridging the gap between health, housing, the community, education, local government, and prison services providing fully integrated care. Over 850 social prescribing hubs use Elemental across England, Scotland, Wales and the Island of Ireland.

Jennifer believes social prescribing is a powerful route out of health inequality and to ultimately improve lives.

@JEN_Elemental

Tobi Ogunsina
Senior Product Manager
Government Digital Service (Part of Cabinet Office)

Tobi is a senior product manager with a background in design. She has 10 years of experience working in the tech industry. She has spent 6 of those years managing digital products in the private and public sectors. She currently works at Government Digital Service - where she leads the publishing service team that makes it easier for government departments to publish effective content on GOV.UK (the t rusted source of UK government information, used by millions of people every day).

While at Government Digital Service, she has also worked at the Digital Marketplace (a platform that helps the public sector buy what it needs to build good services) and o n GOV.UK Accessibility. She recently won the women in tech excellence award as the 2021 rising star of the year (Public Sector and Universities) for her work to make GOV.UK more accessible.

She enjoys teaching product management skills and techniques and has been a lead educator on the Introduction to product management course for civil servants. Tobi is a graduate of Lancaster University and Obafemi Awolowo University

James Robbins
CIO
Parcelforce Worldwide

James Robbins, CIO of Parcelforce Worldwide, is in his 5th year of judging the women in tech excellence awards. One of the UK’s leading CIO’s, James featured in Computing Magazine’s top 10 CIOs whilst CIO at Northumbrian Water and has also lead tech functions at Drax Plc, Abellio and Northern Rail in 15 years as a CIO. James is also contributor to Computing Magazine having written CIO opinion pieces on leadership, automation, innovation, mindfulness and blockchain. In addition to his role of CIO, James has been heavily involved in the UK IT industries charity, ‘Byte Night’ and ‘Boycott your Bed’ raising awareness of the prevention of break up of families with the charity, Action for Children. James has been part of a national leadership team that has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds to support women’s refuge, mental health, support to less privileged families, and sufferers of domestic abuse through one of the UK’s largest mass participation events.

Dione Rogers
Deputy Chief Nurse / Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
Corporate Nursing

Winner of the Digital Leader of the Year ( SME) 2020 at the Women in Tech Excellence Awards, NHS England’s Chief Nurse Officer -Silver Award winner 2021 and the first Aspiring Director Florence Nightingale Digital Scholar 2021.

Experienced nurse, manager, and leader with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Dione is skilled in coaching, data transformation, healthcare information technology (HIT), management, and performance management. Working as the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer and Deputy Chief Nurse at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Professional Practice from The University of Northampton. Currently studying Healthcare Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence at Sheffield Hallam University. Dione is also proud to hold one of twelve nationally elected places on the Digital Health advisory panel and has recently taken to blogging about all things digital in healthcare.

Rachel Ruston
Head of IT Service Operations
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Rachel is an enthusiastic, driven, motivated and passionate IT Leader with over 20 years experience in the industry across public and private sectors. She has predominantly worked within Service Delivery and Operations with responsibility for Data Centre, Infrastructure, Networking, Applications, Service Desk and Deskside support alongside delivery of large scale transformation projects to ‘Enable Technology’ within the organisation.

Rachel is a former winner of an award at the Women in Tech Excellence Awards and is very proud to support the event by encouraging colleagues, students and associates in partner organisations to nominate themselves or others in order to receive the recognition deserved and raise the profile of women in the IT industry.

Nabila Salem
President
Revolent Group.

Nabila is President at Revolent Group. 

Nabila joined the Board of Tenth Revolution Group in 2020, and as President of Revolent is responsible for leading the world’s fastest-growing cloud talent creation business Nabila was the first and youngest female VP at the FTSE 250 company she used to work for and has accrued 15+ years of leadership experience based in the UK and USA. Nabila plays an active role in encouraging, supporting, and promoting diversity in the workplace and was recognized in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 List 2019 and was selected as Globant’s Inspiring Executive UK in 2021.

Toni Scullion
Founder
dressCode

Toni is a Secondary School Computing Science teacher, the Founder of the multi-award-winning charity dressCode and Turing'sTesters, and also the Co-founder of the ada.scot festival.

The aim of dressCode is to help close the gender gap in Computing Science. dressCode have also launched Computing Science Scotland, a national initiative with the aim to help support Computing Science teachers and inspire as many pupils as possible to continue to study Computing Science.

Toni is extremely passionate about teaching Computing Science, and encouraging more pupils into the subject,particularly more girls. The work Toni has done to raise the profile and to support Computing Science as a subject at schools to inspire the next generation and to help close the gender gap has been recognised by a number of awards.

Sophia Steiger
European Cost Transformation
HSBC

 

  • European Cost Transformation – HSBC : April 2020 to Now
  • CFO Technology, Operations, Real Estate and COO  – HSBC : 2016 to March 2020
  • Shared Services CFO Credit Suisse : 2012 2016
  • Consultancy Partner Deloitte : 2000 2012
  • Other Experience : 1994 – 2000: Financial and Commercial Director for Retail e-commerce business, responsible for end to end financials and Technology and Logistics commercial negotiations; CFO for Safeway Stores (Ireland) – led the acquisition due diligence and the post-merger financials; and Graduate Program rotation through: FP&A; Internal Audit and site Operational Accounting.  Gaining a national prize in professional accounting exams. 
Nerissa Thakurdas
Head of IT Security Operations
Falanx Cyber Defence

Nerissa is a dynamic, ambitious and charismatic IT Leader, with over 15 years' experience in the industry. She has a strong track record of transforming the performance of IT Service & Technology Operations. A career highlight for Nerissa was when she delivered ratings of 'Outstanding' for external Financial Audits during her time in the IT Department of London Luton Airport which had not been achieved prior to her joining.

Nerissa has been recently appointed the role of Head of IT Security Operations at Falanx Cyber Defence where she has been brought in to mature the delivery of SOC services.

Being an altruistic and empathetic soul, in her spare time, Nerissa founded a Charity, Foxes Help for the Homeless, which she is also the Vice-Chair of. Along with her fellow Trustees they are on a mission reduce those who are currently homeless or who are at risk of homelessness.

Alina Timofeeva
Principal
Oliver Wyman

Alina is a multi - award - winning Principal at Oliver Wyman who helps major organisations in areas of Technology Modernisation , Cloud Adoption and Data Transformation, so they can deliver on their business ambitions in a safe and cost - effective way. She was recognized by 7 industry awards only in 2021, including Digital Leader by Women in Tech Excellence Awards

Outside of work Alina actively gives back to the community, through mentoring women of diverse cultural and social backgrounds - so we can all look at our failure as an opportunity, instead of a setback. Her recent TEDxTalk "Fail but never give up" was watched by over 320 000 people in first 3 months, is being translated into 30 languages globally and has reached the Top 10 World’s most watched TEDx talks released in December 2021.