2021 Shortlist

Advocate of the Year

A woman working in tech who is a role model and has gone out of her way to support the cause of getting more women in IT in the last 18 months. As well as examining the women in IT initiatives the candidates have pioneered to inspire women to succeed in technology, judges will also assess their leadership and the initiative’s impact on, and integration with, the business. 

Alice Hawash, Amazon  

Charmaine Mabika, Capgemini UK  

Elena Sinel, Teens in AI 

Kate Carlin, HSBC Commercial Banking (Digital IT)   

Lauren Abramsky, Vault Platform  

Natalie Billingham, Akamai Technologies  

Neha Mehta, IHS Markit 

Nikki Kelly, Atos IT Services 

Rav Bumbra, Structur3dpeople   

Vibhusha Raval, BT Group 


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Board Director of the Year

This award is to highlight for the impactful role of a female board member or senior executive board member of a company or not-for-profit organisation such as an endowment or charitable organisation. Judges will assess their influence on strategy, their leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the organisation/s. 

Alison McKinna, Cancer Central  

Andrea Naylor, Namos Solutions  

Beth Lawton, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 

Debora Edwards, Illuminet   

Frances Weston, Econocom  

Helen Kilvington, Credera  

Lisa Venter, Synetec 


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CIO of the Year

A female CIO who has demonstrated particular innovation and IT excellence. Judges will look at projects and achievements spanning the current organisation or others if applicable, within the last 18 months. Examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals must be included. 

Wendy Clark, NHS Blood and Transplant 

Floriana Molone, Richmond and Wandsworth Boroughs  

Joanne Ormandy, JLL 

Sandra Taylor, Worcestershire County Council 


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CTO of the Year

A chief technology officer or technology director who has demonstrated positive impact on the company’s top line and driven new customer value through the innovative use of technology. Candidates will include examples of strong leadership and how they have employed a technology strategy to enhance product development and improve the service the company provides to customers. Judges will also assess how well ingrained the chief technology officer is in the business and how she has helped put technology at the heart of the business, driving strong commercial results in the process.  


Bilge Mert, iptiQ by Swiss Re  

Lucia Pino-Garcia, Ninety One  

Meri Williams, Healx 

Sonal Rattan, eXate  

Sophie Davies-Patrick, MPB 

Data Leader of the Year

A female IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of data technology in the last 18 months. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying data technologies; improving how a company uses or deals with data; delivering effective data strategies; enhancing decision-making with data; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around data and related technologies. 


Alessia Clusini, Trybes Agency  

Bingqian Gao, Aktana 

Carrie Snee, Instinctive BI 

Kathryn Salt, NHS Digital 

Kelly Stottlemyer, Varonis  

Larissa Suzuki, Google Cloud

Rachael Selman, Catalyst BI 

Sarah Belsham, RSM UK 

Shruti Kohli, DWP Digital 

Simone Steel, Nationwide Building Society 

DEI Initiative of the Year

This award category is open to organisations that have undertaken a specific initiative that has been established to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within their organisation or the wider community. These could involve gender pay gap, paternal leave, greater support for BAME and LGBT+ professionals, greater opportunities for people with disabilities, etc. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and/or industry, and ultimate results of the initiative.


It’s Her Future (IHF), KPMG UK  

Women In Data Hackathon, TrueCue

Tech Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG UK 

 Accessibility, KPMG UK 

 RISE, Maersk 

 Digital Voices Advocacy, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency 

 Ethnic Minorities Broadening Racial Awareness & Culture Exchange (EMBRACE), NHS Digital 

Cajigo, Structur3dpeople 

Women in Tech Chapter, IHS Markit 

The Shuri Network, NHS 


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Digital Transformation Leader of the Year

A female chief digital officer, digital director or leader of a digital transformation who has led an IT/digital transformation or business change programme driven by technology in the last 18 months.

Judges will look at examples of the technology and innovation involved; leadership; best practice; results and return on investment; alignment to business goals; and how culture shifts were managed.  

Babita Evans Kumar, Infosys  

Elaine Safier, MindGym plc  

Megan Poole, Rolls-Royce 

 Sam Hollingdale, IBM   

 Sarah Wilkinson, NHS Digital 

 Shilpa Kaluti, Scrumconnect 

Shiny Furtado, BP 

Silvia Diogo, KPMG UK 

Simone Steel, Nationwide Building Society 

Tina Howell, AND Digital 


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Education and Training Initiative of the Year

This award category is open to organisations that have developed training programmes, upskilling initiatives, and/or undertaken an initiative that has helped women and girls to improve their digital skills over the last 18 months. This could involve virtual onboarding training, training for furloughed staff, upskilling/supporting working staff, etc. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, awareness raised, impact on the organisation and industry, and ultimate results of the initiative.


Your Return to Technology Programme, Tech Returners  

Cora Academy, NatWest Group  

UK Data Culture and Skills Series, HSBC 

LWE, Learning with Experts   

Ignite Hubs 


Code Learning Community, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency 

It’s Her Future Programme Juniors Programme (IHF), KPMG UK 

It’s Her Future: Code, KPMG UK 

Step into Tech, Zen Internet 

Employer of the Year (up to 250 employees)

This can be either a technology company that has demonstrated a great effort to attract and retain more women, or a company from any other industry that has demonstrated great efforts to attract and retain more women in its IT and/or digital department. Judges will look at efforts the employer has made to create a more diverse and inclusive working environment.  


Doqit Technologies 

Edge Analytics 


Morning Data  

Namos Solutions  



Employer of the Year (over 250 employees)

This can be either a technology company that has demonstrated a great effort to attract and retain more women, or a company from any other industry that has demonstrated great efforts to attract and retain more women in its IT and/or digital department. Judges will look at efforts the employer has made to create a more diverse and inclusive working environment. 


IHS Markit 

DWP Digital  




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Entrepreneur of the Year

A female leader of a technology, digital or e-commerce start-up that has demonstrated excellent growth in the last 18 months, with a coherent and sustainable strategy in achieving it. Judges will look at demonstrations of growth (turnover, profit, employees etc.), standout achievements and customer testimonials. 


Alena Golden, Rap Tech Studios  

Anna Sutton, The Data Shed  

Deirdre Mc Gettrick, ufurnish.com 

Eliza-May Austin, th4ts3cur1ty.company & PocketSIEM   

Faiza Choudhury, SLYNC Ltd 

Iram Gilani, Web Alliance 

Linda Achan, NatureWrap Ltd 

Seema Khinda Johnson, Nuggets 

Shilpa Kaluti, Scrumconnect

Vivi Friedgut, Blackbullion

Innovator of the Year

A female tech professional who has demonstrated outstanding innovation, customer wins and deployments in the last 18 months. Judges will look at products/services, client testimonials, examples of ROI achieved, success in challenging implementations, post-sales support and service, and tailored customisations in specific enterprise environments.  


Becci Edmondson, MPB  

Donna Schut, Google Cloud  

Elizabeth Swanton, Feedr Ltd 

Gayathri Sudhakaran, TCSJOHNHUXLEY  

Joanna Haslam, Snap Finger Click 

Lucy Mullins, StepLadder 

Mary Leonard, Pearson 

Rosemarie Diegnan, Wazoku 

Sally Sabet, Salesforce 

Sharmila Natarajan, Parcelforce 


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IT Team of the Year (led by a woman)

An IT team, led by a woman, that has delivered real value – with tangible business results – to a company. Judges will look at projects and achievements, along with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.  


Aslihan Millet, Danone UK & Ireland  

Catherine Ongers, NHS Blood and Transplant  

Jacqueline Nisbet, Lloyds Banking Group 

Jacqui Leggetter, DWP Digital  

Joanne Hilditch, Worcestershire County Council   

Maria Farrugia, Vodafone UK Ltd  

Melissa Ruscoe, NHS Digital 

Nicola Emsley, NatWest Group Plc. 

Sali Jones, CGI IT UK Ltd 

Sasha Jory, Hastings Direct 


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Male Ally of the Year

A senior male figure who has gone out of his way to improve the diversity levels of women in IT, within the organisation and/or in the wider community. Successful nominations must provide case studies or examples of how the candidate has gone of their way, or strategically prioritised, getting more women into IT and/or supporting them in their careers.  


David Rowlands, KPMG UK  

Gavin Laybourne, A. P. Moller-Maersk  

John McCabe, IBM 

Matthew Lawrence, makepositive   

Mike Cawthorn, Catalyst IT  

Nitin Gupta, Tata Consultancy Services 

Paul Howley, Yorkshire Building Society 

Ronal Karia, Adobe 

Simon McKinnon, DWP Digital 

Simon Langley, Covea Insurance 

Next Generation Leader of the Year

A woman under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2021, who has progressed rapidly though their career and demonstrated business value and innovation through the use of technology. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying technologies; improving how a company approaches technology; delivering effective IT or technology strategies; enhancing decision-making with technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of technology; driving new innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around technology.


Alina Timofeeva, KPMG  

Cristina Pascalau, Bank of America  

Fiona Teddy-Jimoh, HMRC 

Frederika de Courcy Arora, BP 

Hayley Creighton, Capgemini  

Kim Lawrie, ENGINE Creative  

Natalie Coaten, IBM 

Nishali Patel, NHS Digital 

Rebecca Whitworth, Red Hat 

Zerin Karim, Pearson plc 


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Outstanding Contribution of the Year

Nominations can be submitted for this category and candidates will be selected from across the current nominees as well as the judging panel’s knowledge of key industry individuals. It is to recognise the achievements over a long period of time which has made an important contribution to the general standing of the technology industry. 


Amanda Brock, Open UK  

Claire Povey, Collaborative Procurement Partnerships LLP  

Gemma Beacock, NHS Digital 

Janet Weston, HSBC   

Katherine Scott, BT 

Leanne Lynch, Heathrow Airport  

Saadia Hakim, Google  Cloud

Sharmila Natarajan, Parcelforce 

Sorna Chandra, Tata Consultancy Services 

Tracey Jessup, UK Parliament 


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Returner of the Year

A woman with business experience that has returned to the industry after a significant time away (minimum of 2 years) and has shown great promise upon their return. Judges will examine the last 12 months in each candidate’s career, looking at standout achievements and demonstrable contributions to successful projects. 


Abhi Morjaria, Ingram Micro  

Chitra Srinivasan, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority  

Gomathi Shivakumar, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency 

Lianne Dodds, Bottlepay Ltd   

Liza Dempsey-Vicent, Ingram Micro 

Mini Biswas, Node4 Ltd 

Ofelia Pastor, Oxford Brooks 

Security Leader of the Year

A female CSO, CISO or any other senior IT security function (including cyber security and data management), within a UK organisation who has delivered outstanding work. Judges will assess the candidates’ innovative approaches to security and the impact of their policies, procedures and projects on the business. 


Alexandra Hall, Rolls-Royce  

Anjali Vaish, NTT Ltd  

Jane Frankland, KnewStart 

Lianne Potter, Covea Insurance  

Priyanka Bhattacharya, Verizon 

Yolande Young, BP  


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Tech for Good Award of the Year

This award honours an organisation using technology to improve the lives of others and the world around us. It recognises corporate social responsibility, charity work or green and sustainability initiatives that are driven or implemented using pioneering digital techniques. Entries will be judged on their effectiveness, innovation and overall commitment to doing good.  


Nabila Salem, Revolent  

Harriet Gwilt, Esri UK  

Jackie Mulligan, ShopAppy.com 

Linda Achan, NatureWrap Ltd  

Maria Paviour, Wellbeing with Cari 

Marian Zelman, NHS Blood and Transplant  

Nia Roberts, Capgemini Invent

Preeti Singh, KPMG UK 

Sharon Pursey, SafeToNet

Tamsin Dewhurst, Uptree 


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Woman of the Year

A woman who has demonstrated the highest degree of IT excellence, innovation and leadership in the last year, and shone a light on the great things women in IT can achieve. Candidates should have not only have demonstrated outstanding business- and/or technology-focused achievements, but also give examples on how they have actively sought to bring more diversity into the technology industry.  


Alysia Silberg, Street Global  

Andrea Cullen, CAPSLOCK  

Anne Gosal, KPMG LLP 

Beckie Taylor, Tech Returners  

Carlene Jackson, Cloud9 Insight  

Leila Seith Hassan, Digitas UK 

Melissa Di Donato, SUSE 

Sarah Wilkinson, NHS Digital 

Sharon Pursey, SafeToNet 

Shivvy Jervis, FutureScape 248 


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