2023 SHORTLIST

Advocate of the Year

A woman working in tech who has gone out of her way to support the cause of getting more women and diverse groups of people into the industry in the last 2-years. As well as examining the initiatives the candidates has pioneered to inspire women and diverse talent to succeed in tech, judges will also assess their leadership, evidence of growth and their work’s impact on, and integration with, the business.  

Eimear O’Connor, Form3

Irina Kamalova, Revolut

Juliet Bramwell, Google Cloud

Kasia Wojciechowska, Capita / Modular People Solutions

Kate Carlin, HSBC

Kate Hanline, Google

Kenya McKenzie-Jones, Microsoft

Priyanka Gangishetty, Microsoft

Sasha Burgoyne, TechSwitch

Yuyan Zhang, Amazon

Ally of the Year

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

Adam Jordan, Mintel

Andrew Brown, IBM

Emma Gray, Capgemini Invent

Ganesh Kumar, Tata Consultancy Services

Jakub Misiorny, Untrite

Kevin Traynor, Centrica

Nathan Harris, JLL Technologies

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Tim Hatton, AND Digital

Wendy Sabaroche, CGI

CI/TO of the Year

A chief information / technology / operational officer or director / head of 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 this senior leader is in the business and how she has helped put technology at the heart of the business, driving strong commercial results in the process.

Floriana Molone, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

Georgina Owens, Liberis

Melanie Thompson, Ammonite

Nadine Thomson, MediaCom

Natasha Sayce-zelem, Amazon Prime Video

Niki Trigoni, Navenio

Sandra Taylor, Worcestershire County Council

Liz Rice, Isovalent / OpenUK

Data Leader of the Year  

A woman IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in data technology in the last 2-years. 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; contributions to a growth/continuity plan; and/or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around data and related technologies. 

Anzy Meerasahib, Ernst and Young

Gemma Elsworth, DWP Digital

Janani Dumbleton, Meta UK Ltd

Kirstin Duffield, Morning Data

Marion Shaw, Chaucer Group

Rachel Turner, NHS Digital

Radhika Bandarupalli, BP

Rituparna Bhattacharya, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Susmitha Gunda, Moorhouse Consulting

Tiyasha Paul, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

DEI Initiative of the Year

This award will be presented to a project or initiative that has had demonstrable success in improving the recruitment, onboarding, development and/or progression, networks and inclusion of underrepresented talent. This may be a digital technology driven initiative or project that has improved communication, engagement and support and removed a significant barrier to change affecting diverse talent.  Submissions must include the name of the initiative or project. 

TechSwitch

Inclusion Without Exception, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Starts With A Name, Version 1

Make HerStory, IBM

Agilitas

DEI Council, Thoughtworks UK

Novus Neurodiversity Programme, Capita / Modular People Solutions

Form3

#Cajigo100WomenInTech, Cajigo

We All Go Further Together, Wiley Edge

DEI Tech Platform of the Year

This award is for a key technological solution which supports HR and DEI departments in their efforts to identify, track and measure diversity, equity and inclusion metrics. Services could include tools for capturing DEI data, retention, recruitment, staff engagement and satisfaction, reward and recognition, and wellbeing. This tech solution could also provide or support DEI learning and training. Submissions should include case study examples, testimonials, evidence of change and continued practice.   

Diverse Talent Careers

Global Equality Collective App

Inclusion Maturity Assessment Platform, Grant Thornton UK LLP

TrustElevate

Digital Transformation Leader of the Year

A woman 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 2- years. Judges will look at examples of the technology and innovation involved; leadership; best practice; results and return on investment; alignment to business goals; how culture shifts were managed; and a growth/continuity strategy.      

Alex Nelson, AB InBev

Ash Finnegan, Conga

Danielle Lloyd, Apploi

Hannah Burke, Capgemini Invent

Lisa Beavis, Centrica

Neeta Mundra, Salesforce

Rachel Ruckley, easyJet

Sarina Sharma, JLL Technologies

Sasha Jory, Hastings Direct

Swati Murthy, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Diversity Lead of the Year

This award is open to the VP of Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, Heads and Directors of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in the tech industry. This person has demonstrated success in addressing inequalities and improving outcomes, ensuring a culture where all employees can thrive. This nominee is a role model and innovative leader in actively supporting employees; has introduced organisational change that can be measured in terms of staff engagement, retention, satisfaction, and wellbeing. This person is a great influencer and inspires and motivates others to improve the business for all.     

Akua Opong, LSEG

Beth Foster, Google

Bev Markland, Agilitas

Chloe, Version 1

Nicole Griffith-Brown, Clarasys

Ramma Shiv Kumar, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Sheree Atcheson, Valtech

Employer of the Year

This award is for a technology organisation that has demonstrated a great effort to attract and retain more diverse talent, or a company from any other industry that has demonstrated great efforts to attract and retain more diverse talent in its IT and/or digital department. Judges will look at efforts the company has made to create a more diverse and inclusive working environment.         

Agilitas

Dragonfly Holdings Ltd

DWP Digital

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Form3

Snap Finger Click

Talos360

Untrite

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Entrepreneur of the Year  

A woman leader of a technology, digital or e-commerce start-up that has demonstrated excellent growth in the last 3-years. Judges will look at demonstrations of a growth mindset, inclusive and inspirational leadership, and standout achievements.      

Caroline Duff, Ammonite

Emma Forward, Emma Forward Ltd

Hazel Savage, Musiio by SoundCloud

Lavinia Osbourne, Women in Blockchain Talks Ltd

Susan Kabani, Ugenie

IT Team of the Year (led by a woman) Public Sector

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, alignment to business goals and growth strategies. This sector specific award focuses on professionals that work for public/Govt and public bodies only.      

Department of Work and Pensions, Led by Jacqui Leggetter

DVLA, Led by Lucy Chieffo

NHS Digital, Led by Elizabeth Hill

IT Team of the Year (led by a woman) Private Sector

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, alignment to business goals and growth strategies.   

Jeannette Copeland, Ann Summers Ltd

Celine Tisserant, BP

Kathryn Ratcliffe, CGI IT UK Ltd

Pragati Kaurav, Cognizant

Dweeti Fanshawe, easyJet

Joanne Ormandy, JLL Technologies

Sarah Banks, Marks & Spencer (M&S)

Carly Ward, Moorhouse Consulting

Katie Mulligan, Rolls-Royce

Tanmaya Kulkarni, Xero

Newcomer of the Year

This award is for a woman (of any age) that has entered the tech space for the first time within the last 2-years. It recognises women who have progressed rapidly though their role and demonstrated business value and innovation. Submissions should include some examples of the following: upskilling efforts; demonstrable success deploying technologies; improving approaches to technology; delivering effective strategies; enhancing decision-making; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services; driving new innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around technology. Candidates must have an 18-month track record of work and contribution to the organisation.   

Bethan Jenkins, Gwent Police

Catherine Heylings, IBM Consulting

Danielle Inkster, SEDNA

Kirsten Phillips, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Melissa Hayes, River Island

Niamh O’Kane & Aimee McKendry, Version 1

Nicole Jolaoso, Capita

Shobitha Shivakumar, IBM

Veronica Wadhwa, Accenture UK

Next Generation Leader of the Year

A woman under the age of 30, or who turns 30 in 2023, who has progressed rapidly though their career and demonstrated business value and innovation through the use of technology. This could include demonstrable success deploying technologies; improving approaches to technology; delivering effective strategies; enhancing decision-making; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services; driving new innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around technology. Candidates must have a 2-year track record of work and contribution in the private sector organisation.     

Ameesha Mittal, Facebook

Cherry Ko, NatWest Group

Ecem Karaman, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Hillary Prather, Amazon

Nataliia Pelykh, Ciklum

Priyanka Sharma, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group

Katie Gamanji, Apple OpenUK

Sabrina Brookfield, Civil Aviation Authority

Vibhusha Raval, Haleon

Yasemin Karakurt, IBM

Outstanding Diversity Networking of the Year

This award recognises an employee network that strives to ensure the views of its community are heard and acted on to change the system. This network has influence and inspires and motivates its stakeholders to improve the work environment and ways of working for its members. It must be able to demonstrate a change in the way of working, processes, or outcomes for an impacted group. Submissions must include the name of the initiative or project.       

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Network (DEIW), Credera UK

Employee Network of Networks, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Altitude Network, Heathrow Airport

Women in Tech Group, Version 1

BCS Women Committee, BCS Women

Technology Inclusion Group (TechInc), Willis Towers Watson

Women@GoogleCloudUK, Google Cloud

Returner of the Year

A woman who left employment and has returned to the tech industry after a significant time away (minimum of 2 years). Judges will examine the last 18 months in each candidate’s career, looking at standout achievements and demonstrable contributions to successful projects.       

Christine Houghton, JLL Technologies

Jude McVitty, Version 1

Nida East, IBM

Priyanka Banthia, Synaptics Inc. (DisplayLink)

Security Leader of the Year

A woman CSO, CISO or any other senior IT security function (including cyber security and data management), who has delivered outstanding work, implemented innovative approaches to security and contributed to the impact of policies, procedures and projects within the business. Submissions should include examples of this work; the ROI; the methodologies of implementation; the impacts on the business and other stakeholders; and their strategy to uphold security best practice.      

Aditi Ramachandran, 6point6

Felicity March, Kyndryl

Lisa Openshaw, CGI

Monica Eaton-Cardone, Chargebacks911

Sabrina Brookfield, Civil Aviation Authority

Shruti Kulkarni, 6point6

Social Impact Project of the Year

This award honours a responsible tech project or initiative within an organisation or company, with a demonstrable social or environment impact. It recognises social responsibility, charity work or green and sustainable initiatives that are driven or implemented using pioneering digital techniques. Entries will be judged on their effectiveness, innovation and overall commitment to doing good. Entrants should reference how their technology links to the UN Sustainability Goals, and which SDGs in particular.        

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Giving To Services

Academy Achievers

Capgemini Invent

Warwick Business School

Tech Start-up of the Year

A company that has torn up the rule book to create innovative processes and ways of working to drive a coherent and sustainable working strategy. Judges will look at demonstrations of growth (turnover, profit, employees etc.), standout achievements and customer testimonials. The business must be under 3-years old.      

Dr. Andrea Cullen, CAPSLOCK

Faiza Choudhury, Slync

Gul Aydin, Codementum Ltd

Hazel Savage, Musiio by SoundCloud

Jagroop, KIDDYKIND

Katee Hunter, Inveztor Ltd

Kathrine Ives, Ellipsis Data Management

Layla White, TechPassport

Sinem Pala, Ceetech Consultancy

Susan Kabani, Ugenie

Woman of the Year

A role model who has demonstrated a high degree of excellence, innovation and leadership in the last 5-years, and shone a light on the great things women in technology can achieve. In their submission, nominees should not only demonstrate outstanding business- and tech focussed achievements, but also give examples on how they have actively sought to bring more diversity to the technology industry.          

Alina Timofeeva, Oliver Wyman

Aneesha Harindran, Clarasys

Debbie Foster MBE, Tech Talent Charter

Emely Patra, Salesforce

Kate Jones, IBM

Manija Poulatova, Google Cloud

Margareta Klincic Tremac, Google Cloud

Sharon Ramus, CGI IT Ltd

Wincie Wong, NatWest Group