2019 Women in Industry Award Finalists
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This award recognises women who have reached a leadership role within a STEM role. It identifies new faces who could be role models to show women at earlier stages of their career what they can achieve in STEM. The finalists will prove inspiring to others and will have brought about significant success and change within their organisations. The winner of our WISE Woman in Industry Award will inspire others by showing what can be achieved by pursing a career in STEM and will demonstrate to the wider industry the important contributions she is making in this area.
Operations Lead, Atkins
Well known for: championing gender-balance in engineering
“I love helping other people to enjoy their careers, I love helping them come to work, to do projects that they really enjoy doing, work in a culture and team that they like working with and do projects that they’re excited about.”
Karen leads a multi-discipline engineering team of 90 people, ‘where brilliant people have jobs they love’ managing some of the industry’s brightest talent, to solve the North Sea’s most complex engineering challenges. She has driven D & I at Atkins and is also chair of a successful gender-balance network group who now have 900 members. The group supports women and men in their careers, with a vision of achieving gender balance across the Aberdeen Energy sector. This year refocused on challenging companies to fix the systemic barriers blocking women in their careers, and to shift the thinking that there is something “wrong” with the women they are failing to see rise through their system. Karen has a good understanding of the barriers and how to address them, with a variety of initiatives including mentoring, role models, business plans and individual coaching. Karen loves her job and helping to make real change happen.
Director of Cambridge Wireless, U-Blox
Well known for: her commitment to inspiring girls and women in STEM, from the classroom to the boardroom
“It’s hugely interesting and varying; everyday we have different problems to solve, and being an engineer myself, I love solving problems, so it’s really exciting to be able to make a difference to the tech industry.”
Sylvia has been critically instrumental in the evolution of global standards for the Internet of Things to enable economics of scale – a technology that has now been deployed globally over billions. Sylvia provides independent advice to the government and various policy panels. She was appointed to the Advisory Board of UK5G in 2018, provides impartial, industry-focused, independent advice to the UK government on its future plans for 5G development. She recently joined the IET UK Digital Policy Panel, helps to develop future digital strategy and policy, seeing the real value in using technology and design to drive the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Sylvia is a high achiever and a TOP STEM role model. Her inspiring career journey can show women at earlier stages of their career what they can achieve. She works at every stage of career from classroom to boardroom to inspire and change from young girls career aspiration to policy at Board level.
Global Head of Innovation, HSBC
Well known for: her focus on innovation to advance gender balance in the workplace
“What I love about my job is the ability to explore new technologies and things that we’ve never heard of before.”
Diana Biggs is Global Head of Innovation for HSBC Private Banking. In this role, she leads on the development and management of the GPB innovation process, bringing emerging Fintech trends to GPB and the establishment of an innovation pipeline to incubate and test new ideas. Prior to joining GPB, she was Head of Digital Innovation, UK & Europe for RBWM, where she led work across fintech partnerships and pilots, innovation knowledge sharing and capabilities building, and the exploration of emerging technologies. In addition to her role at HSBC, she is Head Tutor for University of Oxford Said Business School’s Blockchain Strategy Programme, a Board Member of the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) and WEF Digital Leaders of Europe, a member of the EU Commission’s Blockchain Observatory Use Case Working Group, and a mentor with accelerators Katapult Impact and Gaza Sky Geeks. Previously, Diana worked across technology and financial services, both as an advisor and with roles including Vice President of Growth and Partnerships for Uphold.com, Chief Strategy Officer of social enterprise Soko, and Management Consultant with Oliver Wyman Financial Services.
The winners of the Woman in Industry Award will be announced at the WISE Awards, taking place on the 7th November, 2019 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
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