Dr Nina Skorupska CBE Chief Executive
Renewable Energy Association & Deputy Chair of WISE
Nina Skorupska is the Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association where she works with her team and members of the association to “Grow the Renewable Energy economy”. She has worked for over 30 years in the energy industry, as a fuel expert, power station manager, head of energy trading and as member of the Executive Board - Chief Technology Officer for the largest energy company in the Netherlands, Essent (part of the RWE Group). In 2016, Nina was named as one of the Women's Engineering Society Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering.
10:00 - 10:30 Conference Welcome
Chief Executive, WISE
Since her appointment in June 2012, Helen has transformed WISE into a thriving, independent social enterprise, enabling business and education providers to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in the UK’s scientific, technology and engineering workforce. Helen is an energetic, inspirational advocate for social change, with a track record of transformational leadership across public, business and not-for-profit sectors. She founded her own consultancy company, Equal to the Occasion, after seven years as Director of Campaigns for the Equal Opportunities Commission and previously ran the Yorkshire region for the National Lottery Charities Board. An alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10k small business programme, she now supports enterprise as a member of the Advisory Board for the Management Division of Leeds University Business School. In December 2017, Helen joined the Board of Zero Waste Scotland, an agency supporting businesses in Scotland to increase recycling, reduce waste and create a market for the circular economy. Former Non-Executive roles include Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chair of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of YWCA England and Wales (now the Young Women's Trust).
10:30 - 11:15 A Bold Vision for Diverse & Innovative Teams, Sponsored by Morson Group - in partnership with Salford University
Operations director, Morson International
Adrian is a major driving force behind Morson International’s diversification into new markets and transforming of the technical recruiter’s brand as a UK engineering expert into a global specialist in permanent and interim talent-based solutions.
The Morson founding family’s mentality of there being ‘no finishing line’ gives Adrian the remit to implement long-term change strategies that facilitate growth into emerging markets, including IT and professional services, and capitalise on the growing demand for skilled talent. Since joining the business, turnover is up 39% and profit 131%.
Morson International’s client portfolio reads like a who’s who of industry leaders, including BAE Systems, Costain, Network Rail, NuGen, AECOM and TfL, and the company has held continuous relationships of more than 25 years with 60% of its client base. The UK’s number one technical recruiter has more than 14,000 contractors on site, processes 700,000 timesheets a year and delivers 30million people hours to client projects.
As operations director, Adrian identifies the right internal talent to drive Morson International and the wider Morson Group forward to achieve its goal of becoming a £1billion turnover business. He has identified the future boardroom, ensuring it’s diverse, equal and inclusive - all factors that are regarded highly throughout Morson International’s own recruitment strategy for itself and those of its clients. The company has since established a rising stars mentoring scheme; particularly aimed at female talent who show promise but need the right development to enhance their skills, attributes and boost confidence. His drive, passion and ability to change hearts and minds to align with a single, solid vision - especially from those who have been with the business 15+ years – is what sets him apart as a great leader.
Better understanding of current and future talent pipelines through detailed project mapping, particularly around the impact and opportunities presented by major infrastructure schemes such as HS2, Hinkley Point C and highways, has enabled Adrian and his team to develop bespoke candidate attraction strategies for Morson International clients and the wider market.
Adrian is also transforming the way the business supports its clients to better understand current and future outcomes in order to become a true collaborative partner. This strategy takes into account changing generational attitudes and the evolving recruitment processes required to attract and retain these, whilst developing integrated talent solutions at all levels, from apprenticeships through to highly skilled interim workers.
Adrian also facilitated Morson International’s partnership with the Girls’ Network and the launch of its Salford division. The Girls’ Network empowers young females from the least advantaged communities to be ambitious, reach their aspirations and match with a positive female mentor. As Salford’s number one employer, Adrian recognised the benefits that the business could bring to provide inspiring mentors and introductions with local schools and colleges, to encourage more girls into aspirational paths and ultimately change the lives of thousands of young females across Salford. Adrian now plans to replicate this success by launching the Girls’ Network into key commercial areas, for example, in the South West to help improve female representation and build a diverse pipeline of talent for major projects like Hinkley Point C.
Dr. Maria Stukoff
Director, Morson Maker Space, Salford University
Dr. Maria Stukoff is in the business of up skilling technology-savvy talent, and is renowned for establishing global partnerships between industry and academia to bring about innovative research and product development through prototyping and incubation enterprises.
She has extensive experience in managing digital transformation programmes working with companies such as Sony PlayStation, BBC, The British Council, BAFTA, and as a certified LEGO Serious Play™ facilitator - a tool used to enhance business performance –worked with clients such as Rolls Royce, Trinity Mirror and Barclays. Maria was also instrumental in establishing the Next Gen Skills Academy for videogames, animation and VFX sectors working with UK’s media elite such as Framestore, Double Negative and Pinewood Studios.
Maria has a wealth of knowledge in commercial game development, curriculum development for digital media practices and technology research.In her previous role at Sony PlayStation, she built a global fleet of PlayStation incubators enabling university graduates to start-up businesses to publish their first game on PlayStation. As Head of Digital at the BBC Academy, she was responsible for the transformation of BBC’s online learning platform, launching the new BBC Academy website. Maria was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Game Education, for transforming the UK’s game development curriculum with key institution such as Abertay University, Norwich University of the Arts and Sheffield Hallam University, and holds a PhD in Art and Design for developing mobile games. Her projects have won numerous prestigious awards and commissions, with nominations for ‘Mentor of the Year’ for Women in Games and named one of the Top 30 Women in Games in the UK by the sector trade magazine MCV.
Maria joined University of Salford in 2017, as Director of the Morson Maker Space - a flagship for industry collaboration in additive manufacturing, 3D fabrication and digital design to attract the next generation of engineers and creative innovators. She works very closely with Morson Group as a key industry partner to champion diverse, equal and inclusive employment routes into engineering, and to encourage more girls into STEM-based subjects through Salford University’s well-established engineering school programmes and supporting the Athena Swan charter.
10:30 - 11:15 WISE Coding Bootcamp Taster Session
Dr Mhairi Crawford
Development Director, WISE
Mhairi joined WISE in June 2016 to develop the services, training and consultancy offerings which help enable members to increase the participation and success of women into the UK STEM network.
Following a doctorate in Physics, Mhairi moved into industry and has been working commercially within science and technology industries for the past 12 years. With experience from applications through to marketing, sales and service across Europe, South Africa and the USA, she has first hand knowledge of some of the challenges experienced by women in STEM.
12:00 - 12:45 Patently biased, Sponsored by Arm
Chaired by Suzanne Oliver
Senior Director, Patents & Trademarks, Arm
Suzanne heads up the Patents and Trademarks departments for Arm and is responsible for managing their team of in-house attorneys globally, as well as Arm’s outside counsel law firms. Suzanne is a UK and European Patent Attorney, as well as a Chartered Engineer and supports a wide range of IP strategy, patent and trademark management issues for Arm. Suzanne is also involved in IP policy matters and is a member of the UK-based IP Federation and was involved in Arm becoming a founder member of Oropo, the world’s first open patent data register. In 2016, Suzanne joined the launch panel for the inaugural “Women in IP” networking event, as a part of the UK’s “IP inclusive” initiative. She has also recently been working on improving the internal Innovation program at Arm. Before joining Arm in 2012, Suzanne worked in private practice in Cambridge, UK. Prior to this she spent a number of years working as an engineer for Nortel Networks and has a Master’s degree in Electronics from the University of York.
Policy Advisor, IP Federation
Carol is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney. Carol retired from Shell in 2016 as Associate Counsel for Intellectual Property after a career that spanned almost 40 years working both in private practice and industry, mainly in the UK but also for a few years in the Netherlands. A long time ago, Carol read Environmental Chemical Engineering at Exeter University!
Carol represented Shell on the Council of the IP Federation from 2008 to 2016; served as chair of the IP Federation patent committee from 2011 to 2014, and then as President from 2014 to 2016. After completing a year as Immediate Past President, Carol is now a Policy Advisor to the IP Federation and in that capacity currently represents UK industry interests on behalf of the IP Federation and the CBI, in global Substantive Patent Law Harmonisation talks as part of the BusinessEurope delegation.
IP Federation is one of the founder members of IP Inclusive, and Carol is one of the IP Federation representatives participating in the annual RoundTable; Carol also is the current secretary for the IP Inclusive Management Committee.
Carol is married, is a mother of three, and very recently became a proud Oma. Carol is also a Trustee of the charity Through the Roof, with responsibility for Wheels for the World (which restores and distributes wheelchairs and mobility aids overseas).
Dr Bobby Mukherjee
Chief Counsel in Group Intellectual Property BAE Systems
Dr Bobby Mukherjee is a qualified UK and European patent attorney with over 20 years' experience of IP gained in private practice and at BAE Systems plc. He is currently the Head of IP (2009 -) at BAE Systems (a FTSE 100 company), which has one of the largest in-house IP teams in the UK. Bobby was elected President of the IP Federation in July 2012 (two year term).During his Presidential term, Bobby played a prominent role, on behalf of Industry, in actively engaging with the Parliamentary stages of the UK IP Bill 2013-2014. He sits on the UK Government Unified Patent Court (UPC) Steering Board.He is also currently an elected member on the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Council. He currently chairs the CIPA Internal Governance Committee. Bobby's career has mostly been spent in the physics field, obtaining and defending patent protection for new products, processes and services globally. He gained a first degree in Natural Sciences (specialising in Physics) from Cambridge University in 1990, and then a Doctorate Degree (D.Phil.) on High Temperature Superconductors from Oxford University in 1995. He has published various research papers in leading Scientific Journals during that time, and during his work experience at the National Physical Laboratory.
Bobby has been named a Corporate IP Star on the global stage by Managing Intellectual Property in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In his spare time, Bobby enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, and closely following cricket.
Dr Cath O’Neill
CEO, SkinBioTherapeutics PLC
Cath is a senior lecturer at the University of Manchesterin the Dermatological Sciences Research group. As an academic, her research work is very translational and focuses on new therapies for skin in health and disease. This translational approach has led to the creation of two spin out companies: Curapel in 2011 and more recently, SkinBiotix in March 2016, which subsequently became SkinBioTherapeutics plc.In april of this year, Cath gained a secondment from the university in order tolead SkinBioTherapeutics plc through a successful IPO and the company listed on the AIM market in april. Having raised £4.5M Cath now divides her time between the company and her academic research at the university.
12:00 - 12:45 WISE People Like Me Taster Session
Dr Mhairi Crawford & Shagufta Sharif
Development Manager, WISE
Shagufta joined WISE in July 2014. Shagufta previously worked at Girlguiding and has a wealth of experience in creating opportunities for young people. She supports the Development Director in creating new and innovative projects to further the WISE Campaign aims and objectives. Alongside Mhairi Crawford, Shagufta is working on developing the People Like Me campaign. Shagufta also supports the Career Development and the returners programmes as well as all other training initiatives.
13:30 - 14:15 Creative Career Paths: A Panel Discussion with WYWB
Senior Engineer (Geotechnical), Tony Gee and Partners LLP & WISE Young Women's Board Member
I currently work with Tony Gee and Partners as a Senior Engineer in the geotechnical team, having achieved Chartered Civil Engineer status in December 2015. I am committed to the promotion of engineering and other STEM-related careers, working as an ambassador in schools undertaking engineering focussed workshops and attending career events.
My belief is that the promotion of STEM subjects as a career path should start as early as possible in our lives. The industry has many female role models who have developed within the industry along very different paths. With my background in mind and a strong positive attitude I hope to work with WISE to bring these role models forwards to inspire the next and future generations into STEM.
Rachel, twenty-two graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters degree in Mathematics in 2017.
When she was fourteen and studying for her GCSEs she had an idea for a dress which combined her love of fashion and Maths to create a world first dress using Combinatorics to solve a real world problem for women. This led to her launching her own womenswear brand, Careaux with her sister, Laura. The dress has a zip around the waist, enabling the dress to split into a top and a skirt. This allows the dress to have a different or same size top to bottom and you can interchange the tops and the skirts to create different styles, since the number of dresses= number of tops x number of skirts.
With this and her role as a STEM ambassador, she aims to showcase the limitless applications of Maths and how the skills learned from studying Maths have been vital to her launching her business. "I really want to demonstrate that just like solving a Maths problem, that with belief and determination you can achieve whatever you want to."
Chief of Staff, Tessian & WISE Young Women's Board Member
As Chief of Staff at Tessian, if it isn’t building or selling the software itself, chances are it falls to my division to tackle the challenge. That includes managing the finances, taking care of HR, assessing company risk, and finding bright new talent. Wearing that lattermost hat and running recruitment for a high-growth tech start-up has been eye-opening. Every day I see first-hand the degree of gender imbalance in the industry - an imbalance that is severe even when compared to other STEM areas, and not only at the employment level, but at the educational level also.
Having spent time on both sides of the classroom – from further maths at school and Chemistry at Imperial, to actuarial study groups and teaching with Imperial’s STEM Outreach – I’ve always questioned why there were noticeably fewer women, especially when those present performed well. It saddens me greatly to think that all these years after so many hard-won rights for women were secured, that gender equity, both in women’s presence and women’s pay, has so far yet to go.
Professor Penny Endersby
Division Head, DSTL
Penny grew up in London, and gained her first research experience as a WISE scholar in her sixth form at GEC. She read Natural Sciences at Newnham College Cambridge. She joined the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment – a Dstl predecessor-in 1993 after a short stint researching fuel cells with British Gas. She spent ten years as a researcher into novel armour systems, ending as the UK expert on electric and intelligent armours. She led several groups in Dstl’s Physical Sciences Department before taking over as the department manager in 2009. During this time she was appointed a fellow of the Institute of Physics and served as a member of their governing council. In 2012 she transferred to lead the Information Management department, beginning the focus on cyber and C4ISR which led to her appointment as division head of Cyber and Information Systems Division in 2015. Penny holds a visiting professorship at Southampton University in Electronics and Computer Science. She is also honorary treasurer of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and a NED of Ploughshare Innovations Ltd.
Manufacturing Engineer, Rolls Royce PLC & WISE Young Women's Board Member
I am currently in the final year of my Mechanical Engineering degree and I have just completed my apprenticeship and now have a full time job as a Manufacturing Engineer Trent 700 Component Owner and a Computer Aided Process Planner (CAPP) in Hucknall, where we manufacture Outlet Guide Vanes (OGV’s). I am heavily involved in transitioning our plant from an old system called TIMES, which is used to edit manufacturing instructions to Siemens Teamcenter.
As a Rolls-Royce and Nottinghamshire County STEM Ambassador, I regularly participate in STEM enrichment activities that involve career discussions as I am very keen in sharing my experiences, including the barriers I overcame to get into engineering and being able to go into schools and motivate young girls and women into studying and exploring engineering, making them believe that they already have what it takes and guiding them through the opportunities available and how they can access them.
Software Engineer, BBC Sport
I left college with Maths, Psychology and Photography A–levels and continued with my part time job in retail. Over the years as I progressed within that job role, I realised that I wanted to try something different and explored apprenticeship routes where I discovered the BBC scheme. I started on the BBC apprenticeship scheme back in 2014 with no real prior knowledge of the industry I was walking into. I have always been interested in finding out how things work and I have always had a knack for breaking the unbreakable and the scheme matched a lot of my interests.
The apprenticeship scheme gave me a brilliant opportunity to learn something new and exciting whilst expanding my career options. I had the opportunity to try my hand at Quality Assurance, Business Analysis and Software Engineering over the first year and I decided to pursue Software Engineering over the remaining time on the scheme. My experiences on the scheme then led to a Junior Software Engineer role which has now led to a Software Engineer role. Software Engineering is exciting and ever changing and I enjoy being able to learn something new everyday, not only as an apprentice but also in the roles that I have entered beyond the scheme.
ICT Technician, RAF & WISE Young Women's Board Member
I studied Psychology at university, and though it was a fantastic experience I wasn’t sure it was the future I wanted when I graduated. After taking a break to travel to Australia, I came back and found myself looking at my own path. I knew I wanted to work in engineering, so I enrolled in a part-time college course to build up my technical confidence while I worked in retail. It was only through a chance conversation in a café when a friend of a friend casually asked me why I hadn’t considered joining the Armed Forces that I started to see it as an option. She was able to dispel the myths and misconceptions I had about Forces life, and later that same year - in 2015 - I was proud to graduate from the Royal Air Force as a Communications Specialist. I now work hands-on with communications equipment that supports operations across the globe, I’m about to commence an IT and Communications degree, and the opportunities to travel the world with work, sport, or adventure training have been incredible.
Because of my background I feel strongly about empowering women and girls with the confidence and awareness to go for the STEM fields that have historically been less encouraged, and dispelling the myths that these jobs are ‘not for them’. In the current technology age we need a powerful STEM workforce now more than ever.
14:15 - 15:00 Innovation & Smart Working, Sponsored by Thales
Head of Business Change, Thales
Ben is the Head of Business Change at Thales UK, a large engineering company which operates primarily in the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Transportation sectors. Ben is leading the Smart Working cultural change programme to empower our teams to work whenever, wherever and however is most beneficial for our customers. The Business Change team are supporting our 6,000 UK colleagues in embracing supportive ways of working and technologies, ensuring that stakeholders feel informed, involved and listened to throughout these changes.
Ben started his career at Accenture, managing complex HR, learning and change programmes for FTSE 100 businesses in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical and defence industries. He has led the Business Change team at Thales for the past three years, with a particular focus on technology change including cloud computing, connectivity, mobility solutions and social media.
Software Innovation Specialis, Thales
Sarah’s career has mainly been in software development, specialising in distributed enterprise software and has applied her skills to a wide range of areas, including transportation, security, avionics, and counter-terrorism. She is currently driving Digital Transformation in Thales UK by setting up a PoC factory to help the Thales UK businesses de-risk and adopt the 4 pillars of Thales digital transformation; Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Security and IoT.
Sarah has the role as SCIS KTD UK representative where she monitors the software and security research activities across Thales UK. She is also a school governor with UTC Reading which encourages student and especially girls to study STEM subjects.
Dr Alvin Wilby
VP for Research, Technical & Innovation, Thales
Since joining Thales in 2010, he has been driving the growth and innovation agenda, as well as strengthening the Engineering functional organisation and community of technical experts.He also established the UK Safety Committee (now chaired by the VP Engineering), which reports monthly to the UK Management Board on product safety matters.
Alvin is supporting MoD on innovation as industry co-chair of the Defence Suppliers Forum Subgroup for Research, Technology & Innovation, and is also industry co-chair of the KTN Defence & Security Group.
Previous roles include responsibility for the Defensive Aids programme for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, Technical Director for the BAE Systems Avionics Group, Engineering Director for Meggitt Avionics (senior CAA Approved Design Signatory), Technical & Quality Director at Astrium and various R&D roles in high tech organisations.
Alvin has degrees in physics, mathematics and business administration, is a chartered engineer, and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Engineering & Technology, the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange.
14:15 - 15:00 Leading and Managing Diverse Teams Taster Session
Managing Director, Skills 4
Jayne is the founder and Managing Director of Skills 4,a specialist training provider in the advanced manufacturing, engineering and infrastructure sectors, supporting companies and individuals to improve their performance.
An accomplished business woman and executive trainer, she founded the company in 2006 and works with senior teams of companies on topics such as D&I succession planning, unconscious bias and organisational change, which enableslients to attract, retain and progress diverse talent to compete and grow in today’s global market.
Jayne has a proven track record in providing a range of interventions to support employers achieve their inclusion and diversity objectives at an individual and organisational level. Clients include: Atkins, Arcadis, Balfour Beatty, BAM Nutall, BuroHappold, Barclays, Babcock, HS2, Kier, Mace, Mott MacDanald, Rolls Royce, Siemens and Thales.
As a professional teacher, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner and coach, Jayne is the author of all Skills 4 programmes. Since establishing the business over ten years ago she has helped over 5000 people advance their careers to date. She now works with a team of experts, via a Strategic Advisory Board and a hand-picked team of trainers, to ensure continued delivery of her programmes to the highest possible standards.
15:00 - 15:45 Innovation - Power of the Word, Sponsored by Network Rail
Lead Capability and Development Manager, Network Rail
Lydia leads a team who is focused on seeking out and developing the future, emerging and existing talent within her areas across the business. Lydia’s passionate and committed to working to increase the number of women working within the organization and within the sector generally. With a varied background in technical recruitment, generalist and strategic HR, Lydia’s committed to using creative and innovative approaches to everything she does, challenging behaviour and what’s gone before, to make positive strides to a better and more equal future for all.
Head of Innovation & Information Management, Network Rail
Apurva is the Head of Innovation and Information Management at Network Rail. He owns and direct the development and delivery of Network Rail’s innovation and information strategy to meet company and rail industry strategic goals. He was the Chief of Transformation for Supply Chain in Rolls-Royce plc and has also worked as Management Consultant with PA Consulting. He has led transformation programs across Transport, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Utilities sector. Apurva is a Master Black Belt in Lean and Design for Six Sigma. He is an expert in Predictive Analysis, Systems Engineering and Robust Design and has delivered lectures at top UK universities. He has a PhD in Predictive Models and Computational Methods. He is also a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society.
16:15 - 17:00 The North South Innovation Divide: Panel Debate, Sponsored by Siemens UK
CEO, Siemens UK
Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive on 1 July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008, and held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including Managing Director of Industrial activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton. Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme. He was made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2017. Juergen has also received honorary doctorates for his services to UK Science and Engineering for the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Salford Manchester.
Juergen is a passionate advocate of the UK rebalancing its economy and has supported many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills. He has recently been asked by the Government department BEIS to lead a new review on Industrial Digitalisation for UK Manufacturing. Juergen also supports the modern re-industrialisation of the Northern Powerhouse and in that capacity is Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP as well as the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
Born 1964 in Germany with Austrian nationality, he came to the UK in 1974
General Practitioner & Entrepreneur, C The Signs
Bhavagaya is a General Practitioner and Entrepreneur with a strong foundation in healthcare innovation and technology. With over 10 years of experience within the NHS, Bhavagaya was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award for her contribution to quality improvement and patient care by the London Deanery in 2012 and 2013.
She co-founded C the Signs, a digital health company, using artificial intelligence to transform early diagnosis of cancer. She was offered a place on to the King’s College London Entrepreneurs Accelerator Program to develop her entrepreneurial skills and was awarded Highly Commended Social Entrepreneur of 2017 by SEE Changemakers & UnLtd, and most recently won the Tech4Good People’s Award 2017, celebrating people using tech to make the world a better place.
Bhavagaya has a strong interest in health policy, working towards empowering the future generation of women leaderships. She has spent the last six-year working representing Doctors for the British Medical Association, working towards improving female representation within the workforce, retention, improving training to be more flexible for women and working to reduce the gender pay gap. Bhavagaya is passionate about giving back and using her skills and expertise to motivate and inspire students; she has taken on a new role at King’s College London Medical School teaching entrepreneurship and leadership.
Bhavagaya was the winner of the 2017 WISE Technology & Engineering in Health and Finalist for the Tech Innovation Award.
17:30 - 19:30 Evening Networking Event with BBC Design and Engineering
Broadcaster & CEO, TeenTech
Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes from Tomorrow’s World to Bang Goes The Theory. In 2008 she co-founded TeenTech, an award winning organisation which works across the UK helping young people, their parents and teachers understand the real opportunities in contemporary industry. She works tirelessly to increase diversity in STEM companies helping organisations understand that social and ethnic diversity are as important as gender.
Maggie was asked to lead the UK Digital Skills Task Force publishing a report ‘Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World’ in July 2014, which was cited over 40 times by the House of Lords later report on Digital Skills.In 2015/6 Maggie joined the Haringey STEM Commission producing a report in July 2016.
In June 2016 she was voted most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly and also named 2016 Digital Leader of the Year. She was awarded an OBE in the Jan 2017 New Year’s Honours List for her work to promote careers in STEM and the Creative Industries. In July 2017 she received the Tech4Good Special Award.
She is a ‘data warrior” and patron of the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing. She has been awarded six honorary degrees for her work helping young people understandthat opportunities in science and technology are open to all, regardless of gender, disabilityor social background. (University of Leicester, Queen Mary College London, De Montfort University , University of Bath, University of Huddersfield andSouthampton Solent University)
She has one daughter, Rose who works for a leading technology company in San Francisco.