BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is a professional body and a learned society that represents those working in information technology both in the United Kingdom and internationally. With a worldwide membership of over 82,000 members in over 100 countries, BCS is a registered charity and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1984. Its objectives are to promote the study and application of communications technology and computing technology and to advance knowledge of education in ICT for the benefit of professional practitioners and the general public.
BCSWomen is the largest member group for women working in computing in the UK. With 1,300+ members, it offers a range of opportunities, services and support to women working in computing and IT, in related professions and also to students of computing.
techUK is the trade association for the UK technology industry. More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ more than 500,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of its members are small and medium sized businesses.
Its Women in Tech Council is focused on developing and supporting effective solutions to the long-standing problem of attracting, retaining and advancing more women in the technology industry. The Council brings together some of the most influential networks and people working across the industry to increase women in tech.
The Tech Partnership
The Tech Partnership is a growing network of employers, collaborating to create the skills to accelerate the growth of the digital economy. Its leadership includes the CEOs of major companies in the tech industry, heads of technology from companies across the economy, and small company representation.
The organisation is recognised by government as the Industrial Partnership for the Information Economy. It is supported by, and taking forward, the work of sector skills council e-skills UK. One of its aims is to have a 50:50 gender balance in young people entering tech careers by 2020.
TeenTech runs lively initiatives with a supporting award scheme to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in science, engineering and technology. We work collaboratively with companies, universities, business organisations and education business partnerships to build sustainable and imaginative programmes focussing on regions of greater social need in the UK and Europe.
TeenTech is an award winning, industry-led initiative, founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help the “X Factor” generation understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace.
TeenTech events take place at venues across the UK – at each event 300/500 pupils from 30/50 different schools benefit from hands-on exhibits and challenges run by leading organisations. All the events are part of a coherent structure which then enables learners and teachers to take new found interests and enthusiasms further.
TeenTech has won several awards, including Best Engineering Event in Science and Engineering Week, and has been recognised for the quality of its work to improve diversity by WISE, which presented CEO Maggie Philbin with an award for Best Outreach and Engagement.
The 30% Club
The 30% Club believes that gender balance on boards not only encourages better leadership and governance, but diversity further contributes to better all-round board performance, and ultimately increased corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders. It aims to develop a diverse pool of talent for all businesses through the efforts of its Chair and CEO members who are committed to better gender balance at all levels of their organisations. Business leadership is key to its mission, taking the issue beyond a specialist diversity effort and into mainstream talent management.
The 30% Club approach – collaborative, concerted business-led efforts – can help accelerate progress towards better gender balance at all levels of organisations. Its technology group showcases the contribution that women make in senior executive positions and encourages technology firms to engage with the issue of women in leadership and to consider it when voting on the appointment and re-election of board members.