The Women in IT Awards Ireland 2018

Sheree Atcheson – Board-Appointed Global Ambassador, Women Who Code

Listed as one of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech (by Computer Weekly), and an international multi-award winner for her services to Diversity and Inclusion in the Tech industry, Sheree (@nirushika) is a Tech Business Consultant, Deloitte; Founder, I Am Lanka; Board-Appointed Global Ambassador, Women Who Code.

As a passionate advocate for gaining/retaining women in the tech industry, she launched & led the award-winning U.K. expansion of Women Who Code (, since 2013. Her career aim is to ensure people are aware of the fantastic opportunities the tech industry offers & make certain people (regardless of gender, race, social stature) are able to benefit from these & reach their full career potential.

Mary Carty – Executive Director, Blackstone LaunchPad, Co-founder Outbox Incubator

Mary Carty is an entrepreneur with a background in the arts, education and technology. Over the past decade, she founded two startup companies and was a BAFTA Interactive finalist.

Mary is the cofounder of Outbox Incubator, the first ever incubator for young women in STEM aged 11 to 22, working with 115 girls from 9 countries.

As Executive Director at Blackstone Launchpad NUI Galway, she oversaw the establishment of an experiential, entrepreneurship programme open to students, staff and alumni.

Recently, Mary represented Ireland on the International Visitors Leadership Program with the U.S. Department of State, focusing on small business and entrepreneurship policy.


Gillian Harford – Former Head of Diversity & Inclusion, AIB

Gillian Harford is the former Head of Diversity & Inclusion with AIB.  With a career spanning more than 35 years, she has been responsible for a range of progressive HR policies with particular focus on Culture, Diversity and Agile Work.  Gillian also works with the 30% Club and has a particular interest in Women on Boards.

Gillian holds a BA, an MBA from Michael Smurfitt Business School UCD, and the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance, UCD.  She is a fellow of CIPD, a fellow of the Institute of Bankers and a member of the Board of Beaumont Hospital


Sandra Healy – Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Dublin City University

Sandra Healy is Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Dublin City University. Before moving to DCU, Sandra held a number of leadership positions spanning 20 years in the telecoms industry across both the UK and Ireland; the most recent being Head of Customer Delivery for Vodafone Ireland. Sandra holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and First Class Masters in Organisational Psychology.  Over the past ten years Sandra has championed and driven Diversity and Inclusion practice in Irish Industry and contributes to the work of the Ibec Diversity Forum, CWIT and 30% Club Ireland.

Sandra is the Director of the recently launched DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion. The Centre provides access to the very latest in academic research, insights and tools on workplace diversity and inclusion.


Barry Lowry – CIO, Irish Government

Barry Lowry has been the Chief Information Officer for the Irish Government since April 2016 with the primary task of taking forward the Public Service ICT and eGovernment Strategies. These set out ambitions for developing the use of shared services, digital services and data to better serve the people of Ireland and ensure that Ireland is well-placed to benefit from European initiatives such as the Digital Single Market.

Barry was previously the Director for IT Shared Services and Strategy and Head of the IT Profession within the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Barry has worked in ICT within Government for more than 30 years and has been involved in a host of challenging ICT projects and initiatives including the first Northern Ireland Driver Licensing and Planning Application computer systems, the NI Animal and Public Health Information System and the creation of IT Assist, the award-winning ICT shared service centre for the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Barry is a Fellow of the Irish and British Computer Societies and is a former winner of the BCS Northern Ireland IT Professional of the Year. He was awarded an O.B.E. for services to the Northern Ireland Government and the Northern Ireland Computer Industry in 2017.


Deepa Mann-Kler – CEO, Neon


Deepa Mann-Kler is CEO of Neon, Visiting Professor In Immersive Futures at Ulster University and an Artist. Deepa directed and produced her first virtual reality experience “Retne” for HTC Vive which demoed at SxSW17. Her company Neon is using immersive technologies to create software applications for health and wellbeing. Neon has launched BreatheVR, a pain management tool, on the Oculus store and is currently developing an augmented reality game for use with children in hospital. Deepa’s work as an artist has a strong focus on public art with neon installations and she was invited to participate in Lumiere London 2016 and in 2013 in Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture. Deepa also has over eleven years experience working in equality and authored the first report into racism in NI “Out Of The Shadows.” | | @deepamann_kler


Barbara McCarthy – Director of Engineering, Hubspot

Barbara is the Director of Engineering at HubSpot, where she oversees HubSpot’s Dublin engineering team, which develop a number of HubSpot’s core products. Barbara has a history of growing large tech teams, having held positions such as VP of Software Development for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Software Development Director for Inspired Gaming Group. She is passionate about diversity in the tech industry and about growing/promoting positive engineering work cultures, is a regular speaker at industry events and was recently featured on Silicon Republic’s 25 of Ireland’s phenomenal women of engineering.

She is a non executive director of the Social Innovation Fund (


Carol Murphy – Risk Transformation Lead and IT Advisory. In charge of EY’s Connecting Women in Technology Network, EY

Carol is a Director in Advisory at EY.  Carol leads the Risk Transformation practice which includes cybersecurity and data protection (GDPR), Programme Assurance and other technology risk services.  Carol has over 18 years experience in consulting, including business and IT transformation, systems integration, project and programme management, pre and post deal services, and IT risk and controls. Carol has worked across a range of industry sectors, including health and public sector, retail, consumer goods and manufacturing, utilities, life sciences and financial services.  Prior to joining EY, Carol was a Director of PwC’s Technology Consulting group with responsibility for business development, team management and client delivery. Carol has also worked with KPMG Consulting (now BearingPoint) and the Bank of Ireland IT Department.  Carol has a B.Comm (Management Information Systems) from UCD is a qualified ICT trainer and is PMI, Prince2 and CIPPE certified.

Dr Andrew Power – Vice President for Equality and Diversity & Registrar, IADT – Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Dr Andrew Power is Chief Academic Officer, Registrar and VP for Equality and Diversity at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT). IADT is the leading educator in the cultural and creative industries in Ireland. Andrew also serves on a number of boards including The National Museum of Ireland and the Classification of Films Appeal Board. Andrew is widely published in the area of technological and societal governance. His most recent publication, Cyberpsychology and Society is published by Routledge in 2018. A Fellow of Engineers Ireland, Andrew has completed postgraduate studies in Music, Business, Art History, and holds a Doctorate in Governance from the School of Law in Queens University Belfast.



Veronica Rahneberg – Sales Marketing and Alliances Director and Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Business Network, Fujitsu Ireland

Veronica Rahneberg is the Sales Director for Fujitsu Ireland, Japan’s leading Information and Communication Technology Company. Veronica has been with the company for the past 15 years, consulting and bidding on some of Fujitsu Ireland’s largest flagship accounts. A graduate of the Global Organisational Leadership Development (GOLD) programme, Veronica has honed and demonstrated an exceptional management and directive skill set. In addition to her role as Sales Director, Veronica is the Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Business Network @Fujitsu which serves to promote greater diversity and inclusion among our workforce and associated work practices. With a degree in Computer Applications from DCU, Veronica is passionate about promoting careers in ICT for women.



Margot Slattery – Country President Ireland and Northern Ireland, Sodexo

Margot Slattery oversees all Sodexo operations in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where it delivers on-site catering and FM services to clients in IT, business, pharma, industry, education, healthcare and government services. It employs 3,700 people, with a combined turnover of €130 million in 2017 and is part of the French-owned Sodexo Group, the world’s largest multi-services company.

Margot has appeared on the OUTstanding/Financial Times’ list of Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders for three years running. She was FM Leader of the Year at the 2018 Facilities Management Awards for Ireland and received the Business Leaders Award at the WXN 25 Most Powerful Women in Ireland Awards for 2018.


Niamh Townsend – Leading EMEA Inside Sales STU, Microsoft

Niamh is responsible for building and leading Microsoft’s specialist teams for its new Digital Sales organisation across Europe, Middle East and Africa, delivering digital transformation solutions to its diverse range of customers in both public and private sectors. Niamh is passionate about building strong, diverse teams that support their customers’ strategic goals, build technical depth and insights, and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Niamh was named Businesswoman of the Year in 2015 by WMB and named in Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Ireland in 2016 by WXN.

Before joining Microsoft, Niamh was General Manager for Dell EMC, driving its commercial business on the island of Ireland. Niamh achieved an MBA from Michael Smurfit School of Business in 2008.


Ryan Reid - Senior Regional Vice President Ireland, Salesforce

Ryan Reid is Senior Regional Vice President, Ireland at Salesforce in which he leads teams who are focussed on customer success and growth for leading Irish businesses such as Icon Plc, CPL and Cartrawler. Over the past five years at Salesforce, Ryan has built out a number of industry teams including Retail, Media and Manufacturing teams supporting businesses across each industry with their digital transformation.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Ryan has held leadership roles at multi-national companies including Oracle and Sage. He was also part of the leadership team for Irish start-up company, Candidate Manager, and launched the business into the North American market prior to moving into a global role.

In his spare time, Ryan is a passionate supporter and mentor for students of the Trinity Access program which supports people from areas with low progression rates to higher education to reach their full educational potential.

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