THE JUDGING PANEL

Joel Blake OBE
Founder and CEO
GFA Exchange

Biography

Joel is a multi-award-winning businessman and public speaker specialising in inclusive business growth.

Joel is the Founder & CEO of www.gfaexchange.com an award-winning FinTech portfolio risk management solution for the financial services sector.

Previously, he was the Executive for Access to Finance and Growing Business (GBSLEP) and  former National Diversity Advisor for Golf. He also advises professional service firms and public sector bodies on inclusive business support strategy.

Joel is also the President of the Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce, a Fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurs and a Non-Executive Director of two organisations.

He was awarded an OBE in 2016 for Services to Business Support and Enterprise.

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE
President
TechUK

Biography

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE is the President of techUK, President of Digital Leaders, co-chair at the Institute of Coding, as well as sitting as a non-executive Director on the boards of Rightmove, Costain and FDM Group.  

As a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in all its forms, she is an adviser to the board of Accelerate-Her and to fast moving tech businesses and a business advisor mentor at Merryck. Prior to this, Jacqueline held senior executive roles at major tech companies including Sage Group, Citrix Systems, CA Technologies, Novell and McAfee International. She was previously a non-executive director at AO World and Home Retail Group. Jacqueline was awarded CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2018.

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Jane Gilmour
Senior Global Technologist / Principal
Freeman Clarke

Biography

Information coming soon.

Dr. Rashada Harry
Enterprise Sales
AWS

Biography

Dr Rashada Harry is recognized as one of the UK’s top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders (Empower and Yahoo, June 2020) and one of the Top 100 Women in Tech (WeAreTheCity, Dec 2020) . She is most recognized for her thoughts on diversity in the workplace, employee engagement and helping the next generation of talent reach their potential. 

In a professional capacity Rashada is an Enterprise Technologist at Amazon Web Services in the UK where she is also co-chair of the Women@AWS network an Inclusion Ambassador and DEI advocate. 

Rashada co-founded and launched the award winning Your Future, Your Ambition (YFYA) initiative in 2012 as a vehicle to help corporate organisations and students connect and help to bridge the diversity gap in STEAM.  To date YFYA has opened its doors to over 8,000 students and has helped to build a successful pipeline of STEAM talent in the UK. 

Rashada holds a masters degree in Law from the London School of Economics.

Musidora Jorgensen
Head of UK Energy & Utilities
Salesforce

Biography

Musidora is the Head of the Energy & Utilities markets for Salesforce within the UK. This sees her working with customers to digitally transform their businesses and gain greater insights into their own customers. She has been selling and leading teams within the IT industry for over 20 years, both within the UK Enterprise Private and Public sectors. Musidora is passionate about supporting more women in the STEM industries and is an active mentor, coach and sponsor for women in sales. She won the Best Sales Mentor category at the EMEA Women in Sales Awards 2018, as well as recognised as one of the Yahoo Finance HERoes top 100 female future leaders 2020. 

Indira Kennedy
Specialist in executive and entrepreneurial transformation

Biography

Indira Kennedy is a pioneer of conscious leadership. In Australia in 2004, when the word ‘conscious’ was barely spoken of as a transformational goal, she introduced corporate development and executive coaching services based on this innovative concept. Now based in London, Indira supports organisations to apply conscious leadership strategies, enabling them to flourish – especially in challenging times. 

Indira has led a publications group in an IT company, initiated an after-school care program, and co-created a businesswomen’s network. 

She is passionate about creating a new future of energy and excellence in people development, inclusivity, and positive global impact by bringing mind and heart together.

Claire Priestley
Founder
CIO +1

Biography

A former Women in IT Award Winner herself, Claire has featured in the CIO100 list in 2018, 2019 and 2020, is  Founder of CIO+1, a Director of IT / CIO with particular experience in the education sector, and sits on the Board of Trustees for UCISA – a member led body for digital practitioners.  As her ‘side-hustle’, Claire is co-founder and director of The Secret Boxing Gym, London.