meet THE JUDGING PANEL
Senior Managing Director & Leader of Technology UK&I
Zahra is a Senior Managing Director and the head of Accenture Technology in UK and Ireland. She has been with the organisation for 20+ years and has extensive experience of looking at problems in new ways, unifying different parts of the business and helping to create the best outcomes for clients. In addition, Zahra has deep transformation & delivery experience spanning multiple industries including: Oil & Gas (Energy), Health, Banking, Retail, Government, Automotive and Technology.
Zahra is the executive sponsor of several UK clients, including key accounts in Products (automotive, pharmaceutical and retail) as well as Resources (Energy). In her role as the head of Technology, Zahra brings together platforms, infrastructure and engineering to deliver better client outcomes.
Zahra is Accenture Technology’s Inclusion & Diversity Lead Globally and was previously the Human Capital & Diversity lead for UK&I. She also founded the Kaleidoscope event, which launched first in London, in November 2017.
Chief Data & Information Officer
Places for People
Norma is a strategy focused executive with considerable experience in driving global business transformation and change programmes, which she has gained from working in top FTSE multinational, complex organisations, such as BAT, Shell, Unilever, HBOS, QBE Insurance, Labatt, BP.
Norma has been working in the field of enterprise data and information management for over 17 years and is currently Chief Data and Information Officer at Places for People. Prior to this role, she was Head of Global Data Services at British American Tobacco.
Norma has a deep understanding of the partnership required between the information technology business function and the other business functions. Since joining Places for People, Norma has brought her experience to bear and embarked on a transformation journey to position Information Technology Services (ITS) as the Group’s strategic business partner to deliver the Groups digital and growth agenda.
Norma has a MBA form Imperial College, London.
Barsby Clift Consulting
Anna is a transformation leader who has delivered significant change across different industries. Her most recent role as the Chief Technology Director at Morrisons focused on the technology opportunities which provided business growth, and encouraged key skills and people to the supermarket retailer as part of her ambitious improvement plans.
She has worked in a number of FTSE100, FTSE250 and Regulatory organisations at a senior level, and has led business transformation programmes involving major offshoring, re-organisations, process improvement and digital, data and cloud step change. She is a people-centred leader with core strengths in strategy, delivery creativity and customer focus.
A judge for ‘Everywoman in Technology’ and ‘Women in IT’ awards, Anna was also a finalist for the European CIO of the Year in 2015, ranked number 1 in the CIO list in 2014, winner of the ‘CIO of the Year’ 2014 at the Women in IT awards and ranked in the Top 15 Innovative Influencers in Retail today in 2018.
Natural History Museum
Ian Golding has been Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Data Privacy Officer leading global commercial technology programmes for over 20 years and has a passion for fostering collaboration and innovation to exploit the benefits of technology and data in permanent, interim, fractional and private consulting roles.
He is currently Interim CIO at The Natural History Museum, developing the Technology Strategy and Vision to support the its dual role as a centre of excellence in leading scientific research and as a world leading museum. In 2017 As the RNLI’s first CIO (Interim) he created the Institution’s first digital, information and technology strategy including new capability for fundraising, predictive analytics and data-based insights that will help the RNLl to break the chain of events that can tragically lead to drowning. Ian was also recently Interim IT Director at Southern Housing Group and prior to Interim roles was Group CIO, Data Privacy Officer and Senior Partner for The ERM Group through its largest growth phase over 4 private equity cycles, to 5,200 staff across 140 offices worldwide.
Ian is a Fellow of The Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Professional Fellow of The BCS. He is also an investor and mentors digital startups. By devoting time to assisting emerging businesses and small investments to advance, Ian’s aim is to help grow the digital ecosystem.
Beatriz is a recognized thought leader in technology, with over 19 years of successful roles in the CPG industry. Over the course of her career with BAT, she has held extremely diverse leadership roles in Mexico, Latin America, Canada, Africa and the UK. Beatriz’s journey with the company started in 2001 as an IT Trainee and then business partner and SAP Project IT Lead roles. This was followed by regional roles for the Americas, supporting Operations and Marketing. In 2016, she moved to Montreal to take on the CIO role for Canada & Mexico. Now, she is responsible for over 50 markets as BAT’s Regional CIO for Americas & Sub-Saharan Africa. Beatriz has spearheaded the company’s Digital Transformation Program and has played a lead role in BAT’s highly acclaimed Diversity & Inclusion programme, for the past 6 years.
CIO for Retail Business Banking & Channels
Extremely capable Chief Information Officer and Operations Officer with 20 years’ experience in financial services and 15 years at one of the biggest banks in the world. Manages and drives a diverse global team that partners with multiple business areas to deliver transformational solutions to serve customers and colleagues. Leads with personality and strong values. Passionate about mentoring, supporting junior talent and driving diversity in the workforce.
Vice President, Cloud Sales UKI
Helen Kelisky leads Cloud Sales for Salesforce, in the UK and Ireland. Her organisation helps companies digitally transform their businesses in order to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution.
Helen is part of Salesforce UKI’s leadership team and has over 20 years’ experience in the IT Industry, previously at IBM in a number of key leadership roles.
She has been voted as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Tech for 3 years consecutively 2017-2019 (Computer Weekly). In addition, she is a board member of Women in Telecommunications and Technology.
Global HR Business Partner – Technology
Kate holds over ten years experience in Human Resources having worked within IT, Asset Management and Banking sectors. She is currently one of the Global HR Business Partners for Technology, working with the senior business leaders in the Retail Banking and Wealth division defining, delivering and implementing their people strategy in order to drive the achievement of the group strategy through maximising employee engagement. When she isn’t working, she spends her time travelling particularly hiking and skiing.
Kate holds both an undergraduate and honours commerce degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of South Africa.
Head of Strategic Engagements EMEA
Amazon Web Services
Following a decade focused on open source (at industry pioneers Red Hat and Canonical), Sonia’s career led her to the world of cloud computing, driven by her passion around easier, cheaper and faster access to software and digital tools. She has been leading B2B marketing teams in the tech industry for the past 15 years. Sonia headed the UK and Ireland Marketing function at Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the last seven years, launching multiple global initiatives and running the company’s biggest one day tech summit in the world.
In 2018, Sonia launched AWS GetIT, a social initiative designed to encourage more girls to consider a career in technology. The initiative also includes a training stream for female talents at Amazon Web Services to encourage them to take on leadership positions. To date, the initiative has reached 136 schools, over 15,000 students and involves 60 female AWS Ambassadors.
Sonia Ouarti is currently heading employees and developers engagements as well as leading the EMEA initiatives around Inclusion and Diversity at AWS.
Jacqueline de Rojas
“If we are to thrive in a digital future which includes everybody, we must ensure that we have all of our voices heard when it comes to designing technology. If we do not, we risk creating a world which is for the few and not for the many.”
Awarded CBE in Queen’s New Year Honours 2018 for services to International Trade in Technology | My journey: Desert Island Discs March 2019| Happily married with three children and a grandson. Yoga and meditation is how she finds her balance…
Director, Client Management EMEA
Frank Recruitment Group
Danielle Ramsbottom is Director of Client Management, EMEA, at Frank Recruitment Group, the global leaders in niche IT resourcing. She is responsible for the Group’s partnerships with organisations that are pioneering technology change across Europe. Danielle is also Frank Recruitment Group’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion, driving initiatives that grow the tech talent pool and partnering with businesses, charities and industry leaders to shift the dial on gender imbalance.
With almost two decades’ experience in IT recruitment and a specialist focus on technology within the financial industry, Danielle has lead global teams to success in emerging tech markets. As a long-time supporter of the Women in IT awards, Danielle is delighted to be judging the 2020 nominees and celebrating the achievements of so many women across the industry.
Nadine Thomson leads the transformation of businesses through technology change. She has worked internationally across a range of industries including media, retail, travel and automotive. Nadine has a computer science background and couples business knowledge with deep technical understanding to help businesses evolve. She is the Global CTO for MediaCom an international media agency, part of the WPP group, that uses data, technology and creativity to design communications strategies that build brands. She has previously worked as Group CTO Conde Nast International (Vogue, GQ), Technology Director for Vue Cinema and consultant for News UK on their digital technology structure and operating model.
City University London
Director of Information Technology
Claire Priestley is founder of CIO+1, and Director of IT at City, University of London, supported by a team of 135 staff covering a technical estate that spans 23 buildings over 5 locations and 23,000 users.
Claire featured in the CIO100 list 2018 and 2019, won the ‘Future CIO of the Year’ category in the 2017 Women in IT Awards and was a shortlisted finalist in the ‘CIO of the Year’ category 2018. A member of the International Association of Facilitators, mentor and role model on the Aurora ‘Women in Leadership’ programme, and STEM ambassador Claire also launched the ‘Connectivity across London’ initiative with peers from Camden Council and the University of London.
Claire sits on the UCISA Board of Trustees, an organisation that helps transform teaching, learning and research in education by better harnessing the power of digital through the exchange of knowledge and is also co-founder and Director of The Secret Boxing Gym in London.
Emma is a senior technology leader with over 20 years’ experience – working for IT household names such as Sun Microsystems, BMC Software and SAP Concur. Most recently Emma was Managing Director of SAP Concur, an expenses and travel specialist, where she championed employee engagement, talent development and inclusion. With a passion for coaching other outside of ‘the day job’, Emma has now embarked on a portfolio career coaching individuals and organisations on how to grow through talent development. Emma is a board advisor to Nuggets, a software provider helping consumers ‘take back control of their data’, and Maiden Voyage, a champion for female and LGBTQ traveller safety.
Senior Global Technologist / Principal
Jane is an experienced global CTO and CIO, having previously held global senior IT positions in multiple industries, including CTO for the international businesses of The Coca-Cola Company; Barclays Bank where she was the Head of Technology Services Enterprise Architecture and Delivery. Prior to that she was the CTO for GE Capital EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), . Jane also worked for Accenture and JPMorgan in IT specialist architecture, enablement and operational roles across technical tiers. She is currently a fractional CIO providing Board-level IT expertise, strategy and oversight for SMEs in Industrial, Pharmaceutical and Manufacturing sectors while constantly trying to work out how to balance life with her young children, pets and hobbies.