2018 HIGHLIGHTS

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Below are some photos and a video from previous Women in IT Awards held in London, UK.

WIT AWARDS STING

SHORTLIST 2018

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

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A company or person that has gone out of its/her/his way to support the cause of getting more women in IT in the last 18 months.

WINNER: Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK

FINALISTS

Dinah Barrett, Amazon Web Services

Sarah Sanders, GSMA

Debbie Forster, Tech Talent Charter

Lauren Langdell, Trust in Soda

Emma Feltham, National Trust

Jacquelin de Rojas, techUK

Claire Noble, Lloyds Banking Group

Sue Griffin, DWP Digital

Kayleigh McHale & Haleigh Sands, Mortimer Spinks

Natasha Sayce-Zelem, Sky

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

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A female leader of a technology company, or a business leader within a large technology company, who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months.

WINNER: Sam Mudd, Phoenix Software

FINALISTS

Heather Richards, Transversal

Tamara Littleton, The Social Element

Elsa Chen, Entanet

Sam Mudd, Phoenix Software

Lisa Coleman, Wordline

Angela Townsend, Sharp

Tristan Smith, Egencia

Lorraine Twigg, Ciena

Abbie Walsh, Accenture/Fjord

Camilla Sood, Mansion House Consulting

BUSINESS ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR

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A female business leader in technology who has been an effective role model to other women in the last 18 months. Judges will examine demonstrations of leadership and business achievements, as well as examples of being a role model and inspiring other women to succeed in technology.

WINNER: Sally Bogg, Leeds Beckett University

FINALISTS

Sally Eaves, Forbes Technology

Julie Sadler, O2

Sarah Tulip, aql

Sheridan Ash, PwC

Kate Collins, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

Sally Bogg, Leeds Beckett University

Claire Stead, Smoothwall

Kasia Bochenek, Ordnance Survey

Melinda Seckington, FutureLearn

Eileen McLaren Me, Cognitive Geology

CIO OF THE YEAR

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A female CIO who has demonstrated particular innovation, IT excellence and leadership in the last 18 months. Judges will look at projects and achievements spanning the current organisation or others if applicable, along with examples of best practice, leadership, ROI generated and alignment to business goals.

WINNER: Alison Davis, The Francis Crick Institute

FINALISTS

Alison Fitzgerald, London City Airport

Monique Breen, BP

Rachel Dunscombe, NHS Digital Academy

Elena Kvochko, Barclays

Shirine Khoury-Haq, Lloyds of London

Joanna Smith, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Alison Davis, The Francis Crick Institute

Jane Moran, Unilever

Cait O’Riordan, Financial TImes

Claire Priestley, University of London

DATA LEADER OF THE YEAR

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A female IT, technology or business leader who has demonstrated successful results in the area of data technology in the last 18 months.

WINNER: Katia Walsh, Vodafone

FINALISTS

Cat Jones, Unruly

Jennifer Rostenne, Tullow Oil

Jen Shorten, MarkLogic

Katia Walsh, Vodafone

Caroline Carruthers, Lowell Group

Lyndsay Weir, Nestle

Di Mayze, Acceleration

Emily Mackay, Crowdsurfer

Ann Rooney, Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Georgia Prothero, Schroders

DIGITAL LEADER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored By:

A company or person that has gone out of its/her/his way to support the cause of getting more women in IT in the last 18 months.

WINNER: Helene Stanway, XL Catlin

FINALISTS

Rachel Neaman, Corsham Institute

Clodagh Moriarty, Sainbury’s

Rachel Murphy, NHS Digital

Helene Stanway, XL Catlin

Chris Marsters, First Utility

Leigh Smyth, Lloyds Banking Group

Jo Wickremasinghe, News UK

Caron Alexander, Department of Finance

Avril Chester, Scope

Arabel Bailey, Accenture Digital

E-SKILLS INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

This award category is open to organisations that have undertaken an initiative that encouraged and helped women and girls to improve their digital skills and consider a career in the ICT sector.

WINNER: Good Things Foundation

FINALISTS

Next Tech Girls, Empiric

Frank Recruitment / Microsoft

Get into Tech, Sky

Marialena Zinopoulou, DMA

Code For Life, Ocado Technology

Apps For Good

Code First: Girls

Digital Mums

Good Things Foundation

Acorn Aspirations

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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A woman who has achieved something exceptional in the IT industry, chosen by Information Age’s editorial team. This can be someone from either a vendor or end-user who has demonstrated strong leadership, trend setting, technology adoption or awareness of women in IT.

WINNER: Marta Raper, NHS DIgital

FINALISTS

Hazel Freeman, Pulsant

Debbie Venn, ASB Law LLP

Marta Raper, NHS Digital

Denise Willett, Achievers

Nadia Arab, South Downs College

Kayleigh Bateman, WeAreTheCity

Pip Wilson, Amicable

Nicole Yershon, Lab For Hire

Sarah Porter, Inspired Minds Media

Shwetal Shah, Onepoint Consulting

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored By:

Either a tech firm that has demonstrated a great desire to attract and retain more women, or a company from any other industry that has demonstrated a great desire to attract and retain more women in its IT and/or digital department.

WINNER: FDM Group

FINALISTS

J.P. Morgan

Compass Point Business Services

dxw

Bluewolf

Ocado Technology

News UK

FDM Group

Epos Now

Morning Data

Deloitte

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

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Open to any female who is influential as a technology business owner or main shareholder in ensuring the company meets its goals, irrespective of size. The individual needs to demonstrate commercial success, plans for growth, how strategies were set and achieved and how innovation is encouraged.

WINNER: Kim Nilsson, Pivigo

FINALISTS

Sophie Deen, Bright Little Labs

Kim Nilsson, Pivigo

Julie Chakraverty, Rungway

Loubna Bouarfa, Okra Technologies

Imogen Wethered, Qudini

Stina Ehrensvard, Yubico

Ines Teles, dwyl and Founders & Coders

Stacey Howard, Reco Group

Elena Sikorsky, Ink Mills

Debbie Wosskow, LoveHomeSwap

FUTURE CIO OF THE YEAR

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A woman who has shown outstanding IT excellence and innovation in the last 18 months and demonstrates signs that she will one day become a successful CIO.

WINNER: Floriana Molone, London School of Economics

FINALISTS

Katie DeLay, Rolls-Royce

Jessica Reyneke, Posterscope

Beccy Weeks, SIG Plc

Lisa Hawker, Ark Schools

Floriana Molone, London School of Economics

Sarah Ford, Barclays

Karen Jones, NFU Mutual

Helen Slater, Dyson

Emma Chorley, Core

Melinda Seckington, FutureLearn

GLOBAL LEADER OF THE YEAR

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WINNER: Yasaman Hadjibashi, Citi Global Consumer Bank

FINALISTS

Yasaman Hadjibashi, Citi Global Consumer Bank

Julie Fergerson, Ethoca

Mansa Manjunath, Gensuite LLC

Bonnie Butlin, Security Partners’ Forum

Pooja Gada, Qventus

Erna Arnesen, ZL Technologies

Barbara Massa, FireEye

Lindy Ledohowski, EssayJack Inc.

Jeanne Hopkins, Ipswitch

Mara Cabra, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)

GRADUATE OF THE YEAR

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WINNER: Sarah Binney, Softwire

FINALISTS

Dominique Tan, J.P. Morgan

Avneet Mudhar, Salmon

Maz Javangwe, FDM Group

Sarah Binney, Softwire

Gwyn Rees, Kingfisher IT Services

Elizabeth Hill, NHS Digital

Kathryn Tunyasuvunakool, Ocado Technology

Laurie Rutter, Deloitte

Elizabeth Irvine, Lloyds Banking Group

Melissa Guthrie, Department for Work and Pensions

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

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A technology company that has demonstrated outstanding innovation, customer wins and deployments in the last 18 months, in which a woman was integral to that success.

WINNER: Leanne Kemp, Everledger

FINALISTS

Leanne Bonner-Cooke, Evolve-IT Consulting

Stacey Anklam, autoGraph

Rachel Carrell, Koru Kids

Leanne Kemp, Everledger

Joyeeta Das, Gyana AI

Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Lysa

Dr Claire Royston, Four Seasons Health Care

Stephanie Alys, MysteryVibe

Marjella Alma, Datamaran

Shahrzad Bahari, ELCIES

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

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A woman who began a career in technology in the last five or eight years and has shown great promise that she will go on to achieve great things in the industry. Judges will examine the last 18 months in each candidate’s career, looking at standout achievements, contributions to successful projects, examples of innovation, and a demonstrable understanding of how technology can create business value.

WINNER: Jessica White, Software Engineer

FINALISTS

Lisa Goldsmith, Data Manager

Emelia Morton, Bid Manager

Ruth Sutton, Lead Workplace Mentor – IT

Catrin Markx, The Chartered Bank Institute

Jessica White, Oakbrook Finance

Beverley Newing, Oxford Computer Consultants

Anna Abrell, Qubit

Janette Isiguzo, Rackspace

Aleksanda Vengelova, CharityJob

Stephanie Jones, Purchase Direct

SECURITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored By:

A female IT security professional whose has demonstrated outstanding work in progressing the industry and/or protecting the company from cyber threats.

WINNER: Emily Biggs, Digital Shaddows

FINALISTS

Helena Fearon, Auto Trader

Elisabetta Zaccaria, Secure Chorus

Rebecca Angwin, IBM

Naina Bhattacharya, Deloitte

Emma Leith, BP

Lesley Marjoribanks, RBS

Jane Frankland, Cyber Security Capital

Kiran Bhagotra, ProtectBox

Zuzana Skrinarova, Yoox Net-a-Porter Group

TRANSFORMATION LEADER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored By:

An organisation that has undergone a major, and successful, IT or digital transformation in the last 18 months, in which a woman has played an integral part.

WINNER: Sarah Trickett, HMRC

FINALISTS

Valerie Gleeson, McKesson

Susan Sutherland, FINkit

Sangeeta Vishwanath, Heathrow Airport

Bathan Timmins, Equal Experts

Collette Clayton, Newell Brands

Nikki Greenway, Legal Ombudsman

Nabina Shreshtha, Morgan Stanley

Sathya Nandakumar, Sainsbury’s/Argos

Sarah Trickett, HMRC

Mel Unsworth, Yoox Net-a-Porter Group

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

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A woman who has demonstrated the highest degree of IT excellence, innovation and leadership in the last year, and shone a light on the great things women in IT can achieve. Candidates should have not only have demonstrated outstanding business- and/or technology-focused achievements, but also acted as a positive role model and actively sought to bring more diversity to the technology industry. Chosen by the judges.

WINNER: Sheila Flavell, FDM Group

FINALISTS

Emma McGuigan, Accenture

Anna Doherty, J.P. Morgan

Sharon Pursey, SafeToNet

Melissa Dunn, Sainsbury’s/Argos

Lyndsey Charlton, Daisy Group

Sabah Carter, News UK

Debbie Vavangas, IBM

Sheila Flavell, FDM Group

Melissa Di Donato, SAP

Louise McCarthy, HSBC

YOUNG LEADER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored By:

A female IT, technology or business leader under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2018, who has progressed rapidly though their career and demonstrated business value and innovation through the use of technology. This could include demonstrations of successfully deploying technologies; improving how a company approaches technology; delivering effective IT or technology strategies; enhancing decision-making with technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services, through the use of technology; driving new innovation in the industry; or furthering knowledge, awareness and education around technology. Chosen by the judges.

WINNER: Kerry Townsend, PXtech

FINALISTS

Tara Walker, Belcan

Nicoleta Raportaru, Atos Consulting

Pauline DuFour, Salesforce

Kerry Townsend, PXtech

Manprit Taank, Heathrow Airport Limited

Michelle Tackie, Clarasys

Chloe Seddon, Accenture Digital

Claire Lamb, Yoox Net-a-Porter Group

Diana Marsh, Morgan Stanley

Samatha Hamilton, IBM