This Awards programme, in its third year, is heralded as one of the UK’s leading initiatives to raise the profile of women in IT. The finalists and their achievements are just a snapshot of the ambitious, talented women achieving success in one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors.
With women still occupying less than one in five of all technology positions, there is still more to be done to encourage women into the sector. Recent research conducted by everywoman and Alexander Mann Solutions – Focus on the Pipeline – highlighted that STEM has the highest number of female middle managers who want to progress their careers, proof of the level of ambition that exists within the female IT workforce.
The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are essential to showcase the women leading the way, from rising stars to directors, as role models who can inspire others to succeed at every level in a business.
The winners in the 2013 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are:
Woman of the Year – sponsored by FDM Group
Eleni Antoniadou, Co-founder and Chief of Science, Transplants without Donors from London
Entrepreneur of the Year – sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent
Jennifer Sheridan, Founder & CEO, Togeva Ltd from London
Innovator of the Year – sponsored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Joanna Montgomery, Founder & CEO, Little Riot from Newcastle
Inspiration of the Year – sponsored by VMware
Deborah Gundle, Founder/Director, Netbuddy from London
Leader of the Year – in a corporate organisation (with over 500 employees) – sponsored by BP
Lucy Dimes, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Ireland, Alcatel-Lucent from London
Rising Star of the Year – sponsored by Cisco
Taylor McGhee, Integrated Supply Chain Specialist Apprentice, IBM UK Ltd from Port Glasgow
Team Leader of the Year – in a SME (with under 500 employees) – sponsored by salesforce.com
Tamara Lohan, Co-founder & CTO, Mr & Mrs Smith from London
In addition, for the first time, a special Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Alexander Mann Solutions, was presented – to pioneering IT entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley. This Award recognised her significant contribution to the industry, her game-changing influence and lifelong passion for inspiring and enabling women to achieve success in technology.
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman comments: “This year the judging panel were overwhelmed by the extraordinary talents, energy and drive of all the finalists and selecting these winners was no easy feat. Each one of these inspirational women excels in many different ways, yet they share many qualities – a clear vision, incredible passion for IT and a firm belief that there are no barriers to what can be achieved. The technology sector has demonstrated its commitment in the past few decades to embracing and nurturing its female talent, and we hope by celebrating these winners today, we can encourage others to follow in their footsteps.”
Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer and Founder Director of FDM Group adds, “The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are a fantastic platform to showcase and celebrate the efforts and successes of so many high-calibre women in such a male-dominated industry. We are delighted to be sponsoring the 2013 Awards and support everywoman in their determination to raise the profile of women in technology. Like everywoman, FDM is fully committed to helping more women further their careers and break through the ‘glass ceiling’.”