Seven women who are members of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT have featured in the top 50 list of the Most Influential Women in UK IT 2019. In addition, BCSWomen committee member, Maggie Berry, has been added to Computer Weekly’s Hall of Fame.
The Top 50 list, which is now in its eighth year, was introduced in 2012 to shine a light on the female role models in the technology sector. Originally only showcasing 25 women, the list was extended in 2015 to include 50 women to make more female role models accessible and visible.
This year’s Top 50 list includes:
No. 8 – Sarah Wilkinson, CEO, NHS Digital
In 2017, Sarah was appointed CEO of NHS Digital. Before that, she was chief technology officer (CTO) at the Home Office, where she led many of the most critical IT systems supporting UK borders and policing.
Prior to her roles within the public sector, Sarah had many jobs in the finance industry, including managing director and head of corporate systems technology at Credit Suisse, as well as various IT roles at HSBC, UBS and Deutsche Bank.
No. 12 – Sarah Turner, founder, Angel Academe
Sarah is currently CEO of Angel Academe, a pro-women and pro-diversity angel investment group focused on technology.
As well as founding Angel Academe, she co-founded a digital strategy consultancy in 2007, is a chair or a board member for several other groups and organisations, including the Low Carbon Innovation Fund and UK Business Angels Association.
No. 15 – Sarah Burnett, executive vice-president and distinguished analyst, Everest Group; chair, BCSWomen
Sarah is the executive vice-president and distinguished analyst at Everest Group, where she uses her skills to lead the group on global service delivery automation research and European practice across its global services research areas.
Before joining Everest Group, Sarah was vice-president of research at Nelson Hall, covering areas such as infrastructure IT outsourcing, cloud, and government business process outsourcing. Burnett is now chair of BCSWomen and in 2017 launched the BCSWomen AI Accelerator.
No. 16 – Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank
Anne founded Starling Bank in 2014, where she is now CEO and a member of its board of directors, with the aim of creating a bank as focused on customer experience as possible.
She has a history in financial services, having previously worked for both Allied Irish Bank and RBS, and has just released a book, titled The Money Revolution, which aims to help people manage their money in a digitally driven world.
No. 18 – Sharon Moore, CTO for public sector, IBM UK
Sharon is CTO for public sector at IBM UK and has worn many hats during her 18 years at the firm, including leading on technology for its transport and travel department, and leading on digital engagement for the firm in the UK.
Sharon is also a non-executive director for Censis – Innovation Centre, a board member of Scotland Women in Technology, and deputy chair of BCSWomen.
No. 39 – Sarah Winmill, CIO, British Transport Police
Sarah has been with the British Transport Police since 2016, originally as acting CTO and now acting CIO. She has a history of working with not-for-profit organisations, having been head of IT at the Royal Academy of Arts, head of information systems services at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and chair of Charity IT Leaders.
No. 48 – Rebecca George, Deputy President, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, lead public sector partner, Deloitte
Rebecca is Deputy President, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. She has been lead public sector partner at Deloitte since 2006, where she is responsible for projects such as improving citizen outcomes, helping public sector organisations improve efficiency and developing best practice. She is also Deloitte’s lead partner for government and public services, and NWE board member.
Before joining Deloitte, Rebecca held several roles at IBM, and is a vice-president and trustee of the BCS. In 2006, she was awarded an OBE for services to IT.
Each year, Computer Weekly announces the women who will be added to its Hall of Fame, a list of women recognised for their lifetime achievements to the technology sector. Each Hall of Fame member has had an extensive career in technology, and has made a contribution to furthering diversity in the industry. This year sees the addition of Maggie Berry to that list.
Maggie Berry, BCSWomen Committee Member, Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International
As executive director for Europe at WEConnect International, Maggie helps the firm to develop its corporate and public sector support, and grow its network of more than 1,500 women-led businesses to connect to the corporate supply chain.
Maggie previously ran online job board for recruitment and networking womenintechnology.co.uk, and is an advocate for diversity in the technology industry.
She was awarded an OBE in 2019 for her services to women in technology and business. She is also a freeman of the Information Technologists’ Company in the City of London.